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On 06/01/2019 at 23:16, Seashore said:

Still sooner than Grayling Ferries will be up and running!

As long as Chris “Failing” to run ferries and trains didn’t tell you, then you know it could be true. Has his DfT found the Gatwick Drone yet? And to think he’s an architect of Project Leave. We’re all doomed!!

The Gatwick drone is probably the same one that has turned up at Heathrow this evening, I bet it is the same one and the same people operating it as well.  The fact that a couple of drones can cause so much disruption to UK air traffic and then you have whatever is going on wiith Ramsgate, the Government seem to think that hauling goodness knows how many vessels from wherever to prevent boats of migrants getting to the UK is the utmost priority,..

Apologies for being off topic there..  I am just thinking where this government’s priorities are.   

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Today I was at the port of Le Havre, with a friend who went back on the Tat, the booking inn and customs along with the Police it took 30 min's for them to do 4 cars, if this is going to happen when Brexit starts 29 March, how many passengers will not travel. ??

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Just read this on Le Marin:

English sailors want their place aboard BAI ships

Posted on 17/01/2019 17:55 | Updated on 17/01/2019 18:17

In exchange for Brittany Ferries' GBP 46.6 million (€ 51.8 million) funding for increased cargo capacity, it appears that British seafarers some requirements ...

In a letter dated Tuesday, January 8 (see below) and addressed to Christophe Mathieu, Chairman of the Board of Brittany Ferries, Mick Cash, Secretary General of the RMT (National Union of Rail, Shipping and Road Transport Workers UK) lists a series of conditions related in particular to the crews planned "on the ships which will execute this public contract" .

The union asks Brittany Ferries that all sailors are British, that they depend on English law, particularly on unemployment and minimum wage issues, and that they are covered by the collective agreement of the LMR.

This letter was, moreover, sent in copy to the CGT. 

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I recall when P&O Portsmouth gave up running the Le Havre route all those years ago, Brittany Ferries tentatively explored the possibility of taking on the route with the ferries (Pride of Portsmouth and Pride of Let Havre). One of the main sticking points was the fact that the French unions would not work alongside non French crew. I am part French and I have to admire the fact that the French now run many of the utility companies in the UK yet we run previous little in France because the French will not allow it. If the UK government or anyone else thinks the French unions will tolerate British seamen on their ships then they need a reality check. Let's just accept that we are investing our Brexit contingency money in a good ferry firm that serves great food and leave it at that. Any British Denver of fair play etc.is not what it's all about!!

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It is somewhat ironic that one of the factors (allegedly) why BF never went through with that plan was because the UK Government referred it to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.  I know it is a point of contention whether that was actually a/the reason BF pulled out, or whether the referral just happened to coincide with BF withdrawing from the plan in any case.  But if the withdrawal was, even in part, due to HMG's referral to the Monopolies Commission then it is a supreme irony that the same government is now paying BF to do what it stopped them from doing back in 2005!

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1 hour ago, Gareth said:

It is somewhat ironic that one of the factors (allegedly) why BF never went through with that plan was because the UK Government referred it to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.  I know it is a point of contention whether that was actually a/the reason BF pulled out, or whether the referral just happened to coincide with BF withdrawing from the plan in any case.  But if the withdrawal was, even in part, due to HMG's referral to the Monopolies Commission then it is a supreme irony that the same government is now paying BF to do what it stopped them from doing back in 2005!

I notice this week that Dieppe is now part of the same port authority as Cherbourg & Caen. I would assume that they would be able to spread some freight movements accordingly.

Three French ferry ports based in Normandie have decided to join forces.
In fact, Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg were already united in ‘Ports Normands Associés’ (PNA).
Dieppe (photo) was added to these two ports, to create ‘Ports de Normandie’.
 
Chairman is Hervé Morin, former chairman of PNA.
MD is Philippe Deiss, also former MD of PNA.
 
Together, the three ports have six ro-ro berths, and see some 200,000 freight units per year, ferried across by DFDS (Transmanche Ferries), Brittany Ferries and Irish Ferries.

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