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  1. According to a tweet by Brittany Ferries, work began yesterday (Tuesday) at Plymouth Ferry Port where Vehicle Charging Points are being installed. There is currently no estimate on when these will be available to use. Hopefully the same will happen in Portsmouth in the very near future.
  2. Plans to expand trade between France and Portsmouth could prove 'pointless' in the lead up to Brexit, ferry bosses have warned. Brittany Ferries confirmed it had been looking at increasing the frequency of services from sites such as Portsmouth International Port into ports west of Calais. But the company has been warned that every vehicle carrying refrigerated goods, food and other natural products may face inspections upon arrival in France after Britain leaves the EU. The infrastructure needed for these inspections, such as large warehouses, does not currently exist in French ports linked with Portsmouth International Port such as St Malo, Le Havre and Cherbourg. It is also unlikely the warehouses would be constructed by March next year which could significantly add to delays in Portsmouth. Brittany Ferries chief executive Christophe Mathieu said: 'The British may take a pragmatic approach and wave lorries through upon arrival into the UK. 'But cross-Channel trade works both ways. In a worst case scenario, British hauliers carrying refrigerated goods could face the prospect of far longer journeys – perhaps hundreds of additional miles – to find a French port equipped to process their consignment. When they finally get there they could encounter further delays waiting for checks to take place. 'The reality of this would be a loss of connectivity and a significant threat to jobs and long term investment in regions like the south west of England.' Mike Sellers, the director of Portsmouth International Port, believed more information from politicians was needed. 'We join the calls requesting clarity regarding expectations to manage trade post-Brexit, and this includes European ports too,' he said. 'Any delays across the channel could have implications on sailings to Portsmouth, which would impact on our customers. It’s vital that the operations of ports are considered by all sides, to make sure we’re in the best possible position to provide a seamless service. 'Ferry ports transporting freight are hugely important to the flow of trade across the country and it’s vital all impacts are understood.' But former leader of the council, Cllr Donna Jones, said: 'The UK government has already given clarity that there will not be checks on every lorry entering the UK and I expect the EU to do the same. It is not in the EU’s interests to effect the food supply chain by delaying food entering Europe. If this happened the flow of goods into Europe would be materially affected.' https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/business/brexit-concerns-over-plans-to-expand-trade-between-portsmouth-and-france-1-8657827
  3. A large scale maritime rescue exercise will be held off St Malo on Monday (26/03/18), it will simulate the evacuation of the Brittany Ferries Cruise Ferry 'Pont-Aven'. https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/bretagne/saint-malo-exercice-sauvetage-mer-grande-ampleur-lundi-1445031.html
  4. I just wanted to share some photos from my new vantage point in Gosport since I started working for the National Coastwatch (NCI) based in Fort Blockhouse. 'Pont-Aven' departing Portsmouth for Santander (21/03/17) 'Baie de Seine' departing Portsmouth for Le Havre (21/03/17) 'Mont St Michel' departing Portsmouth for Ouistreham (06/03/17) 'Amorique' arriving in Portsmouth from Ouistreham (05/02/17) More to follow as I get them....................!
  5. Hello, is there a place where I can find out the height of the ships in the BF fleet? It is a dimension that is quite relevant but I can't seem to find it anywhere, whereas I can find beam, draught etc. I think the height of the ships should be listed on the dimensions section of, for example, Wikipedia.
  6. Ferries leaving Portsmouth to have armed French military personnel and plain-clothed security onboard From today's Portsmouth News (03/07/17) http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/business/ferries-leaving-portsmouth-to-have-armed-french-military-personnel-and-plain-clothed-security-onboard-1-8036488
  7. It seems that Brittany Ferries have removed their Facebook 'Holding' page, the page which was edited by JM (who I believe no longer works in Portsmouth) was originally the page I started as a fan page and gave over to the company around 2 years ago.
  8. There are just 19 days until 'Normandie Express' returns to service for the Summer Season, this year for around 20 weeks. (I'm on the 1st crossing practically free of charge). 'Normandie Express' is due to depart Le Havre on Wednesday (5th April) at around 10:00 heading to Cherbourg in preparation to commence service and will head to Portsmouth (Crew Only) on Wednesday 19th April arriving around 15:00-18:00.
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