Mv European Seaway – Past and Present

23/06/2017: Page updated - NT

Mv European Seaway

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Schichau Seebeckwerft AG, Bremerhaven, (Yard No. 1075) Germany for P&O European Ferries (managed by Sutton Ltd) in 1991 as a commercial vehicle ferry. Engined by Sulzer Bros. Ltd., Winterthur. Launched April, 20th, 1991

Technical Data

  • Length: 179.70 m (overall)
  • Breadth of Hull: 28.30 m (extreme)
  • Draught: 6.27 m (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 22,986 gross, 6,895 net, 7,432 deadweight
  • Engines: Four 8ZA 40 S Sulzer Diesels
  • Power: 21120 kW
  • Speed: 21 knots
  • Capacity: 200 passengers, 124 x 15m freight units
  • Call Sign: MPDG3
  • MMSI Number: 232001040
  • IMO Number: 9007283
  • Registry: United Kingdom
  • Sister Vessels: Pride of Kent, Pride of Canterbury, Pride of Burgundy


Current Location

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History

October 15th 1990: Keel laid.

October 2nd, 1991: Delivered to P&O European Ferries.

  

October 3rd 1991: Arrived at Dover.

Maiden Arrival at Dover © Ken Larwood

Maiden Arrival at Dover © Ken Larwood

October 3rd – October 4th 1991: Berthing trials in Zeebrugge.

Nigel Thornton Collection  Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection  Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

October 7th 1991: Commenced service between Dover – Zeebrugge.

© Fotoflite  © Fotoflite

© Fotoflite

© Brian Pawley

© Brian Pawley

December 4th 1991: All time record of freight was carried on the Zeebrugge route, with 1,079 trucks being carried on a single day. On the 20.30 sailing from Dover, the EUROPEAN SEAWAY carried 124 trucks. The previous record was 1,045 vehicles carried on 30th January 1990.

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

March 3rd 1998: P&O European Ferries and Stena Line merge their operations on the short sea. The new company was called P&O Stena Line. Registered as a British private sector company, 60% owned by the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) and 40% owned by Stena Line AB of Sweden. The new company took over the Dover and Newhaven services of P&O European Ferries and Stena Line.

P & O Stena Line

P & O Stena Line

© Andreas Wörteler  © Douglas Cromby

© Andreas Wörteler (left) and © Douglas Cromby (right)

April 2002: P&O announced its intention to buy out the 40% stake in P&O Stena Line owned by Stena Line.

August 2002: P&O Stena alliance ended with P&O purchasing Stena Lines 40% share in the business. All vessels had their Stena house flag removed from their funnels, along with the deletion of the Stena name from their hulls. In future the company would trade as P&O Ferries.

October 15th 2002: EUROPEAN SEAWAY continued on the Dover – Zeebrugge route.

December 15th 2002: Final voyage between Dover – Zeebrügge. In future she operated between Dover and Calais in a freight only capacity.

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

November 18th 2003: P&O announced cutbacks on Dover – Calais sailings with the loss of EUROPEAN SEAWAY.

December 1st – December 20th 2003: Annual refit at A&P Falmouth

January 1st 2004: Laid-up at Falmouth. Rumoured inspected by Italian shipowners.

June 10th 2004: Arrived at A&P Birkenhead. Although the vessel was sale -listed there was some possibility she would return to Dover in 2005 if a suitable buyer had not come forward.

© Trevor Kidd (Larne Ferry Web)

© Trevor Kidd

December 29th 2004: Left A&P Birkenhead with the help of Adstream tugs TRAFALGAR and GLADSTONE. Due to start again with the 10.40 from Calais on 03/01/2005.

January 3rd 2005: Re-introduced into service between Dover -Calais

March 12th 2005: Owing to operational problems following the collapse of Calais berth 7 the Seaway operate a number of trips to the Belgian port of Zeebrugge.

From P&O Ferries:

Mon 14th Mar Dover to Zeebrugge: 1500. Zeebrugge to Dover: 2200.

Tues 15th Mar Dover to Zeebrugge: 0300, 1500. Zeebrugge to Dover: 2200, 1000.

Wed 16th Mar Dover to Zeebrugge: 0300, 1100, 1500. Zeebrugge to Dover: 1000, 1800, 2200 .

Thereafter reverting to Dover – Calais

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

February 15th 2006: Refit at Falmouth.

© Stéphane Poulain  © Stéphane Poulain

© Stéphane Poulain

March 3rd 2006: Back in service at Dover

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

December 2006: After Christmas laid up at the Eastern Docks due to a seasonal downturn in freight traffic.

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

January 2007: Back in service from Dover to Calais.

Showing her P&O Stena Line heritage below her Port bridge wing. © Cedric Hacke  Showing her P&O Stena Line heritage below her Port bridge wing. © Cedric Hacke

Showing her P&O Stena Line heritage below her Port bridge wing. © Cedric Hacke

8th- 24th February 2007: Annual overhaul at A&P Falmouth.

© Charlie Chambers

© Charlie Chambers

25th February 2007: Back in service.

Late February 2007: Following her refit it was found that there was a major fault with engine number four. She served all Summer on only three engines and she is due to step down from service for repairs in October 2007 when she is replaced by the EUROPEAN ENDEAVOUR (ex Midnight Merchant).

December 22nd 2007: Arrived in Falmouth for refit and extensive engine rebuild/repairs.

January 8th 2008: Left Falmouth and returned to Dover.

© Charlie Chambers

© Charlie Chambers

January 9th 2008: Resumed service.

© "France"

© “France”

December 29th 2008: After Christmas day lay-up at Cruise Terminal 2, sailed to Portland for underwater video inspection of her hull in lieu of refit.

December 30th 2008: Returned to Dover.

February 9th 2009: Due to poor underwater visibility at Portland to ARNO, Dunkerque for hull inspection.

February 11th 2009: Resumed.

June 27th 2009: Off service with damage to her “aft catch leading edge”

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June 29th 2009: Resumed service.

16th October 2009: Carried out berthing trials at the new `Hub’ port in Boulogne. P&O denied any rumours that they were going to commence a service to Boulogne and stated that the trials were carried out to ascertain if there vessels could dock in Boulogne in the event of Calais being closed.

Hub Terminal Boulogne © Jean-Guy Hagelstein  Hub Terminal Boulogne © Jean-Guy Hagelstein

Hub Terminal Boulogne © Jean-Guy Hagelstein

Hub Terminal Boulogne © Jean-Guy Hagelstein

December 15th 2009: Due at ARNO, Dunkerque.

© Francois Longuet  © Francois Longuet

© Francois Longuet  © Francois Longuet

© Francois Longuet

December 28th 2009: Left ARNO and returned to Dover.

August 1st 2010: Due to the peak summer downturn in freight volumes, the European Seaway is put into temporary lay over at anchor for the period 1 – 31 August. The ship is available to cover freight peaks but will not be required to do more than two round trips in any day during the month.

August 10th 2010: The European Seaway was noted to be in service today only having missed a few trips due to her pending “lay up”. The reason stated was that due to the amount of tourist traffic wishing to cross from Dover to Calais she was required to carry freight to free up space on the passenger vessels.

5th September 2010 0800: Carried out berthing trials at the Port of Ramsgate. These were necessary due to the Pride of Burgundy being chartered to Vattenfall to host the official opening of the Thanet wind farm. The Burgundy couldn’t be released from the Dover-Calais service and as the European Seaway shares the same hull form, she was sent instead.

Ramsgate 5/9/10 © Mike Jackson  Ramsgate 5/9/10 © Mike Jackson

Ramsgate 5/9/10 © Mike Jackson  Ramsgate 5/9/10 © Mike Jackson

Ramsgate 5/9/10 © Mike Jackson  Ramsgate 5/9/10 © Mike Jackson

Ramsgate 5/9/10 © Mike Jackson

5th September 2010 0900: Following successful berthing trials she departed Ramsgate for Dover to resume service.

December 24th 2010: Arrived at the Port of Dunkerque and entered the ARNO dry dock, berthing next to the European Trader.

December 29th 2010: Departed Dunkerque and re-entered service.

September 5th 2011: It was announced that she would be withdrawn from the Dover-Calais service.

“The European Seaway dedicated freight ship is to be taken off the Dover – Calais service and laid up on 30 September 2011. This commercial decision will help us better match capacity to current levels of freight demand in the Short Sea sector, pending the arrival of the much larger Spirit of France later in the autumn. Affected seafarers will be redeployed to other ships in the Short Sea fleet.”

September 30th 2011: Operates her last crossing from Dover to Calais.

October 1st 2011: Departs Dover for Tilbury, Essex and lay up.

Tilbury 1/10/11 © Paul Cloke  Tilbury 1/10/11 © Paul Cloke

Tilbury 1/10/11 © Paul Cloke

Tilbury 1/10/11 © Paul Cloke

November 16th 2011: Owing to the suspension of Seafrance services from Dover to Calais the “Seaway” is reactivated for a return to Dover to offer additional sailings to Calais.


 Onboard the European Seaway

Onboard the European Seaway © Paul Cloke  Onboard the European Seaway © Paul Cloke

Onboard the European Seaway © Paul Cloke  Onboard the European Seaway © Paul Cloke

Onboard the European Seaway © Paul Cloke  Onboard the European Seaway © Paul Cloke

Onboard the European Seaway © Paul Cloke


November 17th 2011: Re-entered service between Dover and Calais offering 3 round trips a day. Services reduced at weekends in line with demand.

Back in service 28/11/11 © Ray Goodfellow  Back in service 28/11/11 © Ray Goodfellow

Back in service 28/11/11 © Ray Goodfellow  Back in service 28/11/11 © Ray Goodfellow

Back in service 28/11/11 © Ray Goodfellow  Back in service 28/11/11 © Ray Goodfellow

Back in service 28/11/11 © Ray Goodfellow

February 12th 2012: Left Dunkerque.

February 12th 2012: To ARNO, Dunkerque.

February 19th 2012: Left Dunkerque.

February 20th 2012: Resumed service.

March 8th 2012:  It was announced that the vessel would be chartered to Centrica Renewable Energy for three to four months.

“Centrica Renewable Energy signed a deal with ferry-operator P&O to adapt one of its vessels into a mothership capable of housing technicians working on North Sea wind farms. The deal, which is a first for P&O, will involve Centrica taking a three-to-four month charter of the 23,000-tonne European Seaway. The ship will be manned by P&O Ferries deck, technical and catering crew providing local hotel services to Centrica staff. It will be anchored seven kilometres off the coast of eastern England whilst technicians undertake operations and maintenance work at the 194 mW Lynn and Inner Dowsing wind farm. The 180-metre vessel was refitted at the Arno Dunkirk shipyard in France.”

April 26th 2012: To ARNO, Dunkerque prior to charter.

© Ed Connell   © Ed Connell

© Ed Connell (both)

April 28th 2012: Left ARNO after additional modifications for her charter.

April 28th 2012: Arrived in Dover, 2 berth.

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow

April 29th 2012: Moved to Cruise Terminal 1.

April 30th 2012: Left Dover bound for Skegness LID (Lynn and Inner Dowsing Wind Farm).

May 1st 2012: Arrived at Skegness.

October 18th 2012 (07.50 hrs): Returned Dover (berth 2).

© Mike Jackson   © Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson   © Mike Jackson

Mike Jackson (all)

October 18th 2012 (17.30 hrs): Moved to Eastern Arm, Dover

© Mike Jackson  © Mike Jackson

Mike Jackson (both)

October 22nd 2012 (11.30 hrs): Re-entered service Dover – Calais.

February 15th 2013: To Tyne for refit.

February 16th 2013: Arrived Tyne.

February 28th 2013: Left Tyne.

March 1st 2013: Resumed Dover – Calais

© Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow

© Paul Cloke  © Paul Cloke

© Paul Cloke (both)

April 4th 2013: Left Dover for “warm” lay-up at Tilbury.

April 4th 2013: Arrived Tilbury.

June 2014: Remains laid up in Tilbury.

August 18th 2014: Left Tilbury bound for ARNO, Dunkerque.

© Doug Shaw

© Doug Shaw (Departing Tilbury)

August 19th 2014: Arrived in Dunkerque. After refit “The European Seaway will be an accommodation ship providing services for up to 150 wind farm technicians working at RWEI’s Offshore Wind farm Nordsee Ost (NSO). The vessel will be anchored 23 nautical miles NNW off Helgoland in the North Sea”.

© Julien Carpentier‎

Dunkerque © Julien Carpentier‎

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September 4th 2014: Departed Dunkerque.

September 5th 2014: Arrived in Cuxhaven (Germany)

September 6th 2014: Sailed from Cuxhaven destination “Offshore wind farm Nordsee Ost” north-east of the island of Helgoland in the German North Sea region.

March 4th 2015: According to the Port of London Authority the European Seaway is due in Tilbury at 0800 on the 07/03/15.

July 17th 2015 (14.43 hrs): Owing to industrial action blockading the port of Calais, reactivated and sailed for Dover.

© Nigel Scutt

Arrival back in Dover 17/07/15 © Nigel Scutt (Dover-Marina.com)

July 20th 2015: Resumed service between Dover and Calais as a stern loader.

  

Arriving in Calais © Julien Carpentier‎

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

Berthed stern first in Calais 07/08/15 © Ray Goodfellow‎

December 19th 2015 (Eve): Stood down from the Dover-Calais service.

December 20th 2015 (AM): Departed Calais for Dunkerque West and entered dry dock at Damen Dunkerque.

Damen Dunkerque 20/12/15 © Julien Carpentier‎

  

  

Damen Dunkerque 24/12/15 © Ray Goodfellow

January 5th 2016: Departed Damen Dunkerque‎.

January 6th 2016: Resumed service between Dover and Calais.

December 18th 2016: To Dunkerque for mini-refit, then expected to lay-up until January 9th 2017

© Julien Carpentier

© Nigel Scutt

© Nigel Scutt (Dover-Marina.com)

May 1st 2017: Left Calais bound for Larne (eta 08.00 hrs 03/05/2017) where she will act as refit cover until June.

May 3rd 2017: Arrived Larne

© Gary Andrews  © Gary Andrews

© Gary Andrews

© Trevor Kidd  © Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd  © Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd  © Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd  © Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd  © Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd

© Gordon Hislip

© Gordon Hislip

May 3rd 2017: Sailed to Cairnryan for trials.

May 5th 2017: Commenced service Larne – Cairnryan.

© Keith Moorcroft  © Keith Moorcroft

© Keith Moorcroft  © Keith Moorcroft

© Keith Moorcroft  © Keith Moorcroft

© Keith Moorcroft

June 11th 2017: Left Larne, bound for Dover (e.t.a. 21/06/2017)

June 21st 2017: Resumed service Dover -Calais

“New” © Julien Carpentier


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: Gordon Hislip, Gary Andrews, Micke Asklander (Faktaomfartyg), Charlie Chambers, Paul Cloke, Ed Connell, Douglas Cromby, Robert Fournier, Cedric Hacke, Jean-Guy Hagelstein, Trevor Kidd, Ken Larwood, Francois Longuet, Mike Jackson, Keith Moorcroft, Stéphane Poulain, Brian Pawley, Nigel Scutt (Dover-Marina.com), Paul Smith, Doug Shaw, Julien Carpentier‎ and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in compiling this feature.

Special thanks to Terry Conybeare.

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


6 Comments

  1. Looks like new with that paint job! – Little Helgoland fact, there are no cars on the island. I Recommend a visit there if you can! Thank you for the pics.

    1. Hi John,

      It is a vast improvement isn’t it. We wish the ship and her crew well and all success with this charter and on a personal note I hope to see her in Dover again in the future. Re Helgoland, they say “you learn something new everyday” and in this case I have learnt something new 🙂

      All the best
      Ray

  2. According to the Maritime Traffic website she is currently in Yorkeys Knob (AU) although the map clearly shows Calais – have our antipodean friends bought the place?

    Rodin, Berlioz and a few P&O’s are listed as nearby vessels.

    1. Hi Andrew,

      😀 You do get some odd moments with Marine Traffic sometimes, according to AIS the other day there was a Finish SAR helicopter on the berth in Calais. As the information is derived from radio communications I take it that atmospheric conditions can affect it, just like longwave radio broadcasts.

      I tend to use a PC based system called ShipPlotter for AIS and I currently have the the European Seaway outbound from Calais heading for Dover.

      Best Wishes
      Ray

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