Wightlink cancels sailings

By Ross Findon

Saturday, April 19, 2014


UPDATED 18:33*

WIGHTLINK has cancelled two sailings this morning (Saturday) due to staff sickness.

The company cancelled the 7.30am Portsmouth to Fishbourne and the 8.30am Fishbourne to Portsmouth cross-Solent sailings.
*The company later cancelled the 7.30pm from Portsmouth and the 8.30pm from Fishbourne.


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by alan naylor

21st April 2014, at 14:33:55

Under contract they have to give a regular service exuseses want looking into by the council same with the buses poor outlook for the summer season to come people on the mainland will shun the island after reading this

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by david stubbings

20th April 2014, at 11:28:51

interesting-4 day weekend and sickness.....any connection?

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by john hanson

20th April 2014, at 10:14:12

i bet there are no cancellations when the festivals are on

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by Tony Tiltman Jnr

20th April 2014, at 09:39:39

As previously stated Rm back in the old National Bus Company days we used to have spare crews and buses at each depot on the Island, along comes de-regulation and privatisation and hey presto poorer public service no matter how these companies try glam up their public image. Afraid to say its the users that suffer and the share holders that prosper. Good ole Capitilism not.

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by Richard Marlow

19th April 2014, at 21:28:19

There is another company here on the good 'ole iow which regularly "pulls" it's services and that is Southern Vectis. Just look on the IWCP travel tweets and see how many journeys are not run due to staff sickness / broken down buses etc..

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by James McAdder

19th April 2014, at 21:14:47

The reqirement to command a ship at sea is a masters certificate valid for the ship (type and tonnage) and the sea area(s) in which she will be sailing.

I think what Roe Driver's chief engineer meant was that he, and the doctor, had roles that nobody else on board was qualified for.

On a ship the size of the Aurora, the first and second officers (at least) will hold Master's tickets, and can command the ship. On a ship the size of the Wightlink ferries and on such a short route it is quite likely that that Captain is the only person on board with a Master's ticket.

If he is not available, and another cannot be found, the ship cannot sail.

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by Marie Bevan

19th April 2014, at 20:02:25

Staff sickness or not enough cars !!!!

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by GARRY Green

19th April 2014, at 18:49:36

Hats off to the sailors of small boats during the Dunkirk crisis - they didn't shut down services even whilst being shot at and bombed by the Germans! good job this bunch of cowboys didn't exist back then.....

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by Deborah Wagstaff

19th April 2014, at 18:26:14

Another fantastic example of wonderful Wightlink. Not!

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by GARRY Green

19th April 2014, at 18:15:31

Dudes- give me one example of a company cancelling it's services due to staff sickness, apart from Wightlink of course! Do bus companies shut down when drivers are of sick, do train companies delay services, do hospitals shut wards? S**teLink should be dissolved!

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