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So. Bf buy Condor. Integrate the ro-ro into their Portsmouth operations, and start up "British Express Medicals" with Libby. Perfect:)

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15 minutes ago, hf_uk said:

So. Bf buy Condor. Integrate the ro-ro into their Portsmouth operations, and start up "British Express Medicals" with Libby. Perfect:)

Or they could do what the article says and hire a "logistics company" such as DHL or UPS to fly in whatever is needed urgently to where it is actually needed. I know this is a ferry site but the world doesn't revolve around ferries to the exclusion of everything else🤔

 

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40 minutes ago, G4rth said:

Or they could do what the article says and hire a "logistics company" such as DHL or UPS to fly in whatever is needed urgently to where it is actually needed. I know this is a ferry site but the world doesn't revolve around ferries to the exclusion of everything else🤔

 

You'd better not set foot in Plymouth with views like that G4rth. They'll have you charged with heresy. Ed.

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Out of interest, Libby takes freight, are there other HSCs that also take it, I don’t think the previous cats took it, or did they?  Was freight in their day carried on Goodwill and Clipper?  Lib is a big enough HSC to handle freight, but just wondered if there are any others that carry it too.  Don’t think NEX does, does she?

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39 minutes ago, G4rth said:

Or they could do what the article says and hire a "logistics company" such as DHL or UPS to fly in whatever is needed urgently to where it is actually needed. I know this is a ferry site but the world doesn't revolve around ferries to the exclusion of everything else🤔

 

As they do with 90% of medicines anyway. Air couriers have invested millions in specialised medicinal transportation. On the flipside of this the EMA are really worried as the near on 700 medicines solely made in the U.K. are still not licensed to be made in the EU. They are worried about the 42 million medicinal and veterinarian packs which the U.K send to mainland Europe every month.

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54 minutes ago, G4rth said:

Or they could do what the article says and hire a "logistics company" such as DHL or UPS to fly in whatever is needed urgently to where it is actually needed. I know this is a ferry site but the world doesn't revolve around ferries to the exclusion of everything else🤔

 

ÂŁ3 million ain't gonna go far if they setup something like you suggest!?

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3 minutes ago, Khaines said:

Out of interest, Libby takes freight, are there other HSCs that also take it, I don’t think the previous cats took it, or did they?  Was freight in their day carried on Goodwill and Clipper?  Lib is a big enough HSC to handle freight, but just wondered if there are any others that carry it too.  Don’t think NEX does, does she?

NEX does but it's very little, around 600 units during the seasons she covers. Looking at her specs she can carry 7 HGV's at any one time.

057-bayferries-ga.pdf

 Rapide looks like just 4 max... "Vehicle Capacity - 200 cars at 4.5m length x 2.3m wide or combination of cars and up to 4 buses."

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1 hour ago, hf_uk said:

ÂŁ3 million ain't gonna go far if they setup something like you suggest!?

I'm not saying ferries don't play an important roll in any general planning. Perhaps money might be better spent employing companies that already efficiently carry out the function of carrying medical supplies and can quickly reach all parts of the UK rather than trying to start new supply lines as some have been advocating.

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7 trucks can carry a lot of pills. This announcement was about medicines specifically, not general freight...

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2 hours ago, hf_uk said:

7 trucks can carry a lot of pills. This announcement was about medicines specifically, not general freight...

Before we all start flapping our wings, does anyone know how many EU pharmaceutical companies there are which actually sells drugs to the U.K. Drugs which aren't time sensitive? Does anyone know how many of these are made under licences from U.K. manufacturers as it seems to me that nearly 35% of the EU's drug manufacture and distribution will halt if there's a no deal exit. There's a reason why we send 42 million medicinal packages to mainland Europe every month and don't even receive a tenth of what they produce. None of our imports from the EEA countries will be effected nor will those from Israel or India.

The only medicine we rely on is radioisotopes from France, Belgium and Holland and since 2015 that's all flown in to Coventry airport as the U.K cannot rely on the French ports.

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9 minutes ago, jonno said:

Before we all start flapping our wings, does anyone know how many EU pharmaceutical companies there are which actually sells drugs to the U.K. Drugs which aren't time sensitive? Does anyone know how many of these are made under licences from U.K. manufacturers as it seems to me that nearly 35% of the EU's drug manufacture and distribution will halt if there's a no deal exit. There's a reason why we send 42 million medicinal packages to mainland Europe every month and don't even receive a tenth of what they produce. None of our imports from the EEA countries will be effected nor will those from Israel or India.

The only medicine we rely on is radioisotopes from France, Belgium and Holland and since 2015 that's all flown in to Coventry airport as the U.K cannot rely on the French ports.

This link should be of assistance.  Quite long and wordy but may help.

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmbeis/382/382.pdf

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A few hundred trips on NEx, many at quiet times, and whilst I have seen coaches on board often, I have never ever seen an HGV. I cannot say that they don't, but I would have expected to have seen one at least once . . .

 

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1 hour ago, rogerpatenall said:

A few hundred trips on NEx, many at quiet times, and whilst I have seen coaches on board often, I have never ever seen an HGV. I cannot say that they don't, but I would have expected to have seen one at least once . . .

 

BF’s page on freight on NEX.

https://www.brittanyferriesfreight.co.uk/specialised-traffic/fast-craft-service

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