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The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries Fleet movements
« on: March 22, 2015, 03:43:16 pm »
Any update on the reports of IF purchasing some EX Superfast's from the Med or maybe a new build/builds?
This could be a case of a self-fulfilling rumour but some of the more reliable Greek sources have indicated that Irish Ferries have indeed looked over the Superfast XI and XII.

Proven as the Superfast class have been in various roles (and very nice as the XI and XII are) I'd suggest that the Olympic Champion and Hellenic Spirit belonging to the other partner in the Superfast-ANEK joint venture would be better purchases - they have rather better passenger accommodation and their owners are probably even more ready for a distressed sale at a reasonable price.

The News Board / Re: stena scotia
« on: August 22, 2014, 08:59:46 pm »
Sure P&O wont be best pleased.

P&O need to overhaul its services to remain competitive. Hard for Stena to beat Pride of Rotterdam and Pride of Hull, they are even by todays standards impressive. Its a bit like comparing Stena Scotia to Ulysses, but Stena is proving a headache.
Stena at Killingholme carry freight and drivers only (usually) who have slightly different requirements to motorists and regular passengers. I suspect Stena became rather more than a headache to P&O at Hull quite some time ago, although since until now they have sailed to opposite riverbanks at either end they weren't competing entirely directly - there are clearly different markets in the direct local areas, less so for traffic from further afield.

Nonetheless P&O and Stena are the two main players in the Humber-Holland accompanied freight market and it must have been rather dispiriting for P&O about two years back when Stena's Killingholme-Hook freight traffic outstripped the carryings on the Hull-Rotterdam route for the first time - and they have stayed ahead ever since. Sailing direct to Rotterdam is a foot in a slightly different door and the Scotia may well be followed up by something with more driver capacity in due course.

The Merrion Lounge / Re: DFDS response to the emissions regs
« on: June 14, 2014, 06:08:55 am »
Another milestone (or millstone depending on how you look at it) is that in September this year Ryanair will take delivery of the first of its new generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft , it is planning to replace its entire fleet and expand by a further 225 operational aircraft over the next 5 years , these new generation Boeings are 35% more fuel efficient than current aircraft and Ryanair predicts that it will be cutting fares by at least 20% as these new aircraft come onstream during 2015
Whilst Ryanair are getting another 180+ new aircraft, the fact that they are 737-800s is not significant, given that is the same model as all the existing fleet. Ryanair haven't gone for the 737MAX which offers greater fuel efficiency and is the replacement model for the type of aircraft they currently operate.

The Merrion Lounge / Re: model plans of stena explorer
« on: August 19, 2009, 06:53:22 pm »
I have a GA plan from 1996 here:



The News Board / Re: Normandy Sold for scrap
« on: November 17, 2012, 09:51:37 pm »
These pictures show why she is being scrapped:

Basically she has just been abandoned to the elements in Singapore and decline has set in tremendously quickly.

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