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  1. 2 hours ago, captjack said:

    I can’t see that the dockers would be allowed to unload a LNG road tanker, the driver would of have to had taken a few courses to pass his dangerous goods licence.

    Agreed, I'll also suggest that BF have chosen this fuelling system as it's mobile and can be achieved at any of their French ports an HGV has access to.

  2. 4 hours ago, Penlan said:

    Whilst evveryone is worrying about the PA being stuck somewhere with the bonnet up, spare a thought for us in Fishguard whose ferry Europa went off to be refitted ages ago.

    First of all the Turkish yard reworked the bow thrusters but did not put in new seals so she was leaking when she went to sea.

    Latest is that she is on her way to Liverpool as one of the props is out of alignment and keeps smashing bearings, that will be the whole season she has missed.





    She's in Liverpool now. I've been told she's heading across to Lairds sometime over the weekend. You'll have to make do with Nordica for while longer.

  3. Passed through Ouistreham twice in July and it was very quiet. Our cycle carrier back box has a strap which connects to the vehicle alarm and I also use HGV cable seals which are about a fiver a pack on Amazon.

    The French & Brits have just cleared a camp based in Dunkirk so where those who lived there will find much needed shelter is anyone's guess... I doubt they're being given pre fabs and blankets.

  4. Off on another adventure at the end of September.

     A flight to Billund from Manchester. We usually drive but the roadworks around Bremen & Hamburg are a killer and took ten hours from the Hoek back in March '18 when we visited Flensburg before heading to Kiel for Color Magic.  

    This time we're renting a house in Hvide Sande in Denmark. Trips will include the train from Holstebro direct to Copenhagen crossing the Storebaelt Bridge... having previously done it by ferry and motorhome it would be remiss of me not to try the train.

    There's a mini cruise to Oslo booked aboard Pearl Seaways and the purchase of the excellent Oslo Pass will get us across the fjord and into the Fram and Viking museums we plan to visit on our whistlestop visit.

    Later in the week we'll head to Hirtshals for Color Speed heading across the Skagerrak to Kristiansand for another day exploring before finishing off my 10 day unleashing on the poor unsuspecting Danes with a must see visit to Legoland.

    We haven't told them yet but they'll need to board up their windows again next year when we return for Fjordline's offering to Bergen.

    Hopefully if the mifi can handle it they'll be pics a plenty... Huzzah! 

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  5. 28 minutes ago, Cabin-boy said:

    If the statistics are provided on a route by route basic then that is probably the case. There were several diversions in 2018 for various reasons plus there is always at least one routine call per year. Next year MSM will be there on 5th January and Normandie on 2nd February. I'm not sure why but being early in the year gives an immediate boost to the statistics. For NEX to get that much extra freight onboard they would need to reclassify small vans as commercial traffic rather than private vehicles. Ed. 

    Or pull them behind on pedalo's...?

  6. 1 minute ago, Cabin-boy said:

    Don't BF own Roscoff port? Would they be happy with such an idea? Ed. 

    They were a bit aggrieved to lose Irish Ferries which I suppose wasn't such direct competition but you're probably right plus I doubt the business is there for another Roscoff-Plymouth service, certainly not freight as the figures are the lowest across all of BF's full time routes, down by over 10% (10.3) last year, and the pax numbers are also steadily falling too.

    On the U.K services the only routes which saw pax improvements were Poole-Cherbourg, over 5%, Portsmouth-St Malo,1.5% & Portsmouth-Caen,1%. The rest have fallen.

    Freight wise again only Poole-Cherbourg saw a rise (4%), every other BF channel route dropped... the Brittany routes by a combined 17.5%,  Caen 6% & Le Havre 2%.

    Considering NEX has limited freight capacity her route to Cherbourg saw a rise of over 47%.

  7. 1 hour ago, hf_uk said:

    I will respond in a similar manner...

    (I know she is Jonno, but I was hoping the issue would dissapear). Far more suitable than the vessel described in the press article. I think that BF would be very concerned if they had a CF sister doing Spain/Ireland! 

    No, you don't get off that easy... She'd fit into Rosslare no problem which has a lot more going for it freight wise and her speed would make her most attractive.

    How about, day 1&2, Rosslare-Roscoff-Plymouth. Day 2&3, Plymouth-Roscoff-Rosslare. Days 3-5, Rosslare-Vigo. Days 5-7, Vigo-Rosslare. Days 7&8 Rosslare-Roscoff-Plymouth?

    I bet Gareth can sort a timetable out for that.

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  8. 1 hour ago, hhvferry said:

    Yes, and she's part (only part) of the reason Moby have sold their two flagships to DFDS. Since Grimaldi went all in on the Sardinian routes (long term aim to effectively try and destroy Moby), Moby's cash struggles have deepened.

    If Grimaldi do open their Spanish route BF would be advised to tread carefully as Emanuel Grimaldi holds grudges, appears to have a long memory and hates losing.

    Any Idea where Moby's two GSI new builds will go?

  9. 1 hour ago, hhvferry said:

    Saw the Cruise Olbia arriving in Olbia yesterday. The Cruise Ausonia (Superfast XII) has had scrubbers fitted, and kept the Superfast funnel. Not sure if the Olbia has or is to have them but hopefully her profile will also remain unchanged.


    She's Cap Finistere's sister isn't she, the only other SF with the larger stern facing superstructure and glass windows?

  10. 1 hour ago, Gareth said:

    Well, that’s you corrected hey Jonno! 🤣

    Thanks for the info, very informative. 😉

    When the redevelopment of Western Docks was first in the pipeline, the plan was to create a new ferry port with circa 4 berths, to take the pressure off Eastern.  I presume that is not now happening (?).

    Oh aye...!

    You're right. Dover cancelled Terminal two over ten years ago, it's where the western docks revival is taking place. I think the plan now is to give the existing berths more manoeuvring room within the harbour.

    POD reckon that freight will be their overriding activity and are expecting a 40% increase over the next ten years. They've built a freight segregation zone capable of handling 220 HGV's at any one time and there's more planned for the A20. It's interesting that the EU are still happy to foot the £85m bill for it regardless of what happens.

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  11. On 16/09/2019 at 01:29, canberra97 said:

    The Port of Dover have several videos on YouTube showing the completed berths and marina development plus many images and further information is available on their website.

    Yep I've looked at their 2045 master plans on several occasions... I agree that the term huge wasn't the right adjective, I was referring more to the tonnage totals the port handles now and what they forecast in the future.

    When we consider the size of Felixstowe and see that in 2018 it handled 28 million tonnes compared to Dover's 25 million I suppose size isn't everything.

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  12. No, not even my multi dimensional imagination can see this one... as mentioned the ship is Chinese owned and has a busy schedule. She's also too long for the linkspan. I'd find it more plausible if it was a Spanish carrier as seeing Grimaldi's name up there is akin to BF announcing they're planning a route from Genoa-Malta-Tunisia and back... Mind you as GNV are being linked with Rosyth maybe it's not so far fetched.

  13. 4 minutes ago, Andy said:

    Going off topic slightly, a colossal amount of research went into the design of the Bretagne's funnel, to ensure that fumes would not enter the passenger decks, or intakes, whatever the weather conditions. Whether or not the same attention to detail is given to all ships today is open to debate...

    I wonder if removing the Cap's winglets has made a difference?

    The longer less broad arrangement on Galicia still gives the boat boffins ample space to add all of the emission regs stuff but it also looks quite sleek and aerodynamic. Aesthetically I think it tops her off nicely. 

  14. 3 hours ago, Solo said:

    But BF need to get them off the ship ASAP to start loading again.

    Yes I agree, again it's the same at all of the ports but what has any Plymouth port delay got to do with "the brexit effect on BF"  which is the title of the thread? At the moment the border is no different to what it was a decade ago or even 20 years ago, all passports were scanned then as they are now. The big difference for me is that the ships were smaller.

    Quiberon carried nearly half as many cars as Armorique and nearly a third of what Pont Aven can carry but the port exit footprint has remained the same... you could have 20 border officers there and the process would be just as slow as there's nowhere to house them and nowhere else to put the traffic heading home. It's one of the reasons why PA spends most of her time sailing to Portsmouth when she's fully fit, Millbay is too small to cope with her full time.

    It's the same with Poole which has just as many customs kiosks. It's all well and good having threads & posts saying Plymouth or even Poole should have more sailings and can handle larger ships but where is the disembarking traffic volume going or the steady build up of the larger numbers of UK departure traffic if there's no room to make the the marshalling lanes & exits bigger?

    Blame border officers as much as you like, I get that they are the easy target especially now but it's a logistics issue not a political one. 


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  15. 9 minutes ago, neilcvx said:

    Well if some people are happy to sit contemplating their naval for 2 hours that’s up to them , with a 7  plus hour drive and getting off at 2130 it means the difference between booking a hotel in Gloucester if we are through Border control quickly or a hotel in Plymouth if we are still staring at exhausts at near on midnight, and this getting home for Saturday early afternoon or early evening, I’ve better things to do that put up with poor Border control without having a good old moan on here 😉

    Go from Portsmouth then, I wouldn't go anywhere near Plymouth because of the border delays.

  16. 3 hours ago, TonyMWeaver said:
    A storm has caused the destruction of 'Pinar Del Rio' in Denia.



    Tony I heard they were scrapping her anyway due to the damage. My cousin lives in Spain and she says the weather there is atrocious, her ground floor apartment has been badly flooded and her husband is struggling to get home as their car has been washed away!

  17. 2 hours ago, hf_uk said:

    Is there a certain height that a funnel has to be from the waterline, or from the deck (passengers)? Would this be different on modern lower-polluting vessels, or unrelated?

    The smaller they are the more they effect the aerodynamics as it's about air flow over the superstructure. It's been an issue since the 1940's when smaller more raked stacks were first used due to a switch to oil fired power-the need to keep soot of passengers diminished. The older cylindrical type seen on the liners of the early 20th century were actually less of a problem.

    Have another look at the images of Moby Wonder and Aki then at their sister Tallinks ex Superstar now Corsica's Pascal Lota. The funnel on the latter is built the opposite way.

  18. Plymouth has half the amount of booths as Portsmouth which discharges roughly the same amount of passenger vehicles per crossing... The ships still only arrive one at a time. Plymouth also suffers from a having a narrow twisty exit road.

    Maybe BF should look to promote a balanced approach, a bit of traffic management if you like... Why not release pax vehicles in multiples of 100, they have RT coverage which means they release the next load when those in the booths tell the ship they are down to say 20? Moving at a constant  5-10mph is better than sitting there either staring at a brick wall or the side of a shed.

    Plymouth has an advantage over Portsmouth, there's no traffic lights 20 metres ahead of a search shed which means vehicles back up if they don't hold a large number of them port side... if traffic builds at the Millbay Road roundabout no one can then blame the port or any of the staff.

    Me, personally I couldn't care less. Life's too short to get stressed over inconsequential matters I have zero control over. It takes us 5-6 hours to get home anyway, another hour or so makes no difference. We share the driving and I'm more than happy to stuff my face with a further Burger King offering or a king size Costa custard cream.

    I've never really understood why foot passengers hang around the ship exit about an hour before arrival or why drivers trip over themselves rushing down steps as if they've been told to abandon ship only to sit in the car for an age as the ferry is still bouncing on her bow thrusters. 

    Another head scratcher is that for all the teddy throwing which has been going on for a few years now I note that many of the more vociferous objectors to the Plymouth delays are still using the port to sail to Brittany which for me kind of negates their argument.



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