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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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Interestingly if you look at the ferrysite, Bore Bay used to have massive infrastructure plonked on the top of her. This was under UECC. This has now been removed and the funnel looks very odd!

http://www.ferry-site.dk/ferry.php?id=9122007&lang=en

57 minutes ago, jonno said:

I don't think so, she just plodded on regardless.

I wonder whether Poole will see Etretat in December or thereabouts. Connemara will be at Le Havre and Kerry will be at Cork?

Etretat will be serving predominantly Le Havre throughout the winter season until the arrival of Honfleur, so I'd say it is unlikely. In fact, Le Havre will be a two-ship service come January! As bbcone says, Connemara will be appearing at Poole to refit cover Barfleur. 

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1 hour ago, georgem7 said:

Interestingly if you look at the ferrysite, Bore Bay used to have massive infrastructure plonked on the top of her. This was under UECC. This has now been removed and the funnel looks very odd!

http://www.ferry-site.dk/ferry.php?id=9122007&lang=en

Etretat will be serving predominantly Le Havre throughout the winter season until the arrival of Honfleur, so I'd say it is unlikely. In fact, Le Havre will be a two-ship service come January! As bbcone says, Connemara will be appearing at Poole to refit cover Barfleur. 

Will that be the longest BF ship ever to have served Poole?

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52 minutes ago, hf_uk said:

Will that be the longest BF ship ever to have served Poole?

Connemara has already served Poole, in her guise as Norman Asturias.  I think she must be the longest ship to have served the port for any operator.

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50 minutes ago, hf_uk said:

Will that be the longest BF ship ever to have served Poole?

Connemara was Norman Asturias, and she served Poole under LD Lines.  So she has served Poole before under a different operator.  Etretat, who was originally Norman Voyager, visited Poole briefly as berthing trials for the Asturias.  Remember the Voyager’s appearance had HT in raptures of speculation about BF’s Poole future...😄

Oops, sorry Gareth, posts crossed!

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2 hours ago, georgem7 said:

Interestingly if you look at the ferrysite, Bore Bay used to have massive infrastructure plonked on the top of her. This was under UECC. This has now been removed and the funnel looks very odd!

It seems she was configured as a car transporter originally with a couple of extra decks which have subsequently been removed.  Ed. 

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3 hours ago, georgem7 said:

Le Havre will be a two-ship service come January!

Any Idea why BF are doing this for just a month? Looks like Connemara will be taking over BDS' timetable from the middle of March too.

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27 minutes ago, Cabin-boy said:

It seems she was configured as a car transporter originally with a couple of extra decks which have subsequently been removed.  Ed. 

Crucially though... does she have a Jacuzzi?! 

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According to Bore LTD, 'Bore Bay' will be chartered long-term to SeaCargo from January 2020. The Brittany Ferries timetables state that 'Bore Bay' will remain on the Poole/Bilbao route until March 2020. 'MN Pelican' is currently off Portugal heading north with no destination set, possibly bound for Bilbao.

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Presumably, when all the Flexers are in place, there could well be no Economy, and no Bore Bay / Pelican either. But that would mean that Poole would lose a link to Spain unless they brought back the Cotentin, and she did 1 per week (which was successful previously), but leaving a gap in the Cherbourg weekly timetable. Alternatively, I guess they could have Cotentin doing Cherbourg non-stop, still get rid of the Economy, and keep a dedicated Poole - Spain freighter, such as they do now, but keep it 'unbranded' ?

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