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The Merrion Lounge / Re: Farewell BFE Forum
« on: November 24, 2021, 06:12:13 pm »
BFE was the reason (what was!) we set up this forum and site, and I'll admit Andy and co were always miles ahead of what I am running here, I'm sorry to see them go.

Actually running a forum (and enthusiasts site), is actually a lot of work, while there has been a move towards Facebook groups, I don't think that's the best place for these discussions (it's difficult to search them, and they tend to block anyone who isn't a member).
There is also the issue as mentioned above where you can have troublemakers and off-topic discussion that can make things messy and difficult to control (or, worse, a defamation case).

The News Board / Re: Calais Seaways
« on: September 10, 2021, 09:07:28 am »
Looks like she is to be renamed Isle of Innisfree.

B&I would have sailed mainly Dublin Liverpool in the 70s (think they didn't start sailing to Holyhead until the early 80s). Sealink would have run Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead at that time.

Matt of HHV ferry might have some idea of what timetables were, hopefully, he'll see this!

Discussion Board / Re: A step back in time - Rosslare Harbour
« on: July 28, 2021, 09:01:29 am »
That's excellent!

The Merrion Lounge / Re: Online Shipping Courses
« on: July 20, 2021, 03:19:46 pm »
Quick update to this thread:

DSG (who I think still handles Stena) is looking for General Operatives at the moment in Dublin.

Stena are also currently recruiting for a Customer Service Assistant in Heysham, and temporary onboard Steward positions.

The News Board / Engine room fire on Superfast VIII
« on: July 13, 2021, 09:20:33 am »
There was a small engine room fire on Superfast VIII on her way into Belfast last night. RNLI lifeboats from Bangor, Donaghadee and Larn responded, as well as coast guard units. Looks like the crew brought it under control quickly, with no injuries and all passenger disembarked safely.
Stena Line: Fire onboard Cairnryan to Belfast ferry
From BBC News

Coastguard and lifeboat teams were tasked to a fire onboard a Stena Line ferry sailing from Cairnryan to Belfast.

A small blaze broke out in the engine room of the Superfast VIII on Monday at about 21:00 BST.

Stena Line says the fire has now been extinguished.

The vessel was due to arrive in Belfast at about 21:45 local time. It arrived with the assistance of the coastguard and tugs at 22:16.

Passengers safely disembarked the ferry and there are no reports of any injuries.

Lifeboats from Bangor, Donaghadee and Larne were tasked to deal with the incident.

Coastguard rescue teams from Bangor, Portaferry, Larne and Portmuck also attended.

Passengers onboard had been advised to congregate in designated areas after an emergency was declared, when the ferry was in Belfast Lough.

Speaking to BBC News NI, passenger Chris Clotworthy said he was travelling home to Northern Ireland from Glasgow, where he had been for his daughter's graduation.

He said at about 21:00 BST some code words were relayed over the intercom to the crew members onboard.

"Obviously, all sorts of things went through one's mind," he said.

"The boat did a complete 180 degree turn and looked to be heading back to Scotland, this was when it was level with Blackhead (in County Antrim). It then did another complete 180 and stopped."

Mr Clotworthy said the atmosphere onboard was "relatively calm".

The News Board / Re: Belfast - Holyhead route
« on: June 19, 2021, 09:04:09 pm »
There is stil a roro ramp at berth 4 in Dun Laoghaire Harbour where the Lynx used to berth

Ah ha! Maybe there is still some hope for Dun Laoghaire yet!

The News Board / Re: Belfast - Holyhead route
« on: June 18, 2021, 10:27:49 pm »
Meanwhile, I would be surprised if they would use Dun Laoghaire again for ferry services as STENA ceased all operations from this exit point some years ago when operations transferred to Dublin Port.
Is the linkspan gone in Dun Laoghaire?

When travel restrictions eventually ease in the weeks/months ahead, perhaps there will be an major increase in demand on Ireland to UK routes. With Cork Airport set to shut down from September to November, perhaps a good time for more thinking outside the box as many people may want to travel following vaccination after such long lockdowns on non-essential international travel. Perhaps Port of Cork should explore new passenger ferry services ex-Cork to UK with Cork Airport not operating much commercial traffic and planning to close for runway extension next Autumn. With Duty Free Shopping now resumed it may make it viable for operators to consider running ferry services ex-Cork to a UK port in the coming months? Options may include either a Cork to Swansea, Cork to Pembroke Dock or Cork to Fishguard? Tourism interests in the South-West Cork & Kerry regions would certainly welcome any such move.
I really doubt it anyone will be doing Cork - UK in the near future. Ignoring the pandemic, Brexit has had a massive impact on ROI - UK traffic (Stena are reducing Dublin - Holyhead to one ship at the weekend, and not finding cover for Europe - there is all the evidence you need).

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.

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