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The North Boat (Northlink ferries)


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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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Comparing Northlink with the Streamline Shipping boat seems to show that Streamline will sail when Northlink will not but I wonder if there is a reason for that. Streamline have a crane loaded container ship while the Northlink has ro-ro ships. Is this a reason for the apparent difference in performance?.

 

I mind a docker telling me that the pre ro-ro North boats did not worry about rough seas as the cargo was tightly packed and didn't get damaged easily by the motion of the boat. When the ro-ro started there was a spate of cars being flattened by trailers falling over on a coorse night, hence they began to take it easy to stop damage. I haven't heard of a trailer toppling over on cars for a few years so it could well be true.

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A few cars got flattened last year on a trip North, I mind seeing dem on STV news.I also mind some scarey trips in da P&O days, some folk choose tae forget that,the St.Clair lay off Orkney for 3 days, they said she shouldna have left Lerwick.

 

i believe that was caused by the trailer having defect tie down points

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I suspect that very few of the keyboard captains would venture out of their computer chair, or their front door, never mind set sail in the north sea....

 

I was at sea yesterday in the force 9, our harvest was late into Aberdeen today missing connections, a days freshness lost and angry customers.

Last week we lost £?000's due to no sailings.

I was at the fishing for years and steamed to Aberdeen to land with force 10 or 11 when ferries didn't run, this was with a 24m boat not a 122m Helliar.

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January 1995 - a picture story - excuse the large size but they make interesting viewing :)

 

My pics - I was doing this sort of thing as a job back then:-

 

http://www.photos.co.uk/pics/8/tanker1.jpg

 

http://www.photos.co.uk/pics/8/tanker2.jpg

 

http://www.photos.co.uk/pics/8/tanker4.jpg

 

http://www.photos.co.uk/pics/8/tanker3.jpg

 

http://www.photos.co.uk/pics/8/tanker5.jpg

 

http://www.photos.co.uk/pics/8/tanker6.jpg

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I suspect that very few of the keyboard captains would venture out of their computer chair, or their front door, never mind set sail in the north sea....

 

I was at sea yesterday in the force 9, our harvest was late into Aberdeen today missing connections, a days freshness lost and angry customers.

Last week we lost £?000's due to no sailings.

I was at the fishing for years and steamed to Aberdeen to land with force 10 or 11 when ferries didn't run, this was with a 24m boat not a 122m Helliar.

 

all i know is my 16 foot boat was pretty safe in force 7 , want to come a hurl ? the Unity fished in weather the new boats wont sail in n the Klaring was ok to lie n beat in a force 10 , so me bonnie boy dunna lecture

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I suspect that very few of the keyboard captains would venture out of their computer chair, or their front door, never mind set sail in the north sea....

 

 

been out in far worse weather than we've seen up here for a while and I'm still here

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I am due to go on the Tuesday night ferry to Aberdeen and return on the Wednesday night ferry back to Lerwick.

The weather forecast is looking a tad rough at present, for both nights, which I'm not too happy about.

I am going to Aberdeen for a 2-00pm medical appointment so have plenty of time in hand if the southwards ferry arrives late. If I was in Aberdeen and the northwards ferry was to be cancelled, would I be allowed to sleep in the cabin that I have booked for the journey or would I have to find some overnight accommodation in Aberdeen at short notice? If the latter, any recommendations at non rip-off prices would be appreciated.

 

Being an old git, I am using 2 of my old git's free ferry vouchers before they expire at the end of the month so would prefer to be on the ferry if it goes.

 

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daveh if your going to a hospital appointment and your not fancying the ferry crossing. go to patient travel at GBH hospital with your appointment card. they will book and pay for your plane fare or ferry crossing minus £10. i know they will pay for accomidation if you have to stay over for tests but i don't think they will for delayed crossings.

no they won't let you sleep in the cabins if the crossing is cancelled.

oh yes they will even pay your taxi fare from the airport. so it maybe worth speaking to them.

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Thanks for the reply, Paul.

 

My medical appointment is actually a private hearing aids appointment in order to get my current ones adjusted and to talk about getting a new pair. It is nothing to do with the NHS so I wouldn't/couldn't approach GBH for financial assistance in this instance.

 

I have just checked the ferry sailing forecast and the words "severe gale" are used for Tuesday's crossing so it may even be cancelled anyway.

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