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  1. Similar rebooking policy issued by Hurtigruten. I also notice that today's intended visit by Fridtjof Nansen to Dublin has been cancelled. And next week's call in Guernsey is also off, although they haven't told me about the latter yet and I'm supposed to be on board. Was hoping for one last hurrah before Armageddon but hey ho !
  2. Well I'm off on Hurtigruten's new vessel the Nansen in a couple of weeks' time and have received a briefing note on Corona. They're refusing to board anyone who's been to China or HK in the last 2 weeks or anyone who has had contact with a Corona-infected person, and they reserve the right to conduct temperature checks on any intending guests. No doubt that note will need to be amended between now and boarding. Not sure if Hurty are applying these conditions to their Norway coastal service though. FWIW the trip is from Portsmouth and goes via Dartmouth, Guernsey, Scilly Isles, Ostend and finishes at Tower Bridge, so give us a wave if you se me leaving Pompey on the 17th !
  3. Agreed. Did it a few years ago and had a great time. Although you are somewhat dumped out in the sticks in Oslo on arrival compared to DFDS and Stena. A tip if you have a spare day is to do the sightseeing boat trip from Kiel through the lock gates up the canal to Rendsburg. From there you can stay on board and go back, although it's a bit of a long day, or you can save a couple of hours by taking the train back. The trip is on board a vintage paddler and is a great favourite with German pensioners who appreciate the morning coffee and cake on departure and a spot of lunch before you get to Rendsburg . It runs two or three times a week.
  4. The parallels with Scandlines' Berlin and Copenhagen back in 2012 are quite striking. Didn't that bring down the shipyard when Scandlines rejected the vessels on a deadweight issue ? Seem to remember that Scandlines ended up getting the ferries anyway, presumably cut-price from the shipyard's creditors ?
  5. Fair points CVA. It was interesting that my Grandfather fell in love with Greece, always promised my Grandmother that they would go and visit his old haunts, but he could never summon up the courage to face up to those historic demons (yes, I'm not denying the atrocities) and actually go back. Anyway, I will definitely fulfil a promise to myself next year and visit the beaches in Normandy. Having previously visited German coastal positions in Hirthsals, Frederikshavn and Jersey, I don't underestimate the scale of the task we faced at all
  6. I suppose the news channels will move swiftly on after today, which is a shame. They probably won't acknowledge the 6 weeks of hard fighting in Normandy after D-Day as we fought to take Caen - which was initially a Day 1 objective. If you research Operation Epsom and Goodwood you will see how doggedly the Germans fought and how horrendous our losses were. And then a lightning dash through France and another bloody winter on the German border as the Germans rallied once more. Incidentally, whilst this was going on my German maternal Grandfather was in his 40's, commissioned in the Luftwaffe, and running medevac troop trains from Greece through the Balkans to the Vaterland. He never spoke of it (running German transports through Yugoslav partisan territory wasn't much fun) to his dying day. God bless, Opa. But finally, it was a shame that the only vessel they could find to take the Vets to the beaches was registered in Nassau. Makes you wonder what tonnage we could lay our hands on for troop transport if it all kicked off tomorrow. I bet Fred Olsen wouldn't be interested...
  7. Thanks Paully. A shame really. The AAIB has a global reputation for the thoroughness of its work and I presume that the MAIB is similarly well respected Still, I'm sure that the Cypriot authorities would investigate with the same attention to detail...
  8. I presume that in future the MAIB would have no authority to investigate such an incident but involving a Cypriot-registered vessel in French waters ?
  9. I must profess to a degree of confusion about all this. I understand that if port turnround times for vessels go up then you need more ships to maintain a given route capacity. But at what stage does the number of berths become the determinant of capacity rather than fleet size I(my history has involved line capacity analysis for metro railways). At the moment Dover has about 55 daily arrival/departure pairs spread over, I think, 7 linkspans, suggesting an average timetabled linkspan utilisation of about 8 per berth per day or every three hours, apparently comfortable if you're turning them round at a rate of once an hour. But at what stage do you hit the capacity ceiling as berth layover times go up ? Is it 2-hour turnrounds ? 2.5 hours ? How much slack in timetabled berth utilisation can you actually get away with ? Commentary from those of you better qualified on these issues than I very much welcome.
  10. It's such a ruddy awful joke that I'm happy for you to take the blame, CB !
  11. Well if FDFDS is coming to the party, what odds on the "No-Deal Seaways"..... I'll get me coat
  12. Well there's one telling photo out there showing that the warship took a sideswipe on its starboard rear quarter alongside the helicopter hangar, with the rip very much looking bulbous-bow shaped. Seems to suggest that the warship was cutting across the bow of the tanker from left to right and someone misjudged, resulting in an oblique collision.
  13. If state subsidy is involved then they may well be waiting on the outcome of the current Brexit negotiations, as the legality of subsidy within the EU is highly regulated, but after March we will not be in the EU any more and the whole regulatory framework will change. But don't ask me to what extent - my days as an EU policy wonk are now nearly 20 years behind me....
  14. Silly question, I know, but is there no automated traffic warning system installed on these things ? Commercial aviation has TCAS, and even humble glider pilots like me have £500 Flarm boxes on board which similarly give an audible warning of increasing risk of conflict just in case you don't pick up traffic. And yes, I know, it's drummed into us as well as mariners - these systems do not excuse you from the need to look out of the window - the Mk 1 Eyeball is still a fantastically versatile piece of kit !
  15. Interesting topic. I'm also considering a trip away from my normal Baltic stomping ground in favour of warmer climes and I'm thinking about Grimaldi's Barcelona/Rome service as something a little different. Anyone tried it lately ?
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