ex Deal Seaways, Barfleur
© Fotoflite, Ray Goodfellow collection
Steel twin screw motor vessel built-in 1992 at Kvaerner Masa-Yards, Helsingfors, Finland (Yard No. 485) for Truckline Ferries France S.A., Cherbourg, France. (Brittany Ferries, Roscoff, France) as a roll-on/roll-off passenger, car and commercial vehicle ferry
- Cost new: £55,000,000.
- Length: 157.65 m (overall)
- Breadth: 23.30 m (extreme)
- Draught: 5.40 m (maximum)
- Tonnage: 20,133 gross, 11,679 net, 4,130 deadweight
- Engines: Four Wärtsilä 8R32D diesels
- Power: 11990 kW.
- Speed: 19.5
- Capacity: 1212 passengers, 550 cars or 304 cars + 66 commercial trailers.
- IMO Number: 9007130
- Call Sign: FNIE
- Port of Registry: Cherbourg
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July 26th 1991: Launched.
November 1991: Because of stability issues she was lengthened by 7.2m.
March 26th 1992: Delivered to Truckline Ferries France S.A., Cherbourg, France. (Brittany Ferries, Roscoff, France).
© Robert J Smith
April 4th 1992: Introduced as a freight ferry for Truckline Ferries between Poole – Cherbourg.
© Brian Fisher
April 15th 1992: Issued with a passenger certificate.
© Ken Larwood
November 28th 1997 – March 15th 1998: Made a trip a week between Poole – Santander.
January 1999: Commenced operations for Brittany Ferries.
© John Jones
2005: Introduced between Cherbourg – Poole.
February 2010: Completed services between Cherbourg – Poole.
© Vito Francisco
February 14th 2010: Arrived in Caen lay-up.
February 12th 2011: Left Caen refit at Dunkerque.
© Craig Nelson
January 27th 2011 – October 3rd 2011: Operated between Cherbourg – Poole.
October 3rd 2011: Laid up in Cherbourg.
October 15th 2011: Departed Cherbourg for the port of Caen and further lay-up.
© Nicolas Levy
March 2012: To DFDS/LDA (Louis Dreyfus Armateurs) partnership who indicated she would be renamed for the duration of the charter
April 10th 2012: Left the new basin, Caen to reach the dock of Calix
April 12th 2012: Reportedly to go to ARNO, Dunkerque for modification/new livery and renaming Deal Seaways.
April 16th 2012: Left Caen and moved to Ouistreham.
April 16th 2012: Left Ouistreham.
April 17th 2012: Arrived at ARNO, Dunkerque.
© Jean-Guy Hagelstein
April 27th 2012: Left ARNO renamed Deal Seaways.
April 27th 2012: Arrived in Calais for trials.
April 27th 2012: Inaugural arrival at Dover, initially for berthing trials.
© Nigel Thornton
April 28th 2012: Commenced service between Calais – Dover.
© Vito Francisco (left) and © Ray Goodfellow (right)
June 11th 2012: To ARNO, Dunkerque for slight modification to her aft loading ramp.
June 12th 2012: Left ARNO.
© Cedric Hacke
June 13th 2012: Resumed service.
© Ray Goodfellow
1st November 2012: Withdrawn from service and sent to Le Havre for routine inspection.
© Manuel Dhondt
3rd November 2012: Returned to Calais and re-entered service.
Pictured outbound in the Calais approach channel on the 3/11/12 © Ray Goodfellow
5th November 2012: Withdrawn from service after being replaced in the DFDS fleet by the Dieppe Seaways. Following withdrawal proceeded to Dunkerque for lay up.
© Jean-Guy Hagelstein
6th November 2012: Charter terminated and returned to Brittany Ferries.
23rd November 2012: Entered the Arno dry dock in Dunkerque.
25th November 2012: DFDS Seaways livery removed and both bow and stern ‘cow catchers’ removed. Renamed ‘Barfleur’.
Looking as good as new, Dunkerque 13/12/12 © Jean-Guy Hagelstein
March 9th 2013: Left Dunkerque for Cherbourg.
March 10th 2013: Arrived in Cherbourg.
March 19th 2013: Resumed Cherbourg – Poole.
Departing Poole on the 31/03/13 © Kevin Mitchell (Maritime Images)
Berthed in Cherbourg © Ferryman
© Andreas Wörteler
January 5th 2014: Last sailing from Poole to Cherbourg before seasonal closure of the route.
March 27th 2014: Resumed service between Poole and Cherbourg.
Departing Poole 07/02/15 © Dan Hall
March 7th 2015: The Poole to Cherbourg route was temporarily closed to enable the Barfleur to proceed to Santander for for refit and installation of exhaust gas ‘scrubbers’. The work took around 2 months to complete. As a consequence of the fitting of scrubbers the ship’s twin funnels would have to be enlarged to accommodate the new equipment. The Poole-Cherbourg route will remain closed until the 30th April 2015 when the Normandie Express will deputise on the route until the 14th May 2015. The Barfleur is expected to return to service on the 15th May 2015.
March 8th 2015: Operated a freight only service from Portsmouth to Santander before proceeding to the Astander Shipyard in Santander.
March 10th 2015: Arrived in Santander and after discharging proceeded to the Astander Shipyard. She is due to return to service on the 15/05/15.
May 7th 2015: Refloated following her dry docking at the Astander Shipyard in Santander.
May 11th 2015: Departed Santander for Gijon to take on bunkers.
May 12th 2015: Departed Gijon for Cherbourg to be prepared for service.
May 14th 2015: Arrived in Cherbourg.
May 15th 2015: Resumed service with the 18:30 crossing from Cherbourg to Poole.
May 16th 2015: First crossing from Poole to Cherbourg following her major overhaul.
Barfleur showing her remodelled funnels © Kevin Mitchell (Maritime Images)
© Dan Hall
December 22nd 2015: The 08:30 Poole to Cherbourg and 22:15 Cherbourg to Poole sailings were cancelled due to a technical problem.
December 27th 2015: Owing to a technical problem sailings cancelled.
December 28th 2015: Resumed service between Cherbourg and Poole.
January 26th-27th 2016: Sailings cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.
June 14th 2016: Sailings delayed due to adverse weather.
Arriving at Poole 25/06/17 © Dan Hall
November 17th 2016: Withdrawn from service for planned maintenance alongside in Cherbourg. Her sailings were covered by the Armorique.
November 28th 2016: Resumed service between Cherbourg and Poole.
All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Brian Fisher, Ferryman, Cedric Hacke, Dan Hall, John Jones, Ken Larwood, Nicolas Levy, Kevin Mitchell (Maritime Images) Craig Nelson, Prieto, Robert J Smith, Jean-Guy Hagelstein,Vito Francisco and Andreas Wörteler.