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Danim24

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  1. It was reported at the time that she had hit something prior to the grounding. What I find strange is that she was towed all the way to the yard. 'If' she hit the buoy the most likely outcome is getting the chain around one of the props (I have seen this first hand in the Ramsgate Channel, and that was a tall cardinal buoy!), yet the buoy in the report is still 'on station'. And, of course, it is unlikely to require beaching. So why was she under tow to the yard? Breach of the hull and damage to both props maybe.
  2. Conventional Ferries can only use HFO if they have scrubbers fitted, otherwise they must use low Sulphur (0.5%) fuel which is more expensive. Some areas have banned certain scrubber systems because they are deemed not effective.
  3. During the My Ferry Link disruption P&O did send the Darwins to Boulogne but only to unload freight, there was no loading or passengers. Don't forget Calais and Boulogne come under the same administration so what ever the dispute was in Calais may well have been supported by Boulogne.
  4. They did put a statement out at the time to make it clear they were nothing to do with the fantasy claim of starting a ferry route from Ramsgate.
  5. I bet the insurance companies will be so pleased to see so many vessels there, all wanting a piece of the cake! One would have assumed they negotiated a contract with the salvage company, which may be one of the reasons it took a while for her to be removed.
  6. It is not just about creating extra runs or lorry parking though, it is if they want a whole load more lorries tramping down the M3 and through the New Forest on the A31, or up the A350 towards the M4. I think, generally, they want to keep freight to the motorways and away from 'A' roads as much as possible.
  7. A little more detail from these pictures, although no depth info available right nest to vessel.
  8. The Pride of Canterbury is on the move to Rotterdam, ETA 19/0700 local.
  9. This is correct. Singapore doesn't do Daylight Savings so is 7 hours ahead of BST and 8 ahead of UTC.
  10. No channels around the Falls Gap or prior to the Tongue Anchorage. Anyway, tender 'Hang Shun 5 Hao' alongside Galicia now.
  11. The few ships that do drift prior to entering the Thames Estuary tend to do so north of the South Falls Head buoy, plenty of space, deep water and clear of the SW lane. But most come to anchor, even for 3 hours. If they have plenty of notice they may slow steam, but berth delays are normally short notice.
  12. Ships often go to anchor for a few hours prior to their berth becoming available. In my experience, only the occasional large car carrier or container ship will 'drift' (engine off) prior to entering the Thames Estuary.
  13. The Pride of Canterbury is due back in Dover on 3rd October in freight only mode after a refit in Rotterdam.
  14. The Pride of Canterbury is due back in Dover on the 3rd October in freight only mode, after a refit in Rotterdam.
  15. I agree, but I feel we are in the minority. As a motorcyclist, I liked the fact that when boarding in Dover you could chuck your bike up the bow and walk straight up the fwd stairs and into the food hall, being the first one there. As you say, the Canterbury is reported to be in extremely poor mechanical condition so I wouldn't put my money the Burgundy going first. And she has accumulated less engine hours so she may live to see another day (or 3 years 😉).
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