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47 minutes ago, Gareth said:

Slightly semantic as to whether the sailing is “cancelled” or “re-arranged”

It probably means something to those with trailers that have been booked on today's crossing & maybe sitting in Poole at the moment. I imagine that it means that those trailers are automatically on the Monday sailing without any new paperwork!

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"A refusal or a failure to understand" I feel applies less to BF than to some of us. Which of us has the Covid crystal ball? Blooming sure BF want services running on the very first possible day, but

CAP FINISTERE in Le Havre tonight (from Southampton's quay) : 

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23 minutes ago, TonyMWeaver said:

Galicia, Mont St Michel & Etretat all in tomorrow, they will have to get MN Pelican out by 19:00, even if it's just to anchor.

Yes, well it’s Etretat that will need the berth, and she’s not due in until 2130.  Pelican will be long-gone by then.

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Just now, David Williams said:

It probably means something to those with trailers that have been booked on today's crossing & maybe sitting in Poole at the moment. I imagine that it means that those trailers are automatically on the Monday sailing without any new paperwork!

Indeed.  Semantics, but for a reason!  I would imagine traffic booked on the “cancelled” Tuesday evening sailing will be given the option of transferring to a “new” sailing on Monday.

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Sorry I messed up/didn't read properly what I was sent (blame a few Friday beers :-p)

 

Though it's all semantics really.

22/2/21 Bilbao - Poole cancelled.

20/2/21 and 23/2/21 Poole - Bilbao merged into 22/2/21 sailing at 1600.

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For info - the March pdf freight timetables have been published.  According to them, the Le Havre sailings are suspended from March 22 after Etretat finishes.  There is no continuation of Armorique’s peculiar Rosslare/Cork-St Malo/Roscoff sailings.  Armorique is, however, showing as entering service between Plymouth and Roscoff as scheduled, at the end of the month.  May be that they are still deciding how to deploy her.

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Meanwhile, Armorique’s Roscoff-Cork-Roscoff round trip yesterday and today has been cancelled due to weather.  She’s not having a good time of it on this sailing pattern so far - just the first week with a full run through of the schedule.

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CONNEMARA's Rosslare - Cherbourg roundtrip Monday/Tuesday was also cancelled.

 

To be fair, others seem to have been very disrupted too.  DFDS departed Rosslare about 12 hours late this morning with last night's DROTTEN sailing and KERRY appears to be running about 8/9 hours late. 

 

All of this is a reminder why the landbridge has always been the favoured route for Irish traffic.

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Meanwhile, moves seem to be afoot regarding confirming scheduling for Portsmouth - Le Havre and Poole - Cherbourg.

As we know, the BARFLEUR's return to service is now delayed until mid-May, meanwhile COTENTIN has been stated as the Portsmouth - Le Havre ship when ETRETAT leaves.

COTENTIN's last sailing on Cherbourg - Poole is listed as the 1815 on 2 April , it was previously 4 April.  She is then listed as operating Le Havre - Portsmouth on 3 April.

The ETRETAT is scheduled to operate her last Portsmouth - Le Havre sailing on 21 March, leaving a gap to be filled (that was due to have been done by BARFLEUR) 

Clearly a ship will need to be reactivated to fill this gap or the ETRETAT retained for an extra 12 days or so.

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You'd assume that BF would try to extend Etretat? Otherwise would it be the Cap on a last in first out basis? Presumably the most practical in terms of capacity to reactivate if need be too. Alternatively..what are Normandie's loadings like? If it's quiet she could cover for a bit...

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Just now, Tumnus2010 said:

You'd assume that BF would try to extend Etretat? Otherwise would it be the Cap on a last in first out basis? Presumably the most practical in terms of capacity to reactivate of need be too. Alternatively..what are Normandie's loadings like? If it's quiet she could cover for a bit...

The most obvious answer is indeed to extend the ETRETAT.  Given the use of wage support schemes, cost of reactivating a ship etc, it is probably the easiest and most cost effective solution.

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4 minutes ago, RickOShea said:

The most obvious answer is indeed to extend the ETRETAT.  Given the use of wage support schemes, cost of reactivating a ship etc, it is probably the easiest and most cost effective solution.

When do Etretat’s onward commitments start?  Is there not a dry docking or a handover back to owners booked?

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7 minutes ago, Gareth said:

When do Etretat’s onward commitments start?  Is there not a dry docking or a handover back to owners booked?

Her future is unconfirmed though believed to be Stena Line's Liepaja - Travemunde route.  As she is likely replacing the URD or STENA GOTHICA, provided Stena Group are internally ok with a short delay on her return, I can't see any reason for a problem with a short extension of her charter.  

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GALICIA will operate the Portsmouth - Bilbao route for the first time tomorrow.
 
Tomorrow (Thursday) her 2215 Portsmouth - Santander sailing will sail to Bilbao instead, arriving 0800 Saturday. She will return from Bilbao at 1500 on 27 February, arriving Portsmouth 2000 on Sunday.
 
The diversion is to allow the GALICIA to carry out ramp trials at Bilbao.
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2 minutes ago, RickOShea said:
The diversion is to allow the GALICIA to carry out ramp trials at Bilbao.

Strange.  Are “ramp trials” different from berthing trials?  She already carried out berthing trials there before she entered service.

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On 18/02/2021 at 14:23, ZinedineBiscan said:

Send Barfy down the River Aire to us in Leeds and we can make her a tourist attraction alongside the lighthouse that's being oddly planned for the city as part of the "capital of culture but not allowed to be called European Capital of culture due to Brexit" celebrations in 2023 😉

If she'll fit in the locks at the 5 Rise in Bingley, she can pop up to see us too. From there she could transit to Liverpool and across to Dublin - making it a sea-land bridge option from Caen to Dublin.  Passage time could be quite long.

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1 hour ago, RickOShea said:
The diversion is to allow the GALICIA to carry out ramp trials at Bilbao.

Didn't she call into Bilbao as part of her initial berthing trials, after Plymouth?

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1 hour ago, Gareth said:

Strange.  Are “ramp trials” different from berthing trials?  She already carried out berthing trials there before she entered service.

That's the explanation.....

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11 minutes ago, RickOShea said:

I guess there may be explanations why additional trials might be needed.

I have a vague memory that, when she trialled in Bilbao before her handover, she only did so bow-in.  Given that subsequently they decided to berth Galicia stern-in in Spain, maybe they want to give her a stern-in berthing trial therefore?  She also only trialled at one of the two linkspans; maybe they want to trial at the other one?

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2 hours ago, Gareth said:

I have a vague memory that, when she trialled in Bilbao before her handover, she only did so bow-in.  Given that subsequently they decided to berth Galicia stern-in in Spain, maybe they want to give her a stern-in berthing trial therefore?  She also only trialled at one of the two linkspans; maybe they want to trial at the other one?

All possible.  We also don't know how the berthing trials went and the route is receiving its own E-Flexer in the not too distant future so they may be looking at what modifications are required.  

 

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6 hours ago, RickOShea said:

Meanwhile, moves seem to be afoot regarding confirming scheduling for Portsmouth - Le Havre and Poole - Cherbourg.

As we know, the BARFLEUR's return to service is now delayed until mid-May, meanwhile COTENTIN has been stated as the Portsmouth - Le Havre ship when ETRETAT leaves.

COTENTIN's last sailing on Cherbourg - Poole is listed as the 1815 on 2 April , it was previously 4 April.  She is then listed as operating Le Havre - Portsmouth on 3 April.

The ETRETAT is scheduled to operate her last Portsmouth - Le Havre sailing on 21 March, leaving a gap to be filled (that was due to have been done by BARFLEUR) 

Clearly a ship will need to be reactivated to fill this gap or the ETRETAT retained for an extra 12 days or so.

And the answer is now revealed - ETRETAT will stay on Le Havre route until 2 April.  Clearly a short charter extension.

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