MV Dover Seaways – Past and Present

MV Dover Seaways

ex Maersk Dover

© Norfolk Line

© Norfolk Line

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2006 by Samsung Heavy Industries, Geoje Korea  (Yard No 1574) for Norfolk Line

Technical Data

  • Length: 186m
  • Breadth of hull: 28.4m
  • Draught: 6.75m (design)
  • Tonnage: 35,923 gross/10,300 net/6,160 deadweight
  • Engines: 4 x MAN B&W 8L48/60B diesels
  • Power/Propellers: 9600 kW each/2
  • Bow Thrusters: 3 x 1800 kW
  • Stern Thruster: 1 x 1800 kW
  • Speed: 25 knots
  • Capacity: 780 (1000@2008) passengers, 200 cars and up to 120 freight vehicles
  • Lane Metres: 2,000 (design)
  • Lane Width: 3.3m
  • Crew: 70
  • Navigation Officers: European
  • Number of Decks: 2 trailer decks total 200m/1 car deck of 990m
  • Call Sign: MLBZ6
  • MMSI Number: 235010500
  • IMO Number: 9318345
  • Registry: Dover/United Kingdom
  • Sister Ships: Maersk Delft , Maersk Dunkerque


Current Location

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History

April 13th 2004: SAMSUNG 1574

October 24th 2005: MAERSK DOVER

June 23rd 2006: Delivered and departed Samsung Heavy Industries on 21/06. “Below is the sailing schedule for the Maersk Dover’s delivery. She’ll be in Dover for about a week getting her Pax certificate , no ceremony or anything before she’s on the run. Once she’s on the run, the Dunkerque will have a week on the wall for maintenance, followed by the Delft, then I imagine the Midnight will go to Dunkerque East for painting/de-storing before heading down to the Med to join the rest of the clan in Palma.” BUSAN: Dep 21-Jun-2006, SINGAPORE: Dep 28-Jun-2006, SALALAH (OMAN): Dep 04-Jul-2006 via Suez, ALGECIRAS (SPAIN): (could be Gib, they’ve not decided yet) Dep 13-Jul-2006, DOVER STRAIT (UNITED KINGDOM): Arr: 16-Jul-2006

July 13th 2006 (20.54 hrs): Arrived Gibraltar from Suez. Bunkered and crew change.

Nigel Thornton

July 14th 2006 (03.31 hrs): Departed Gibraltar bound for Dover.

July 17th 2006:  Arrived at Dover then conducted berthing trials (bow in) at berth 3

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“Out with the old and in with the New” © Nigel Thornton

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July 23rd 2006: Inaugural sailing to Dunkerque.

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July 28th 2006: All 3 sisters running from 1200 today MAERSK DOVER is 0200 / 0800 / 1400 / 2000 ex Dover this week ships switch to next schedule every 3 weeks.

October 17th 2006: The MAIB is carrying out a Preliminary Examination into an incident on 17th October 2006 involving the MAERSK DOVER “Close quarters situation between ro-ro ferry Maersk Dover and two other vessels tanker Apollonia and container ship Maersk Vancouver in the Dover Strait.”

December 2nd 2006. Naming ceremony at Cruise Terminal 2.

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January 29th 2007: To ARNO Dunkerque for minor maintenance

February 7th 2007: Returned to Dover.

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March 1st 2007: To ARNO Dunkerque after holing herself.

March 3rd 2007: Resumed service.

“Sea exercise set to test response Monday 5th March 2007

An exercise to test the joint search and rescue operations that would be needed in a major maritime incident in the English Channel is to be held. The British, French and Belgian maritime authorities will be among those involved in Monday’s exercise. The scenario, coordinated by Dover Coastguard, will focus on a Mayday call made by a ferry reporting a collision with an unidentified object. As a result, a spillage occurs from a lorry trailer carrying dangerous goods.

‘Test personnel’

A Maritime Incident Response Group (MIRG) from Kent Fire and Rescue Service and the South East Coast Ambulance Service will be deployed onto the Maersk Dover ferry. The exercise, in the Dover Strait, is due to start at 0940 GMT on Monday while the ferry is travelling from Dover to Dunkirk.

Spike Hughes, rescue coordination centre manager at Dover Coastguard, said the use of the ferry would make the exercise “as realistic as possible”.

“It is extremely important that all the agencies that are involved in a live incident get the opportunity to test their personnel and procedures to ensure they are as prepared as they can be for any eventuality,” he explained.

News Story Copyright BBC MM VII

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March 2007 (First week): Lost her starboard anchor.

March 18th 2007: Local rumour suggests the anchor/extensive length of chain to be on the seabed between Dover berths 2 & 3.

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© Robert Fournier

June 21st 2007: To ARNO Dunkerque. Reason unknown

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© Robert Fournier

June 23rd 2007: Returned to service.

January 31st 2008: Entered ARNO, Dunkerque for refit

February 10th 2008: Anticipated completion of refit and departure from ARNO.

February 10th 2008: Left ARNO.

February 11th 2008: Resumed service.

March 2008: Passenger Cert raised to 1000.

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January 21st 2009: To ARNO Dunkerque for refit.

January 28th 2009: Returned to service.

January 16th – January 22nd 2010: Refit at ARNO, Dunkerque.

January 23rd 2010: Resumed service.

July 2010: Rumours circulated that Norfolkline had been sold to DFDS for 346 million euros.

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July 3rd 2010: Re-branding commenced. The shipping side will be known as DFDS Seaways and the trailer business will become DFDS Logistics. The ships will have a dark blue hull with DFDS Seaways emblazoned on the side, white superstructure, and a dark blue funnel with the DFDS white Maltese Cross in a circle. The ships will be renamed DOVER SEAWAYS, DELFT SEAWAYS and DUNKERQUE SEAWAYS in due course.

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July 27th 2010: AIS first showed her name to be DOVER SEAWAYS .

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January 20th 2011: Entered ARNO, Dunkerque for refit.

January 27th 2011: Refit complete, left ARNO.

January 28th 2011: Resumed service.

March 18th 2012: To ARNO, Dunkerque for her annual refit including interior/exterior alterations, the installation of new propellers and adaptations to her rudders.

March 25th 2012: Left ARNO and conducted sea trials (Variable speeds up to 25 knots) in the English Channel.

March 26th 2012: Resumed service.

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January 18th 2013: To ARNO, Dunkerque for refit.

January 22nd 2013: Left ARNO and resumed service.

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January 22nd (22.12 hrs): Came off service and sailed to Vlissingen for refit.

January 22nd 2014: Arrived Vlissingen.

January 27th 2014: Completed refit and departed Vlissingen.

January 28th 2014: Arrived Dunkerque and resumed service.

November 9th 2014: Made heavy contact with the Port of Dover breakwater on departure.

“Four people were injured when a cross-channel ferry leaving Dover for France hit a harbour wall. The Dover Seaways struck the dock as it departed for Dunkirk at 08:00 GMT. Passengers and crew were evacuated from the DFDS vessel. Paramedics said four people were taken to hospital with “bumps and bruises”. The ferry is currently being assessed for repairs and has been berthed at the Eastern Docks.”

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MAIB Report: Dover Seaways’ contact with the South Breakwater, Dover 9 November 2014 © Crown Copyright

November 9th 2014 (22.22hrs): Departed Dover for Rotterdam.

November 18th 2014: Statement from DFDS “Anticipated return to service November 21st 2014”.

November 21st 2014: Left Rotterdam and sailed to Dover. Resumed service Dover  – Dunkerque.

Kind Permission of DFDS Seaways

Kind Permission of DFDS Seaways

January 24th 2015: To Vlissingen for refit.

“Various maintenance work such as its annual survey, repairs. Work also includes carrying out essential steelwork repairs, maintaining and servicing engines, and painting the vessel internally and externally. In addition, repairs are carried out within the passenger areas, from renewing carpets and seating to moving coffee machines to meet commercial requirements. Other major work this year includes overhauling steering gear on two vessels and rebuilding the bulbous bow”

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Kind Permission of DFDS Seaways

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© Netty

February 2nd 2015: Completed refit and arrived in Dover.

February 3rd 2015: Resumed service Dover – Dunkerque.

January 16th 2016: “Passengers and crew were evacuated from the vessel for three hours whilst it was moored at Loon Plage, near Dunkirk (North), after abandoned luggage caused a bomb scare. Around 16.15 shipboard personnel found a suspicious backpack on the vehicle deck. The ferry was preparing to sail for Dover. Nearly 450 passengers and crew members were evacuated to a building in the port terminal whilst awaiting the arrival of bomb disposal officers. The operation ended around 7:10 p.m and the evacuees were able to return the ship.” – BMTV

January 24th 2016: Came off service and sailed to Damen yard, Dunkerque west for refit.

February 1st 2016: Left Damen yard and sailed to Dunkerque east to resume service.

  

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January 23rd 2017: To Damane, Dunkerque fror refit

January 30th 2017: Returned to service


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: Paul Cloke, Ed Connell, Robert Fournier, Netty and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Special thanks go to the DFDS Group.

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


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