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And strangely BDS is not doing her end of week trip to Le Havre this week either. I wonder if the port is closed for repairs or something. Bretagne will be doing a one-off trip Portsmouth to Le Havre on the 7 December before being laid up for the winter. Ed. 

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Here's my pics of pont aven and armourique   

For all al the stick she gets, Armorique is a very handy member of the fleet for BF.

I was on the Pont Aven from Roscoff  to Plymouth yesterday morning (having also arrived on her from Cork) - there was a technical issue and also an electrical issue (stopped serving any hot breakfasts

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In fact it looks like she spent a while alongside in Brest. Either she was picking up some of BDS's passengers who are still stranded after being offloaded two weeks ago and taking them a little further down the coast or she's been chartered for some specific transport job (like Armorique was earlier in the year). The only thing I can think of would be an old submarine that the navy wanted to move from Ile Longue down to the German Submarine Pen museum in Lorient. She's now leaving Brest but I can't see it taking her two days to get where she's going. Ed. 

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Underway again now out of Lorient, being shadowed by the pilot boat..Wonder how the armoured cars got on up the ramp 😜  mind you I reckon the Foreign Legion would have found her facilities to be cruise line standard 🤣

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Etretat is now tied up alongside in Le Havre, but she's not at the ferry berth. I therefore assume something is happening with the berth or the linkspan this week which explains her absence, and subsequent charter to the military, and also explains why BDS has diverted to Cherbourg for her usual Friday rotation. Ed. 

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Quite possibly. Although it is also worth noting that the ferries at Le Havre aways come off the berth when they are laying by for an extended length of time.  At the xmas and NY shut-downs, for example, the ferries don’t stay at the berth.  So I wonder if there is a general preference at Le Havre for the ferries not to stay on the berth if they are there for a few days.  Why, I’m not sure.  Possibly higher berthing fees at the roro berth than alongside the jetties?

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I've no idea if this is connected or not but I've found various references online to tenders issued earlier in the year (with submission deadlines in July) for work on the sewage and water treatment systems at the port in Le Havre as well as for general cleaning, clearing and refurbishment of the locks and other structures. If any of that work is currently underway then it might be impeding acres to the RORO berth, hence the suspension of BF services. Ed.

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2 hours ago, David Williams said:

Given we are now on 'maybes'. maybe there is some work required to support Normandie. 

It happens regularly.  And Normandie has berthed at Le Havre without problem before.  Should be no work necessary.

I suspect that it’s probably more to do with the authorities not wanting the access to the pilot boat area hampered for longer than necessary.

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Well, at Cherbourg that’s unusual, and traffic related.  But at Le Havre they come off the berth regardless of traffic (of which there is not a lot).  Le Havre seems to be the only BF continental port where ships do not lie on the roro berth for extended periods of time.

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