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Check sea state before boarding ferry

See this video . Jump to 4.48 if you don't want to watch it all.


Now that would put a dampener my holiday.

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Reminds me of a crossing from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire some years ago. As we drove along the A55 North Wales coast road the sea was looking a bit choppy.

Boarded and it was not to bad for the first 20 mins. Got out of the Lee of Anglesey and it was as if all hell broke loose, no one could walk without clutching a wall. Went for breakfast and the woman serving was lying on the floor behind the counter. Help yourself she said I'm never going to sell all that indicating the fried food. I had the biggest plate of bacon and eggs I've ever had!
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Wow missed that one Erneboy . was on that one six months ago. On the bike, strapped down to deck but a movin truck would still have crushed it to destruction.

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Maybe the new P&O ferries have advanced stabilisation I dont know but 2017 when we came back from France to Dover the water was like that. Blowing proper storm force winds but the ferry hardly moved. I was disappointed.


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We did a booze run back in the early 90's and filing off the boat at Dover we passed a line of cars that most had been flattened. There must have been a dozen and asking what happened at customs it was the last weeks ferry where even though all the trucks had been chained down, it was still so rough the chains had broken and they fell onto the cars beside.


That was about the time of The Herald of Free Enterprise went down at Zebrugger. Again we had been on it the week before.



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I hardly go back to UK now Jean. Too many yellow lines and people.
But might manage a ferry to Greece later this coming year.



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This is probably the best known ‘near miss’ on the Ireland to France route. The Epsilon, an Irish Ferries boat. Too small tocall a ship. Did a good weather Dublin Holyhead run on it a few years ago and found it to be underwhelming, so avoided it ever since.

Photos of the devastation;

https://www.thejournal.ie/irish-ferr...96991-Feb2016/

And the investigative report of the incident;

https://www.thejournal.ie/irish-ferr...68428-Nov2018/

Hate to think of the cost. No indication as to wether heads rolled. There are also YouTube videos taken aboard at the time.

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That first video is witness to disgraceful unprofessional procedure.

They are well used to bad weather in the Cook Straight.

If they can't secure vehicles against damage like that, knowing the weather they are going out into, they should space the vehicles further apart and add extra lashings.

Within the constraints of weight distribution, they should have kept commercial and domestic vehicles apart too.

Makes me proper cross that does. Look at the disruption to peoples' lives they caused by doing all that damage. I'm disgusted.
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