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Yes, but a long time ago now. 1991 on the Duc.

They do still happen tho' as I have a French friend who lives near St. Malo and he has posted recent pictures of a bridge and Engine room visit on the Bretagne.... might be worth a letter to Customer Services...

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Would imagine the standard corporate response will be due to legislation and safety etc etc this will not be possible. So best if anyone has done it or thinks they have got one privately arranged to keep their lips sealed as it is only likely to get the crew in the crap.... which ultimately then ruins further chances for others.... if you get one, enjoy and keep your memories to yourself... if these things are overtly happening in front of management on a public domain, they will eventually have no option but to clamp down on their crews to not oblige. :/

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Oldseadog, where did you hear about last October's visit? And was anyone on here aware of one taking place? I certainly wasn't, so perhaps it was some sort of locally publicised open day while the vessel was in port. If that is the case then the simplest solution would be for you to contact BF in Plymouth and ask them if they plan to repeat the event. Ed.

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Hello all,

I'm a new member and desperate to do an engine room tour. I see BF offered one from Plymouth last October, have any of you been on one, is it possible to book a private experience?

 

 

Someone asked this same question on Twitter, the response was that they "Can't arrange an engine room tour in advance".

 

Try asking on board when you travel, you never know until you ask.

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Thanks all,

I had already, in conjunction with my post, emailed BF customer services and you are spot on, a flat no - due to health and safety.

I saw a write up online about the Plymouth one last Oct, but wasn't on the ball enough to catch it as it was happening.

Maybe the asking whilst on board is my only option.

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Isn't it a matter for the Chief Engineer and his/her (?) officers on the day? I say "her" because the last time I made an engine room visit with the engines running -- on Armorique in fact -- the engineer escorting the party I was with was a young woman!

 

Sometimes I think it would be better if the vessel was berthed and the main engines shut down -- as with the Condor HSCs at Poole Quay. At least then you can hear the explanations! The first time I ever made an engine room visit the noise was absolutely staggering -- no ear defenders or earplugs carrying with it a risk of tinnitus. But it was unforgettable experience!

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Isn't it a matter for the Chief Engineer and his/her (?) officers on the day? I say "her" because the last time I made an engine room visit with the engines running -- on Armorique in fact -- the engineer escorting the party I was with was a young woman!

 

Sometimes I think it would be better if the vessel was berthed and the main engines shut down -- as with the Condor HSCs at Poole Quay. At least then you can hear the explanations! The first time I ever made an engine room visit the noise was absolutely staggering -- no ear defenders or earplugs carrying with it a risk of tinnitus. But it was unforgettable experience!

 

Hear Hear (sorry)....

 

I went to the Barfleur engine room a while back, with nothing but the generators running and nearly deafened myself! You can really appreciate now why the noise and vibrations travel so much across the berth so much when main engines start up now.

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A few years ago I went into an engine room while at sea, not a BF or Condor ship btw - or Waverley, whom allows public in the engine room while operational.

 

Very noisy, had ear defenders in the form of those yellow earplugs but they kept falling out so gave up. We were sitting with the engineers yakking, but we were in a little room adjacent to the engines. Been in Condor Express's engine room, not Liberation's, don't think they did one of their open days in Poole with her, they did in Jersey when she was first here.

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Thanks Skip. I see that one was in July aboard MSM at Ouistreham. So not the October one that Oldseadog is referring to. I guess he can't mean this October just gone or we would all remember it.

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As Gareth says it certainly wasn't October 2016 as our memories aren't that poor, and Armorique was covering for MSM at Caen while having those lovely scrubbers fitted in October 2015.....

 

The usual schedule in October means she's only ever sitting on the berth in Roscoff during daylight hours, between an 08h00 arrival and mid afternoon departure, as opposed to a 20h10 (21h30 on Thursday) arrival into Plymouth followed by the overnight departure.

 

Still scratching my head on this one .........

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I wouldn't waste too much time scratching your head Chris - your first conclusion was surely the correct one!

 

I did say it certainly wasn't 2016 and was hoping that Mr Seadog might have come back to clarify that he meant 2015 before pointing out the very relevant certainty, as you correctly highlighted, that there were in fact no BF sailings from Plymouth in October 2015. At the time it was quite a discussion point in the forum. ;)

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"Engine Room Tours" on preserved paddle steamers couldn't be easier! They just open up the engine room and then you have a balustraded gallery all round. I recall going on one on the Bodensee in South Germany where they'd done this -- like Waverley! The condition of the German ship was totally immaculate. Why is that? Money or what?

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"Engine Room Tours" on preserved paddle steamers couldn't be easier! They just open up the engine room and then you have a balustraded gallery all round. I recall going on one on the Bodensee in South Germany where they'd done this -- like Waverley! The condition of the German ship was totally immaculate. Why is that? Money or what?

 

Ah, but can you get a "private experience"?! 😉

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Isn't it a matter for the Chief Engineer and his/her (?) officers on the day?

 

Correct, same as Bridge visits. Plus the Master gets his/her say on the matter.

 

I understand that due to current security concerns the official answer from most companies will be NO to any visits to Restricted Areas and directives to that effect have been issued to crews.

 

 

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"Engine Room Tours" on preserved paddle steamers couldn't be easier! They just open up the engine room and then you have a balustraded gallery all round. I recall going on one on the Bodensee in South Germany where they'd done this -- like Waverley! The condition of the German ship was totally immaculate. Why is that? Money or what?
Waverley is brilliant. One paddler, not sure if they open the engine room to though - think they do - is the Skibladner in Norway, an 1856 old lady.
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Yep seen the Waverleys engine I smelt quite bad afterwards 😉

Toilets are next to the engine room, and the smell emanating from the gents is often quite a ripe one - not that I've been in there, but there are portholes above the urinals and probably explains it, blokes probably get a bit distracted...😉
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Not an engine room but I once walked underneath one of P&O's North Sea Ferries (can't remember the name but it did the Hull/Rotterdam route). I was working (refit construction work) and staying on the ship in Schiedam when they moved it into dry dock. Unofficially me and my mate clambered down a ladder and walked under the ship, a jaw dropping sight when seen from that angle.

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