© Andreas WörtelerMV Côte D’Albatre – Past and Present

MV Côte D’Albatre

ex Barreras 1645

 © Fernando Montes

© Fernando Montes

Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 2005 by De Hijos De J Barreras De Vigo, Spain (Yard No. 1645), for the Syndicat Mixte de Promotion de L’Activité Transmanche (SMPAT), trading as Transmanche Ferries, Dieppe

Technical Data

  • Length: 142.45m (overall), 125.00m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth of hull: 24.20m
  • Depth: 13.55m
  • Draught: 5.70m (design)
  • Tonnage: 12,000 gross/ 5,569 net/ 2,800 deadweight
  • Engines: Two Wartsila 8L46C diesels
  • Power: 16800 kW
  • Speed: 22.0 knots
  • Capacity: 600 passengers, 127 cars, 51 trailers)/227 cars, 31 trailers (@ max number of cars)
  • Call Sign: FMHO
  • IMO Number: 9320128
  • MMSI Number: 228233600
  • Registry: Rouen (2005 – 2007), Dieppe (2007 – )
  • Sister Ship: Seven Sisters

Current Location

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May 10th 2004: Recorded as BARRERAS

September 6th 2004: Recorded as BARRERAS 1645

© Carlos Moreno Trobat Trobat   © Carlos Moreno Trobat Trobat

© Carlos Moreno Trobat Trobat (both)

July 22nd 2005: Christened and launched.

© Fernando Montes

© Fernando Montes

October 2005: Anticipated delivery to Transmanche Ferries, Dieppe, France for services between Dieppe – Newhaven.

February 27th 2006: Arrived in Dieppe.

© Andy Gilbert   © Andy Gilbert

© Andy Gilbert

© Andy Gilbert (all)

March 5th 2006: Berthing trials in Newhaven.

March 6th 2006: Maiden voyage Dieppe – Newhaven.


© Nigel Thornton   © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton   © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton   © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton   © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton   © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton (all)

March 9th 2006: Berthing trials in Portsmouth.

© Andreas Wörteler   © Andreas Wörteler

©  Andreas Wörteler (02/10/2006 Dieppe)

© “Ferry-Man”  

© The ‘Ferry man’ (left) and © Robert Fournier (right)

March 6th 2008: Visited Dover for berthing trials. Then to ARNO Dunkerque for repairs and refit.

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton (all)

November 24th 2008: Arrived at Dover ED2 for berthing trials.

November 27th 2008: Arrived in Gdansk for refit.

December 15th 2008: Conducted berthing trials in Boulogne.

© Nicolas Lévy  © Nicolas Lévy

© Nicolas Lévy (both)

December 18th 2008: Anticipated return to service Newhaven – Dieppe.

February 12th 2009: Took up service Dover – Boulogne.


© Robert Fournier (both)

July 3rd 2009: Reverted to Newhaven – Dieppe.

August 12th 2009: Conducted berthing trials at Le Havre.

August 13th 2009: To ARNO, Dunkerque.


© Robert Fournier (both)

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

October 19th 2009: Commenced Le Havre – Portsmouth.

January 5th 2011 – January 29th 2011: Operated between Dieppe – Newhaven.

January 2011: Taken out of service for refit in Poland.

May 2nd 2011: Laid up in Le Havre.

May 22nd 2011: Operated between Dieppe – Newhaven.

November 20th 2011: Laid up in Dieppe.

November 27th 2012: Arrived at ARNO, Dunkerque.

December 27th 2012: Arrived in Dieppe and resumed service, Dieppe – Newhaven.

© Andreas Wörteler   © Andreas Wörteler

©  Andreas Wörteler (Le Havre 10/05/2013)

May 2013: Suffered engine problems and withdrawn for repairs at Le Havre.

June 2013: Resumed service.

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer (October 2013)

June 2013: Registered to DFDS Seaways, Rouen, France.

April 1st 2015: Sailed to Dunkerque.


Damen shipyard, Dunkerque 04/04/15 © Julien Carpentier

May 14th 2015: Sailed to Dieppe and resumed service Dieppe – Newhaven.

March 25th 2016: Arrived in Dunkerque for her annual survey.

April 7th 2016: Left Dunkerque and sailed to Dieppe to resume service.

© Carsten Dettmer  © Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer (Dieppe 14/05/2016)

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer

January 6th 2017: Arrived in Dunkerque for lay-up


© Julien Carpentier

April 30th 2017: Left Dunkerque and sailed to Dieppe.

May 1st 2017: Resumed service Dieppe – Newhaven.

January 15th 2018: Came off service at Dieppe and then sailed to Dunkerque (East).

© Julien Carpentier (Dunkerque, 11/02/18)

April 7th 2018: Left Dunkerque bound for refit in Santander

April 9th 2018: Arrived in Santander

© Prieto  © Prieto

© Prieto (Approaching Astander shipyard, Santander, 09/04/2018)

April 25th 2018: Left Astander shipyard (with livery change, having “www & .com” removed) and sailed to Santander.

© Prieto   © Prieto 

© Prieto

April 28th 2018: Left Santander, destination Dieppe.

May 1st 2018: Arrived Dieppe and resumed service Dieppe – Newhaven.

January 24th 2019: Came off service at Dieppe and sailed to Calais.


© Julien Carpentier

January 25th 2019: Took part in SAR (Search and Rescue Exercises) at Calais.

January 25th 2019: Sailed to Dunkerque (East) for lay up.


© Julien Carpentier

April 30th 2019: Departed Dunkerque for Newhaven and resumed service Newhaven – Dieppe.

December 14th 2019: “Collided with the pier at Newhaven Harbour. She is said to have struck East Pier and East Quay while exiting Newhaven Harbour in strong winds at around 10:30 am. The ship suffered some damage and returned to her berth. Cote D’Albatre was checked over and weathered the storm until 2:30 p.m. when she set off for France having had a 4,5-hour delay.
According to a spokesperson for the Newhaven Port Authority, strong winds caused the ferry to touch the east pier and “a little bit of damage was done.”

© Martin Sinnock  © Martin Sinnock

© Martin Sinnock

New” © Martin Sinnock

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 thank: Julien Carpentier, Carsten Dettmer, The ‘Ferry-Man’, Robert Fournier, Andy Gilbert, Nicolas Lévy, Fernando Montes, Prieto, Martin Sinnock, Carlos Moreno Trobat and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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