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The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries Fleet movements
« on: September 21, 2019, 05:10:50 PM »
This afternoons Epsilon sailing...
 "Irish Ferries regrets to advise that due to berth congestion, the MV Epsilon Cruise Ferry is delayed by approximately 30 mins. Irish ferries would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by this delay"
Four vessels into two berths is not a good idea (when the swift is running) Congestion in Dublin is becoming a major problem and is set to get worse as works to improve the port proceed.

This could be the reason they might switch French services back to Rosslare in 2020. There are definitely rumours to that effect doing the rounds plus there have been too many occasions where berth congestion at Dublin has led to too many delays this year.

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The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: September 21, 2019, 05:09:00 PM »
Looks likey she will take up her service to Fishguard this evening

Not likely... I see reported elsewhere she should start tomorrow evening if all goes to plan.

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The News Board / Re: P&O Fleet Movements
« on: September 18, 2019, 06:09:21 AM »
I haven’t seen this reported on here but P&O put a notice out to customers last week stating the European Causeway has been delayed in dry dock. The ship is at Cammell Laird since 3rd September and was due back around 20-22 September but it looks as if she won’t return until 3rd October at the earliest.

It’s not a criticism, but I find it strange how companies like Stena Line and Irish Ferries have almost their every move scrutinised on forums like this while companies like P&O largely go unnoticed!

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The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: September 15, 2019, 12:54:01 PM »
Europe now at 21.5 knts and about to pass Holyhead, due in Liverpool now at 12.

I believe she is not going to Cammell Laird and instead will be berthed in Liverpool Docks. Surely if she was bound for Laird’s her ais destination would say Birkenhead instead of Liverpool?

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The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: August 10, 2019, 09:17:04 AM »
I guess much of the work people are expecting them to have done is pure speculation. It would be worth remembering that the likely purpose of such a life extending refit is to deal with many technical aspects of the ship, below decks so to speak. I would suggest there will be very little change to passenger areas which are in relatively decent shape anyway.

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The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: August 03, 2019, 10:22:48 AM »
Sounds like there’s another issue with STENA EUROPE keeping her from returning to service.  She’ll be back when she’s back I’m afraid.  Just a shame she’s going to miss the entire summer season now!
If Stena Nordica is operating full is there an arrangement in place to transfer passengers and freight to Isle of Inishmore.
Like they do anyway you mean?

My understanding is that they are offering alternative travel via other Stena Line services

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The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries HUll 777
« on: July 31, 2019, 07:36:37 PM »
I read somewhere that they were going to swap the rosters of Stena Estrid and Stena Adventurer.

Hardly likely for the reasons above, mainly that Estrid will still be smaller than Adventurer and she seems to work the busier sailings.

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The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: July 30, 2019, 09:29:14 PM »
26th August looks like the latest return date for the Europe, while featured on booking engine well before that, lots of sailings marked Sold Out, which would suggest Nordica is vessel expected to be covering these sailings.

Stena Europe crew are in Tuzla waiting to take Europe home, hopefully they will be on the way soon.




Or they’ve capped bookings until they know for sure the Europe will be back and incase she’s not. Doesn’t mean she will be as late as you suggest!

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The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries HUll 777
« on: July 29, 2019, 01:41:19 PM »
What was the rational of putting Stena Estrid on Stena Adventurers roster.
She has less freight and passenger capacity.

Exactly - it won’t happen if you ask me

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The Merrion Lounge / Re: Superfast IX charter renewed
« on: July 24, 2019, 12:37:42 PM »
Would Superfast X not be suitable for Frederickshaven Goteburg or Frederickshaven - Oslo or a new route Belfast - Troon.
Apart from the fact Belfast to Troon makes little sense due to it being just as quick (not to mention cheaper) to sail to Cairnryan and drive than to cross by conventional ferry, there’s absolutely no hope of getting a vessel the size of X berthed at Troon!  European Causeway is about as big as will go.

Gothenburg to Frederikshavn is configured with one more passenger orientated ferry (the still extremely popular and well maintained STENA DANICA) and one Ro-Pax (STENA JUTLANDICA).  Both are also purpose built for the route of course.  Freight demand has increased and so a third vessel has been added (currently STENA VINGA).  Shoehorning X in as a replacement for either of the main vessels just doesn’t make any sense - Jutlandica has about the same freight capacity and more passenger capacity than X.  Danica has more passenger capacity.  X is no freighter either.

The Oslo route is more of a cruise ferry route and geared towards that traffic.  X is many things but a cruise ferry isn’t one of them.  Saga also has a heck of a lot more passenger capacity than X.  It’s hard to see where Stena could move X within the current Stena Line network to be honest.

My guess is that Stena will charter X out or will put it up for sale. Most likely will end up in the Med somewhere.

I would say it’s almost certain they will move the ship on as there is no place for her in Stena Line’s network.

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The Merrion Lounge / Re: Superfast IX charter renewed
« on: July 24, 2019, 12:36:20 PM »

can be rosslare cherbourg for superfast x?

Superfast X only has less than 50 cabins so she would be far from suitable

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The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: July 19, 2019, 02:41:09 PM »
when does stena europe come back?

Surely she was meant to be back long before now?! She’s in danger of missing the entire summer season if she’s delayed much more. I know someone who emailed and asked Stena Line and they don’t even really know!

I wonder if there are capacity issues with the Nordica given we are now in the middle of the summer peak?

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The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: June 30, 2019, 04:11:33 PM »
When will Stena Superfast X be receiving attention to her bow door.

I believe it’s her bow ramp as opposed to the bow door. It will be difficult to sort at this time of year given they are now in the summer peak. She may have to be taken out of service to fix it so when could they do that or what could cover her? Nordica when she’s finished at Fishguard?

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The News Board / Re: P&O Fleet Movements
« on: June 07, 2019, 06:56:03 AM »
It looks as if European Highlander is delayed in dry dock. I heard someone suggest perhaps up to 3 weeks which will surely mean European Causeway cannot go to dock this side of summer?

Could we see European Seaway heading back to Dover for the peak season and then returning to cover for Causeway at Larne later in the year?

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The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: June 04, 2019, 08:57:04 PM »
Rumors going that the Europé might be a bit delayed, anyone here who has a clue on how they are proceeding? Photos etc?

I think someone said it could be mid-July before she is back now. Most of the work is under the skin as you’d expect so don’t expect any major cosmetic changes inside or out.

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