Seafrance


SeaFrance was a ferry company based in France, it was a wholly owned subsidiary of the nationalised railway operator SNCF. It operated ferry services between Calais, France, and Dover, England. SeaFrance commenced operations between Dover and Calais in 1996 following the ending of the Sealink pooling agreement with Stena Line in late 1995.

During its 15 years of operation the company witnessed the introduction of three new vessels, however, it was also to witness increasing financial losses and deepening industrial unrest with its employees and the powerful trade unions.

On the 15/11/11, the company suspended operations pending a decision in Paris in regards to its future. On the 16/11/11, the Paris commercial court ordered the liquidation of SeaFrance, with the provision that trading could continue until the 28/01/12, however, ferry operations ceased immediately.

Administrators were appointed to sell the business but on the 09/01/12 the Commercial Court in Paris announced their final decision to liquidate SeaFrance with the loss of 1,850 jobs.

The assets of the former Seafrance were later sold to Groupe Eurotunnel (GET) who in turn chartered the vessels to a co-operative of ex Seafrance employees, SCOP (société coopérative et participative) Seafrance, to enable them to recommence ferry operation from Calais to Dover, trading as MyFerryLink.

Seafrance Archive

© Ray Goodfellow

MV Nord Pas-de-Calais – Past and Present

MV Al Andalus Express, ex Nord Pas-de-Calais, Seafrance Nord Pas-de-Calais, Nord Pas-de-Calais – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Chantiers du Nord et de la Méditerranée SA, Dunkirk, (Yard No 325) for Societe Nationale des Chemin de Fer Francais (SNCF), Paris in 1987 as a multi-purpose passenger and roll-on roll-off ferry for lorries and railway vehicles

MV Stena Superfast X - Past and Present

MV Stena Superfast X – Past and Present

A Nepita – ex Stena Superfast X, Dieppe Seaways, Seafrance Moliere, Jean Nicoli, Superfast X – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2002 by Howaltswerke Deutsche Werft AG, Kiel, (Yard No. 360)

© Andreas Wörteler

MV Seafrance Manet – Past and Present

MV Poeta López Anglada – ex Daniya, Stena Navigator, Seafrance Manet, Stena Parisien, Champs Elysees – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1984 by Chantiers Dubigeon S.A., Prairie-au-Duc, Nantes, France (Yard No. 167) for Societe des Nationale des Chemins de Frances as a roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry. Engined by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St. Nazaire.

© Nigel Thornton

MV Seafrance Renoir – Past and Present

MV Seafrance Renoir, ex Cote D’Azur – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1981 by Ateliers et Chantiers du Havre (Yard No. 256), Le Havre, France, for Societe des Nationale des Chemins de fer Frances (SNCF)

© Pieter Inpyn

MV Seafrance Monet – Past and Present

MV Volcan de Tacande, ex Seafrance Monet, Stena Londoner, Versailles, Stena Nautica – Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Brodogradiliste Jozo Lozovina Mosor, Trogir, Yugoslavia in 1974 (Yard No. 163) for Stena Ab, Göteborg as a roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry