£10m work on Barfleur will see ferry out of action for two months

£10m work on Barfleur will see ferry taken out of action for two months

£10m work on Barfleur will see ferry taken out of action for two months

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POOLE's Barfleur ferry will be taken out of service for two months next spring for an expensive modification.

The Brittany Ferries craft which is continuing its year round operation from the port to Cherbourg is having a £10million scrubber fitted.

Work will be carried out on the Barfleur at St Nazaire from mid-March to mid-May and there will be a gap between March 16 and April 29 when the ferry will not be running.

However the company is slotting in its high speed vessel, Normandie Express from April 30 to May 14, after which Barfleur returns to resume its daily service.

“Unfortunately we cannot provide the high speed service earlier for operational reasons, but it will provide a link during the busy early May Bank Holiday period,” said Stephen Tuckwell, communications director.

The crossing time in the fast ferry is two-and-three-quarters hours compared with four-and-a-half hours for the conventional ferry.

The equipment that will be fitted to the 22-year-old Barfleur removes sulphur dioxide from the exhaust, a poisonous gas which contributes towards acid rain. This is in order to comply with new environmental regulations coming in next year.

EU legislation means vessels must use fuels with a sulphur content of not more than 0.10 per cent in the North Sea including the English Channel and exhaust cleaning systems are a way of ensuring this.

Poole tourism boss Graham Richardson has welcomed the move. “This is really good news for Poole,” he said.

“The investment they are putting into the Barfleur is a clear intention they are thinking long term.

“The ferry service is a part of Poole and really supports the tourism product with people coming to the port to use the ferry and bringing people into port from overseas,” he added.

Brittany Ferries also runs five services a week from Portsmouth to northern Spain.

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7:22am Sun 17 Aug 14

Fingersonthem says...

The Brittany Ferries craft which is continuing its year round operation from the port to Cherbourg is having a £10million scrubber fitted.


That much for a scrubber.
The Brittany Ferries craft which is continuing its year round operation from the port to Cherbourg is having a £10million scrubber fitted. That much for a scrubber. Fingersonthem
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7:48am Sun 17 Aug 14

Diesel Dog says...

No doubt the EU regulations only apply to EU Registered vessels. The Flag of convieniance vessels are exempt.
No doubt the EU regulations only apply to EU Registered vessels. The Flag of convieniance vessels are exempt. Diesel Dog
  • Score: -12

7:53am Sun 17 Aug 14

fizzy fert says...

Fingersonthem wrote:
The Brittany Ferries craft which is continuing its year round operation from the port to Cherbourg is having a £10million scrubber fitted.


That much for a scrubber.
Is your mother one ?
[quote][p][bold]Fingersonthem[/bold] wrote: The Brittany Ferries craft which is continuing its year round operation from the port to Cherbourg is having a £10million scrubber fitted. That much for a scrubber.[/p][/quote]Is your mother one ? fizzy fert
  • Score: -19

8:20am Sun 17 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

Normandie Express is a great alternative while Barfleur is out of action, she is comfortable and smart, been on her myself. It has been widely discussed on shipping forums about whether or not Barfleur will get adapted to the mew regulations or not and if not what would happen to her after the recent years. I think we can safely draw a line under all that now.

Right, hows about Condor making a decision about where they are sailing from in future, they have got the licence for the Islands...;-)
Normandie Express is a great alternative while Barfleur is out of action, she is comfortable and smart, been on her myself. It has been widely discussed on shipping forums about whether or not Barfleur will get adapted to the mew regulations or not and if not what would happen to her after the recent years. I think we can safely draw a line under all that now. Right, hows about Condor making a decision about where they are sailing from in future, they have got the licence for the Islands...;-) FerryFan
  • Score: 16

8:37am Sun 17 Aug 14

TheDistrict says...

Although I accept the decision to bring the Barfleur in line with EU legislation, I am glad she is back in service when she is in time for our holiday. My wife cannot stand the Vomit Rockets as do many others when even in a slight sea at speed. Barfleur anytime.
Although I accept the decision to bring the Barfleur in line with EU legislation, I am glad she is back in service when she is in time for our holiday. My wife cannot stand the Vomit Rockets as do many others when even in a slight sea at speed. Barfleur anytime. TheDistrict
  • Score: 0

9:05am Sun 17 Aug 14

Cosmic Crusader says...

Diesel Dog wrote:
No doubt the EU regulations only apply to EU Registered vessels. The Flag of convieniance vessels are exempt.
Bravo EU! Another bit of legislation which at the end of the day the consumer will have to pay for. Cannot say I have ever noticed Barfleur having particularly excessive or smoky exhausts. Nice clean EU registered shipping but China remains polluting the atmosphere with its heavy industries.
[quote][p][bold]Diesel Dog[/bold] wrote: No doubt the EU regulations only apply to EU Registered vessels. The Flag of convieniance vessels are exempt.[/p][/quote]Bravo EU! Another bit of legislation which at the end of the day the consumer will have to pay for. Cannot say I have ever noticed Barfleur having particularly excessive or smoky exhausts. Nice clean EU registered shipping but China remains polluting the atmosphere with its heavy industries. Cosmic Crusader
  • Score: -6

9:24am Sun 17 Aug 14

EdBmth says...

Diesel Dog wrote:
No doubt the EU regulations only apply to EU Registered vessels. The Flag of convieniance vessels are exempt.
It's actually IMO regulations, a The Echo got it a bit wrong. The regulations will apply to all shipping operating in the four control areas.
[quote][p][bold]Diesel Dog[/bold] wrote: No doubt the EU regulations only apply to EU Registered vessels. The Flag of convieniance vessels are exempt.[/p][/quote]It's actually IMO regulations, a The Echo got it a bit wrong. The regulations will apply to all shipping operating in the four control areas. EdBmth
  • Score: 19

10:02am Sun 17 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

TheDistrict wrote:
Although I accept the decision to bring the Barfleur in line with EU legislation, I am glad she is back in service when she is in time for our holiday. My wife cannot stand the Vomit Rockets as do many others when even in a slight sea at speed. Barfleur anytime.
I actually really enjoyed the HSCs, my first was on the Condor Express. On flat calm seas they are wonderful, and I never noticed any discomfort at all, hopefully come the time the Normandie Express is standing in the weather will be more likely to be pleasant. Although you never know nowadays. I like both vessels equally in terms of comfort, but would rather see Barfleur doing the crossing as the regular ship as she is more suited being able to carry freight as well, the Express doesn't.

Good that BF are providing a stand in ship though rather than just close the route for the time Barfleur is off, the HSC may not be to all tastes but it is providing a service that otherwise we wouldn't have for a while at that busy time of the year.
[quote][p][bold]TheDistrict[/bold] wrote: Although I accept the decision to bring the Barfleur in line with EU legislation, I am glad she is back in service when she is in time for our holiday. My wife cannot stand the Vomit Rockets as do many others when even in a slight sea at speed. Barfleur anytime.[/p][/quote]I actually really enjoyed the HSCs, my first was on the Condor Express. On flat calm seas they are wonderful, and I never noticed any discomfort at all, hopefully come the time the Normandie Express is standing in the weather will be more likely to be pleasant. Although you never know nowadays. I like both vessels equally in terms of comfort, but would rather see Barfleur doing the crossing as the regular ship as she is more suited being able to carry freight as well, the Express doesn't. Good that BF are providing a stand in ship though rather than just close the route for the time Barfleur is off, the HSC may not be to all tastes but it is providing a service that otherwise we wouldn't have for a while at that busy time of the year. FerryFan
  • Score: 15

11:16am Sun 17 Aug 14

TheDistrict says...

I do agree with you Ferry fan, but unlike me, my wife is other well travelling the HSC's, and prefers the Barfleur. As for myself I am a seafaring man.

Therefore , I cannot understand the negative responses I got on my original post.
I do agree with you Ferry fan, but unlike me, my wife is other well travelling the HSC's, and prefers the Barfleur. As for myself I am a seafaring man. Therefore , I cannot understand the negative responses I got on my original post. TheDistrict
  • Score: 8

11:23am Sun 17 Aug 14

nermal says...

I shall miss seeing it while it's gone but it'll be good to have something different to watch.
I shall miss seeing it while it's gone but it'll be good to have something different to watch. nermal
  • Score: 0

12:15pm Sun 17 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

TheDistrict wrote:
I do agree with you Ferry fan, but unlike me, my wife is other well travelling the HSC's, and prefers the Barfleur. As for myself I am a seafaring man.

Therefore , I cannot understand the negative responses I got on my original post.
Have there been posts deleted, you say negative responses, can't see any? Mine I wouldn't call negative, lol!!
[quote][p][bold]TheDistrict[/bold] wrote: I do agree with you Ferry fan, but unlike me, my wife is other well travelling the HSC's, and prefers the Barfleur. As for myself I am a seafaring man. Therefore , I cannot understand the negative responses I got on my original post.[/p][/quote]Have there been posts deleted, you say negative responses, can't see any? Mine I wouldn't call negative, lol!! FerryFan
  • Score: -1

12:17pm Sun 17 Aug 14

fizzy fert says...

nermal wrote:
I shall miss seeing it while it's gone but it'll be good to have something different to watch.
Put an exhaust pipe on the top of Boscombe
stay in and watch the fumes from the rehabilitizationers.
[quote][p][bold]nermal[/bold] wrote: I shall miss seeing it while it's gone but it'll be good to have something different to watch.[/p][/quote]Put an exhaust pipe on the top of Boscombe stay in and watch the fumes from the rehabilitizationers. fizzy fert
  • Score: 1

12:42pm Sun 17 Aug 14

TheDistrict says...

I refer Ferryfan to the thumbs up and thumbs down indicators.
I refer Ferryfan to the thumbs up and thumbs down indicators. TheDistrict
  • Score: 0

12:44pm Sun 17 Aug 14

TheDistrict says...

TheDistrict wrote:
I refer Ferryfan to the thumbs up and thumbs down indicators.
My original posting showed 3 thumbs down, now it is 1 thumb up.
All change.
[quote][p][bold]TheDistrict[/bold] wrote: I refer Ferryfan to the thumbs up and thumbs down indicators.[/p][/quote]My original posting showed 3 thumbs down, now it is 1 thumb up. All change. TheDistrict
  • Score: 0

1:44pm Sun 17 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

TheDistrict wrote:
TheDistrict wrote:
I refer Ferryfan to the thumbs up and thumbs down indicators.
My original posting showed 3 thumbs down, now it is 1 thumb up.
All change.
I have woken up now, lol!!!
[quote][p][bold]TheDistrict[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheDistrict[/bold] wrote: I refer Ferryfan to the thumbs up and thumbs down indicators.[/p][/quote]My original posting showed 3 thumbs down, now it is 1 thumb up. All change.[/p][/quote]I have woken up now, lol!!! FerryFan
  • Score: 0

5:22pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Secada83 says...

fizzy fert wrote:
Fingersonthem wrote:
The Brittany Ferries craft which is continuing its year round operation from the port to Cherbourg is having a £10million scrubber fitted.


That much for a scrubber.
Is your mother one ?
Bloody harsh no need for that was there....... I bet you wouldn't be so mouthy face to face ****.....
[quote][p][bold]fizzy fert[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fingersonthem[/bold] wrote: The Brittany Ferries craft which is continuing its year round operation from the port to Cherbourg is having a £10million scrubber fitted. That much for a scrubber.[/p][/quote]Is your mother one ?[/p][/quote]Bloody harsh no need for that was there....... I bet you wouldn't be so mouthy face to face ****..... Secada83
  • Score: 6

11:11pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Yankee1 says...

So it will be out of commission during the Easter School holidays?

Surely....February/M
arch are better months to mothball this aging ship?

Who.............dete
rmines these things?

I guess.......the big cruise lines....have priority.

LIke Carnival (CCL).
So it will be out of commission during the Easter School holidays? Surely....February/M arch are better months to mothball this aging ship? Who.............dete rmines these things? I guess.......the big cruise lines....have priority. LIke Carnival (CCL). Yankee1
  • Score: -2

12:02am Mon 18 Aug 14

RichJPrice says...

Cosmic Crusader wrote:
Diesel Dog wrote:
No doubt the EU regulations only apply to EU Registered vessels. The Flag of convieniance vessels are exempt.
Bravo EU! Another bit of legislation which at the end of the day the consumer will have to pay for. Cannot say I have ever noticed Barfleur having particularly excessive or smoky exhausts. Nice clean EU registered shipping but China remains polluting the atmosphere with its heavy industries.
The ruling relates to all ships sailing in European waters, a designated Emission Control Area (ECA) of which there are others around the globe, and more expected.
The exhaust scrubber will result in sulphur dioxide emissions, when the engines are burning cheaper heavy fuel or standard marine diesel oil, less than if the engines were burning 0.1% low sulphur marine gas oil.
The driver for this is that SO2 emissions are proven to cause numerous illnesses and the reduction in hospital admissions expected, just due to lowering ship emissions, is extensive and the cost savings of health care versus ship operating cost are hugely favorable.
Land based emissions (power stations, ultility plant etc.) have been under such control for years. The shipping industry is just catching up.
[quote][p][bold]Cosmic Crusader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Diesel Dog[/bold] wrote: No doubt the EU regulations only apply to EU Registered vessels. The Flag of convieniance vessels are exempt.[/p][/quote]Bravo EU! Another bit of legislation which at the end of the day the consumer will have to pay for. Cannot say I have ever noticed Barfleur having particularly excessive or smoky exhausts. Nice clean EU registered shipping but China remains polluting the atmosphere with its heavy industries.[/p][/quote]The ruling relates to all ships sailing in European waters, a designated Emission Control Area (ECA) of which there are others around the globe, and more expected. The exhaust scrubber will result in sulphur dioxide emissions, when the engines are burning cheaper heavy fuel or standard marine diesel oil, less than if the engines were burning 0.1% low sulphur marine gas oil. The driver for this is that SO2 emissions are proven to cause numerous illnesses and the reduction in hospital admissions expected, just due to lowering ship emissions, is extensive and the cost savings of health care versus ship operating cost are hugely favorable. Land based emissions (power stations, ultility plant etc.) have been under such control for years. The shipping industry is just catching up. RichJPrice
  • Score: 1

4:37pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Tenfoot says...

Cosmic Crusader wrote:
Diesel Dog wrote:
No doubt the EU regulations only apply to EU Registered vessels. The Flag of convieniance vessels are exempt.
Bravo EU! Another bit of legislation which at the end of the day the consumer will have to pay for. Cannot say I have ever noticed Barfleur having particularly excessive or smoky exhausts. Nice clean EU registered shipping but China remains polluting the atmosphere with its heavy industries.
I agree when out of Poole harbour and warmed up the Barfleur‘s exhausts are pretty clean. Now starting the main engines in Pool is a different matter. Clouds of dense brown/grey/black/blu
e smoke which drifts inland and out through the harbour. Perhaps that's the problem.
[quote][p][bold]Cosmic Crusader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Diesel Dog[/bold] wrote: No doubt the EU regulations only apply to EU Registered vessels. The Flag of convieniance vessels are exempt.[/p][/quote]Bravo EU! Another bit of legislation which at the end of the day the consumer will have to pay for. Cannot say I have ever noticed Barfleur having particularly excessive or smoky exhausts. Nice clean EU registered shipping but China remains polluting the atmosphere with its heavy industries.[/p][/quote]I agree when out of Poole harbour and warmed up the Barfleur‘s exhausts are pretty clean. Now starting the main engines in Pool is a different matter. Clouds of dense brown/grey/black/blu e smoke which drifts inland and out through the harbour. Perhaps that's the problem. Tenfoot
  • Score: 0

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