standard Mv Free Enterprise VII, Past and Present

13/10/2012: Interior pics added 28/11/2013: Pic Gallery updated. 04/01/2014: Pic Gallery updated.

Mv BSP III

ex Mv Pride of Rathlin, Pride of Walmer, Free Enterprise VII

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

Steel triple screw motor vessel, built by N.V. Werf “Gusto”, Schiedam, (Yard No. CO 882) for Townsend’s in 1973 as a passenger and roll-on-roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry. Engined by Stork-Werkspoor Diesel, Amsterdam. 

Technical Data

  • Length on Deck: 117.51m (385.5 ft) (overall)(1972), 139.40m (1985), 110.06m (361.1 ft)(1972)(between perpendiculars), 131.76m (431.98 ft) (1985)
  • Breadth of Hull: 19.49m (63.9 ft)(extreme)(1972), 22.48m (1985)
  • Depth: 11.03m (36.5 ft) (moulded)
  • Draught: 4.60m (14.4 ft)(maximum)(1972), 5.25m (1985)
  • Tonnage: 4,981 gross (1972), 12,503 (1985), 1,892 net (1972), 3,750 (1985), 1,148 dead weight (1972), 2,136 (1985)
  • Engines: Three 8-cylinder Stork-Werkspoor  TM 410 four stroke single acting diesels with double- reduction gearing.
  • Power: 12,600 hk
  • Speed: 19.3 knots
  • Capacity: 1,200 passengers, 250 cars ,24 freight (1972), 1,035 passengers, 340 cars, 60 freight (1985)
  • Number of crew: 80
  • Call Sign: GQHM (while under British flag), ZCBO8 (Bermuda), YGVP (Indonesia)
  • IMO Number: 7230616 Official Number: 357539
  • Registry: Great Britain (1972), Bermuda (1998), Belize (2000), Jakarta/ Indonesia
  • Sister Ships: Free Enterprise VIII, Free Enterprise VI, Free Enterprise V, Free Enterprise IV

History

October 21st 1972: Launched.

March 26th 1973: Delivered to Townsend Car Ferries Ltd, Dover, England.

Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

1973: Commenced service with Townsend Thoresen between Dover – Calais and Dover – Zeebrugge.

1974: Ships had hulls painted dark green with company name in large white letters.

1976: “Thoresen” orange was for all ships hulls and funnels eventually became dark green with orange TTF company logo.

1980: Commenced service between Dover – Zeebrugge.

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (all)

© A G Jones

© A G Jones

1984: A new TT logo, in white, was introduced on the funnels.

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection (left)

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (both)

© Fotoflite   © Ken Larwood

© Fotoflite (left) © Ken Larwood (right)

February 10th 1985: Standard refit.

June 1985: Sent to Schichau Unterweser AG (SUAG) at Bremerhaven for rebuilding. The 1,260 ton superstructure was lifted off by four mammoth cranes. The bow section of the vessel was removed and a new forward hull section was added. The keel for the new fore-bodies (also that of the FREE ENTERPRISE VII – yard numbers 2289 and 2290) was laid in January and was launched on 18th May by Margaret Ayres and Lauren Siddle whose mothers had launched the original ships. Measuring 135 metres x 22 metres, the two new bow sections were cut into two and welded onto the forward end of the original hulls before the superstructures were replaced, the work increased lorry capacity from 24 to 60.

Schichau -Unterweser AG Bremerhaven, Roy Thornton Collection

Schichau -Unterweser AG Bremerhaven, Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

February 1st 1986: Resumed commercial service.

© Brian Fisher   © Fotoflite

© Brian Fisher (left) © Fotoflite (right)

March 9th 1986: Re-entered service on the Dover – Zeebrugge link

1987: Following the “HERALD” disaster, from spring onwards, pale blue funnels with P & O flag logo became the norm.

© Mike Sartin

© Mike Sartin

© Fotoflite, Ray Goodfellow Collection  © Ken Larwood

 © Fotoflite, Ray Goodfellow Collection (left) © Ken Larwood (right)

October 1987: There was a change to P & O European Ferries navy blue hull and funnel.

© Mike Sartin

© Mike Sartin

December 31st 1987: Registered under P&O European Ferries Ltd, Dover, England.

February 2nd 1988: Arrived on the Tyne for refit.

© Ken Lubi  Nigel Thornton Collection

© Ken Lubi (left) Nigel Thornton Collection (right)

February 22nd 1988: Renamed PRIDE OF WALMER.

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher

February 1988: Laid up at Vlissingen’s Scheldeport, owing to seaman’s strike

July 1988: Laid up on the Tyne following overhaul from Smith’s

Nigel Thornton Collection  Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection  Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection  Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection  Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

March 18th 1991: Sold to Howill Shipping, London, England. Bareboat chartered to P&O European Ferries Ltd, Dover, England.

January 1st 1992: Completed service between Zeebrügge – Dover.

© Ken Larwood   © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (all)

January 5th 1992: Switched to Dover-Calais.

March 26th 1992: Transferred to the Dover-Boulogne service on which she completed her Dover-based operations.

June 5th 1992: She finally left Dover for a Falmouth Refit.

June 11th 1992: Renamed PRIDE OF RATHLIN, the ship took up the Larne-Cairnryan services.

© Aubrey Dale

© Aubrey Dale

January 27th 1994: Sustained grounding damage at Larne as a result of which she lost a rudder and fouled a propeller. During a subsequent dry dock survey at Belfast, tail shift damage was discovered.

1996 (early): Work was carried out to improve seating in the Club Class using reclining seats from the Felixstowe-based PRIDE OF SUFFOLK and PRIDE OF FLANDERS. The tea bar was also replaced using seating from the same ships which had reverted to ro-ro mode.

1998: Commenced service for P&O Irish Ferries between Cairnryan – Larne.

© Aubrey Dale

© Aubrey Dale

March 1st 1998: Returned to service after refit at Harland &Wolff and re-registered in Hamilton (Bermuda).

September 11th 2000: Completed service under the command of Captain Morris Austin. She operated the 21.30 form Larne after which, with her passenger certificate expiring at midnight, she returned ‘light ship’ to de-store,

September 12th 2000: Sailed to Harland &Wolff at Belfast to lay-up. Offered for sale for 1mn. (US dollars).

© Alan Geddes  © Alan Geddes

© Alan Geddes

November 2000: Sold to Sungi Budi, Jakarta, Indonesia, (Registered in Belize ships register). Renamed BSP III. (BUDI SUNGAI PERKASA III). Anchored off Larne on the 10th with P & O markings painted out, on 10th November. Entered the port for the final time three days later to load fuel tankers for her voyage eastwards.

November 13th 2000: Left Larne for Indonesia.

2001: Commenced service between Merak – Bakauheni.

2001: In service between the islands of Java and Sumatra but again offered for sale in 2002 for the optimistic 2.5 mn. (US dollars)

2006: In service and recorded owners: Budi Samudera Perkasa, PT, Wisma Budi, Lantai 8-9 JL, HR. Rasuna Said c-6, Jakarta.

February 2nd 2011: “Klasifikasiindonesia” showed her as being owned by: D’Ocean Shipping Perkasa PT. Wisma Budi Lantai 8-9 Wisma Budi , Floor 8-9 JL.HR.Rasuna Said C – 6 JL.HR.Rasuna Said C – 6 Jakarta. Jakarta. Operator : D’Ocean Shipping Perkasa , PT. Wisma Budi, Lantai 8-9 Wisma Budi, Floor 8-9 JL.HR.Rasuna Said C – 6 JL.HR.Rasina Said C – 6 Jakarta Jakarta

© Geir Ole Søreng

©  Geir Ole Søreng

© ryo55id

© ryo55id (2011)

 


All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for errors and omissions. All items included in this article are subject to ©. We would like to thank: Aubrey Dale, Brian Fisher, Alan Geddes, A G Jones, Ken Larwood, Ken Lubi, Trevor Kidd, “ryo55id”,Mike Sartin, Geir Ole Søreng and Andreas Wörteler. A special thanks go to the World Ship Society (East Kent Branch)

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

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