Lymington-Yarmouth Sailing Cancellations (updated)

More cancellations

This in from Wightlink. Ed

FogPlease be advised that owing to severe fog in the Solent the following sailings on our Lymington to Yarmouth car ferry service have been cancelled:

From Lymington: 1245
From Yarmouth: 1155 & 1355

Updated 15.22pm:
From Lymington: 1445 & 1645
From Yarmouth: 1355, 1555 & 1755

Passengers concerned about their sailings are advised to contact Wightlink reservations on 02392 827761 (cheaper than 0871 number)

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Wednesday, 29th December, 2010 11:32am

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22 Comments

  1. rjc's comment is rated +2 Vote +1 Vote -1

    29.Dec.2010 12:00pm

    I don’t believe it is fog , just another excuse to run less ferries. They will still get the same revenue at the end of the day to pay out amongst their shareholders. What was it last tuesday, staff shortages. Excuse me! who got rid of them?

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    • klondike's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

      29.Dec.2010 10:01pm

      the reason for cancellations is one of the ferries has hydraulic problems thats why there wa s a 3 hour delay on xmas day they could nt move wight light off the linkspan at lymington .

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  2. Isle of Wight Bob's comment is rated +2 Vote +1 Vote -1

    29.Dec.2010 12:17pm

    Well can’t blame the Snow this time. They will soon be running out of reasons why their ferries fail to run & serve our lovely Island. Well I can only guess the word Technical in Wightlinks vocabulary does cover most of their failings to serve the public

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  3. nominative determinism's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

    29.Dec.2010 2:14pm

    it does seem slightly puzzling that fog only effects 3 sailings. presumably theyre basing this on a forecast. Crew shortages because of ice and snow is beleiveable, as is fog, it just seems slightly odd that it only effects these services and not services all day. It also seems slightly odd to have fog around midday, but Im not a weatherman so maybe thats just me. But once again, its a reason thats sensible and beleiveable. Just not verifiable unless someone nips out in a boat and checks the ferry route.

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  4. Matt's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

    29.Dec.2010 3:43pm

    More than likely a decision made due to traffic density and restricted visibility…ie if they know that a number of rather large vessels will be sharing water with them at a particular time, then action will be taken to avoid a collision.

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  5. Chris's comment is rated +4 Vote +1 Vote -1

    29.Dec.2010 7:32pm

    LOL, as night follows day so laughable comments will follow a Wightlink story. Im sure the same people moaning about a handful of cancellations would be the first to moan if there was an incident of any kind – “Wightlink recklessly endangering lives!”/”Why run in dangerous conditions in a congested river just for a few vehicles” etc etc…

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    • romeantique's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

      29.Dec.2010 8:22pm

      moaning about the moaners Chris?

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    • nominative determinism's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

      29.Dec.2010 10:12pm

      better a few laughable comments than a laughable excuse. I see since my earlier comment its been updated and more ferries have been cancelled, so fair enough, they cancelled due to fog and kept cancelling until the fog cleared.

      thats 2 reasonable sensible reasons in a row. Maybe wightlink have a new PR man. Or maybe they just have no reason to cancel services because of low customer numbers at this time of year because the weather does it for them. If they manage to avoid “Operational Reasons” or “Essential Maintanance” for a month or two people might start to beleive them again.

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      • Chris's comment is rated +2 Vote +1 Vote -1

        30.Dec.2010 7:32pm

        Perhaps they’re just proving my point for me! Since giving reasons virtually all operational issue’s are called an excuse to cancel a service, and any technical issue must be preventable, quickly and easily solved and entirely Wightlink’s fault. I cant see its made much difference, on here anyway…!

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        • nominative determinism's comment is rated +2 Vote +1 Vote -1

          30.Dec.2010 11:28pm

          well its all down to perception isnt it. Saying Operational Reasons gives the perception that there is no reason and wightlink are trying to pull the wool over customers eyes. Saying your staff cant get in because of the snow IS an operational reason, but is also something people understand.

          As for technical issues, they are always fair enough, again with a little bit of information to make people feel that its a reason rather than an excuse.

          But, things such as having to cancel timetabled services to refuel a ferry are ridiculous and should be done before the timetabled service starts for the day, or after it ends.

          Its all about perception, and Wightlink have trotted out operational reasons too many times for it to be beleived. By giving a little bit of detail, just a little, they make middle management excuses into genuine reasons that people can understand if not like. Its good that wightlink finally seem to have figured that out.

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  6. Matt's comment is rated +2 Vote +1 Vote -1

    30.Dec.2010 9:06pm

    Trust me-cancelling a sailing does not save Wightlink a penny!! Ships must sail or they die.

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  7. Amanda's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

    30.Dec.2010 9:11pm

    Some people will find any excuse to attack Wightlink

    I must admit that I’m not their biggest fan (I prefer Red Funnel for car ferry and the Hover when on foot), but it seems whatever excuse/reason they give for cancellations, there is always someone ready to dive in and attack.

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    • BW's comment is rated +2 Vote +1 Vote -1

      30.Dec.2010 9:22pm

      It’s called free speach. Welcome to the real world.

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      • Amanda's comment is rated +3 Vote +1 Vote -1

        30.Dec.2010 9:49pm

        There’s quite a difference between ‘free speech’ and simply attacking for the sake of it.

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        • Amanda's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

          30.Dec.2010 9:51pm

          Oh and in the real world that I have lived in for the last 40 years, I have tended to gravitate towards those who are polite and positive rather than those of a rude, patronising and negative disposition. Think I know which real world I prefer.

          Happy New Year!

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          • romeantique's comment is rated +2 Vote +1 Vote -1

            30.Dec.2010 10:23pm

            Well said Amanda, goods manners don’t cost anything do they?

            As a matter of fact my feelings were hurt by a couple of the regular all day long posters on here earlier today.

            I wont mention any names but suffice to say they are both well old enough to know better than to gang up on an individual just because he is an intellectual.

          • No.5's comment is rated +3 Vote +1 Vote -1

            30.Dec.2010 11:07pm

            oh the paradox Mr. Tique

            one of the most negative posters ever

  8. Louise Woolford's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

    30.Dec.2010 10:43pm

    Hahaha seriously!!
    Typical Wightlink service for you.

    Next excuse??? Can not wait to see that one.

    Just my ‘opinion’ of course. ;)

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    • Chris's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

      31.Dec.2010 5:22pm

      You might have noticed that Red Funnel, along with much of the shipping using Southampton and Portsmouth, also suffered significant disruption. One person’s excuse is another, more rational person’s sensible precaution when using the Lymington river…

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  9. louise woolford's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

    30.Dec.2010 10:52pm

    Oh and let’s remember one and all its only the internet!!!!!!!!

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  10. Charlie Bear's comment is rated +3 Vote +1 Vote -1

    30.Dec.2010 11:13pm

    Well said No.5

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  11. Chris's comment is rated +2 Vote +1 Vote -1

    31.Dec.2010 5:35pm

    If people are interested, i’ve seen my initial thoughts confirmed – the fog was too thick for ferries to safely pass in the river, so to maintain a punctual service a two boat service was run.

    Putting safety and punctuality above running the timetabled service? How dare they… ;-)

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