Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT)

Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT) was a Belgian state-owned ferry service which operated ferries on the Ostend-Dover route. Services were inaugurated between Ostend and Dover on 4 March 1846.

With the advent of the Car Ferry era services were operated in association with Sealink (until 1985), Townsend Thoresen (until 1987) and P&O European Ferries (until 1994).

In January 1994 the Ostend service was transferred from Dover to Ramsgate in association with Sally Line. On the 20th September 1996 it was announced that RMT would be broken up. A new private company was formed which was owned two thirds by Holyman and one third by Silja Line (Sally Line). Trading as Holyman Sally Ferries highspeed services commenced on the 1st March 1997.

Following substantial losses Hoverspeed acquired a 50% stake in Holyman Sally Ferries and transferred the service back to it’s historical home of Dover. The Ostend service finally came to a close in 2003.

A new ferry service from Ramsgate to Ostend commenced operations in November 1998, operated by Trans Europa Ferries. This service closed in 2013 after the financial collapse of Trans Europa Ferries.

TS Princesse Elizabeth – Past and Present

TS Princesse Elizabeth – Past and Present

TS Princess Elizabeth Steel triple screw turbine steamer, built by Cockerill’s of Hoboken (Yard No. 443) for the Belgian State Railway’s Ostend service in 1905. Turbines supplied by Messr’s Parson’s…
TS Jan Breydel – Past and Present

TS Jan Breydel – Past and Present

TS Tourist Ex Jan Breydel Steel triple screw turbine steamer, built by Cockerill’s of Hoboken (Yard No.493) for the Belgian State Railway’s Ostend service in 1910. Technical Data Length: 108.81 m…
TS Pieter De Coninck – Past and Present

TS Pieter De Coninck – Past and Present

TS Pieter De Coninck - Steel triple screw turbine steamer, built by Cockerill’s of Hoboken (Yard No. 494) for the Belgian State Railways Ostend service in 1909
TS Stad Antwerpen – Past and Present

TS Stad Antwerpen – Past and Present

TS Stad Antwerpen Roy Thornton Collection Steel triple screw turbine steamer, built and engined by Cockerill’s of Hoboken (Yard No. 530)in 1913 for the Belgian Marine Administration’s Ostend service as…
TS Princesse Marie José – Past and Present

TS Princesse Marie José – Past and Present

TS Princesse Marie José - ex HMS Baldur, HMS Nemesis, Southern Isles, Princesse Marie Jose - Steel twin screw turbine steamer, built and engined by Cockerill’s of Hoboken (Yard No.…
TS Prinses Astrid (I) – Past and Present

TS Prinses Astrid (I) – Past and Present

TS Prinses Astrid, ex HMS Prinses Astrid, Prinses Astrid - Steel twin screw turbine ship, built and engined by Cockerill’s of Hoboken (Yard No. 638) in 1930, the first of…
MV Prins Philippe (III) – Past and Present.

MV Prins Philippe (III) – Past and Present.

MV Express Limnos, ex Express Athina, Panagia Tinou 2, Moby Love, Prins Philippe - Steel twin screw motor vessel built by N.V. Boelwerf S. A., Temse, (Yard No. 1476) in 1973…
MV Calais Seaways – Past and Present

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…
TS Ville De Liege – Past and Present

TS Ville De Liege – Past and Present

London-Istanbul, ex HMS Ambitious, Ville De Liege - Steel triple screw steamer, built and engined by Cockerill’s of Hoboken (Yard No. 531)in 1914 for the Belgian Marine Administration’s Ostend service…
TS Prinses Josephine Charlotte (I) – Past and Present

TS Prinses Josephine Charlotte (I) – Past and Present

TS Prinses Josephine Charlotte (I) ex HMS Prinses Josephine Carlotte (LSI 4238), Prinses Josephine Charlotte Nigel Thornton Collection Steel twin screw turbine ship, built and engined by Cockerill’s of Hoboken…
TS Prince Leopold – Past and Present

TS Prince Leopold – Past and Present

TS Prince Leopold, ex HMS Prince Leopold, Prince Leopold - Steel twin screw turbine ship, built and engined by Cockerill’s of Hoboken (Yard No. 639) in 1930, the third of…
Ts Prince Charles – Past and Present

Ts Prince Charles – Past and Present

TS Prince Charles ex HMS Prince Charles - Steel twin screw turbine ship, built and engined by Cockerill’s of Hoboken (Yard No. 643) in 1930, the third of four new…
MV Prince Philippe (I) – Past and Present

MV Prince Philippe (I) – Past and Present

MV Prince Philippe (I) ex HMS Prince Philippe, Prince Philippe (I) © Nationaal Scheepvaartmuseum (70-48-23), Roy Thornton Collection Steel twin screw motor vessel, built and engined by Cockerill’s of Hoboken…
MV Prins Albert (II) – Past and Present

MV Prins Albert (II) – Past and Present

MV Prins Albert (II) ex HMS Prins Albert, Prins Albert (II) © A G Jones Steel twin screw motor vessel, built and engined by Cockerill’s of Hoboken in 1937 (Yard…
MV Prince Baudouin (II) – Past and Present

MV Prince Baudouin (II) – Past and Present

MV Prince Baudouin (II) ex HMS Prince Baudouin, Prince Baudouin (II) Courtesy of Arne Pyson Steel twin screw motor vessel, built and engined by Cockerill’s of Hoboken in 1934 (Yard…
GTS (20) Prinses Stephanie – Past and Present

GTS (20) Prinses Stephanie – Past and Present

GTS Seven Island Yume, ex Seajet Kristen, Adler Wizard, Prinses Stephanie - Aluminium 929-115 series Jetfoil high speed passenger ferry built in 1981 by Boeing Jetfoil Industries, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.…
GTS (19) Princesse Clementine – Past and Present

GTS (19) Princesse Clementine – Past and Present

GTS Seven Island Niji, ex Seajet Kara, Alderney Blizzard, Adler Blizzard, Princesse Clementine - Aluminium 929-115 series Jetfoil high speed passenger ferry built in 1981 by Boeing Jetfoil Industries, Seattle,…
MV Ijzer – Past and Present

MV Ijzer – Past and Present

MV Ijzer Roy Thornton Collection Steel motor vessel built by Beliard, Creighton & Co. at Ostend in 1954,(Yard No 139) as a freight/cargo vessel for Ministerie van Verkeerswezen . Technical Data Length:…
MV Koningin Fabiola – Past and Present

MV Koningin Fabiola – Past and Present

MV Bosporus ex Ephesus, Lydia, Olympia, Koningin Fabiola Arne Pyson Collection Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by J. Boel & Fils, Temse, (Yard No. 1391) in 1962, for the…
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