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As if by magic, the missing Builders Plate from 'St Cecilia' has reappeared. It has been put down to a simple misunderstanding and no questions will be asked. The owner of the plate is over the m

LOL, don't be silly. The only builders plate I've managed to get my hands on is the one from the former 'Portsmouth Queen' but I was given that legally.

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On 22/06/2019 at 08:14, eagleeye said:

Looks like she has just made it there ..quite quickly I thought .makes you wonder why she wasn’t kept for a few years as she is clearly quite reliable and customer s quite liked the saints 

Yes it's a strange one. I was also under the impression that St. Cecilia was in better overall condition than St. Faith so I wonder why they chose to part with Cecilia over Faith unless it was due to resale value and that Faith will follow in due course.

They should have just kept hold of St. Helen and sold St. Faith, that way they wouldn't have to make any modifications.

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20 minutes ago, Techsnap said:

Yes it's a strange one. I was also under the impression that St. Cecilia was in better overall condition than St. Faith so I wonder why they chose to part with Cecilia over Faith unless it was due to resale value and that Faith will follow in due course.

They should have just kept hold of St. Helen and sold St. Faith, that way they wouldn't have to make any modifications.

I guess it's because Faith is the better freight specialist, and still five years younger at the end of the day.

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1 hour ago, martijon said:

And of course the headroom on the St Helen was lower than the Faith, so they still wouldn't have been able to take double-deck trailers on the Helen

Makes sense, didn't realise that was the case, I thought all 4 were equal, obviously not :).

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Do we know if any vessels have been retired from Delcomar fleet when the acquired each former Saint into their set up or is it extension of operations requirement. Guess they carry more than the older vessels. Some look quite old that they have.

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1 hour ago, adicat said:

Do we know if any vessels have been retired from Delcomar fleet when the acquired each former Saint into their set up or is it extension of operations requirement. Guess they carry more than the older vessels. Some look quite old that they have.

The Nando Murrau has settled down on the Carloforte-Calasetta route whereas the 'Catherine' and 'Helen' operate the Carloforte-Portovesme run. The daytime Calasetta itinerary was previously shared by the old Arbatax and La Maddalena (now Luigi Biggio) - they are fun vintage little ferries which can't have much mileage left in them. I imagine they'll keep one as reserve ship and possibly sell the other unless they have further expansion in mind somewhere.

When she first went to Sardinia the St Catherine ran on the Palau-La Maddalena route but Delcomar don't really need anything else there now that have taken over rival Saremar operation with its two purpose-built ships. At both Palau and Calasetta Delcomar continue the practice of having dedicated night ferries - a pair of landing craft things which take over from the day ships in the early evening.

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