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The News Board / Re: Belfast - Holyhead route
« on: June 15, 2021, 10:26:52 am »
back door onto RoI for tourists without the restrictions?

Shhhhhh, stop pointing out the large Northern Ireland shaped hole in the Irish government's restrictions!

Discussion Board / Re: Ferry routes from Ireland in the 70s
« on: May 24, 2021, 08:46:13 pm »
In the mid 70s the only ferry routes from Ireland to the UK and France. It might have been possible to get a berth on a tramper or something, but not a ferry.

The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: May 20, 2021, 10:26:41 pm »
Estrid trying to dock in the storm this afternoon

I wonder will IF offer a land bridge product where one can book straight through from Ireland to Calais with IF? I suppose crucially will it be cheaper than the current landbridge offers?

That's the idea behind it, how it will work remains to be seen.

Is there any pictures of the isle of Inishmore with its cow catchers on?
Fayard shipyard in Denmark just posted this, no cowcatchers yet

The News Board / Re: 72 hours PCR test and sailing from France
« on: May 08, 2021, 08:52:51 pm »
Hi Keven,

Things are changing so rapidly it's impossible to predict what will happen in a few weeks.

What age are the kids? If under 6, they would be exempt, Rocdoc here turn them around in 48 hours during peak times (so they are available 72 hours prior to arrival). It's tight, but it can be done.

The News Board / Re: Grimaldi Cork-ANtwerp
« on: April 29, 2021, 09:46:31 pm »
That makes 5 weekly services to Cork by Grimaldi, great to see the Port expand the service so much.

The News Board / Re: DFDS Rosslare
« on: April 09, 2021, 09:08:06 am »
Fourth DFDS vessel at start of April didn't appear. Seems to be working between Felixstowe and Netherlands. Noticed too that Armourique isn't stopping in Rosslare for BF anymore. Has the avoiding the land bridge trend been sated?
Armourique calling at Rosslare was always a temporary operation. BF had the ship and deploying her made financial sense. She's currently covering for the Pont Aven (which remains laid-up in Le Havre) from Cork.

The News Board / Re: what is the big picture
« on: April 09, 2021, 09:05:49 am »
Who is saying IF is planning on extra capacity on Dover Calais after Inishmore?

Irish Ferries have said in the announcement "Additional capacity will be added in the coming months."

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries to charter Blue Star 1
« on: April 07, 2021, 12:37:29 pm »
Isle of Inishmore is just making her way into the drydock in Brest.

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries to charter Blue Star 1
« on: April 06, 2021, 06:17:21 pm »
She was originally due in Brest today, but it is dependant on Blue Star 1 passing her Marine Survey Office inspection.

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries to charter Blue Star 1
« on: March 30, 2021, 06:52:19 pm »
Mod note: Can we keep discussion on topic please? This discussion of the crewing is of no relevance to the charter of Blue Star 1.

The Merrion Lounge / Re: Suez Canal Blocked
« on: March 29, 2021, 11:19:26 am »
Looks like they managed to move her stern, sounds like they might get her fully back into the canal later today.

The News Board / Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
« on: March 29, 2021, 11:13:40 am »
The Franch unions have ignored IF sailing into Roscoff and Cherbourg for years (apart from a few incidents when the Normandy was flagged out first).

It's actually an English union that has raised it's concerns.

The News Board / Re: Isle of Inishmore to launch Dover - Calais route
« on: March 28, 2021, 02:55:48 pm »
Presumably this means after Inishmore is modified, She will be totally dedicated to Dover/Calais as she will not be able to connect with any of the Irish Sea linkspans.

Probably! I can't remember where, but a ship came off Dover-Calais to another route, and until the cowcatcher was removed, a ramp had to be lifted into place every time she docked.

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