When we drive to France, we usually travel across the Channel with Speedferries.
Last Thursday the ferry was impounded by the Boulogne Port Authorities for non payment of Harbour Fees. Thank goodness we weren't travelling that day as this action seems to have been completely unexpected.
The ferry - SpeedOne - was built in Tasmania in 1997, and before coming to Europe spent 2 years in the Royal Australian Navy as HMAS Jervis Bay, transporting troops and equipment between Darwin and East Timor for the peacekeeping mission.
(Interesting note here - one of Rick's sons travelled on HMAS Jervis Bay when it was in service with the Navy)
p.s. You may have noticed a slightly sharper look for the blog. It's an interim thing, as I am trying to completely redesign its appearance but xml coding currently has me defeated.