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Ferry mpg

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Mister Paul, 6 Jun 2008.

  1. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    There's just been a report on the BBC about ferry companies increasing their charges because of fuel costs.

    Apparently Speedferries carry 170 cars per trip, and use 4000 litres per trip.

    That's 5.3 gallons per car per trip. That's a lot isn't it? How far is Dover to Boulogne?
     
  2. gavintc

    gavintc Guru

    Location:
    Southsea
    It would be interesting to learn the equivalent fuel consumption of the channel tunnel trains. I would expect the train to be more fuel efficient.

    There is too much friction in water to make ships efficient users of fuel.
     
  3. Dave Davenport

    Dave Davenport Guru

    Location:
    Hampshire
    That sounds like a high speed one, I'd think a standard ferry would be much more efficient.
     
  4. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Yup. It's one of those fast ferry things.
     
  5. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    With 170 cars and maybe 500 people perhaps they could row some of the way to save fuel. They might have to change their cororate name though to something like 'Quiteslowferries'.
     
  6. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    In that case, why not more hydrofoil ferries?
     
  7. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    Location:
    Llangollen
    About 25 miles. 5 mpg. You'd do better giving it the gun in a 4x4.
     
  8. numbnuts

    numbnuts Guru

    Location:
    North Baddesley
    Isle of Wight ferry has gone up by £2.00, but it’s still good £12 return mid week off peak
     
  9. LLB

    LLB Guest

    Is this for a car or for a foot passenger ?
     
  10. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    Or just leave the cars off, then they'd use less petrol! :biggrin::tongue:
     
  11. numbnuts

    numbnuts Guru

    Location:
    North Baddesley
    foot passenger/bike
     
  12. Graham O

    Graham O New Member

    We may have the wrong sort of waves! That may sound stupid, but the waves in the Eastern Atlantic and off the UK generally have short periods and displacement hulls are better under typical conditions. As the wave period extends, such as found off the US coast and in the Pacific, hydrofoils and hovercraft are ideal. The hovercraft is often cited as being a British invention exploited by others, but as the size increases, you need longer waves, hence the US Marines were able to build very large hovercraft when we couldn't.

    Of course, I could be wrong.
     
  13. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    Maybe, but you sound infinitely better briefed than me!
     
  14. 4F

    4F Active member of Helmets Are Sh*t Lobby

    Location:
    Suffolk.
    Nice ferries though and Boulogne is so much easier to get in and out of than Calais :thumbsup: About 50 min crossing time.
     
  15. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset