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The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: October 16, 2019, 09:03:14 PM »
Stena Estrid is scheduled to be handed over to Stena Line soon and will then begin it’s rather long delivery voyage.

Posted on the Facebook this evening by Steven Tarbox is the first official report featuring Estrid and Embla presented by Stena Line Senior Master Neil Whittaker

https://mobile.twitter.com/stenaline/status/1184434082186518528?s=21&fbclid=IwAR1uPnLm2eHrn8qFHqxdaDl0gxdG5HlFNtR-yrdnTmPm9dZZNvpoggujgf0

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Discussion Board / Re: Buying a property in Rosslare
« on: October 15, 2019, 08:38:29 PM »
No problem, nothing to worry about, as far as I know there is only one park in the area that caters for touring campers and always seems busy, loss of Irish Ferries French crossings have been a loss to the area across all possible businesses as it was a relaxing end to the holiday to overnight near Rosslare before the journey home, however on the days I have been in the area when Horizon is sailing you notice an increase in tourists around.

With the Brexit shenanigans about to take place there might be a blip but life will go on and people will still travel, normally Dutch, French, German and UK tourists are passing through so lots of opportunities available.

(while the hotel is cheap for the number of rooms, there is a B&B for sale for similar money a few minutes away)

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The News Board / Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements
« on: October 15, 2019, 08:39:53 AM »
Image of the Kerry in Gibraltar this morning at end of page on link below.

https://bfenthusiasts.com/bfe/topic/12445-bf-charters-a-new-ship/page/2/

New logo and branding have been applied.
Also a couple of images here https://www.niferry.co.uk/latest-brittany-ferries-ship-on-way-santander/ .  Clearly they’ve just removed the branding from the hull and funnel and added the Brittany Ferries logo - about all we can expect for a one year charter.

Sure looks like that, would imagine it will need to arrive early in Cork as authorities probably want to carry out an inspection before it enters service, Connemara was delayed a few days by this, though assuming crew from Connemara are probably transferring over, might be easier to manage.

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The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: October 15, 2019, 08:34:54 AM »
and many more images of the Stena Europe here as well.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/albums/72157623466806142

Possibly the most comprehensive photo album for any ferry available on the web, stunning.

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The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: October 15, 2019, 07:15:34 AM »
Here is a great feature with plenty of images showing the recently refurbished Stena Europe, plenty of images of the entire ferry where the new upgrades are clearly visible and you can check out the onboard spaces.

https://www.niferry.co.uk/a-look-inside-stena-europe/

Thanks to all involved for posting these images and information.

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The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: October 14, 2019, 10:09:02 PM »
Confirmation that Stena Estrid has been on seatrials from its ais.

It reached speeds over 25 knts over the weekend, so not too shabby for the first E Flexer.

No official word yet, but it will take quite awhile to reach Irish shores, so will have to leave China soon, one assumes it will need some minor work when it arrives, (tweaks/adjustments).

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Discussion Board / Re: Buying a property in Rosslare
« on: October 14, 2019, 09:17:58 PM »
No need to worry, places go up for sale at different times. Two places in the harbour have gone for sale this week the port lodge and B&B beyond the bank.

Nothing at all to do with the Revenue expanding and possibly looking for space !

Most mobile home parks are in Rosslare Strand, only a few miles away but a different economic system driven by regular holiday visitors from anywhere in Ireland, rather than relying on tourist traffic from the boats.

The Port Lodge is not a hotel in the normal sense and is usually quite busy in the evenings, more so since Stena retimed the morning departure to 8am, based purely on number of cars in car park when driving past.

Biggest mystery in Rosslare Harbour is the Harbour Lodge at the top of the hill, has been Sold a long time ago and never reopened, combined with Danby Lodge/Ashfield House a few miles away, two busy locations that have been closed in the “Boom Times” but did well in the recession.

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The News Board / Re: Irish Ferries Fleet movements
« on: October 13, 2019, 08:33:50 PM »
What's the WB Yeats going to Dunkerque for?

Drydock presumably related to guarantee and being done before Brexit

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The News Board / Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements
« on: October 13, 2019, 01:47:26 PM »
Image of the Kerry in Gibraltar this morning at end of page on link below.

https://bfenthusiasts.com/bfe/topic/12445-bf-charters-a-new-ship/page/2/

New logo and branding have been applied.

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Discussion Board / Re: I'm Back
« on: October 11, 2019, 09:32:58 PM »
Delighted to get back on here, for a very long time my login details didn't seem to work, then I gave up trying and sure enough today I was able to get back on! Win!

As some of you guys know I design lots of kits of ferries both from the Irish Sea and further afield from old to new, a friend has asked me to put together a kit of the Slieve Donard, I said absolutely I can and it will look great alongside the Essex, Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk ferry collection, there are a number of pictures online of her but I'm wondering where would be the best place to seek out higher res pics of her or perhaps even some GA Plans
Many thanks
Larry

Welcome back

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The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: October 10, 2019, 11:18:08 PM »
Stena Nordica switches flag to Sweden and home port Gothenburg?

https://www.stenalinefreight.com/routes/vessels/stena-nordica/

Good spot, has not changed on ais yet.

Stena Estrid was at Weihai anchorage today and is on trails again, can not be too long till it departs China for Europe

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The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: October 09, 2019, 04:30:36 PM »
Stena Estrid appears to be on seatrails at the moment, last reading on Marine Traffic shows it at 23 knts, is currently beyond coastal AIS for accurate location.


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The News Board / Re: Brittany Ferries fleet movements
« on: October 09, 2019, 10:32:06 AM »
Brittany Ferries Kerry is on the way to Gibraltar  (ais search for AF Michela still) currently off the Italian coast near Bari.

Due 13th October presumably for bunkers.

Will be interesting to see what livery has been applied

Previous images of Hoa Sen/ Stena Egeria/ AF Michela

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/search.php?search_imo=9243447

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The News Board / Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« on: October 09, 2019, 10:22:57 AM »
Stena Nordica has appeared on timetable for Jan 2020 providing cover on Gothenburg- Kiel, so looks like it will be covering fleet refit period for a bit next year.

Would imagine it will find some work between now and January.

For Irish Sea refits in 2020 Adventurer and Horizon are due to visit drydock, Superfast X can cover Adventurer when it’s replaced by Stena Estrid assuming its on time, might they also use it to cover Horizon ( small number of cabins could be an issue)

Also could Adventurer get an interior facelift to keep up with the new look E-Flexer inside?

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Discussion Board / Re: Rosslare to Le Havre shipping route to open soon?
« on: October 05, 2019, 07:21:32 PM »
Would be interesting, but would there be enough traffic ? What if Horizon switched to Le Harve and Stena put Nordica as running partner, would they get enough traffic to use the route ?

Only way I can see this happening is if haulage companies guaranteed they would take x number of trailer spaces per crossing

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