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'Kerry' seen in Gilbraltar this morning, she's now bunkering.   Thanks to Francis Ferro for the photo.    

That’s an awful big bowl for the car keys .

A voyage report on the AF Michela - https://www.maxglobetrotter.com/2018/03/trieste-to-durres-adria-ferry-way.html

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1 hour ago, Jim said:

... I always thought they were significantly larger... so much so they needed their own funnel ;)

They look like the "off the shelf" ones which went into the BDS - which were utterly useless.

BF build big bespoke over-engineered and overly expensive ones, but at least they work!

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1 hour ago, Jim said:

... I always thought they were significantly larger... so much so they needed their own funnel ;)

Memories of seeing pictures of monstrosities before the BF fleet got theirs fitted.  Only the Pont I think has come off badly from her post scrubber look.

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Does anyone know, is there a difference in the styles of scrubber? I know there’s closed and open loop systems which work differently. I’m not sure which the big ones are (MSM, PA, Arm) and the smaller ones (BDS, CF, Kerry) - but I know engine size has something to do with it hence why PA and MSM have huge ones. Perhaps someone else knows please?

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44 minutes ago, wortley said:

Is there any news of the dormitories please? Is that being retained for crew accommodation, or for passengers, and if so how will it be priced ?

She's a modern, Stena-owned ship built in 2001 with a mostly still intact standard Visentini fitout; which means the overnight accomodation comprises 4 berth cabins (there may be a couple of 2 berths but very few) and some reclining seats.

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On 17/10/2019 at 12:50, Jim said:

... I always thought they were significantly larger... so much so they needed their own funnel ;)

That one looks like 12 x 4 metres and every main engine needs one including the fuel driven alternators. As an example, a ship such as Armorique would need five of them... considering the size of the bad boy pictured above, that's a lot of space needed.

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50 minutes ago, hhvferry said:

She's a modern, Stena-owned ship built in 2001 with a mostly still intact standard Visentini fitout; which means the overnight accomodation comprises 4 berth cabins (there may be a couple of 2 berths but very few) and some reclining seats.

But look ! It says three dormitories.

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29 minutes ago, neilcvx said:

It really doesn’t matter if she has dormitories or not BF would never sell them to the general public , truckers on the other hand ,,,

Why not, they do on planes and they are called first class. As long as they are priced somewhere between a reclining chair and a berth in a proper cabin that would seem to be a sensible option.

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1 minute ago, David Williams said:

Why not, they do on planes and they are called first class. As long as they are priced somewhere between a reclining chair and a berth in a proper cabin that would seem to be a sensible option.

Ask BF ? Seriously though they won’t go from every cabin being en-suite to dorms of 40 odd folk no other ferry operator that sails from the UK does (as far as I know) and I can’t see BF bucking the trend.

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Just now, neilcvx said:

Ask BF ? Seriously though they won’t go from every cabin being en-suite to dorms of 40 odd folk no other ferry operator that sails from the UK does (as far as I know) and I can’t see BF bucking the trend.

You are probably right, however what is the real difference between that and reclining seats. One can sleep in clothes just like reclining seats in a ship or lie flat beds in planes - BF could always sell sleep suits that you change into in the loos (like planes).

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10 hours ago, cvabishop said:

Next step would be sleeping on deck.

Anyone ever tried sleeping out on deck?  Outdoor sleeping areas for use in summer months could be quite a gimmick.  Of course, a secure area needs to fenced in properly.  We have a cafe near us that has a large double bed outside (outdoor furniture plastic type of thing) with loads of cushions that people can sit on (will try and get a pic).  I reckon it would be fun if, so long as safety was taken into concern and this was in an enclosed area then it would be quite a hoot.

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1 hour ago, Khaines said:

Anyone ever tried sleeping out on deck?  Outdoor sleeping areas for use in summer months could be quite a gimmick.  Of course, a secure area needs to fenced in properly.  We have a cafe near us that has a large double bed outside (outdoor furniture plastic type of thing) with loads of cushions that people can sit on (will try and get a pic).  I reckon it would be fun if, so long as safety was taken into concern and this was in an enclosed area then it would be quite a hoot.

Bed I was talking about.  One thing, it is wood, thought I remembered it to be plastic.  Get a couple of these on the outdoor decks.

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