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CF is one of the few BF vessels that has to have a full dry dock every year.  Not quite sure why, but assume it’s something to do with the maintenance schedule required for her rather specialist engines.

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Bretagne restoring in Cherbourg this afternoon. Apologies for the poor photo but it was low tide and a grisly grey day here. Having said that she looks pristine and as good as new - ready for another

I’m not sure how these will turn out As it was almost dark but here’s further photos tonight of MSM taken from Barfleur. So the old logo has gone from the port side and they’ve finished painting the b

A few pics of Pont-Aven last night when they were already craning off the inflatable life rafts, and this morning when she was stern in on berth 3. I’m not an expert in crane sizes but since I’m origi

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17 minutes ago, Gareth said:

CF is one of the few BF vessels that has to have a full dry dock every year.  Not quite sure why, but assume it’s something to do with the maintenance schedule required for her rather specialist engines.

Her open loop discharge outlets degrade far quicker than anticipated due to the acidity of the wash water. They need her dry to inspect and possibly replace them.

Ok, time for another meander, Gareth feel free to remove it if you think it's strayed too far. 

Having a look at Lloyds List most of the shipping companies see scrubbers as short term investments, 5 years mainly. Used volumes of HFO fell by 46% in 2018 and so far the trend is continuing. Companies such as Argus Media & Marine Energy believe that by 2020 consumed volumes of HFO will have fell by 80% compared to 2016 and due to the price comparison rapidly beginning to equalise LSMGO will be the go to fuel from next year with domestic boiler fuels being stockpiled as back up.

IMO are coming under increasing pressure to ban open loop scrubber systems due to the effect wash water is having on marine life - it's not just the sulphuric acid, it's the carcinogens and metals also being discharged, their use is already banned in most world ports and slow tidal territorial waters. Closed loop systems are roughly 3 times the price meaning shipping companies are steering clear of them.

The result is that demand for HFO is rapidly falling & stocks are dwindling raising the price, more so now due to the Iran embargo. An ever increasing list of refineries are producing far larger volumes of distillate due to improvements in fraction technologies which is seeing the price fall. Now there's only around a 15% price difference between them which to some may still seem a lot but when you consider that LSMGO produces more energy, less maintenance and no scrubber investment it's negligible. Compare this to 2016/17 when the price difference was over 200%.

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6 minutes ago, TonyMWeaver said:

Indeed, now a French crew of 111.

Given that she has a capacity for 500 passengers, that seems like a very high ratio of crew to customers, particularly as it's a no-frills service. Does that include a full symphony orchestra for the wake-up tune? Ed.

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17 minutes ago, Cabin-boy said:

Given that she has a capacity for 500 passengers, that seems like a very high ratio of crew to customers, particularly as it's a no-frills service. Does that include a full symphony orchestra for the wake-up tune? Ed.

100 crew and 11 for the orchestra

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2 hours ago, Cabin-boy said:

Given that she has a capacity for 500 passengers, that seems like a very high ratio of crew to customers, particularly as it's a no-frills service. Does that include a full symphony orchestra for the wake-up tune? Ed.

Quote from the Press Release: 

"This commitment has now been fulfilled six months early, allowing for the creation of 111 jobs for French crew-members, including 25 officers."

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3 hours ago, scarlton said:

111 is the total, it's about 40-50 at any time I believe.

Even less when you consider breaking that out into shifts too. Not too sure what the patterns are.

Sorry Ed - no orchestra. Can I interest you in a tiny violin as a consolation prize?... ;)

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On 13/10/2019 at 15:10, TonyMWeaver said:

Indeed, Barfleur' did sail from Portsmouth (Photo below), March 8th 2015 was the date. Here's the full refit schedule in case you missed it above:

‘Normandie Express’ In Progress, until: 26/10/2019 (Dunkirk)

'Connemara' 31/10/19 - 13/11/19 (Santander, Spain)

‘Bretagne’ 04/11/2019 - 29/12/2019 (Gdansk, Poland)

‘Cap Finistere’ 05/11/2019 - 26/11/2019 (Santander, Spain)

‘Armorique’ 11/11/2019 - 18/11/2019 (Shipyard TBC)

‘Barfleur’ 24/11/2019 - 02/01/2020 (Santander, Spain)

‘Pont-Aven’ 03/01/2020 - 17/03/2020 (Gdansk, Poland)

‘Mont St Michel’ 06/01/2020 - 03/02/2020 (Gdansk, Poland)

‘Normandie’ 03/02/2020 - 10/02/2020 (Cherbourg, France)

‘Etretat’ 11/02/2020 - 13/03/2020 (Santander, Spain)

‘Baie de Seine’ 13/03/2020 - 10/04/2020 (Gdansk, Poland)

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Do we know where Armorique is going for her "pre Christmas holiday break" called a re-fit? Barfleur most definitely needs a paint-job based off that photo - new logo also or not? 

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10 minutes ago, MichaelBF said:

Do we know where Armorique is going for her "pre Christmas holiday break" called a re-fit? Barfleur most definitely needs a paint-job based off that photo - new logo also or not? 

It's only a week so I think it will be Cherbourg.

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21 hours ago, TonyMWeaver said:

That's what I thought at the time, I was sceptical so I asked BF if the existing livery was staying, their response was "I think so". 

In fairness, the last change done took several years to propagate across the fleet but thought they were trying to be a bit quicker this time.

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4 hours ago, TonyMWeaver said:

Cap Finistere' undergoing her Annual Maintenance at the Astander Shipyard in Santander, thanks to Marlène Diez.

More photos here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/BrittanyFerriesShips/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1359093554258788

 

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She'll get a bit of a touch up I expect, but she is huge - I don't think people appreciate how much bigger she is than the remainder of the fleet. 

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