© Robert FournierMV Boulonnais, Past and Present

23/02/2015: Currently in Dover to deputise for DHB Dauntless whilst she is at refit in Hull.

MV Boulonnais

ex Saint Louisien, Marseillais 8, Cabo Espichel

© Robert Fournier

© Robert Fournier

Steel twin screw vessel built in 1973 by Argibay, Alverica (Yard no 130) as a port/ coastal tractor and fire-fighting tug.

Technical Data

  • Length: 28.22m (overall), 27.03m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 8.5m
  • Depth: 3.41m
  • Draught: 3.89m
  • Tonnage: 194 gross/25 net/299 deadwight
  • Engines: (2) 4T x 8-cylinder MaK3M282 diesels
  • Speed: 12.5 knots
  • Power: 2400kW (3260 bhp)
  • Bollard Pull: 28 tonnes
  • Call Sign: LX-3080-TL, FG7555
  • IMO Number: 7305930
  • Registry Number: 933R25
  • Registry: Lisbon/Portugal, Martigues/France, Boulogne sur Mer/France

History

1973: Constructed for General Administration of Oporto, Lisbon for port duties and rescue service.

April 1987: Port Management, Lisbon.

© Capt Jan Melchers

© Capt Jan Melchers

1989: Laid up and advertised for sale.

1990: Sold to Cie Soc Generale et de Travaux Maritimes and renamed MARSEILLAIS 8.

1990: Sold to Arpec-Ste d’Armement et de Peche, Saint Louis du Rhone and renamed SAINT LOUISIEN.

© Yvon Perchoc

© Yvon Perchoc

1992 – 1993: Registered \Owner shown as Compagnie Marseillaise de Remorque et de Salvage Chambon.

2001: Sold to Boulonnaise de Remorque and renamed BOULONNAIS.

© Robert Fournier  © Robert Fournier

© Robert Fournier © Robert Fournier

© Robert Fournier (all)

23rd February 2015: Arrived in Dover to cover for the DHB Dauntless whilst she undergoes refit in Hull.


We would like to thank: Robert Fournier, Capt Jan Melchers and Yvon Perchoc for their assistance in producing this feature. All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for errors and omissions.

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

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