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More problems again today - St Clare's 1300 sailing from the island delayed by over an hour owing to "linkspan issues"  Vessel just arriving at Gunwharf now - over an hour late

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Surprised if it were the upper unless she has 'decommissioned the internal ramp. This is 3rd or 4th issue with Fishbourne. 3 technical issues just in the past 5 days causing delays and cancellations.

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i assume it was the upper ramp as that actually rests on the ship so it cannot pull away until it has lifted clear.  If it were the lower one, she would have been able to pull out once the upper clear one was clear.  Just a guess though

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Portsmouth- Fishbourne currently delayed by 1hr 45 minutes, reportedly because of an issue with the Fishbourne link span. Sounds like déja vue all over again, but particularly unfortunate at a time when the island has been absolutely rammed with staycation visitors. At least they won’t have to worry about being quarantined if the ferry is late.

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Clare still has the ramp inside. I have emailed wighlink about it wether it can be used in such a situation and they said that it can't. You can understand if it's a full sailing as the manoeuvrability of the cars on the top deck may be an issues to get to it. But if they know there is ongoing problems I can't see why they can't revert to the old way of loading for Clare and not use the upper ramp at either end . Faith isn't an issue and vow runs with slightly reduced capacity

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They have used it since the new linkspans were installed, mainly on the night runs when there are insufficient staff to operate on both levels. Now with the VOW doing the night run, it seems they have put extra staff on. It does take a lot longer to turn round though if they use the ramp.       .                Further delays today, with Clare running 45 minutes late at one point. Not sure why though, possibly the linkspan or the mezz decks (again!!)

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