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49 minutes ago, jonno said:

Perusing the winter edition of Cruise & Ferry.net and thought this may be of interest... Maybe hhvferry can offer further insight?

http://www.cruiseandferry.net/articles/a-look-at-how-jadrolinija-is-catering-for-increased-tourism#.WjfKO99l_IU

Will they consider expanding services to the bay of Biscay too and offer a Poole-Dubrovnik crossing? ;) Only joking...

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To be fair Jonno, I think you might be overestimating the importance of the Gijon stop.  It’s probably better thought of as a nice optional extra.  But it should not detract from the supreme importance of establishing the U.K. terminus as Poole. 😉

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10 hours ago, jonno said:

Perusing the winter edition of Cruise & Ferry.net and thought this may be of interest... Maybe hhvferry can offer further insight?

http://www.cruiseandferry.net/articles/a-look-at-how-jadrolinija-is-catering-for-increased-tourism#.WjfKO99l_IU

Quite a lot has happened since that article was written, most importantly Alan Klanac and his fellow exec team were ousted in the summer (technically his term as CEO and President had ended but the removal of the entire senior team was shocking).

The project to build a ship to replace the Lastovo has recently come unstuck - she seemed quite interesting but the new board are claiming that she has been mis-specified, wouldn't fit most of the intended ports and that they are going back to the drawing board. It was never entirely clear what the ship would do; Klanac tweeted before his departure that she was for Korcula, Hvar, Vis and Lastovo but unless they do something bizarre with the schedules no one ship can serve all those islands (never mind replace the Lastovo which actually sails to Rogac).

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Meanwhile the new passenger/mail ship to replace the lovely old Postira which was ordered at Kraljevica (the same yard Wightlink's Wight class came from) is also apparently not wanted by the new management. It always seemed an amazing project to construct a like-for-like replacement on a route where the passenger ship operates effectively alongside a car ferry and some sort of hybrid would surely make more sense.

None of which gives any indication as to how the company will resolve the big, big project which will be to eventually get new tonnage in to either reopen the coastal route or replace the Marco Polo, Dubrovnik and, one day, the Zadar.

Oh and EU rules mean that Jadrolinija have to beg to be given renewed licences to operate their routes in future.

So despite over a decade of building lots of new car ferries for the local routes there is still a lot to do and a bit of chaos along the way.

But Jadrolinija have always been a bit different to your average ferry company -

 

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