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About Cypman

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  1. I'm doing my bit, changing to oil !
  2. Recently for some reason the ships have been doing a dog leg on arrival in Douglas Bay, maybe that is what was seen?
  3. Wonder what freight ship they are going to use; on AIS, Arrow looks to be in dry dock in Scotland?
  4. After the Richmond Hill job didn't they end up with an additional site by the old Rose Grower's place ?
  5. Whilst I accept that cars may well be driverless we will still have cars, and more people will require more "driverless" cars.
  6. Although I recognise that something needs to be done to Douglas Promenade the nmore I look at the latest proposal the more I realise it fails to address the basic needs. Just because there are apparent h and s advantages in keeping the horse tram tracks where they are, it is clear that the constantly increasing level of vehicular traffic is already being hugely restricted by the trams, this will only get worse. Consequently, I am of the view that a single track, with passing places, on the seaward edge of the road is the most viable option. This would still provide a similar number of parking slots, which is absolutely essential,; whilst at the same time giving an increased useable road width. Regarding the major planned spend in front of the Sefton, can anyone please advise me of the real benefits ? Finally, whatever we eventually do will remain with us for generations to come,I don't think we have got it anywhere near "right" yet !
  7. Just to get back on the topic, why don't we consider "killing two birds with one stone" i.e. Enlarge the harbour and at the same time provide a cruise ship berth. This might most economically be achieved by relocating and enlarging the present breakwater to the position of the proposed cruise berth. It seems silly to me to construct a new breakwater whilst still leaving the old one as a major obstruction in the harbour !!
  8. I thought the original £22M plan was hugely more complex than what is now being proposed, so would one not expect the reduction in the cost to be more than 10% ?
  9. Depth at low water springs at the end of Ramsey pier is only 2 metres, dredging to 10 m would not be viable.
  10. I fully support the requirement for a cruise ship pontoon with direct land access. Bouncing across Douglas Bay in a ship's lifeboat does not create a good initial impression !! However, a full cost benefit analysis is essential, based on factual information and not on "pie in the sky" projections, often used as justification for major spending in the past. Finally, although I don't like the proposed location, it would appear to be the only site suitable on our coast that could accommodate the average 8 metre draft of these ships.
  11. I was at Greeba for the race on Sunday. The helicopter arrived within minutes of the accident and landed close to the crash site. Initially, the pilot kept the engines running whilst the medical team assessed the patient. Later, when it became clear that stabilising the rider was going to take some considerable time the helicopter engines were shut down. After the patient was eventually stretchered into the rescue helicopter it restarted engines and took off for Nobles. Whilst I chose not to "rubber neck " the proceedings it was very evident that the medics and marshallers were dealing incredibly professionally with the incident. My thoughts and prayers are presently with the family and friends of the deceased at this very sad time.
  12. I really cannot believe that is the real reason. If it is I would want to know why.
  13. It beggars belief, to plan a major change in operating procedures to coincide with the start of TT !!!
  14. This morning's EasyJet from Gatwick has just landed, first arrival today as the fog starts to clear. Maybe they do get things right on most occasions !!!
  15. Advection fog, caused by warm air over cold sea. Happens every spring before the sea warms up in the summer. Unfortunately, there is nothing anyone can do about it !!! In addition, Ronaldsway could not install an "auto land" type of Instrument Landing System as the runway would have to be much, much longer; and then few of the aircraft currently operating to and from the airport are equipped to use it. it is very frustrating but it is what it is.