ex Cap Afrique, Saint Charles, Catherine Schiaffino
© John Jones
Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Tokushima Zosen Sangyo K.K., Komatsushima, Japan (Yard No. 530) in 1978 for the Soc. d’Arm. & de Nav. C. Schiaffino, France
- Length on deck: 108.64m (overall), 98.51m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth of hull: 16.01m (extreme)
- Depth: 10.32m
- Draught: 4.98m (maximum)
- Tonnage: 1,583 gross/743 net/2,401 deadweight
- Engines: Piestick 8PC25L diesel
- Power: 5,200 bhp/3,574kW
- Speed: 15.75 knots (service), 17.0 knots (max)
- Capacity: 12 passengers, 50 x 12m commercial trailers
- Call sign: FPCT, HMXA9
- IMO Number: 7709796
- Registry: Sete/France, Nassau, Port Aux Français, Georgia, Panama, Freetown/Sierra Leone, Korea Democratic Republic
- Sister Ships: RoRo Star, Marina
September 15th 1977: Launched.
1978: Delivered to Soc. d’Arm. & de Nav. C. Schiaffino, France.
1978: Commenced service between Ostend and Dover in the same year.
© Gordon Wise
June 30th 1978: Operated between Dieppe – Dover
Nigel Thornton Collection
March 1st 1984: Transferred to Ostend – Ramsgate.
© Ken Larwood
1989: Renamed SAINT CHARLES and re-registered in the Bahamas, with a home port of Nassau.
© Ted Ingham (left) and © John Jones (right)
1990: Sold to Delom S.A., Port aux Français, and renamed CAP AFRIQUE.
Not much is known about the vessel’s history until in June 1996 records indicate that she was bare-boat chartered to Estline, Stockholm for two weeks when she ran between Stockholm – Tallinn.
July 1998: Bare-boat chartered to Farmers Ferries Ltd and introduced between Dover – Dunkerque, primarily for livestock carrying.
© Mike Jackson
© Ted Ingham (left) and Nigel Thornton Collection (right)
2001: Laid-up in Dunkerque
© Jean-Guy Hagelstein
April 26th 2004: Recorded as being owned by Lider Maritime Inc, Majuro, Marshall Islands and renamed BOZTEPE.
© Philip Galagan
2006: Registered in Georgia.
2006: Registered in Panama.
2007: Registered in Sierra Leone, home port Freetown.
August 3rd 2007: On her way to Sochi, Russia, a fire broke out in her on board garage. She blocked the entrance to Sochi and had to be removed by port authorities. She was burnt out and declared a total loss.
August 25th 2007: Arrived in Aliaga for breaking.
© Selim San (all)
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: Philip Galagan, Jean-Guy Hagelstein, Ted Ingham, John Jones, Ken Larwood, Mike Jackson, Selim San, Urbain Ureel and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.