by tocle on November 19th, 2013 - Comments Off
The Condor Vitesse has arrived in Falmouth for docking. The 86m high speed fast car ferry operates between the UK and Channel Islands connecting with ferry services on to France, with space for 741 passengers and 175 cars. Operated by Condor Ferries, the vessel was built in 1997 by the Incat Yards of Tasmania. She is expected to be in Falmouth for 20 days whilst general maintenance and survey work is carried out.
by tocle on November 18th, 2013 - Comments Off
A&P Falmouth’s Main Office has been turned into a Toy Shop this week, showing their solidarity with Beltship and the self-discharging vessel Argosy, currently in Falmouth for drydocking.
Providing for the underprivileged children of Sierra Leone is a passion for the owners of the ship, and A&P Falmouth has used social media to help collect toys, clothes, and books which will be transported on the vessel direct to the point of need.
Peter Nimmo (Ship Manager), Jez Littlejohns (Sales Director) and Penny Phillips (Executive Assistant) co-ordinated the effort with a truly amazing result. Peter (back row middle) said, “we have been staggered by the response and very grateful to everyone, especially to those who have gone out and collected the toys”. Penny (back row right) said “the use of social media has played a big part in getting the word around, and we are delighted that toys leaving on the Argosy will soon be bringing joy to the children of Sierra Leone. A message was sent out to all employees of A&P Falmouth, but it was Naomi Fryer (front left) who suggested using Facebook to get the message out more widely, with Kerry Morris (front right) spending several evenings collecting the toys. A huge thanks to all A&P employees and those in the wider community who contributed”.
Speaking on behalf of Argosy, Mr John Hendry, Superintendent (back row left) said he was “stunned by the spontaneous generosity of A&P and the good citizens of Cornwall”. The two Captains and Senior officers are also pictured.
by tocle on November 13th, 2013 - Comments Off
The Mission to Seafarers is proud to be the first line of support for seafarers in times of crisis, and last night (11 Nov) at the Mission’s Flying Angel Centre, Falmouth, it was the first time that some seafarers had been able to see the footage coming out of the Philippines. Penny Phillips (Chairman of Falmouth Mission and Executive Assistant at A&P) said “it was quite hard at times for all of us to keep our emotions in check when viewing the scenes of devastation. Seafarers were telling us that their country has suffered 20 typhoons already this year – but Typhoon Haiyan was like nothing they had seen before. Some of the seafarers have lost contact with relatives in Tacloban and on other islands, so the mood was sombre. My partner Graham Hall was on duty with me and we were able to offer a listening ear and free international phone cards so that seafarers could try to get in touch with loved ones. Communication at the moment though is of course a big problem, and they are 8 hours ahead of us. Some of the seafarers currently on ships in Falmouth live in Manila, which was hardly touched, so they are calling loved ones there for news of others. One seafarer has a cousin living in Tacloban and 4 aunts living in outlying islands, he has had no word of them yet. Another seafarer went back to his ship early so that he could get up at 5am to make some calls. Another said that he had not contacted family for a month as he had been at sea, so was keen to use the telephone. The seafarers were incredibly touched when the news came through that the UK was giving £10 million and sending a warship to help.”