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Not sure why they didn't do what they did when this happened to the Faith a few years ago - load the cars and smaller vans on both decks, swing them round the central casing so that in effect they are parked on board in a horseshoe shape, and then berth stern in at Fishbourne and repeat ad infinitum.  I seem to recall they did it on the Faith for several weeks while the new prow was manufactured.  They'd lose a few spaces but would surely be better than endless queues at the terminals

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People have waited so long to get away after a horrendous period and now they get faced with delays and cancellation/retimed crossing. Again not a lot seems to be being done from a customer service point of view. If they had sorted out a W last time by retraining then it could be brought in th8s time. No forward thinking just too bad.

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And this coming weekend they are operating to and from the International Port to allow maintenance on the Gunwharf linkspan, with "changes to the way vehicles are unloaded" - presumably that will be the side ramp on the Clare back in use

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presumably that will be the side ramp on the Clare back in use

Scratched two panels on the car a few years ago trying to negotiate that ramp - an expensive trip! The double level working is a huge improvement.

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Just wondering when they use the PIP do the cars get randomly security checks or not. Is it a case that it's the port that means checks or is it destination. As normally going to IOW no checks but same risks for any ferry really. Why do cross Channel ferry customers get car checks compared to IOW. 

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3 hours ago, adicat said:

Just wondering when they use the PIP do the cars get randomly security checks or not. Is it a case that it's the port that means checks or is it destination. As normally going to IOW no checks but same risks for any ferry really. Why do cross Channel ferry customers get car checks compared to IOW. 

They do, family member crossed today and on checking in at the freight entrance they had to open the bonnet and they also used a mirror to check under the car

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I had the same experience crossing to the island last night. (Cue embarrassment at how long it took me to locate the bonnet switch).

The chap in the car in front also had his boot checked and was subject to frisking. Unlike the Folkestone tunnel terminal, no sniffer dog was involved.

Given the lack of security measures at Gunwharf the whole procedure did seem ridiculously OTT, until you realise that the PIP is a high security area which those responsible will want to keep secure - the destination of the vehicles entering it is immaterial.
 

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