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Where should the North Boat dock?  

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  1. 1. Where should the North Boat dock?

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Does the boat ever not sail because of fog?

No - becase whin its foggy dey send a man forrard we a kishie o steens – every noo and dan he bals a steen intae da fog an listens fur da splash. If he hears a splash dan he kens hits aaright tae had her coorse if no dan he tells da skipper tae come astarn.

It's good to know that they don't depend on modern technology.

 

A man with a bag of stones sounds like a very eco-friendly solution too...

:lol:

 

good crack yea (especially if a stone gets you)

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Does the boat ever not sail because of fog?

 

Lerwick - not that I can ever remember

 

Aberdeen - mid nineties were rather "amusing", not actually being that keen on catching the boat most of my amusement was meeting folks off the boat, but it was delayed in arriving on various occasions due to problems with entering the harbour in poor visibility. Can't remember that ever being a problem since these new things, but tbh I stopped bothering meeting folks off the boat by the time these new tubs came in to existence.

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wonder what the excuse for the late arrival of the boat is today? the wind has never been above 30 knots overnight and it wasn't easterly at aberdeen harbour so no trotting out of that old chestnut this is a disgrace twice as many boats as P&O yet 1/2 the service, pathetic truly pathetic :x

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Does the boat ever not sail because of fog?

No - becase whin its foggy dey send a man forrard we a kishie o steens – every noo and dan he bals a steen intae da fog an listens fur da splash. If he hears a splash dan he kens hits aaright tae had her coorse if no dan he tells da skipper tae come astarn.

 

 

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wonder what the excuse for the late arrival of the boat is today? the wind has never been above 30 knots overnight and it wasn't easterly at aberdeen harbour so no trotting out of that old chestnut this is a disgrace twice as many boats as P&O yet 1/2 the service, pathetic truly pathetic :x

 

The Hrossey didn't leave Lerwick until midnight and I know the last couple of nights have been pretty rough - perhaps more so around Orkney? They were tied up in Lerwick the other day. Not sure if the Hjaltland still in dry dock but if so, afraid the crew have to sleep sometime.

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wonder what the excuse for the late arrival of the boat is today? the wind has never been above 30 knots overnight and it wasn't easterly at aberdeen harbour so no trotting out of that old chestnut this is a disgrace twice as many boats as P&O yet 1/2 the service, pathetic truly pathetic :x

If you are talking about the Lerwick arrival then that would have been the freight ship Hellier which is timetabled to arrive at 10am but Northlink were claiming it would arrive at 9am which is an hour early rather than being late.

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still was not here at 11am which is an hour later than stated

I still stand by the statement twice as many boats half the service

Well that twice as many statement does not stand to to even the most cursory scrutiny. P & O operated the St. Clair, the St, Sunniva and the St. Rognvald which, after careful calculation using at least one brain cell, makes a total of three boats. After more careful calculation I find that twice as many boats would mean they were operating with a fleet of six which is not the case.
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they are running 5 boats 3 passenger and 2 freight not quite twice I accept but almost.

and if we measure tonnage as shipping is usually measured then they have more than twice P&Os capacity

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and as it is the helliar that we are waiting on the excuse of passenger comfort and safety is not an option for excuses either the boats are fit for purpose or they are not, fit for purpose should at least mean they are able to sail in expected winter conditions on route.

What we have now is a summer service designed for tourists, not a lifeline freight and passenger service as we were promised.

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You'd need to add the St Ola to your calcs JustMe as bobdahog seems to be including the Hamnavoe. I'm sure that takes P&O up to 4 boats and double that's 8, still no idea where bobdahog gets his double figure from though!

 

I'm sure bobdahog is a Master Mariner with years of experice at sea before he's second guessing the decisions of these skippers?

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Northlink have updated their website and the freight boat arrived at 12.10 which does make it late. Of course there is no real excuse about passenger comfort with the Helliar although she is licensed to carry 12 fare paying passengers so I suspect the delay is caused by sea conditions en-route. Sadly for Northlink and ships passengers all over the world the sea does not immediately subside after a gale. Remember that Northlink also have to consider the safety of the ship and her crew so maybe they needed to go a bit more slowly last night.

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and as it is the helliar that we are waiting on the excuse of passenger comfort and safety is not an option for excuses either the boats are fit for purpose or they are not, fit for purpose should at least mean they are able to sail in expected winter conditions on route.

What we have now is a summer service designed for tourists, not a lifeline freight and passenger service as we were promised.

 

doot the "service" as it used to be called has been dragged down by the weight of krayters who really dont understand boats dont travel on a solid smooth surface plus the folk running the so called "opperation" dont want to use diesel. Between the Riechstag rules and the fairy feet decisions its a wonder it sails avaa , for myself i grudgingly use it sparingly and spinal arthritis makes most crossings painfull anyway , but yes mr hog , i do agree

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As it is MY comfort on board southbound trip last night .. I am very happy that Northlink waited for the "high seas" to subside a bit before they set sail.

We are due in Aberdeen at 2.30.. fine by me! we will get there in one piece and not too traumatised. :lol:

 

The only think that's irked me is it took over and HOUR to checkin/board the car! I know there was no hurry cause we weren't sailing, and a lot of the cars were tied down, but I could have flown to Edinburgh in the time it took to get on :D

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