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The News Board / Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements
« on: July 18, 2020, 04:35:44 pm »
Honfluer was designed as a pure gas run ferry with electric motors for propulsion , her fueling system was also designed to enable her to  be refueled by bringing the LNG onboard in special tanks which are hoisted into position with her own gantry crane and swapping out the empty tanks for full ones . She does not have to berth next to a LNG terminal, just   be within a reasonable driving distance from one for the tanks to be replenished , although being next to an LNG terminal would be handy as she can refuel directly from that as well . So if their is a ferry port in Ireland with an LNG tank terminal close by she could be considered, if and when she is completed .

Honfleur was designed for dual use and will have to be sold as part of FSG exit from administration.

Its unlikely anyone would take her in her current configuration without requiring modifications.

The News Board / Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements
« on: July 17, 2020, 12:06:38 am »
Honfluer would make a great replacement for the epsilon. She has enough lane metres for Dublin - Holyhead in Summer and Dublin - Cherbourg in winter. If you remove the LNG Tanks you could have a deck for trailers or cars.

She is more compatible with Pembroke Dock than WB in terms of size.

She could be converted to heavy fuel oil with Scrubbers. This is the time to buy at a knock down price.

The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: June 29, 2020, 12:24:42 am »
They will probably swap Stena Estrids roster with Stena Adventurer and put Stena Nordica on Stena Estrids Roster starting on Sunday Morning from Holyhead. Looks like the passenger loads will not pick up for a while.

The News Board / Re: Dublin Paris high speed link.
« on: June 29, 2020, 12:16:35 am »
 There is already a good rail link to Cherbourg from Paris in less than 3 hours and a good ferry link directly from Cherbourg to Dublin Port in 17 hours and alternatively to Rosslare. Brest is 600 KM and at least 6 hours by rail from Paris and there is currently no ferry services to Brest from ireland and no current incentive in place to start such a service. Many years ago Irish Continental Line wanted to start a service from Rosslare to Brest but it was met by local opposition who wanted to protect Brittany Ferries jobs in Roscoff and St Malo.  It would have been a better launchpad for travel to Spain than Cherbourg or Roscoff.

 Its sounds like a academic paper with a bureacratic or political agenta possibly to improve the rail service to Brest. Britanny always did its own thing and had a greater affinity to the celtic countries than to the mothership in Paris.
For instance there are no toll roads in Brittany, due to the kings highway regulations. 

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries HUll 777
« on: June 11, 2020, 08:39:40 pm »
Hi Niall, They might actually be better off.

Freight Volume has held up well, Thats where the money is. Remember they dont have to pay for Swift Crew or Swift Fuel.

WB Yeats stayed on Dublin - Holyhead with a reduced crewe until Tuesday this week and the costs of running Epsilon to France with freight drivers only would have saved fuel and with less crew than WB Yeats would have required to run the service. They dont even have to employ the Bar man.

If the lockdown continues in France WB Yeats might swap back onto Holyhead.

I guess the real problem is Rosslare - Pembroke, which could have been cancelled if Irish Ferries had adopted a purely commercial approach rather than to support the country in its hour of need.

The News Board / Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements
« on: June 10, 2020, 07:02:06 pm »
 29th June is being earmarked m however it could be mid July.

The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: June 10, 2020, 06:58:50 pm »
Anyway Irish UK and French Goverment advise is essential travel only.   

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries Fleet movements
« on: June 09, 2020, 08:45:25 am »
Epsilon and WB Yeats have swapped rosters for now.

Swift is appearing on the Booking engine later this week.

I would be surprised if she goes into servive before 30 June 2020.

The News Board / Re: HSC Dublin Swift
« on: May 28, 2020, 10:28:20 pm »
no-one will travel to ireland for holiday while lockdown measures are in place,

WB Yeats will remain on Dublin - Holyhead route until most likely August when goverment retrictions are lifted.

Swift will only be required at that point, in any case her charter options are slimb at this time.

As the 2nd New Build will not arrive for two or three years i expect Swift will remain in the fleet.

Its more likely some modifications have to be made to comply with Covid retrictions before she can carry passengers again.

The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: May 08, 2020, 05:36:45 pm »
Isle of Inishmore , Stena Europe, Stena Adventurer, WB Yeats and Ulysses are very reliable.

The reliability issues have happened due to lack of adequate drydocking time on Ulysses, Stena Superfast VII & VIII.

This was rectified the following drydocking. 

The News Board / Re: FSG Shipyard
« on: April 27, 2020, 01:17:37 pm »
There has been no comment in the media from ICG. In Germany the Insolvency process in volentry unlike a liquidation in UK and Ireland.

Brittany Ferries , ICG and Local Goverment are three key stakeholders here.

I would imagine it would be in everybodies interests that Honfluer is completed and paid for per contract.

If the yard wants to move in another direction they still have to settle up with ICG before that can happen.

The Yard is strong on construction and very poor on completion of complex interiors.

They might have a future focusing on their strengths and partnering with Marine Fitout Specialists for Interior completion on future projects.

I would imagine local goverment will not want the yard to close from a jobs perspective in a small provincial town,   

The News Board / Re: FSG Shipyard
« on: April 26, 2020, 12:56:15 pm »
Given the investment in Project 777. ICG is a significant stakeholder if the yard is to avoid liquidation.

I am sure any equipment ordered could be delivered to another yard and the drawings etc could be deemed ICG property.

I doubt Brittany Ferries will need Honfeur before Summer 2021.

The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries Fleet movements
« on: April 11, 2020, 01:29:22 pm »
I doubt we will see demand for Swift until mid June

The Goverment funding is to provided to ensure continued supply of goods to the state.

Our Department of Foreign Affairs is advising for people not to travel overseas including to Britain unless they are bringing in essential goods to the country. They are also recommending people not to travel on Cruise Ships

Cork / Rosslare - Rosscoff and Dublin - Isle of Man are summer only routes set up for passenger and car traffic and are deamed non essential.

Routes out of Dublin to Britian are viable.

Routes out of Rosslare must be struggling hard and i would say that all ferry companies petitioned the state to
subsidise the fuel to operate these routes during this period,

I am sure Isle of Inishmore would have moved to Dublin to operate on a Dublin - Holyhead Shuttle service where it not for the availability of WB Yeats.

Epsilon has taken over WB Yeats operations on Dublin - Cherbourg until Mid May at the earliest.

France is still in Lockdown and suffering much worse than we are so there would be nowhere to go if you were to travel to Cherbourg.

It is good to see that the State saw the Rosslare - Bilbao service as critical to the state.

The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: April 05, 2020, 10:28:34 pm »
Its not exactly busy. Perhaps they are installing windows.

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