© Carsten DettmerMV Etretat – Past and Present

MV Etretat

ex Norman Voyager

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

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

Technical Data

  • Length: 186.46m (overall) 177.4m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 25.6m
  • Depth: 15.0m
  • Draught: 6.8m
  • Tonnage: 26,904 gross/9,000 net/7000t deadweight
  • Engines: (2) 4T – 9 cylinder MAN/B&W 9L48/60B diesels
  • Power: 21600kW/29348HP
  • Speed: 24.0 knots
  • Capacity: 800 passengers, 195 cars
  • Call Sign: FIDP
  • MMSI Number: 228022900
  • IMO Number: 9420423
  • Register Number: 22511V
  • Port of Registry: Bari/Italy, London/UK, Le Havre/France
  • Sister Ships: Partenope, Trinacria, Stena Forwarder, Cartour, Eurostar Valencia,Eurostar Salerno, Golfo Aranci, Golfo Degli Angeli, Lagan Viking, Mersey Viking, Cartour Beta, Cartour Gamma, Borja, Borjas Dos, Watling Street, Scottish Viking, Akeman Street, Cartour Delta, Visemar One, Cartour Epsilon.


Current Location

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History

August 18th 2006: Keel laid.

October 9th 2008: Delivered to Fosse Way Shipping Ltd (Epic Shipping), London, England.

October 2008: Chartered to LD Lines, France.

October 31st 2008: Arrived in Le Havre.

November 4th 2008: Sea trials to Portsmouth.

November 6th 2008: Inaugural service Le Havre – Portsmouth/ Le Havre – Rosslare.

December 2008: Transferred to British registry.

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

September 13th 2009: Final day in service for LD Lines and sailed to Falmouth for refit.

September 2009: Chartered to Celtic Link Ferries.

September 27th 2009: Grounded in Rosslare and sailed to Falmouth for inspection and repairs.

October 3rd 2009: Commenced services between Rosslare – Cherbourg – Portsmouth.

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

November 20th 2009 – October 16th 2011: Services between Rosslare – Cherbourg.

October 17th 2011: Charter to Celtic Link completed, left Cherbourg for the Tyne and refit.

© Ken Lubi  © Ken Lubi

© Ken Lubi

November 2011: Chartered to LD Lines.

November 9th 2011: Services between St Nazaire – Gijon.

November 30th 2011: Left Montoir for Le Havre.

December 1st 2011: Commenced services between Le Havre – Portsmouth.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

April 29th 2012: Sold to Stena RoRo, Gothenburg (Registered to Stena RoRo Navigation Ltd, Clydebank, UK).

October 15th 2013: Conducted berthing trials in Poole. The visit was in preparation for a new service to be started by her sister ship Norman Asturias between Poole and Northern Spain in November.

© Kevin Mitchell (Maritime Images)  © Kevin Mitchell (Maritime Images)

Poole 15/10/13 © Kevin Mitchell (Maritime Images)

March 12th 2014: Chartered to Brittany Ferries and renamed ETRETAT.

© Prieto  © Prieto

© Prieto

March 25th 2014: Commenced service between Le Havre – Portsmouth, Portsmouth – Santander under the Brittany Ferries ‘Economie’ brand.

© Nicolas Levy  © Nicolas Levy

© Nicolas Levy  © Nicolas Levy

© Nicolas Levy  © Nicolas Levy

Arriving in Portsmouth © Nicolas Levy

March 3rd – 15th March 2015: Owing to technical problems with the ships stabilisers the following sailings were covered by the Armorique;

  • Portsmouth to Bilbao – 3rd March – 08:30
  • Bilbao to Portsmouth – 4th March – 14:30
  • Portsmouth to Le Havre – 5th March – 23:15 (Freight Only)
  • Le Havre to Portsmouth – 6th March – 21:30 (Freight Only)
  • Portsmouth to Santander – 7th March – 09:00
  • Santander to Portsmouth – 8th March – 14:30
  • Portsmouth to Bilbao – 10th March – 08:30
  • Bilbao to Portsmouth – 11th March – 14:30
  • Portsmouth to Le Havre – 12th March – 23:15 (Freight Only)
  • Le Havre to Portsmouth – 13th March – 21:30 (Freight Only)
  • Portsmouth to Santander – 14th March – 09:00
  • Santander to Portsmouth – 15th March – 13:30

March 15th 2015: Departed Le Havre bound for Cherbourg and resumption of service from Le Havre/Cherbourg to Portsmouth. Owing to technical problems she will operate ‘freight only’ until May 2015.

April 30th April – May 2015: Scheduled to undergo refit in Poland.

May 18th 2015: Departed Gdansk and following sea trials proceeded to Le Havre.

May 21st 2015: Anticipated return Le Havre.

May 22nd 2015: Returned to passenger service between Le Havre/Santander and Portsmouth.

September 22nd 2015: Experienced technical issues on the approach to Portsmouth harbour. Escorted to her berth at the continental Ferry Terminal by the tugs SD Bountiful and SD Powerful. The evening return sailing to Le Havre was cancelled.

September 23rd 2015: Returned to Le Havre in the early hours carrying freight only. Remaining sailings for the 23/09/15 were cancelled.

September 25th 2015: Following repairs resumed service between Le Havre and Portsmouth.

October 5th 2015: Sailings disrupted due to industrial action by port staff in Le Havre.

October 8th 2015: The evening sailing from Portsmouth to Le Havre was cancelled owing to industrial action by port staff at Le Havre. The vessel remained in Portsmouth and resumed with the 10:00 Portsmouth-Le Havre sailing on the 09/10/15.

November 16th 2015: Sailings cancelled due to a technical issue.

November 17th 2015: Following repairs, resumed service.

November 21st 2015: Sailings cancelled due to a technical issue.

November 25th 2015: Resumed service between Le Havre and Portsmouth.

November 30th 2015: Owing to severe weather conditions all sailings of the Etretat were cancelled (16:15 Le Havre to Portsmouth and the 23:15 Portsmouth to Le Havre).

December 2nd 2015: Sailings disrupted due to industrial action at the Port of Le Havre.

December 30th 2015: Due to a technical problem all sailings cancelled. Anticipated return to service is on the 02/01/16.

January 2016: Etretat due to run exclusively on the Le Havre to Portsmouth ‘Economie’ service with the Baie de Seine covering the ‘Economie’ crossings to Spain.

January 2nd 2016: Resumed service between Le Havre and Portsmouth.

February 8th 2016: Sailings cancelled due to extreme weather conditions in the English Channel.

March 8th 2016: Sailings cancelled owing to industrial action at the Port of Le Havre.

March 9th 2016: Resumed service.

© Carsten Dettmer

Le Havre 19/03/2016 © Carsten Dettmer


All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Carsten Dettmer, Kevin Mitchell (Maritime Images), Nicolas Levy, Mitchell (Maritime Images), Ken Lubi, Prieto and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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