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Offline Twynkle

Re: RMS St Helena
« Reply #40 on: Jun 12, 2016, 09:38 AM »
Just spent a wonderful day (yesterday) with RMS St Helena (1989) -
We talked about the photography, when QM2 paid her respects at Tristan da Cunha - they enjoyed the photos, in particular the one Michael Gallagher sent on behalf of Cunard of the two ships together - Many more thanks for that!

'The RMS'  - the ship is referred to this as her common name, is due to take 3 more voyages (last one planned up till 27th September)  - with her annual dry docking taking place in CT in August.
If anyone who is interested, she'll be in the London Cruise Terminal, (Tilbury, Essex) till she sets sail for Tenerife on Tuesday - and if anyone's tempted to take a look, it's just remotely possible that a visit might be arranged - although "no promises". .

There was something incredibly moving about the visit - possibly as many as 50% of the visitors were the Islanders themselves, many related to / or previously serving crew members.
Just imagine - if we could do something like that for QE2 - i.e. Arrange a visiting week / weekend for as many who wished to pay respects to QE2, both crew, families of crew members and passengers - How very good this would be!

 http://rms-st-helena.com/about-the-rms/
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QE2 has been waiting alongside in Dubai for very nearly  whole years... she seriously needs to be earning her keep....

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Re: RMS St Helena
« Reply #41 on: Jun 16, 2016, 10:37 PM »
There is a temporary reprieve due to the issues with wind at the new airport; she is now doing three more round trips to St Helena from Cape Town and they are open for booking.  This gives her until September now.
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Offline Bruce Nicholls

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« Reply #42 on: Jun 18, 2016, 09:30 AM »
So what are they going to do, change the wind, move the airport?

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« Reply #43 on: Jun 18, 2016, 12:12 PM »
There's been a few silly ideas mentioned in the press, such as building a huge windbreak or planting a screen of fast growing Leylandia. ::)





I think I can see a tiny flaw in both cunning plans - any such screen may well break up the crosswinds, but surely would generate a huge degree of even more dangerous turbulence?
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Re: RMS St Helena
« Reply #44 on: Jun 18, 2016, 01:09 PM »
So what are they going to do, change the wind, move the airport?

Hi Bruce,
There's the strong possibility that another ship has been purchased.
More soon.
Having met crew and crew families as well as ex-crew last Sunday- all born on the Island, they are Very concerned regarding access to 'anywhere',
hopefully they won't be left stranded.
RMS St Helena is a superb small ship - and in excellent condition.
It looks as if nothing will be decided about the runway etc, any time soon
Rosie
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Re: RMS St Helena
« Reply #45 on: Jun 21, 2016, 04:55 PM »
Hi Bruce,
There's the strong possibility that another ship has been purchased.
More soon.
Having met crew and crew families as well as ex-crew last Sunday- all born on the Island, they are Very concerned regarding access to 'anywhere',
hopefully they won't be left stranded.
RMS St Helena is a superb small ship - and in excellent condition.
It looks as if nothing will be decided about the runway etc, any time soon
Rosie

Hopefully another liner...I don't like crossing the Atlantic in anything else.
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Re: RMS St Helena
« Reply #46 on: Jun 21, 2016, 06:54 PM »
Hopefully another liner...I don't like crossing the Atlantic in anything else.

Hi Hank
If - and it's a big 'if', the new ship is the one that I've seen in photos, she will be a passenger cargo ship sailing to schedules in the same way as any liner does - as does the current RMS.
Rosie
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« Reply #47 on: Jun 21, 2016, 10:28 PM »
Simply "sailing to schedules" wouldn't really qualify this new vessel as a liner unless she is actually built like a liner - are there any indications yet that this would be the case?
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« Reply #48 on: Jun 24, 2016, 09:37 AM »
Hi Hank
If - and it's a big 'if', the new ship is the one that I've seen in photos, she will be a passenger cargo ship sailing to schedules in the same way as any liner does - as does the current RMS.
Rosie

What is the big 'if' ship?
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Re: RMS St Helena
« Reply #49 on: Jul 13, 2016, 01:10 PM »
RMS St Helena's life has now been extended to July 2017, and the new schedule is now available and open for bookings :

http://rms-st-helena.com/schedules-fares/

She has even had some repairs done and undertaken new sea trials -- the crew must be delighted at this reprieve!

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Re: RMS St Helena
« Reply #50 on: Aug 27, 2016, 04:57 AM »
RMS St Helena's life has now been extended to July 2017, and the new schedule is now available and open for bookings :

http://rms-st-helena.com/schedules-fares/

She has even had some repairs done and undertaken new sea trials -- the crew must be delighted at this reprieve!

Might as well build a new liner called the St. Helena (3) and quietly pretend the unusable airport never happened...

But that's none of my business.
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« Reply #51 on: Oct 10, 2016, 12:20 AM »
Interesting article about life on the island and the role of the RMS St Helena :

http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/irish-doctor-on-a-distant-island-1.2810569

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« Reply #52 on: Oct 18, 2016, 06:31 AM »
Interesting article about life on the island and the role of the RMS St Helena :

http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/irish-doctor-on-a-distant-island-1.2810569

Thank you for sharing!
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« Reply #53 on: Apr 15, 2017, 04:37 PM »
Does not sound good :

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St Helena Line (SHL) has today, Saturday 15 April 2017, advised that a further technical problem with the RMS’ starboard propeller has been discovered. Technical staff are onboard and are investigating the issue, but at this time they are unable to provide any conclusive diagnosis. Investigations are ongoing, however early indications are that the problem appears to be more serious than initially thought.

It is therefore likely that the RMS St Helena will have to remain in the port of Cape Town over the weekend.
Passenger agents are onboard to assist those passengers who do not wish to remain and will assist making the necessary arrangements for disembarkation.

Passengers have been kept informed of developments and have been offered the opportunity to go ashore until further news is available.

http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/travel-news-rms-st-helena-update/

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« Reply #54 on: Apr 17, 2017, 04:47 PM »
Still no good news for the ship...

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RMS St Helena update (17/04):
Investigations into an alternative means of transporting passengers to St Helena continue.

Over the past two days we have been able to make contact with the management of cruise ship liners in the vicinity of Cape Town which could have the option of diverting to St Helena on the next leg of their voyage. We continue to search for another passenger vessel which is capable of transporting the passengers currently waiting in Cape Town. A number of options are being considered and more information should be available tomorrow, Tuesday 18 April 2017.

There are also options for possible flights to St Helena. These are taking some time to finalise, and the assistance of a large number of people who are helping to find a solution is acknowledged. There is a lengthy process to go through to get permission to fly to St Helena, but that work is underway.

There is a large number of people currently waiting in Cape Town to find out how they will get to St Helena, and many on St Helena who are expecting to travel in the coming weeks. The contact for the passengers is Andrew Weir Shipping Management Ltd (as the managers). Chief Executive for Economic Development, Dr Niall O’Keeffe, is one of those in Cape Town. Niall is taking questions posed by passengers and passing them to the SHG UK Representative, Kedell Worboys MBE, in the London office or back to SHG on St Helena.

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Re: RMS St Helena
« Reply #55 on: Apr 17, 2017, 05:50 PM »
It does not sound very good at all.  Thanks, though, for sharing the information with us.
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« Reply #56 on: Apr 17, 2017, 10:15 PM »
It's a bit worse than that for those trying to travel; according to the Daily Telegraph the runway on Ascension Island ( from which the only aircraft able to use the defective new airport on St Helena can fly from ) is out of use with potholes...
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Re: RMS St Helena
« Reply #57 on: Apr 18, 2017, 02:17 AM »
I wonder, then, what will be arranged ?
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Re: RMS St Helena
« Reply #59 on: Apr 18, 2017, 02:58 PM »
Latest News

http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/category/news/
She is hanging on a thin thread, and while they are repairing her and continuing to let her serve, you cant help think that her replacement is nearing everyday, lord knows we can't afford to lose another RMS.
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« Reply #60 on: Apr 18, 2017, 03:22 PM »
She is hanging on a thin thread, and while they are repairing her and continuing to let her serve, you cant help think that her replacement is nearing everyday, lord knows we can't afford to lose another RMS.

It's a problem with one of her propellers - and I believe she is still docked in Cape Town.
There is a significant problem, owing to the fact that the runway at Ascension Island has potholes, St Helena's airstrip is out of use and people, as well as the "Saints", from as far away as Antarctica and Tristan da Cunha are needing to travel to and from the South Atlantic and are feeling stranded.
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« Reply #62 on: Apr 18, 2017, 07:06 PM »
It's a bit worse than that for those trying to travel; according to the Daily Telegraph the runway on Ascension Island ( from which the only aircraft able to use the defective new airport on St Helena can fly from ) is out of use with potholes...

As an aside and an update to this - apparently there's a load of scientists travelling home from Antarctica who are stuck in the Falklands now because their flights run via Ascension as well...
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« Reply #63 on: Apr 18, 2017, 07:10 PM »
As an aside and an update to this - apparently there's a load of scientists travelling home from Antarctica who are stuck in the Falklands now because their flights run via Ascension as well...

Well that sounds great.
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« Reply #64 on: Apr 18, 2017, 09:17 PM »
I'd say it shows the value of retaining a marine link between remote places, and one that doesn't depend on a single vessel...?
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« Reply #65 on: Apr 19, 2017, 05:43 PM »
Latest news :

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‘OCEAN OBSERVER’ TO BRING PASSENGERS TO ST HELENA

AW Ship Management Limited (AWSML) has identified and contacted the vessel ‘Ocean Observer’ owned by British company Gardline to transport approximately 20 RMS passengers from Cape Town to St Helena.

The Ocean Observer is a small survey ship which is due to depart Cape Town tomorrow, Thursday 20 April 2017, on her way to Puerto Rico. She has agreed to divert to St Helena and the journey will take around 6-7 days from Cape Town.
As a survey ship, the vessel can take a limited number of passengers and all the cabins are single. Medical facilities are limited, which means that allocating places on the voyage is restricted to those who will not routinely need care. The vessel is not equipped to take children.

Chief Secretary Roy Burke said:
“We are grateful to the Master and owners of the Ocean Observer for helping our passengers to travel to St Helena. We will continue our search for a way to get everyone back as soon as possible.”

Investigations into alternative means of transporting remaining passengers to St Helena continue.

http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/ocean-observer-to-bring-passengers-to-st-helena/

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« Reply #66 on: May 01, 2017, 03:57 PM »
It's beginning to look better for the RMS St Helena -- fingers crossed!

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Repair works continue on the RMS St Helena in Simonstown.

Testing on the propeller shaft will continue today, Monday 1 May 2017, and any required adjustments will be made.
It is expected that the RMS will leave the dry dock tomorrow, Tuesday 2 May, to commence with sea trials to further test the repaired propeller shaft.

Once sea trials are completed the RMS will make her way back to Cape Town for cargo operations to commence.
Passenger embarkation for those travelling onboard from Cape Town is set for Thursday, 4 May 2017, as scheduled.

http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/rms-st-helena-update-8/

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Re: RMS St Helena
« Reply #67 on: May 01, 2017, 11:23 PM »
It's beginning to look better for the RMS St Helena -- fingers crossed!

http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/rms-st-helena-update-8/
Good to she still has time ahead of her!
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Re: RMS St Helena
« Reply #68 on: Jul 23, 2017, 09:25 AM »
A great-looking video has come out, of the final voyage of the RMS Saint Helena to London.

Read an article about it, and watch the trailer, here :

http://sthelenatourism.com/blog/last-farewell-documentary-rms-st-helenas-historical-last-voyage-uk/

I would love to do a voyage on that ship... but I know I'd have to do so very soon if at all...  :'(


Offline Andy Holloway

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« Reply #69 on: Jul 23, 2017, 10:03 AM »
FYI.

Cunard used to have a link with RMS St Helena in that there was a cross training scheme for Cunard & RMS St Helena Deck Cadets, which involved Cadets from both companies spending time on each other's ships to gain experience in Cargo Handling for the Cunard Cadets and general seamanship and Navigation experience for the St Helena Cadets.

'I think' that most of the Cunard Cadets used to enjoy their time on RMS St Helena as it was a different type of environment to QE2, Vistafjord or RVS.


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« Reply #71 on: Jul 27, 2017, 08:06 PM »
Have they changed the wind at the airport?

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Re: RMS St Helena
« Reply #72 on: Jul 30, 2017, 07:06 PM »
I wish they'd send it to North America so I could see it.
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« Reply #73 on: Aug 04, 2017, 11:55 PM »
Interview with Captain Adam Williams of the RMS St Helena :

http://sthelenatourism.com/blog/getting-to-know-adam-williams-captain-of-the-rms-st-helena/

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During his cadetship, Adam served mainly on the RMS St Helena but was also seconded to other vessels, including a four month stint on the Queen Elizabeth 2.

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Re: RMS St Helena
« Reply #75 on: Oct 05, 2017, 07:18 PM »
Not a good sign...
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« Reply #76 on: Oct 10, 2017, 09:09 AM »
The “world’s most useless airport”...

Here is the Guardian on the island and the new air service :

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/oct/09/st-helena-airport-commercial-flights-from-south-africa-tourism-hotel?CMP=fb_gu

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« Reply #77 on: Oct 10, 2017, 09:12 AM »
Apart from the speed factor, what is cheaper in the end, to build and operate a ship, ore build and run the airport, that is what I would like to know.