LD Lines


LD Lines was a French company owned by Louis Dreyfus Armateurs operating ferry routes in the English Channel, the Bay of Biscay and the Mediterranean.

The company operated both RoRo freight and passenger ferry services. LD Lines commenced operations in October 2005, operating between Portsmouth and Le Havre. In 2013, the English Channel routes of LD Lines were merged with the English Channel operations of DFDS. The remaining LD Lines routes ceased operations by September 2014.

LD Lines Archive

© Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic)

MV Connemara – Past and Present

MV Connemara, ex Asterion, Norman Asturias, Baltic Amber, Stena Ausonia – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2007 by C.N. “Visentini” di Visentini Francesco & C, Porto Viro yard, Italy (Yard No 216) as a Passenger Roll on – Roll off cargo ferry.

Etretat © Ray Goodfellow

MV Etretat – Past and Present

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

© Carsten Dettmer

MV Calais Seaways – Past and Present

MV Calais Seaways, ex Norman Spirit, Ostend Spirit, Norman Spirit, Pride of Aquitaine, PO Aquitaine, POSL Aquitaine, Stena Royal, Prins Filip – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Boelwerf of Temse, Belgium (Yard No. 1534), for Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT) in 1991 as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

© Ken Larwood

MV Dawn Merchant – Past and Present

MV Kaiarahi, ex Norman Trader, Dawn Merchant – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1998, by Astilleros Espanoles S.A. (AESA) Seville, Spain, (Yard No. 287) for Cenargo as a passenger roll-on roll-off commercial freight ferry