© Nigel ScuttMV Dunkerque Seaways – Past and Present

MV Dunkerque Seaways

ex Maersk Dunkerque

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Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2005 by Samsung Heavy Industries, Geoje Korea (Yard No 1523) for A. P. Moller – Maersk (Norfolk Line) 

Technical Data

  • Length: 186m
  • Breadth of hull: 28.4m
  • Draught: 6.75m (design)/Tonnage – 34,500 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: MJTL2
  • MMSI Number: 235028825
  • IMO Number: 9293076
  • Registry: Dover/United Kingdom
  • Sister Vessels: Delft Seaways, Dover Seaways

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History

May 12th 2003: SAMSUNG 1523

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December 29th 2004: Launched.

January 11th 2005: MAERSK DUNKERQUE.

September 27th 2005: Delivered from the Samsung Shipyard to Norfolkline Shipping B.V.

October 15th 2005: Passed through the Suez Canal.

October 22nd 2005: Inaugural arrival in Dover.

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

Maiden arrival at Dover 22/10/05. © Ray Goodfellow

October 24th 2005: Left Dover for Dunkerque.

October 24th 2005: First arrival at Dunkerque (trials?).

October 28th 2005: Officially named at Dunkerque. Mrs. Anja Visbeen, accompanied by her husband, Adrie Visbeen, Director and owner of Visbeen Transport Group, honoured Norfolkline by naming the new building MAERSK DUNKERQUE.

November 2005: Deployed on Dover-Dunkerque service. The second and third vessels, MAERSK DELFT and MAERSK DOVER are due to commence service in January and July 2006 respectively.

January 12th 2006: “My informant at Dover tells me that the Maersk Dunkerque is broken down and is lying on the Eastern Arm this morning. Her 1000 sailing was cancelled. An oil leak is given as the cause.”

February 18th 2006: “…had engine problems at 2200 last night four miles off Dover. The Emergency Coastguard Tug ANGLIAN MONARCH stood by until the ship had sorted its problems out.”

February 20th 2006: Again suffered engine problems consequently a proposed “sail by” (rumour) of the newly arrived MAERSK DELFT at Dover, was cancelled. Spent the day in berth 2 at Dover.

ARNO Dunkerque 1/3/06. © Robert Fournier

February 27th 2006: To ARNO’s Dunkerque for her first routine annual hull inspection and repairs to the oil leak. The local (Dover) engineering firm Burgess undertook the work for Norfolk Line to repair the vessel.

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

March 4th 2006: Left Dunkerque East, seen heading north.

March 4th 2006: (1130) Arrived in Zeebrugge (berth 110 for berthing trials)

March 4th 2006: (1630) Departed for Dunkerque West

March 5th 2006: Resumed commercial sailings.

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March 8th 2006: Sailed to Botlek, Rotterdam (reason unknown). It is said she has a cracked “sea chest.”

March 11th 2006: “She was supposed to leave Friday but there are still some problems. Due to leave tonight around 02.30.The Pilot is already ordered.”

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

March 12th 2006: Resumed commercial service.

July 25th 2006: Berthed at Cruise terminal 2 for maintenance.

© Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic)  © Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic)

© Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic)

July 28th 2006: All 3 sisters running from 1200 today.

4th September 2006: Maersk Dunkerque suffering from engine problems required the assistance of DHB Doughty.

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow

24th December 2006: Proceeded to the Scheldepoort Dockyard, Vlissingen (Flushing), Netherlands for a scheduled dry docking.

8th January 2007: Departed the Scheldepoort Dockyard at 16:00 local time bound for Dunkerque.

11th January 2007: Resumed service from Dover to Dunkerque.

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

January 20th 2008: To ARNO Dunkerque for refit.

January 31st 2008: Left ARNO sporting the new Norfolk Line . com livery.

March 2008: Passenger certificate raised to 1000.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

January 28th 2009: To ARNO Dunkerque for refit.

February 4th 2009: Left ARNO and went to Zeebrugge for berthing trials.

February 5th 2009: Resumed Dover – Dunkerque.

December 17th 2009: Following months of speculation it was announced that DFDS A/S had acquired Norfolkline from A. P. Moller – Maersk for €346 million subject to regulatory approval.

January 22nd – January 29th 2010: Refit at ARNO, Dunkerque.

ARNO Dunkerque 24/01/10 © Robert Fournier

January 29th 2010: Arrived back in Dover and resumed service.

17th June 2010: DFDS’ acquisition of Norfolk Line was approved by the European Commission.

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 DUNKERQUE SEAWAYS, DELFT SEAWAYS and DOVER SEAWAYS in due course.

18th July 2010: Renamed `DUNKERQUE SEAWAYS‘ whilst alongside in Dunkerque

© Ed Connell  © Ed Connell

© Ed Connell  © Ed Connell

Rebranding and renaming underway 17/07/10-18/07/10 © Ed Connell

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow

7th August 2010: DFDS Funnel markings applied whilst alongside in Dunkerque.

© Ed Connell   © Ed Connell

© Ed Connell

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

28th January 2011: Refit at ARNO Dunkerque. Received full DFDS Seaways livery.

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow

5th February 2011: Resumed service between Dover and Dunkerque.

9th January 2012: Arrived at ARNO Dunkerque for an extended refit and installation of a Rolls Royce `Promas Lite’ system. This system consists of adaptations to the rudders and installation of new propellers which is said to offer significant fuel savings.

January 17th 2012: Returned to service.

© Paul Smith  © Ray Goodfellow

© Paul Smith (left) and © Ray Goodfellow (right)

25th April 2012: Made contact with Pier Foxtrot (F) at Dover’s Eastern docks and sustained damage to her starboard bow.

© Paul Smith  © Paul Smith

© Ray Goodfellow

27th April 2012: Arrived at ARNO Dunkerque for repairs.

 29th April 2012: Returned to service.

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

 © Ray Goodfellow   © Ray Goodfellow

 © Ray Goodfellow

2nd October 2012: Suffered minor damage whilst berthing in Dover. Withdrawn from service and sent to ARNO at Dunkerque for repairs, expected to be out of service for 36 hours.

4th October 2012: Departed the ARNO shipyard for Dunkerque West and took up service.

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton (07/10/2012)

January 7th 2013: To ARNO, Dunkerque for refit.

January 12th 2013 (01.00hrs): Resumed service Dunkerque – Dover.

January 14th 2013 (0910 hrs): Left Dunkerque West and returned to ARNO suffering rudder problems.

© Ed Connell  © Ed Connell

© Ed Connell (both)

January 18th 2013: Left ARNO and resumed service.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

January 5th (23.15 hrs) 2014: Came off service at 2315 and sailed to Vlissingen for refit.

January 15th (18.30 hrs) 2014: She returned to Dover from Vlissingen then took up service with the 20.00 departure.

January 4th 2016: To Damen Dunkerque for refit

Receiving the new DFDS livery at Damen Dunkerque © Julien Carpentier‎

January 13th 2016: Left Damen yard and sailed to Dunkerque west.

January 14th 2016: Resumed service Dover – Dunkerque.

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Scutt  © Nigel Scutt

© Nigel Scutt

© Nigel Scutt (Dover-Marina.com)

Ferries undergo an extreme makeover

January 20, 2016 | By DFDS Group

Work is well underway to give the three ferries on the Dover – Dunkerque Channel route an extreme makeover. Up to 100 people are working at an increasingly fast pace to repaint and upgrade the ships’ facilities and technical areas.

Five weeks for three ships
In less than five weeks, all three ferries will go into dry dock. This requires a well-planned schedule (Click here to read how we plan such dockings) and the first ferry to put on a new livery was DUNKERQUE SEAWAYS. She went into dock in the first week of January. Last week DELFT SEAWAYS took her place, and we expect DELFT to be ready any time now. DOVER SEAWAYS will complete this year’s docking of the D-Class ferries and will be back on the route at the beginning of February. It is a busy five-week period!

Two football fields of paint
Each ferry will be repainted in DFDS’ new colours. This requires 11,000 m2 of paint – or by comparison – two football fields of paint per ferry. The new livery includes ‘DFDS’ as the brand name and a darker blue hull. The result can be seen below on one of DUNKERQUE SEAWAYS’ first days in her new coat.
What else have these nine days in dock been spent on?

The largest refit in years
DUNKERQUE SEAWAYS has had the largest refit in years, and not just the repainting. At the Damen Shipyard in Dunkerque most of the ship’s internal spaces were upgraded, from new carpets to toilets and the refurbishment of furniture and fittings. “With up to 100 contractors working at any one time, it was very busy with many demands on the ship’s staff to support them. Meal times alone could take up to 2½ hours to get everyone through,” says Captain Andy Ridout.

The technical work included DUNKERQUE’s bow doors being rehung, the ship’s rudder being overhauled, a thorough service of the engines, the stern thruster was overhauled and refitted, and the Kongsberg Power Management and Control System was upgraded with the latest hardware and software. The jobs required an army of people who worked hard to get DUNKERQUE SEAWAYS out first.

We hope you will soon be able to enjoy the upgraded facilities on our Channel ferries. Please share and send your pictures of our ships to connect@dfds.com. In the meantime, we will continue to get our other ships through the docking period. 

Source: DFDS Connects

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© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

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© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

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© Simonwp

January 9th 2017: To Damen yard, Dunkerque for refit.

© Chris Whitfield  © Chris Whitfield

© Chris Whitfield

January 16th 2017: Returned to service.


All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking:  Ed Connell, Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic), Robert Fournier, Julien Carpentier‎, Co de Vos, Nigel Scutt (Dover-Marina.com), Paul Smith, Chris Whitfield, DFDS Group and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in compiling this feature.

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


5 Comments

  1. My father and I were on the vessel at the time of the recent incident whilst berthing. I suspected that they might of been experiencing some problems with the ship due to a few observations:
    1. We had previously sailed on the same vessel on the Friday and it made what seemed to be an awkward berthing at dunkerque, firstly reversing towards the birth then spinning ship around to birth at the front as normal.
    2. When we boarded the vessel to return to dover, the ship was reversed onto the birth and we boarded from there which is not the norm at dunkerque.
    3. Then as we were birthing at dover I can only describe the birthing maneuver as awkward, going into dover 3 at a sharp angle at which the vessel then hit the pier separating dover 3 and 4.
    Anyway I just thought I would share this experience with you.
    A big fan of the website,
    Adam from stoke on trent.

    1. Hi Adam,

      Thank you for the information and the overview of the events involving the Dunkerque Seaways.

      I would also like to thank you for the kind words about the website, it’s nice to know that people like and read the articles we produce.

      Best Wishes

      Ray

  2. Hi, well I was surely surprised to look at pictures of the formerly Norfolk Line and now DFDS line.
    I have travelled with all tree of them, the Dover, Delft and the Dunkerque from begin 2011 till November 2011 before that I travel by train from Calais to Folkestone.
    I was a charter for the Nedexco company, who’s gone broke in 2012.

    The pictures of the building of the ship in Korea were great thanks for sharing, I will made a link to your website on mine because I won’t steel your pics.
    I was for 35 years a truckdriver and drove a year for my own but bad business and crises had put down my business.
    On my website are some video’s and slideshow’s of traveling throughout Europe.
    http://www.genealogybos.com/TruckMap/ontheroad.html

    I’m still busy with a renewing of one of my slideshow’s and this the travel (well work) as a own driver throughout Europe including travel from Dunkerque-Dover.
    I have also going through Oostende to Ramsgate but I’ve discover that Trans Europe Lines are broke-up so no one has a line now to Ramsgate I’ll think they were the only one.
    I have made journeys with many lines by ferry such as, P&O line from Rotterdam-Hull vica versa, Travemunde-Trelleborg with the TT lines, Stena Line from Hoek van Holland-Harwich and in the early days
    from Scheveningen-Felixstowe and later from Vlaardingen-Immingham and of course Calais-Dover vica versa, crossing the channel for many times I must say.

    With kind regards, Henk.

    1. Hi Henk,

      Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment on our website, it’s greatly appreciated.

      It’s always nice for us to hear people’s stories and what connection they have with the ferries that we document. Thank you for adding a link to our pictures rather than `stealing’ them, to much of this occurs on the internet nowadays.

      Once you have updated your website please get back in contact and I will add a link to your site from our own.

      Best Wishes

      Ray

      1. Hello Ray, well i have a new slideshow album made and be watch at this link:http://www.genealogybos.com/TruckMap/chauffeur_int_2000-2009/Album.htm

        This slideshow contents photo’s from 2000 till 2009 when i was working for a employer, later in 2011 i’ve been working as a own driver using a firm name THM Transport, also on my website as a slideshow and many traveling to the UK.

        I have some photo’s from the HSS Stena Discovery the fast ferry, landing at Harwich i was at the moment at the harbor site, could i send those to you?

        They are also been on the slideshow mention above.

        With kind regards, Henk.

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