Mv Seven Sisters – Past and Present

Mv Seven Sisters

 © Fernandos Montes

© Fernandos Montes

Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 2006 by De Hijos De J, Barreras De Vigo, Spain (Yard No. 1646), for Transmanche Ferries, Dieppe.

Technical Data

  • Length: 142.63m (overall), 125.00m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth of hull: 24.20m
  • Depth: 13.65m
  • Draught: 5.89m (design)
  • Tonnage: 12,000 gross, 18,564 (69)/ 5,569 net/ 2,900 deadweight
  • Engines: Two Wartsila 8L46C diesels
  • Power: 18900 kW
  • Speed: 22.0 knots
  • Capacity: 600 passengers, 127 cars, 51 trailers)/227 cars, 31 trailers (@ max number of cars)
  • Call Sign: FMJR
  • IMO Number: 9320130
  • MMSI Number: 228244700
  • Registry: Dieppe
  • Sister Ship: Cote D’Albatre


Current Location

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History

May 10th 2004: Recorded as BARRERAS. 

September 6th 2004: Recorded as BARRERAS 1646.

March 31st 2006: Launched.

 © Fernandos Montes   © Fernandos Montes

© Fernandos Montes

October 2006: Delivered to LD Transmanche Ferries, Dieppe, France.

October 21st 2006: Arrived in Dieppe.

November 2nd 2006: Inaugural service between Dieppe – Newhaven.

November 25th – 26th 2006: Owing to bad weather used Portsmouth instead of Newhaven.

October 3rd 2007: Arrived Remontowa, Gdansk, Poland for refit.

October 15th 2007: Resumed service.

© Frank Lose  © "The Ferryman"

© Frank Lose (left)  © “The Ferryman” (right)

October 2007: Ship Manager; LD Lines.

October 26th – October 28th 2007: Off service owing to “mechanical problems”

February 3rd 2008: Made contact with fendering in the vicinity of West Pier, Newhaven, resulting in damage to the vessel and the fendering.

© Robert Fournier

© Robert Fournier

February 2008: She was holed below the waterline which resulted in her removal from service for almost two weeks to effect permanent repairs at ARNO, Dunkerque.

© Andy Gilbert  ©Andy Gilbert

© Andy Gilbert (both)

September 8th 2008: Arrived at Sobrena, Brest. Amongst work carried out was the dismantling and overhaul of two 20-metre engine shafts, weighing 18 tons.

October 5th 2008: Resumed service.

October 8th 2008: Conducted major marine exercise en-route Dieppe – Newhaven.

October 2008: Registered Owner; Lico Leasing SA EFC. Ship Manager; LD Transmanche Ferries.

July 3rd 2009: To ARNO, Dunkerque reported engine problems.

© Robert Fournier

© Robert Fournier

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

 © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (all)

August 10th 2009: Left ARNO bound for Dieppe.

August 11th 2009: Resumed service Dieppe – Newhaven.

August 12th 2009: Returned to service.

May 22nd 2011: Off service in Dieppe with engine problems

June 2011: Back in Service Dieppe – Newhaven.

© Marco Stampehl

© Marco Stampehl

December 23rd 2012: To ARNO, Dunkerque, then to Dieppe for lay up.

May 2013: Replaced COTE D’ALBATRE (suffering engine problems).

June 2013: Laid up in Dieppe

January 21st 2014: Left Dieppe.

January 23rd 2014: Arrived at ARNO, Dunkerque.

February 16th 2014: Sailed from Dunkerque to Le Havre.

March 10th 2014: Entered service for DFDS Seaways between Portsmouth and Le Havre replacing the Norman Voyager.

© The Ferryman  © The Ferryman

Seven Sisters outbound from Le Havre © The Ferryman

October 6th 2015: Sailed from Dieppe to Dunkerque.

  

© Julien Carpentier (left) and © Robert Fournier (right)

February 28th 2016: Left Dunkerque and sailed to Gdansk for refit.

March 16th 2016: Left Gdansk and sailed to Gdansk Anchorage.

March 16th 2016: Left Gdansk Anchorage and sailed to Helsingborg.

March 17th 2016: Left Helsingborg showing destination Dunkerque.

March 19th 2016 (08.18 hrs LT): Arrived in Dunkerque.

© Martin Appleyard  © Martin Appleyard

© Martin Appleyard

March 24th 2016 (22.10 hrs LT): Left Dunkerque.

March 25th 2016 (06.24 hrs LT): Arrived in Dieppe and continued Dieppe – Newhaven.

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer

October 1st 2016: To Dunkerque for Winter lay-up.

© Robert Fournier

  

© Julian Carpentier

January 6th 2017: Left Dunkerque to resume service between Dieppe and Newhaven.

October 1st 2017: Sailed from Newhaven to Dumlerque


We would like to thank: Martin Appleyard, Carsten Dettmer, Julien Carpentier, “The Ferryman”, Robert Fournier, Andy Gilbert, Frank Loose, Fernandos Montes, Marco Stampehl and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature. All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for errors and omissions.

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


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