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France agrees 30 million euros of aid for ferry companies


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We have touched on this subject in various threads. J-M Roué has given an interview saying that 2021 will be worse than 2020 for BF. 173,000 bookings for July and August 2021 against 242,000 at the same time last year and 750,000 in 2019. 2 ships will remain laid up this year.

Winter will be very tough and BF will need financial help and flexibility from banks. Asking that the French government treat cross channel operators like ski resorts where effectively all losses are being covered by the state. Government have been looking at all this for 10 months, but no sign of action, so appeal directly to Macron.

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The demotivation, of certainly the sea going staff, must be immense. In a vacuum like this all sorts of rumours will start and quickly assume the mantle of fact. They have hopes, dreams and families to feed and reading facts like this will send shivers through them. The danger is that those who have transferable skills, especially Engine Room, will do just that, leaving competency vacuums. The French Government have massive demands on them (GDP above 115%) and the 10 month lag will only drive those fears. You wonder if say Stena or DFDS have or may be about to make a behind the scenes bid for them. Paris may find that the `least worst` option.

Colin, I presume that its the Cap and the Bretagne that are remaining in lay up? in which case the St Malo route may be operated soley by the fast craft to Poole. The biggest unknown known of course remains the attitude of their biggest customer base towards visiting France. Yes we will return and most on here, but how many others must be giving a lot of sleepless nights.

I wish them all Bon Chance

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I think Bretagne will be sailing.

Snowball's chance in hell of BF being sold to any company like Stena or DFDS. You do know how stubborn Bretons are, especially farmers ....

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4 hours ago, Paully said:

The danger is that those who have transferable skills, especially Engine Room, will do just that, leaving competency vacuums. 

We are now seeing this very same thing in hospitality. Many skilled chef's and other staff who were either furloughed or laid off have now found patures new and hotels and restaurants are struuging to recruit suitable replacements, especially down here in Cornwall.

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1 hour ago, colinschandler said:

We are now seeing this very same thing in hospitality. Many skilled chef's and other staff who were either furloughed or laid off have now found patures new and hotels and restaurants are struuging to recruit suitable replacements, especially down here in Cornwall.

Very similar here. Lots of seasonal staff deciding that there are better ways to earn a crust. Add issues like the cost of accommodation in Dinard, for example, where property owners can make far more on tourist rentals than longer ones to hospitality staff, and there is a bit of a crisis.

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5 hours ago, Paully said:

. Yes we will return and most on here, but how many others must be giving a lot of sleepless nights.

Both of us are retired and fully vacinated (as shown on our NHA ap) and with a house in France would have no problems if we had to quarantine.There are low infection rates in our rural areas both in Brittany and Cornwall (although a recent spike in urban Cornwall).

So why should we not now be booking some trips to Roscoff on the PA this summer? Two reasons, one is the cost of tests but more criticially, the fact that the UK or French covid traffic lights could change on any day that we were away creating an unknown effect that could mean changes in quarrantine and an additional number, the type and the costs of additional testing. I can't see us considering risking a trip before the end of September at the earliest this year. Normally we would expect to make 6-8 trips a year plus 2 or 3 visits by family, so even as a light user BF must have lost at least £1.5-2K. (we don't do Commodore!)

Also I wonder how many CV members will be considering their membership, BF, with the "free" 6 month extension, will have already lost half a years sub for every member equating to several thousand pounds.  

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Colin,  I agree that your traditional routine of regular visits to your house in France would incur regular testing - at considerable expense which puts it out of reach.
 

But two retired friends who also have houses over there in “safe” areas have taken a different approach. As soon as the border opened they went across at once. Both say they will stay for the permitted 90 days and will see how things stand when their time is up in mid September - and that if they have to quarantine and pay for tests when that time comes to return then so be it. 
 

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2 hours ago, colinschandler said:

(although a recent spike in urban Cornwall).

Coincidentally in St Ives, Carbis Bay and Falmouth where the media were staying. Also St Merryn where Newquay airport is.

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12 minutes ago, BobCrox said:

Coincidentally in St Ives, Carbis Bay and Falmouth where the media were staying. Also St Merryn where Newquay airport is.

But the figures started going up a couple of weeks ago more related to Half Term visitors. Any G7 affect will show next week.

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1 hour ago, wortley said:

Colin,  I agree that your traditional routine of regular visits to your house in France would incur regular testing - at considerable expense which puts it out of reach.
 

But two retired friends who also have houses over there in “safe” areas have taken a different approach. As soon as the border opened they went across at once. Both say they will stay for the permitted 90 days and will see how things stand when their time is up in mid September - and that if they have to quarantine and pay for tests when that time comes to return then so be it. 
 

Unfortunately we have family and some volurntary sector commitments in the UK. As by road, Chez Cornwall and Chez Breton are only 45 miles apart, even the 29hrs in France "day trips" are also viable to atterd a social event and Red Bus shoping defrays the cost!😁

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The amount if testing of G7 personnel seems to rule out the conference as main source of recent Cornish covid outbreaks; the main blame is focused on young folk in hospitality. The sooner they get this age group vaccinated the better.

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13 hours ago, Solo said:

But the figures started going up a couple of weeks ago more related to Half Term visitors. Any G7 affect will show next week.

 

2 hours ago, BigDW1946 said:

The amount if testing of G7 personnel seems to rule out the conference as main source of recent Cornish covid outbreaks; the main blame is focused on young folk in hospitality. The sooner they get this age group vaccinated the better.

The preparations for G7 have been going on for months. Police have been in the areas for weeks. You don't spend £8 million on extending a runway without extra workers. The local press have reported some of the outbreaks as a bubble of 7 police in Falmouth, Another policeman in Carbis Bay, an Extinction Rebellion protester who just wandered off after a positive test, and workers at hotels and restaurants where the media stayed and ate.

It seems quite a coincidence that there was not a corresponding surge of cases in other parts of Cornwall which were very busy over half term.

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