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Cork to Santander Route to Launch in 2018


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NEWS: The Official Press Release regarding the new Ireland - Spain route can be read here. 16/01/18

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The Connemara's ship guide has now been published. 

Largely an identical layout to that of the Etretat, with the addition of cabins on deck 7. It's interesting that it contains a foot passenger information section, given that none will be carried (initially at least).

Connemara.pdf

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The "Connemara" arriving Cork this morning from Santader

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44 minutes ago, Andy said:

The Connemara's ship guide has now been published. 

Largely an identical layout to that of the Etretat, with the addition of cabins on deck 7. It's interesting that it contains a foot passenger information section, given that none will be carried (initially at least).

Connemara.pdf

It’s Murphy’s Law looked at around 07.00 today no changes so had the NA deck plans up for comparison and to look at the catering arrangements.

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2 hours ago, Andy said:

It's interesting that it contains a foot passenger information section, given that none will be carried (initially at least).

The Roscoff route does allow foot passengers

 

Route details
Outbound
Route:Cork to Roscoff
Departure:Mon 4 Jun 2018 22:00
Arrival:Tue 5 Jun 2018 15:30
Vessel:CONNEMARA
How are you travelling?
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On Foot 
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17 hours ago, David Williams said:

Interesting escalator from Deck 3 to 5, presumably intended for foot passengers originally.

I'd imagine that this is due to the fact that in Greece, most vessels berth stern in with nothing on either side, everything boards through the rear doors.

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Diverted to Bizerte anchorage (Tunisia), perhaps just 'killing time' before proceeding to Gibraltar - a very steady voyage so far, mainly at around 11 knots, after leaving Greece topping 20 knots.

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As far as I can see, the only thing that has changed from the original plan is that the sailing ex-Santander on 29 April is no longer being offered?  In which case, I wonder why?  Ship not expected to be ready, or not enough bookings?  Decided they need berthing trials after all? Looks like the ship will be making the passage to Cork anyway, just not commercially.

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5 minutes ago, Gareth said:

As far as I can see, the only thing that has changed from the original plan is that the sailing ex-Santander on 29 April is no longer being offered?  In which case, I wonder why?  Ship not expected to be ready, or not enough bookings?  Decided they need berthing trials after all? Looks like the ship will be making the passage to Cork anyway, just not commercially.

That is correct, according to the Freight Timetable, the 'Connemara' is sailing from Cork to Roscoff, so it looks as though she will be in service. This sailing is still on the timetable today.

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@Gareth Having just heard from a contact in Santander, it appears that 'MV Connemara' will now arrive in Santander on April 21st where she will go to one of the commercial berths for refit. She will remain there until May 2nd shifting to the terminal in preparation to start service on May 3rd carrying Freight only.

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Thanks Tony, that makes sense.  Starting with freight only is a good way of conducting berthing trials and still generating revenue.  Guess it gives them longer to get the ship ready for passengers too, as they can carry on working during the freight-carrying passages.

Wonder what her delay into Gibraltar was due to.

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3 minutes ago, Gareth said:

Thanks Tony, that makes sense.  Starting with freight only is a good way of conducting berthing trials and still generating revenue.  Guess it gives them longer to get the ship ready for passengers too, as they can carry on working during the freight-carrying passages.

Wonder what her delay into Gibraltar was due to.

No idea on that one, April 21st doesn't give her long to get to Spain from her current position. Currently north-west of Algiers.

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39 minutes ago, TonyMWeaver said:

No idea on that one, April 21st doesn't give her long to get to Spain from her current position. Currently north-west of Algiers.

....and showing no signs of being in a hurry, pootling along at 12 knots!

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