Discussion in 'SMB' started by Wood Green Mackem, Jul 6, 2010.
Could it handle passenger ferries to Norway etc?
I think it can, not sure tho. We used to make massive ships up the river.
Wasn't there plans for a ferry a few year back??
i know they stopped the newcastle to bergen one, surely they could get a market for ferries to scandinavia from sunderland ? could help boost the city ? just a thought
dont see why not
Good idea, wait for the labour haters to shoot us down in flames.
There's been a couple of times when Port of Tyne at North Shields couldn't handle liners for some reason and they docked opposite the Glass Centre.
it would never get the funding as there's a thriving ferry terminal 12 miles up the road
Don't think it's handling the ferries docking that would be the problem but handling the amount of vehicles coming in to the port so would need massive infrastructure changes.
Interesting idea but would involve a lot of planning and I would think there would probably be a showstopper somewhere (financial viability, infrastructure, facilities, etc). Not knocking it but can't see where the investment will come from.
Don't think the ferries to Scandinavia are economically viable in this day and age. Isn't that why the Bergen service was stopped... I got it over there once myself and it was tedious spending 24 hours on a boat where it was £4 a pint for half a pint of pissy laer.
You would be livid paying £4 a pint and then only getting half a pint.
why do you think the stopped the ferry from newcastle? lack of passengers perhaps?
is there a roll on roll off facility in sunderland
non starter then
even if there was a market for the route
The port of Sunderland stopped dredging the river in the early 90's so any big ships would run aground on the bottom of the river.
Having travlled on the StavangerBergen to Newcastle ferry a few times for work, it was tedious, 20 to 22 hour voyage on a ship ran by Norwegians, hence not much to do, steep prices and 400ml beer for 4 quid. However there is defo still demand and that came to light when the Volcano erupted. We were all stuck in Norway with not many options of getting out, next best if the volcano didnt clear up was t ohike a lift on a cargo vessel. 24 hours confined to quarters !! The Ferry terminal in Stavanger shut down about the same time as the ferry stopped so that maybe had an impact tho they have ferry facilities elsewhere nearby. But NorwegiansScandinavians love shopping in UK as it is so cheap for them, aswell as holidays etc As Bob says tho, Sunderland doesnt really have the infrasturture to handle this do they ?? good idea tho.
I recall about 15 - 20 years ago a bloke was trying to get planning permission or whatever was needed to build a Ro-Ro terminal on the wear. Not sure why it never happened, but would guess the bungs weren't big enough/complaints from the Tyne were upheld or our council had no appetite for the deal.
some interesting points cheers
the river and port is an asset that isnt used to its potential in my opinion
how about a zipline across the river ? cheap to set up and would attract tourists
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