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Discussion Board / Development of Roscoff port.
« on: August 18, 2018, 04:40:01 PM »
Does anyone know if there are plans to add new berths to Roscoff?

We arrived in the port yesterday [Friday] afternoon at around 4.30pm. The Armorique was on the berth, both the Oscar Wilde and the Pont Aven were cruising around the bay and had been doing that most of the day. When the Armorique left shortly after 5 pm the OW went on the berth and when she left near enough to 7pm the Pont Aven was coming in. As the captain wryly noted: 'there was congestion in the port'. This does not happen ever day but surely it suggests that additional capacity is required?

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Discussion Board / Ulysses v Stena Adventurer
« on: September 28, 2017, 03:47:12 PM »
Having travelled on both this summer [and many summers previously] I wondered which is best?

I think I prefer Adventurer for ease of access when driving on to the ship however I find the shipboard experience is not great. The facilities [food/coffee etc] are fine but I find the rooms too big and the ship does not seem to accommodate large numbers of passengers easily [is that the way the seats are laid out?]. Also access to the decks is rather restricted, having to peer out over high metal sides does not afford a sense of being at sea.

Ulysses I find harder to drive on to [that second floor ramp] but the interior is more cosy, facilities are ok, access to the top deck is easy and gives fine views and the rear James Joyce lounge enables me to get a bit of peace and a rest after lunch [if I am taking the 14.10 to Dublin]. Lastly I have never found either ship bounce about in rough weather but I imagine that Ulysses is the more stable.

Both ships seem to be pretty punctual but on balance I prefer Ulysses.

 What do others think?

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Discussion Board / Impact of Brexit on the cross Irish sea ferry routes
« on: October 25, 2016, 04:48:48 PM »
What is the likely impact of Britain's exit from the EU on the ferry business. Obviously the different types of Brexit will determine different outcomes. What would total exit from the single market mean? Would leaving the customs union mean the return of duty-free? Clearly this will impact freight business as well as the car and passenger business but how?

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Discussion Board / Great storm of October 1987
« on: September 22, 2016, 05:10:39 PM »
On holidays in Charente I stayed in a bed and breakfast some miles north of Bordeaux not far from the coast. The hostess was French but her partner was English. It turned out that he was a retired sailor, he had spent 35 years working for P and O. Over a glass of wine he told a story of the storm that ran across northern France, southern England and the Channel on the night of 15th-16th October 1987. He explained that he was the helmsman on the P and O ferry that ran out of Le Havre to Portsmouth? that night [the Pride of Portsmouth he thought]. It left around midnight and took 13 hours to make the trip. He explained that the captain decided to sail as he feared the ship being smashed against the quays if it stayed in port. He said that the passengers had been warned that it would be a rough trip and that some chose not to sail. He noted that when it got out to sea the ship moved in a spiral motion- up and down and sideways at the same time-his view was that it made it very difficult not to be sick. There was a lot of damage caused to the passenger areas of the ship and some of the trucks turned over. The first truck off was a Pilkington's glass lorry, it took a long time to right it and get it off the ship. A sequel to the story was that some years later he was at the helm of the same ship and Michael Fish the weather forecaster who had made the famous forecast that evening was shown around the bridge----nobody said a word!

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The Merrion Lounge / Sinking of the Swanland
« on: November 28, 2011, 09:54:37 PM »
The cargo ship Swanland sank off the Llyn peninsula on Saturday night. Today's [Monday 28th November] Guardian newspaper reports on the tragedy where 5 sailors are feared lost and quotes a survivor describing " a huge wave rolling the ship, and she broke her back....and sank very quickly after that". There were gale force 8 and higher winds blowing and I think 6 metre waves but this wave seems to have been exceptional. I recall some years ago that something similar happened to a Stena ship [was it the Hibernia?]. What size waves are these, how do they come about and why off the North Wales coast?

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Discussion Board / No refit for Celtic Horizon.
« on: February 03, 2013, 09:17:38 PM »
In view of the fact that this is the refit season- the Oscar Wilde is in Birkenhead at the moment. How is it that the Celtic Horizon does not refit annually? Celtic Link advertise all year sailings, how can they do this?

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