© Ray GoodfellowMv Pride of Burgundy – Past and Present

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MV Pride of Burgundy

ex PO Burgundy, POSL Burgundy, Pride of Burgundy, European Causeway

Andreas Wörteler Colection

Andreas Wörteler Colection

Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Schichau -Unterweser AG, Bremerhaven in 1993 (Yard No. 1074) for P&O European Ferries as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry. Engined by Sulzer Bros. Ltd., Winterthur. 

Technical Data

  • Length: 179.70 m (overall)
  • Breadth of Hull: 28.30 m (extreme)
  • Draught: 6.27 m (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 28,138 gross, 8,649 net, 5,875 dead weight
  • Engines: Four Sulzer ZA 40 S Diesels
  • Power: 21,120kW
  • Speed: 21 knots
  • Capacity: 1,420 passengers, 600 cars, 120 x 15m freight vehicles
  • Call Sign: MQSQ9
  • MMSI Number: 232001470
  • IMO Number: 9015254
  • Registry: United Kingdom
  • Sister Vessels: European Seaway , Pride of Kent , Pride of Canterbury

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History

May 16th 1992: Launched at the yard of Schichau -Unterweser AG, Bremerhaven. Originally to have been named the EUROPEAN CAUSEWAY (the fourth of the European Class freighters) but P&O European Ferries decided to give her superferry status and converted her on the stocks to a passenger vessel. The change of plan occurred following the amazing rise in passenger traffic and the Government’s decision not to allow any sort of pooling agreement with Sealink . It was believed that the first choice name was to have been PRIDE OF LILLE.

March 23rd 1993: Delivered to P&O European Ferries (Dover) Limited.

Nigel Thornton Collection  Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

March 31st 1993: Maiden arrival in Dover.

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (all)

April 5th 1993: Entered commercial service between Dover and Calais.

Roy Thornton Collection  Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

March 3rd 1998: P&O European Ferries and Stena Line merged 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.

March 10th 1998: All vessels operated under the P&OSL banner. PRIDE OF BURGUNDY continuing on the Dover – Calais route from March 10th, 1998.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

Pride of Burgundy before and after the application of her P&O Stena Line Livery © Andreas Wörteler

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

November 14th 1998: Suffered gearbox trouble and went to Dunkirk for repairs.

December 1998: Renamed P&OSL BURGUNDY.

© Andreas Wörteler  

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

December 1998: Resumed in service Dover – Calais.

December 1998: Took over from EUROPEAN PATHWAY as freight only while the PATHWAY was away on refit.

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

August 2002: P&O Stena alliance ended with P&O purchasing Stena’s 40% share in the business. The Dover-Calais fleet adopted the appropriate P&O “Pride of ….” names, losing there P&OSL prefixes. All vessels had their Stena house flag removed from their funnels, along with the deletion of the name Stena from their hulls. In future the company would trade as P&O Ferries.

October 15th 2002: Transferred to P&O Ferries, still running between Dover – Calais, but her name was changed to PO BURGUNDY.

February 12th 2003 – February 27th 2003: Overhaul with A&P Tyne, Falmouth, England.

February 2003: Renamed PRIDE OF BURGUNDY.

March 2004: Freight only between Dover and Calais.

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton (both)

December 2004: Refit at A&P Southampton.

January 12th 2005: Arrived back at Dover.

January 14th 2005: Retired to Dunkerque with “technical problems”.

January 18th 2005: Reported that the vessel was still at ARNO Dunkerque with what appeared to be a rudder problem.

January 26th 2005: Reappeared back at Dover.

 © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

January 26th 2005: Conducted trials at new berth 8 at Dover

February 8th 2005: “A cable snapped on one of the link-spans at Calais as vehicles were disembarking from the Pride of Burgundy. The berth was out of action, and another berth was undergoing maintenance work. That meant that fewer berths were operational and all the P&O Ferries and SeaFrance ships had to share them. Serious delays and the vessel made two trips to Zeebrugge. Day trip traffic was not being accepted 12/13 February.”

© Ray Goodfellow  © Nigel Thornton

© Ray Goodfellow

February 25th 2008: To A&P Falmouth for refit.

March 12th 2008: Returned to Dover.

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

February 7th 2009: To ARNO, Dunkerque for hull inspection.

© Peter Wearing

© Peter Wearing

© Michel Elias

7/2/2009 Dunkerque © Michel Elias

8th February 2009: Resumes service from Dover to Calais.

March 11th 2009: To Cruise Terminal 1 at Dover for completion of survey.

March 15th 2009: Returned to service.

December 29th 2009: Due at ARNO, Dunkerque for overhaul.

January 13th 2010: Returned to Dover.

September 23rd 2010: Chartered by Vatenfall to host the official opening of the Thanet wind farm, just to the North of Ramsgate:

“Arrived Dover ex Calais 22:00 Wed 22nd, lay by on ED1, Depart for Ramsgate at 07:00, Arrive Ramsgate 08:50, load VIPs & News crews / press, Depart Ramsgate for 1st trip around 10:30 (VIP’s, opening ceremony, news crews etc), Arrive Ramsgate 13:30, Depart Ramsgate 2nd trip 16:15 (Builders, Company employees & their families / guests), Arrive Ramsgate 21:00, Depart Ramsgate 22:30 – Sail to Calais & lay up for clean up / prep for 06:45 Calais-Dover crossing and resume normal sailing schedule.”

September 23rd 2010 08:30: Arrived in the Port of Ramsgate to commence her one day charter to Vatenfall.

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

Arriving in Ramsgate 23/09/10 © Ray Goodfellow

September 24th 2010: Resumed service between Dover and Calais.

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

Arriving in Dover 11/12/10 © Ray Goodfellow

February 10th 2011: Stood down from service for refit at ARNO Dunkerque.

© Craig Nelson  © Craig Nelson

ARNO Dunkerque © Craig Nelson

February 17th 2011: Departed Dunkerque for Dover.

February 18th 2011: Re-entered service from Dover to Calais with the 02:05 sailing.

March 17th 2012: Arrived at ARNO Dunkerque for her annual survey and dry docking. The vessel received a complete repaint and replacement of steel work in her funnel.

© Craig Nelson  © Craig Nelson

© Craig Nelson

March 31st 2012: Departed Dunkerque for Dover and re-entered service.

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow

27th October 2012: Whilst departing berth 9 in Calais during some very strong winds the ‘Burgundy’ made contact with the My Ferry Link vessel ‘Berlioz‘ on berth 8. Damage was sustained to the starboard bridge wing and forward superstructure. Following temporary repairs the vessel re-entered service the same day.

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

Damage sustained following the collision with the ‘Berlioz’ on the 27/10/12 © Ray Goodfellow

March 9th 2013: To ARNO Dunkerque for refit.

© Jean - Guy Hagelstein

© Jean – Guy Hagelstein

28th September 2013: Off service at Dover due to technical problems. Departed the port in the evening for an emergency dry docking in Flushing.

29th September 2013: Arrived at the Damen yard in Flushing and entered dry dock.

© Co de Vos  © Co de Vos

© Co de Vos

Damen Ship Repair, Vlissingen (Flushing), 29/09/13 © Co de Vos

October 1st 2013: Departed Flushing.

© Co de Vos  © Co de Vos

© Co de Vos  © Co de Vos

© Co de Vos  © Co de Vos

Departing Damen Ship Repair, Vlissingen (Flushing), 01/10/13 © Co de Vos

October 2nd 2013: Resumed service Dover-Calais.

October 19th 2013: Reportedly suffered rudder failure and collided with a pier at the port of Calais.

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

The Pride of Burgundy laid up in Calais following her collision with the pier © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

The damage sustained to Calais pier by the Pride of Burgundy © Ray Goodfellow

October 21st 2013: To ARNO, Dunkerque for emergency repairs. Forecast departure 25/10/2013.

October 25th 2013: Departed ARNO Dunkerque and sailed direct to Dover. Resumed service Dover – Calais.

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

February 25th 2014: Came off service and sailed to Falmouth.

February 26th 2014: Arrived at Falmouth for refit.

© Barrie Clark  © Barrie Clark

© Barrie Clark

Falmouth © Barrie Clark (all)

March 13th 2014: Refit completed and departed Falmouth.

March 14th 2014: Arrived in Dover and resumed service Dover – Calais.

June 30th 2015: Owing to Industrial Action, which closed the port of Calais, sailed to Boulogne to discharge passengers. No embarkation owing to lack of border control facilities. Returned to Dover “in ballast”. With further disruption probable, expected further sailings to Boulogne.

© Jean - Guy Hagelstein

Arriving in Boulogne © Jean-Guy Hagelstein

© Manuel Dhondt  © Manuel Dhondt

© Manuel Dhondt

Hub Port Boulogne 30/06/15 © Manuel Dhondt

July 2nd 2015: Resumed service between Dover and Calais.

November 9th 2015 (AM): Off service at Cruise Terminal 2 for an MES (Marine Evacuation System) deployment. Resumed Dover- Calais service in the evening.

November 23rd 2015 (AM): Off service at Cruise Terminal 2 for an MES (Marine Evacuation System) deployment. Resumed Dover- Calais service in the evening.

© Nigel Scutt (Dover-Marina.com)

Alongside Cruise Terminal 2 taking bunkers from the ‘Coralwater’ 23/11/15 © Nigel Scutt (Dover-Marina.com)

December 17th 2015 (AM): Off service at Cruise Terminal 2 for an MES (Marine Evacuation System) deployment. Resumed Dover- Calais service in the evening.

© Nigel Scutt (Dover-Marina.com)  © Nigel Scutt (Dover-Marina.com)

MES Deployment 17/12/15 © Nigel Scutt (Dover-Marina.com)

January 16th 2016: Came off service and sailed to Damen, Dunkerque for refit

 © Ed Connell   © Ed Connell

© Ed Connell

© Robert Fournier

January 28th 2016: Left Damen yard and sailed to Dover to resume service.

Courtesy of Nigel Scutt  Courtesy of Nigel Scutt

Courtesy of Nigel Scutt (Dover-Marina.com)

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer (25/02/207)

March 3rd 2017: Sailed for refit in Gdansk.

© Wojciech Zielinski  © Wojciech Zielinski

© Wojciech Zielinski

© Wojciech Zielinski

March 23rd 2017: Refit complete, left Gdansk for Dover.

© Wojciech Zielinski  © Wojciech Zielinski

© Wojciech Zielinski

March 25th 2017: Arrived in Dover.

© Nigel Scutt  © Nigel Scutt

 Nigel Scutt. (Dover -Marina.com)

March 26th 2017: Resumed service Dover – Calais.


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: Micke Asklander (Faktaomfartyg), Barrie Clark, Ed Connell, Douglas Cromby, Carsten Dettmer, Michel Elias, Robert Fournier, Jean-Guy Hagelstein, Manuel Dhondt Ken Larwood, Craig Nelson, Co de Vos, Nigel Scutt (Dover-Marina.com), Peter Wearing and Andreas Wörteler, for their assistance in compiling this feature.

Special thanks go to Wojciech Zielinski

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


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