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The refit timetable is "interesting" to say the least. It seems from the timings that the Wight Light/Sun will be operating along with the VOW given the service frequency which implies that the Faith will be at Southampton for longer than first thought.

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They seem to running more temporary timetables than actual nowadays. Seems like the main timetable is quite redundant. Mon-Fri are all the same so why bother putting in 7 columns. The asterix could be noted as particular days. This must be the fewest ever sailings in a day for some time. Does this mean Clare will also be away?

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I presume Clare will be on her survey as well - they normally send her away as soon after the New Year as possible. (Either her or VOW)

I think the asterisk is probably representing the hazardous goods sailings

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Speed up the W class. Guess for booking purposes no cars but they will take them as long as they can fit them on side under ramp as no freight can go there.

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3 hours ago, adicat said:

Speed up the W class. Guess for booking purposes no cars but they will take them as long as they can fit them on side under ramp as no freight can go there.

It says freight only so I guess it means no cars 

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Be silly to waste space if they have time to load them. Obviously no mezz will be used but it doesn't take much time to load under side ramp.

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Don't think at that time of day will be anything like that as full crew will go on at start of service and they already have hazardous sailing during night. I am certain it is a speed of loading situation as unlike 0620 they don't gain at Fishbourne that empty vessel or extra 10 minutes. VOW cannot go until Faith back due to height of vessels.

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Have to wait and see which vessels they use as Yarmouth has a 2 boat timetable in operation..seems to take a long time to rebuild engines red eagle has been out over 2 months.and the faith not far behind 

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.seems to take a long time to rebuild engines red eagle has been out over 2 months.and the faith not far behind 

They are old ships. It is quite possible that the new parts have to be specifically manufactured as was the case with the Poole chain ferry Bramble Bush Bay

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3 hours ago, eagleeye said:

Have to wait and see which vessels they use as Yarmouth has a 2 boat timetable in operation..seems to take a long time to rebuild engines red eagle has been out over 2 months.and the faith not far behind 

Not sure any timetable should be relied on too much as seems not to last long before another is uploaded.

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You can’t book the freight ferry as tried so had to use the 7 am but wasn’t full ..think they just want to get the light out of the way of the bigger boats so load a few lorries and go ..guess traffic is busy from Portsmouth early morning 

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Quite odd that Wight Elephant is doing a 1215 today. Odd because a quiet time for traffic yet this afternoon it will get busier and she is not on.

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Makes sense now as st faith is going to Portsmouth in 5 days time and if she has a engine out then will take longer to cross ..I think st Clare is going for refit 

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St Clare passing St Helens on her way to Dunkirk. St Faith still in Southampton. This leaves VoW and Wight Light to maintain the temporary (reduced) timetable by themselves. Has there ever been a time when Wightlink have offered less capacity between Portsmouth and Fishbourne, and what does that say about their market share compared with Red Funnel?
 

The number of sailings on the cat must also be at a historically low level too, now that Wightlink do not charter a relief vessel for the refit period. This can cause difficulty in the rush hours, as happened in the storm a week ago when there was an influx of extra passengers following the cancellation of the hovercraft.

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Strange. Website still shows the above sailings so either that not up to date or Wave 105 radio station giving out wrong Information.

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24 minutes ago, adicat said:

Strange. Website still shows the above sailings so either that not up to date or Wave 105 radio station giving out wrong Information.

Wightlink have found a relief crew member, those sailings are no longer cancelled.

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On 24/01/2020 at 20:49, TonyMWeaver said:

Wightlink have found a relief crew member, those sailings are no longer cancelled.

That's good. Wonder if radio. managed to correct the bulletin later on.

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