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I heard today that this will be out of service now until October as New drive shaft needed. This will be a real pain for commuters and hard on the tourist economy for those hotels and restaurants which people now will feel are too far away. Perhaps the millionaires on Sandbanks could club together for the old Cowes Floating bridge as an emergency replacement. ūüėĀ

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Says in the Echo that she is expected to be out of service until at least August 12.  Pain in the backside as was planning to go to Swanage for a couple of days out.  

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Sandbanks Ferry Update:
The Sandbanks Ferry was withdrawn from service on Friday 12th July following an unexpected fracture of one of the main drive shafts and is currently at a repair facility in Southampton. We are working very closely with the MCA (Marine & Coastguard Agency) and Lloyds Register of Shipping (our Class Surveyors for Insurers) to ensure all repairs are conducted to Class standards and specification.
The broken shaft and drive wheel have been removed. The shaft and drive wheel are joined by a hydraulic coupling. As the coupling is a specialist part, we are waiting for the removal kit, which is being flown from Sweden in order to try and separate the coupling. As a precaution we have had the other drive shaft tested and, although no cracks have been detected, the condition is such that we have taken the decision to replace it as well and work has commenced to do this. As already mentioned, the coupling is a specialist component, which is manufactured to order and, unfortunately, this is on a very long lead time. We are in constant communication with the manufacturers to speed this process up, as well as researching alternatives.
The lead time on the coupling means that we do not anticipate being able to resume service until sometime in October. We hope to have a much clearer picture of the return to service date next week. We sincerely apologise to all our valued customers for this inconvenience and would like to thank all our Contractors, Surveyors (from both Lloyds and MCA) and our Naval Architects BCTQ, who are all working incredibly hard to return us to service as quickly as possible. We also wish to thank the public for the positive words of support received, which certainly helps our hard-working staff who have been demoralised by other uninformed, and in some cases libellous, comments.
 
 
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23 hours ago, TonyMWeaver said:
Sandbanks Ferry Update:
The Sandbanks Ferry was withdrawn from service on Friday 12th July following an unexpected fracture of one of the main drive shafts and is currently at a repair facility in Southampton. We are working very closely with the MCA (Marine & Coastguard Agency) and Lloyds Register of Shipping (our Class Surveyors for Insurers) to ensure all repairs are conducted to Class standards and specification.
The broken shaft and drive wheel have been removed. The shaft and drive wheel are joined by a hydraulic coupling. As the coupling is a specialist part, we are waiting for the removal kit, which is being flown from Sweden in order to try and separate the coupling. As a precaution we have had the other drive shaft tested and, although no cracks have been detected, the condition is such that we have taken the decision to replace it as well and work has commenced to do this. As already mentioned, the coupling is a specialist component, which is manufactured to order and, unfortunately, this is on a very long lead time. We are in constant communication with the manufacturers to speed this process up, as well as researching alternatives.
The lead time on the coupling means that we do not anticipate being able to resume service until sometime in October. We hope to have a much clearer picture of the return to service date next week. We sincerely apologise to all our valued customers for this inconvenience and would like to thank all our Contractors, Surveyors (from both Lloyds and MCA) and our Naval Architects BCTQ, who are all working incredibly hard to return us to service as quickly as possible. We also wish to thank the public for the positive words of support received, which certainly helps our hard-working staff who have been demoralised by other uninformed, and in some cases libellous, comments.
 
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It does seem incredible that there is no backup. Torpoint is bad enough, but at least there are a few spare!

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Had a meeting in the Haven Hotel earlier, took the opportunity to take these pics of the Haven minus the chain ferry.  Feels really strange without her  clanking back and forth!  

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There do seem to be a lot of things that 'might' happen in October. This ferry might reappear. Poole ferry port might be attacked by Godzilla and be significantly improved (see parallel thread). I might stop making sarcastic comments. France might be humiliated in the Rugby World Cup. And I'm sure there is something else, big, that I'm forgetting? Oh well, none of them are likely to actually materialise but we can still hope. Ed. 

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On 18/10/2019 at 22:06, wortley said:

They say they have the parts and are fitting them, so hoping to have her running by the end of October. 

There was a story in the Echo a couple of days back. ¬†Fingers crossed - famous last words round these parts..ūüėČ

https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/17979074.chain-ferry-target-october-reopening-swanage-ferry-bosses-say-repair-work-completed/

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The first photo looks like a huge new top secret aircraft carrier being chaperoned by tug escort into Portsmouth harbour! 

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FJB’s webcam comes in quite handy.  What time did she arrive?  I was sitting by the Quay in Poole watching you know who go out, saw an article in the Echo that the chain ferry was on her way home, hope all goes smoothly now.

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18 minutes ago, Khaines said:

What time did she arrive?

She left at 19:45 last night towed by tug 'Handfast', was scheduled to arrive at 08:45 this morning after 'Barfleur' left.

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18 minutes ago, David Williams said:

Barfleur had better start being careful around the chain again !

Don’t tempt fate - I want to go to Swanage on the bus via the chain ferry, my day out there on the Waverley has been scuppered this year due to her woes, then the Bramble Bush Bay went belly up again.

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