© Andreas WörtelerMV Seafrance Manet – Past and Present

MV Poeta López Anglada

ex Daniya, Stena Navigator, Seafrance Manet, Stena Parisien, Champs Elysées

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1984 by Chantiers Dubigeon S.A., Prairie-au-Duc, Nantes, France (Yard No. 167) for Societe des Nationale des Chemins de Frances as a roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry. Engined by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St. Nazaire. 

Technical Data

  • Length: 130.00m (overall)
  • Breadth of Hull: 23.02m (extreme)
  • Draught: 5.00m
  • Tonnage: 15,093 gross, 8,965 net, 2,430 deadweight
  • Engines: 2 x 4T – 16-cylinder SEMT-Pielstick diesels
  • Power: 15,840 kW
  • Speed: 18.5 knots
  • Capacity: 1,800 passengers, 330 cars or 43 freight vehicles
  • Call Sign: FNMS, 2CRW3 (Stena Navigator), EADS (Daniya – Poeta López Anglada)
  • IMO Number: 8208763
  • MMSI Number: 225409000
  • Registry: Nantes (1984), Calais (1987), Dieppe (1990), Calais (1995 – 2009), London (2009 – 2012), Santa Cruz De Tenerife/Spain (2012 -)


Current Location

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History

December 21st 1983: Launched

September 30th 1984: Arrived at Calais. Berthing trials including Boulogne and Dover

October 2nd 1984: Delivered to Societé Nationale de Chemins de fer Français (SNCF), Dunkerque, France.

October 4th 1984: Maiden voyage from Calais – Dover.

Roy Thornton Collection  Manuel Dhondt Collection

Roy Thornton Collection (left) and Manuel Dhondt Collection (right)

January 19th 1985 – September 28th 1985: Operated between Boulogne – Dover. Then reverted to Calais – Dover.

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (both)

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood  © Ted Ingham

© Ken Larwood (left) © Ted Ingham (right)

1986 (late Spring): SNCF formed a subsidiary company Dieppe Ferries to manage the future of their Newhaven service.

1987: Home port became Calais.

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

December 3rd 1987: Whilst berthing damaged her bow visor when she hit the SEAFREIGHT FREEWAY.

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

January 22nd 1990: Registered to Societé Proprietaire des Navires (SPN), Paris, France.

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

© Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic)

© Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic)

© Fotoflite   © Fotoflite

© Fotoflite (both)

July 2nd 1990: Rebuilt and commenced service between Dieppe – Newhaven, (home port Dieppe).

March 26th 1992: Following months of industrial unrest Sealink SNAT announced that the Newhaven to Dieppe was to be closed or sold off. Following this announcement the crews of the routes 2 vessels immediately went on strike.

April 1992: Its announced that the Newhaven to Dieppe route had been purchased by Sealink Stena Line.

May 1st 1992: Chartered to Sealink Stena Line Ltd, Ashford, England.

May 26th 1992: Arrived at A&P Appledore, Southampton, England for rebuilding.

Nigel Thornton Collection  Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection  Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection  Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection (all)

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

June 3rd 1992: Re-entered service from Newhaven to Dieppe under the French flag renamed STENA PARISIEN.

© Craig Nelson  © Andreas Wörteler

© Craig Nelson (left) and © Andreas Wörteler (right)

November 16th 1992: Sealink Stena Line officially changed its name to Stena Sealink Line.

© Ken Larwood   © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (both)

July 12th 1995: Agreement between Stena Sealink Line and French partners SNAT would terminate from December 31st 1995. From that time onwards SNAT would trade as SeaFrance.

© Brian Pawley  © Brian Pawley

© Brian Pawley

December 31st 1995: Stena Sealink adopted the trading name on Stena Line.

© Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic)  © Andy Gilbert

© Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic), left and © Andy Gilbert (right)

September 2nd 1996: Suffered an engine-room fire which was kept under control with minimal damage.

January 10th 1997: Final day in operation between Newhaven – Dieppe and charter came to an end.

© Andreas Wörteler  © George Holland (Ferry Fantastic)

© Andreas Wörteler (left) and © George Holland (Ferry Fantastic) (right)

January 8th 1997 – January 10th 1997: Rebuilt, including the addition of a stern ‘duck tail’ sponson, in Dunkerque, renamed SEAFRANCE MANET. Registered to Seafrance S.A, Calais, France.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

January 20th 1997: Introduced by Seafrance between Calais – Dover.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Nigel Thornton

© Andreas Wörteler (left) and © Nigel Thornton (right)

April 29th 2005: “A fire broke out while the vessel was undergoing repairs at a lay-by berth in the port of Calais.…” 11 seafarers were slightly injured. Beginning in a mattress it destroyed two crew cabins. It was extinguished by crew, though firefighters from all of the Calais area were called. The ship was back in service by May 1st.

September 2005: Lay up in Dunkerque

October 11th 2005: Returned to service.

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow

2006: Currently in service Calais – Dover as a freight vessel.

© Stéphane Poulain  © Stéphane Poulain

© Stéphane Poulain

February 2007: Refit at the ARNO dry dock facility in Dunkerque.

  © George Holland (Ferry Fantastic)

© Robert Fournier (left) and © George Holland (Ferry Fantastic) (right)

December 27th 2007: Seafrance announced that they had purchased a new vessel to replace both the SEAFRANCE MANET and SEAFRANCE RENOIR. It is believed that the Manet would be retained as the fleet spare until 2009.

© John Hendy  © Andreas Wörteler

Seafrance Manet arriving at Dover on her penultimate sailing 29/04/08 © John Hendy (left) and © Andreas Wörteler (right)

April 29th 2008: Final sailing between Dover – Calais. After a lay-up in Calais she is then due to proceed to Dunkerque to await her disposal.

April 30th 2008: Laid up in Calais.

© John Hendy

Seafrance Manet laid up in Calais on the 03/07/08 © John Hendy

December 19th 2008: (13.00 hrs) left Calais bound for Dunkerque and laid-up

© Robert Fournier

© Jean-Guy Hagelstein  © Jean-Guy Hagelstein

Dunkerque, February 2009 © Jean-Guy Hagelstein

July 8th 2009: Stena Line officially announced they were purchasing the SEAFRANCE MANET to operate Belfast – Stranraer. After a comprehensive refit she will join the STENA CALEDONIA and STENA VOYAGER in the autumn.

August 27th 2009: Entered dry-dock at ARNO with an anticipated stay of three weeks.

September 9th 2009: Information received that she would be renamed STENA NAVIGATOR.

  

Dunkerque © Robert Fournier

September 23rd 2009: Left Dunkerque.

September 25th 2009: Arrived in Belfast.

© Alan Geddes

© Alan Geddes

© Trevor Kidd  © Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd

October 8th 2008: Renamed STENA NAVIGATOR, Registry, London.

© Alan Geddes

© Alan Geddes

October 29th 2009: Conducted sea-going trials.

© Trevor Kidd  © Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd

12th November 2009: Duly entered service between Belfast and Stranraer.

4th November 2011: It was reported that the Stena Navigator had been sold to Eurolineas Maritima SAL (Balearia), Spain for service between Algeciras and Ceuta.

16th November 2011: Last sailing between Belfast and Stranraer for Stena Line.

The last departure from Stranraer © Scott Mackey

November 2011: Laid up in Belfast with the STENA CALEDONIA.

© Scott Mackey  © Scott Mackey

© Scott Mackey

December 2011: It was reported that the sale of the Navigator to Balearia had collapsed.

February 2012: Confirmed sale to Eurolineas Maritima SAL (Balearia), Spain.

16th February 2012: Departed Belfast for Santander, Spain.

20th February 2012: Arrived in Santander and entered dry dock.

© G Prieto  © G Prieto

© G Prieto

9th March 2012: Renamed DANIYA, port of registry, Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

April 2012: Entered service with Balearia on the Denia – San Antonio – Palma and the Denia San Antonio – Barcelona route.

© Carlos Moreno Trobat Trobat (www.merchantships.info)  © Carlos Moreno Trobat Trobat (www.merchantships.info)

© Carlos Moreno Trobat Trobat (www.merchantships.info)  © Carlos Moreno Trobat Trobat (www.merchantships.info)

© Carlos Moreno Trobat Trobat (www.merchantships.info)

  

© Manuel Hernández Lafuente (30/07/13)

November 2013: Renamed POETA LOPEZ ANGLADA .

© Daniel Ferro  © Daniel Ferro

© Daniel Ferro

2015: Still in service Tanger – Algeciras

© Justo-M. Prieto

  

© Manuel Hernández Lafuente (Dénia Port on 01/03/2016)

© John Wilson   © John Wilson

© John Wilson

© John Wilson (13/09/2016)


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), Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic), Manuel Dhondt, Daniel Ferro, Robert Fournier, Alan Geddes, Andy Gilbert “Meechingman”, Jean-Guy Hagelstein, John Hendy, Gordon Hislip, George Holland (Ferry Fantastic), Trevor Kidd, Manuel Hernández Lafuente, Scott Mackey, Craig Nelson, Brian Pawley, Stéphane Poulain, G Prieto, Justo-M. Prieto, Carlos Moreno Trobat (www.merchantships.info), John Wilson and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in compiling this feature.

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


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