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But where’s all the polished mahogany and brass...shouted Uhtred from the 19th century.

Something will go wrong with the order, like it'll be too big to fit in the sea and they'll have to redesign it. 

I think it was widely said at the time that new boats would be £70 million each. I certainly posted that on here. (or if you’re CalMac they’re £110 million each, smaller than the Ben/new boat, an

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Mona's Queen looks like a perfect name. Manx Lady would be my second choice.

Has the government published any document regarding the exact specifications of this new boat?

 

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1 hour ago, Hard Truth said:

Mona's Queen looks like a perfect name. Manx Lady would be my second choice.

Has the government published any document regarding the exact specifications of this new boat?

The only information is in the Steam Packet's own press release, which begins:

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ISLE OF MAN STEAM PACKET COMPANY SIGNS CONTRACT FOR NEW VESSEL

31/7/2020

A new purpose-built vessel for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company will be constructed in South Korea.

Earlier today (Friday 31st July), its Board of Directors signed a contract on behalf of the Company with one of the world’s major shipbuilders, Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD), based in Ulsan.

It follows a week-long visit to Korea by senior personnel from the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, during which they visited the shipyard where the vessel will be built, viewed a recently completed ship to assess the standard of work and discussed technical and commercial considerations with HMD executives.

Work on physically constructing a replacement for the conventional ferry, Ben-my-Chree, is now due to start in mid-2021 after detailed plans are finalised and agreed between builder and buyer.

The process began last autumn when the Company commissioned a tender exercise, during which a large number of shipyards around the world expressed an interest in building the bespoke vessel.

Manx Radio's report, as usual is just the cut-down of this.  Details have still to be negotiated and we probably won't get and much more till next year.  Hopefully government is having as little as possible to do with the design process.

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2 hours ago, Roger Mexico said:

The only information is in the Steam Packet's own press release, which begins:

Manx Radio's report, as usual is just the cut-down of this.  Details have still to be negotiated and we probably won't get and much more till next year.  Hopefully government is having as little as possible to do with the design process.

How did they get to Korea at the height of a global pandemic? 

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2 minutes ago, Southfork said:

How did they get to Korea at the height of a global pandemic? 

If I had to guess, by aeroplane.

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You cynic, they cycled there of course!

Some of the Execs used these eco model Bamboo bikes but when they got to China the bloody Pandas ate them!!!

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2 hours ago, Southfork said:

How did they get to Korea at the height of a global pandemic? 

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Though it actually broke down so often on the way, that they actually left during the 1918 Flu epidemic.

(Of course the real question is what happened when they got back).

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6 minutes ago, Roger Mexico said:

Though it actually broke down so often on the way, that they actually left during the 1918 Flu epidemic.

(Of course the real question is what happened when they got back).

They're probably waiting until the new boat is finished and they can bring it back?

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18 minutes ago, Roger Mexico said:

Though it actually broke down so often on the way, that they actually left during the 1918 Flu epidemic.

(Of course the real question is what happened when they got back).

The fuel bill to get to Korea and back would go a long way to buying the new ship!

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They're probably waiting until the new boat is finished and they can bring it back?

On full pay, naturally....

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23 hours ago, GreyWolf said:

She’s a fine looking boat much better on the eye than her older hard working sister.

Aye.... I know architect and CAD drawings can be misleading but the topsides do seem to be substantially bigger than what we have now. I hope the mention of it being "manoeuvrable in poor conditions" will hold true and that it won't require a tug or two in a force 5 or more in Douglas & Heysham harbours.

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How much did government and Steam Packet say they had to spend on two new boats? 

Oh, yes, £65 million for two.

This one is estimated at €78 million or £70 million.

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