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  1. [quote user="Will"]Cheminot - being on holiday in France I am trying to forget about work, but the Lloyd's List article is slightly misleading. Although, as it say,s the tighter limits for fuel sulphur content do not universally enter into force until 2015 and 2020, the Channel, North Sea and Baltic are all emission control areas where a 1% sulphur limit applies now - which means ship operators have to pay a premium for low sulphur heavy fuels, or use distillates. More importantly, ships are required under EU law to use 0.1% sulphur fuels in EU ports now. This effectively applies to generating set engines rather than the main propulsion engines, but even so because the normal heavy fuels and distillate fuels are not directly interchangeable, the gensets have to either burn more expensive distillates all the time - which has in turn meant costly changes to fuel pumps and associated equipment - or shipowners have had to invest in changeover equipment so that both fuels can be used. This is just one of several increases in operating costs that shipowners are having to face, so rising ferry prices are inevitable. http://www.ukpandi.com/knowledge-developments/industry-developments/marpol-annex-vi-air-pollution/ - the text of the EU legislation is also available online. [/quote] It is several years since I was an engineer on the cross channel ferries. Ignoring shaft driven generators, all the ships in the fleet used distillate fuel for gensets. Principally because the sets were running for comparatively short periods which does not suit residual fuel engines but all the ships were able to run thier main engines on both heavy and distillate fuels and were equipped to allow a quick changeover. Whether that is still the case with the modern ferries I do not know.
  2. [quote user="Will"]Before the conspiracy/cartel theorists get too worked up, don't forget the fuel restrictions which have recently entered into force, and which effectively mean that ferries using EU ports and travelling in designated emission control areas (of which the Channel/North Sea is one) can no longer burn comparatively cheap heavy fuel oils and have to use the much more expensive distillate diesel fuels. [/quote] This is not yet an issue for the ferry companies but could well be in a few years.  http://www.lubmarine.com/lub/content/NT0008E51E.pdf
  3. I planted 3 plants last year which produced only one butternut, so this year I planted 6 plants and have ended up with over 80! I think my neighbours will soon be fed up with me trying to get rid of them but it is a shame to waste them.
  4. Try 'Kit dureté de l'eau'.  Most brico sheds which sell 'adoucisseurs' stock them.
  5. All my peppers this year have been grown from seeds taken from ones I bought from the supermarket. It is the best crop I have ever had.
  6. How does your satnav know whether you are speeding deliberately or accidently?
  7. [quote user="dave21478"]Any independant garage will sort out a service and timing belt for you, but it will still be pretty pricey. A Hyundai dealership will be very expensive. The brake readings look ok to me. Assuming it passed the tests ok, I wouldnt worry too much about them. [/quote] Can't agree with this, at least regarding the Hyundai dealership at Cognac. Their hourly charges are no more expensive than my local independant garage. I recently had some major repair work done there for which they gave me a devis before they started. When I collected the car the bill was €200 less than the devis because they didn't have to do so much work on it as they expected. They could have charged me the full amount and I would have been none the wiser.
  8. cheminot


    No need to be nervous. It is done very quickly and you only feel a kind of tingling sensation while it is being done.  The area will feel a little sore for a few days afterwards.
  9. Does anyone know if there is a stock phrase in french for 'full service history' in car advertisements please?
  10. I had to do this with my Smart car. Mercedes do insist on an attestation from one of their dealers. I bought the headlights online, fitted them myself then took it to the dealer in Angouléme. They took it into the workshop then 20 minutes later I came out with the attestation. It would seem that it depends on which dealer you go to!
  11. We only get one card. I just photocopy it and carry the copy which I have used at the hospital, clinics and pharmacies. They are only interested in the name and numbers on the card, not whether it is an original.
  12. [quote user="woolybanana"]so, you may call them maitresse if wearing a skirt?[6][/quote] Only if its a man![Www]
  13. Thank you for your responses. I've actually bought a trailer now, er, with a boat on it![8-)]
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