Soon is now febr. 2023 already - and still no news about any ferry-route for Honfleur.
How long will SIEM continue this ?
It costs every day money for the polish minimum-crew onboard and the port-fee in Gdynia.
And most of the technical things, the hull etc. was built in 2018 !
Everything will be older and older every year - but not better.
The start of the nearly completed airport BER was delayed by 6 (!) years - than f.ex. all escalators was not working anymore (was never in use) and needed than to be replaced by new ones.
Some electric installations, maybe cabin-details, furnitures insides are built in 2021 - but circa 75% of the ferry is built in 2018 = 5 years ago.
So the value of Honfleur goes down every day a little bit more - similar as a new car hanging around many years in the showroom of the car-dealer. Than this car is still new - but the dealer will offer it much cheaper than the original new-price.
But when SIEM goes down with the price so much, that f.ex. Irish Ferries, DFDS, TT, Brittany or Stena will say "ok, if the Honfleur is soooooooooooooo cheap - then we will buy her" ?
Irish Ferries need 2 replacement-ferries for Blue Star 1 (return to Greece is soon now, end of may) and Epsilon (is in the timetable for this year - but i think that the new owner Euroafrica will not wait some years longer for to use this ferry on Ystad-Swinousjcie for Unity Line. DFDS could replace the chartered ferry from Gotland or one of the 80ies Newcastle-Amsterdam ferries. TT has still 3 old ferries from 1988-1993 in the fleet. Brittany could replace the Barfleur from 1992 - still remaining in the fleet also if all E-Flexers are arrived. And Stena has a lot of very old ferries from the 80ies (Europe, Nautica, Urd, Gothica, Vision, Spirit, Danica) in the fleet, so one new ferry now would be a good deal.
Would be a good time NOW for to sell (or charter out) the ferry now in jan./febr./march - so that the ferry-company can use the ship for the complete european summer-season and has still time for to sale tickets.
Or why SIEM is not starting any new own ferry-route for a couple of years ?
Just hire some cheapest (service-)crew people more, speak with the ports, building a simply booking-website etc. - and the new route could start easy in april/may/june.
There are still many long-distance attractive monopoly-routes available as f.ex. Bergen-Newcastle/Edingburgh/ Aberdeen, Oslofjord-Rostock/ Wilhelmshaven/Bremerhaven, Hanko-Rostock/Gdynia, Gdynia-swedish east-coast, Rostock-Riga, Gijon-Dublin/Portsmouth etc. .
If SIEM get than a financial "black 0" result only - it is much much better than to wait year after year and finally maybe to sell the ferry for ca. the half price only.