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PELICAN: Brittany Ferries launch new freight service between Poole and Bilbao


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An often overlooked ship (which has continued on throughout the current 'crisis'), here's a spectacular photo by "Antonio Ruizg" of the MN Pelican arriving in Santander earlier this year. https:/

No foot passengers on a Pelican crossing.

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French Master, Chief officer on deck

French Chief ingenier, 1st ingenier

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14 philippines

 

 

Very interesting, thanks. Not an insignificant move for BF, although of course they are not customer-facing. If that ever happens I would predict there may be rather larger ripples in the BF pond of tranquillity:)

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She spent the night in Poole Bay, she is on her way Spainwards now.

 

Bilbao call has been cancelled due to bad weather and strong winds ushant waypoint. Today would be better although 35-40 knots wind expected tomorrow in biscaye.

 

We expect her to remain anchoraged today/tomorrow to load at Poole on Saturday and maintain schedule

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No, still just outside of Poole. Possibly leaving this afternoon or evening.

 

 

So was there freight onboard when she was sheltering? Still don't see why she could not go somewhere closer than all the way back to Poole?

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So was there freight onboard when she was sheltering? Still don't see why she could not go somewhere closer than all the way back to Poole?

 

might be some cargo displacement due to wrong/unfortunate lashing?? or just bad weather 10 metres swell and 40 knots is quite rough

 

In my poor opinion she returned "home" in view of weather forecast, to be re-loaded and get back to spain almost full, although i heard that no cargo on weather deck as is not possible to open portside stern door on Poole.

Berth defenses are good for Barfleur and no good at all for Pelican stern doors

 

At present time scheduled to call Bilbao sunday 8 to 12; needs to hurry up as Baie d Seine is arriving at 14:00 lt

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might be some cargo displacement due to wrong/unfortunate lashing?? or just bad weather 10 metres swell and 40 knots is quite rough

 

In my poor opinion she returned "home" in view of weather forecast, to be re-loaded and get back to spain almost full, although i heard that no cargo on weather deck as is not possible to open portside stern door on Poole.

Berth defenses are good for Barfleur and no good at all for Pelican stern doors

 

At present time scheduled to call Bilbao sunday 8 to 12; needs to hurry up as Baie d Seine is arriving at 14:00 lt

 

 

Cool - thanks for that. You are probably right - a reshuffle and top her up with some more units!

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She has not been anywhere near the actual berth though, she has just anchored in the bay all day not gone into port at all. Barfleur ileft this morning and won't be back till later so why hasn't Pelican returned to the berth if she was going to reload?

 

Ais track shows her staying outside near Old Harry.

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She has not been anywhere near the actual berth though, she has just anchored in the bay all day not gone into port at all. Barfleur ileft this morning and won't be back till later so why hasn't Pelican returned to the berth if she was going to reload?

 

Ais track shows her staying outside near Old Harry.

 

 

Probably nothing there yet!

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Did she do a 180 to Poole to gain a following sea rather than take a beam sea on a more northerly course to a closer shelter?

 

 

Quite possibly! And I guess they knew they would have to do some shuffling before setting off again...

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Its one year to the day since Brittany Ferries first announced the charter of the MN Pelican onto the Poole/Bilbao route.

 

There has been no official confirmation of her charter being extended (was initially for 12 months), however she does currently appear on the timetable until early April.

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Just been looking at AIS and it appears MN Pelican has turned around north of Brest and is heading back towards Poole, currently positioned to the south-west of Portland.

Wonder what the reason for this would be as must be costing a bit in fuel etc?

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The "Compagnie Maritime Nantaise -MN",owner of BELEM, MN Pelican, Toucan [...], is bought by a shipowner in Le Havre "SOGESTRAN"

http://www.ouest-france.fr/normandie/la-nantaise-reprise-par-un-groupe-havrais-5096178

The Maritime company of Nantes transports the rocket elements Ariane and manages the Belem. She works for the Defense.

The Maritime Nantes (MN) company, headquartered in Nantes and previously a subsidiary of the Compagnie Nationale de Navigation, is taken over by Le Havre Sogestran group, announced Wednesday June 28, 2017 its CEO, Patrick Gerbeno.

The MN manages, without the Nantes know, a symbolic ship, the three-masted barque Belem, on behalf of the Belem foundation (Groupe des Caisses d'Epargne). This historic ship is the only one of the fleet of the MN to frequent the port of Nantes.

The other ships of the Nantaise, as it is called in maritime circles, five roars and a scientific boat, criss-cross the seas. The company is in particular the carrier of elements of the Ariane rocket between Europe and Guyana, and of the Ministry of Defense.

La Nantaise was formerly known as Morbihan, when the passenger transport activity on the islands (Groix, Belle-île) had not been separated from the long course.

"This acquisition does not change the organization, says Patrick Gerbeno. MN retains its ships, its name, its flag, its headquarters in Nantes, its Brest facility (in particular, the operation of six passenger boats in the Brest harbor) and all its sedentary and seagoing employees. In total, it employs more than 550 people.

The acquirer, Sogestran, is a family group headed by Pascal Girardet, created in Le Havre in 1948 and active in logistics and maritime and river transport through specialized subsidiaries such as the CLT, the Liège Transport Company and, in the maritime sector , Someca (transport of cement on Corsica), Maritima (refueling in Marseille-Fos and Algeria) and Biomar (transport of biofuels).

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