The new Dublin Swift timings are interesting. Different departure times on alternate days. IF said this was in response to passenger feedback when I asked, but it’s surely no coincidence that the days she sails later are when W.B is in port!
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Her funnel looks to have escaped any major surgery
Will they do a name competition for Hull 777 like they did with the WB Yeats
Stena Foreteller which is anchored off Dun Laoghaire in Dublin bay since the 27th is expected to begin berthing trials on 49 and 51A from Friday prior to providing cover for the dry-docking of Ulysses. She will take over Epsilon's schedule weekdays and provide additional freight capacity to Holyhead at the weekends while Epsilon does the weekend France service.
WB Yeats is work in still progress. The walls look bland , nothing a few paintings wouldnt solve,
They used the freight drivers restaurant during the summer for street food.
Dont be surprised if they change the lighting in the bar to make it more homely.
They have a stage in the bar, why not have live entertainment.
Agree that Estrid is a bit Ikeaish. Certainly no better than Superfast x, and the deck space looks much worse for those wanting to go outside. I ask again where's the revolution, indeed, where's the evolution?Outside deck space much worse?
"Firstly the P&O ships reflagged since the referendum were flagged to Cyprus, not the Bahamas.You may be surprised to learn that some consider the UK flag a flag of convenience! After all, you can fly the red duster and not have a single member of British crew onboard! Each flag has its benefits and pitfalls - one of the UK's benefits was being an EU registry (which I imagine probably brought further benefits itself) which it is now losing.
Secondly, have you been on the Yeats? The Estrid to me looks rather more comfortable we know for sure had a larger budget for interior design, fixtures and fittings."
I said the Dover vessels were reflagged to Cypriot registry. I never claimed they were on the Bahamas flag.
The fact is senior management at P&O were itching for years to get the remaining vessels on Flags of Convenience (FOC). With Brexit P&O came up with a handy excuse to get the Dover fleet on a FOC. To P&O's credit they did keep existing UK seafarers on, but I have heard reports of agency crews being introduced onto the recently reflagged ships - on a drip by drip basis.
As for the operational claim, I read a statement from a director at P&O who stated it gave them more flexibility with regard to inspections etc being on a Cypriot flag. I imagine this also goes for crew working conditions etc. This is the real reason P&O chose to reflag. It has been on the cards for years! And Stena are clearly following P&O's lead.
If you have any doubt as for P&O's motives, why is the Pride of York which sails from Hull (UK) to Zeebrugge (Belgium / EU) flagged in the Bahamas? If flying a non-EU flag is so challenging, shouldn't the Pride of York be flying an EU flag?
Both Stena and P&O have every right to fly FOC's going forward, but operating Bahamas registered vessels (NON EU!) has never given P&O any operational difficulties, and the company continues to do so (see Pride of York & Pride of Hull).
Condor Ferries also has all vessels on the Bahamas registry, and sails between France and the UK. Again, causes no operational problems.
As for W.B. Yeats, I have sailed on her, and despite her leaving the berth nearly 30 minutes behind schedule, I found her very pleasant. Certainly a very comfortable space, and choice of subtle colours suited the ambiance. As for the Club Class, certainly the interior was very nice, and the Lady Gregory's design was first class.
Like a previous comment stated, I see very little difference between Superfast X and Estrid in terms of interior design, and their seems to be lots of hard seats and very few benches. The design language seems very utilitarian and low maintenance.
Thanks for the explanation. There is sone sense to it then, maybe, although why not flag in Sweden and why is the Adventurer still British registered, and also the Europe?For a start Swedish flagged ships have to carry a certain complement of Swedish crew. Not such an issue on routes to and from Sweden as it would be on routes from the UK&IE. The other Stena UK vessels may well follow in due course though I suspect with Estrid and her sisters being new the issue is more urgent due to the aforementioned finance or insurance reasons. The Cypriot flag means that Stena can continue with their current crewing policy if they wish, rather than requiring them to employ a mandatory compliment of nationals from that flag state as they would need to do elsewhere.
A convenient excuse to change the registry before she reaches Holyhead and starts service so nobody will complain? Foreign flagging is never a good sign.
Norrona was built by Flender Werft in Luebeck if I'm not mistaken!
I am sure if expertise was required FSG would not be found wanting in contracting it in to complete the design.Which would cost. Don’t forget they are trying to get costs down, not increase them.
They also said WB Yeats would not fit Pembroke Dock.
We might find out more tomorrow morning.