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I wondered if it might be anything to do with PIP4 coming back on stream, but AIS tracks show berth 4 is still out of action.

However.....the schedules for BDS and Etretat remain unchanged.  BDS is set to resume her normal departure from Santander on Saturday, and Etretat is still set to resume the 1700 sailing from Le Havre this Sunday.  Those were the sailings that were going to be indicative of PIP4 over-running, and there is no indication that this is the case.

All of which means.....I would expect PIP4 to come back into use sometime between now and Sunday lunchtime.

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First daylight arrival into a rather soggy Portsmouth for the Monty today since her refit. Looks like they did a good job with the paintwork this time (for now!). 

Et voilà, Bretagne bang on time on her final approach to Roscoff. Out of interest I enquired about loading numbers for this evening’s one off crossing to Ouistreham. I would imagine the pained ex

So the story behind the bow thruster is as follows. A couple of weeks she was manoeuvering away from the berth in Ouistreham, but having dropped her lines the wind blew the mooring rope under her bow,

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4 hours ago, Gareth said:

I wondered if it might be anything to do with PIP4 coming back on stream, but AIS tracks show berth 4 is still out of action.

However.....the schedules for BDS and Etretat remain unchanged.  BDS is set to resume her normal departure from Santander on Saturday, and Etretat is still set to resume the 1700 sailing from Le Havre this Sunday.  Those were the sailings that were going to be indicative of PIP4 over-running, and there is no indication that this is the case.

All of which means.....I would expect PIP4 to come back into use sometime between now and Sunday lunchtime.

Seems to have been a surprising dearth of news concerning what is happening to the the linkspan at the PIP's Berth 4.  Can one assume the replacement installation has arrived from Holland if it's to come back into use between now and Sunday lunchtime?

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Yes, she is just passing Esjberg now - she’d skip past that pretty quick knowing what happens there...😉

11 hours ago, Khaines said:

According to what I heard she was doing 24 kn - so she has got a wriggle on then.....😄

👀 oh look,  Quick, don’t miss it.... she’s turning to  starboard  😲?!!

Is it not going to get somewhat  tedious hearing about every passing moment of Barfleur’s transit.....   I know for some reason, this ship is somewhat special to some on here -  Not that I’m criticising in any way...

None the less, let’s hope she gets to the yard safe & some good work is done on her, Maybe the “B” word will me muted while out of service, somehow I doubt it!😆 😂 

 

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I don’t know why she did not go through the Kiel Canal how much more expensive would it be to transit through the canal than go the long way round.  Is it due to expense or any other reason?  I would have thought that it would be easier to transit through there.  

And @daves_pad! yep, you will hear the occasional post, was querying why the AIS got stuck and she from what I gathered had been doing around 24kt, a couple of questions needed answering.  I check on her progress several times a day, so be grateful you have just had a couple of questions...

If she did go through the canal then I have the webcam saved on screen, hence keeping a close eye on her....😉😉😉😉.  To post here...😉

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On ‎21‎/‎01‎/‎2018 at 20:54, Gareth said:

And, to be honest, doesn’t save a huge amount of time.  The process of transiting the canal (including the waiting at the start for your turn to enter the lock, which is often quite a substantial period) can take a good 8 to 12 hours.

 

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3 minutes ago, cvabishop said:

The German High Seas Fleet? :D

Most of the Navy - ooops, that is Aliaga....😉  My old friend from Wightlink, Caedmon, ended her days in Esbjerg..😟

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6 minutes ago, Gareth said:

Ah I see! 😀. It’s ok though, Brigitte, most ships that visit Esbjerg do manage to leave again without being chopped up! 😁

Are the Vikings now sending out raiding parties looking for passing ships to capture and recycle? I know it takes something like 150 soft-drink cans to make one bicycle. Just think how many they could make from Barfleur? :D Ed. 

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