FRANCE  -  MAY 2013




                                                              DILETTE


The new outer port of Dilette was built in the early 1990’s,  and Emeraude Lines commenced a trial passenger service to the Channel Islands in April 1996. But this gave a much longer passage time and road access to the port







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VICTOR HUGO moored at the passenger pontoon at Dielette.  







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The passenger pontoon with Vedettes du Cotentin’s Redbay FUNDI and their small landing craft ALDO moored with VICTOR HUGO.









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Above and below,  FUNDI a Redbay Stormforce 11 craft.






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FUNDI and her sister ESQUINA are both registered in Jersey.




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Two shots of the small landing craft ALDO which Vedettes du Cotintin purchased earlier in the year.        




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Interesting that ALDO is registered in London.




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Dielette life boat







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Work boat MARDYCK which appeared to have been submerged at some time.





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Harbour Office and passenger terminal.






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The harbour cafe which caters mainly for the staff from the Flamanville nuclear facility at lunch times.




                                                       GRANVILLE



Below, three pictures of DOUCE FRANCE taken at 17:00 hrs just seven hours after the vessel was launched on May 22 2013.   



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A stern view.





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Vessel seen the next morning.








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JOLIE FRANCE II coming alongside, after having towed the new vessel when launched.






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Cargo vessel RIVER KING in the inner basin. She had arrived on May 9, and was still there on June 3.  Granville has for some time exported stone aggregate to London, mounds of which can be seen on the quay.




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Rainbow over the marina at Granville.







                                                       DEAUVILLE







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Cross harbour ferry






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JOLIE FRANCE departing on a tour.







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Rouen’s survey vessel AURELIE.




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LA LIEUTENANCE formally BELLE DE DINARD at Saint Malo.











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L’EVASION III waiting at the quay








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                  Restored fishing boat LA SAINTE BERNADETTE.






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Seine cruise vessel RENOIR moored in the inner basin.







                                                        CANCALE


Cancale is at the tip of the Bay of Mont Saint Michel, and extensive oyster beds stretch out into the bay. The pictures below shows the scene at low water during a large spring tide.



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Scene from the quay.




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Top end of the beach.





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As low water approaches more a more tractors tow their flat bottom boats down into the oyster beds





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Further along the coast at Le Vivier sur Mer a different type of boat / craft is used to farm the beds.





                                                    SAINT MALO





Compagnie Corsaire has introduced two new vessels into its fleet this year. Catamaran CORSAIRE DES ILES II and mono hull CORSAIRE DE SAINT-MALO formally ORAZUR II and seen as such in Saint Malo on April 22 2013.



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Both vessels seen alongside their lay bye pontoon in Saint Malo, with  CORSAIRE DES ILES II on the left and CORSAIRE DE SAINT-MALO on the right.






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CORSAIRE DES ILES II seen closest to the camera.







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Another view of the vessels.





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CORSAIRE DES ILES II seen below the gangway to the pontoon.






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Two pictures of the Saint Malo tug DAVIER standing by ready to assist CONDOR RAPIDE upon her departure in heavy weather on May 24.






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In the event she was not required.






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The weather never looks as bad in a picture!  Passing the Dog’ Nest beacon inwards to St. Helier.





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