MV Hamburg – ex C Columbus, Columbus – Steel twin screw motor vessel built by MTW Schiffswerft, Wismar Germany (Yard no 451) in 1997 for Hapag-Lloyd, Nassau, Bahamas.
MV Baie De Seine ex Sirena Seaways, Dana Sirena, Golfo Dei Delfini – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2002 by Stocznia Szczecinska , Stettin, Poland (Yard No B591-1/2) as a Passenger Roll on – Roll off cargo ferry.
This months photography roundup heavily features DFDS Seaways new Dover-Calais vessel the Malo Seaways. She arrived in Dover for berthing trials on the 20th April 2015 and entered service, replacing the Calais Seaways, on the 22nd April 2015. The Calais Seaways has now gone to Gdansk in Poland for an extended dry docking which will involve the replacement of one of her main engines. As well as being on hand for the maiden arrival of the ‘Malo’ in Dover we also managed a late afternoon trip to Calais with P&O Ferries on the 24th April to catch the ‘Malo’ on the move in Calais harbour as well.
HSC Normandie Express, ex The Lynx, ex Incat Tasmania – Aluminium ‘Evolution 10B’ catamaran built in 2000 by Incat (International Catamarans) Australia Pty. Ltd, Hobart, Australia (Yard No. 057) as a car and passenger ferry.
In what has become a yearly trip around the Easter period we joined the Brittany Ferries vessel Normandie on the 30th March for her overnight crossing to Caen (Ouistreham). After an early morning arrival in Ouistreham on the 31st March we spent the whole day in Normandy before returning overnight to Portsmouth on the Brittany Ferries vessel Bretagne from the Breton port of St Malo.
MV Etretat, ex Norman Voyager – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2008 by C.N. “Visentini” di Visentini Francesco & C, Porto Viro yard, Italy (Yard No 220) as a Passenger Roll on – Roll off cargo ferry for Epic Shipping, London.
On the 19th March we were invited by Condor Ferries to join them for a shakedown cruise on their new vessel the Condor Liberation from Poole. The purpose of the trial was to test the ship in an ‘in service’ condition