Courtesy of Jim AshbyMV St Anselm – Past and Present

16/11/2016: Gallery updated - NT.

MV Bari

ex Isla de Botafoc, Stena Cambria, St Anselm

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast (Yard No. 1715), for Sealink U.K. in 1980 as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry. Engined by Crossley-Pielstick.

Technical Data

  • Length: 129.40 m
  • Breadth of Hull: 21.00 m
  • Draught: 4.65 m
  • Tonnage: 7,399 gross (1979), 12,705 (estimated 2005), 3,811 net (2005), 1,755 deadweight (1979), 1,829 (2005)
  • Engines: Two Crossley-Pielstick medium speed 16PC2-5V diesels, 10400 bhp at 520 revs/min
  • Power: 15310 kW
  • Speed: 19.5 knots
  • Capacity: 1,400 passengers, 309 cars, 62 x 12 m freight vehicles
  • Call Sign: GBRK (1980), EHYB 2005), V40W (April 2010 – ), 5BZT2
  • MMSI Number: 209080000
  • IMO Number: 7813937
  • Official Number: 390686
  • Registry: London (1979 – 1999), S.C. De Tenerife (1999 –  ), St Kitts Nevis (April 2010 – ), Limassol  (2010 – )
  • Sister Ships: Galloway Princess, St Christopher, St David

Current Location

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History

December 4th 1979: Christened by Lady Parker, but launch was delayed owing to storm force winds.

December 5th 1979: Launched .


Courtesy of Jim Ashby  Courtesy of Jim Ashby

Courtesy of Jim Ashby  Courtesy of Jim Ashby

Courtesy of Jim Ashby  Courtesy of Jim Ashby

Courtesy of Jim Ashby


October 22nd 1980: Delivered to Sealink British Rail, London, England.

Roy Thornton Collection  Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection (both)

October 24th 1980: Arrived at Dover from her builders.

October 27th 1980: Maiden voyage between Dover – Calais.

Dover Ferry Photos Library

Dover Ferry Photos Library

© Fotoflite, Roy Thornton Collection

© Fotoflite, Roy Thornton Collection


© Sealink U.K.  © Sealink U.K.

© Sealink U.K.  © Sealink U.K.

© Sealink U.K.  © Sealink U.K.

© Sealink U.K. Roy Thornton Collection


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Courtesy of Jim Ashby  Courtesy of Jim Ashby

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Courtesy of Jim Ashby


November 1982: Off service with engine problems.

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Courtesy of Jim Ashby

Courtesy of Jim Ashby

1982 (late): During refit had her bridge deck, aft of her funnels converted for passenger use.


bar018  Courtesy of Jim Ashby

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Courtesy of Jim Ashby


December 31st 1982: Left Dover to have her stern superstructure rebuilt at Harland & Wolff, Belfast.

1983: Stern superstructure rebuilt at Harland & Wolff, Belfast.

Roy Thornton Collection  Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection (both)

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (all) “Before and After”


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Courtesy of Jim Ashby  Courtesy of Jim Ashby

Courtesy of Jim Ashby  Courtesy of Jim Ashby

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Courtesy of Jim Ashby  Courtesy of Jim Ashby

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Courtesy of Jim Ashby


© Ken Larwood   © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (both “After”)

February 28th 1983 – March 3rd 1983: Operated for a short while between Fishguard – Dun Laoghaire.

March 31st 1983: Resumed service between Dover – Calais.

July 18th 1984: Sale of Sealink U.K. to Sea Containers Ltd, Bermuda. Company changed name to Sealink British Ferries U.K.

October 26th 1985: Conducted berthing trial at Admiralty Pier, Dover.

© A G Jones

© A G Jones

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Courtesy of Jim Ashby

January 1986 (early): Operated the new Dover – Dunkerque West freight service.

January 1986: Sent to Papenberg, West Germany for extensive improvement refit.

March 14th 1986: Returned to service at Dover.

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

1988: To Bremerhaven for complete change of passenger accommodation.

March 7th 1988: Resumed service after refit.

© Brian Fisher  Ray Goodfellow Collection

© Brian Fisher (left) Ray Goodfellow Collection (right)

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

January 1990: Sold to Stena Line, Ab, Göteborg. (Registered to Stena Equipment Ltd. London) Commenced service for Sealink Stena Line.

January 1990: Registered to Sealink Stena Line Ltd, Ashford, England.

February 11th 1990: Commenced service between Folkestone – Boulogne.

June 6th 1990 – June 12th 1990: Operated between Dover – Calais.

September 19th 1990:Suffered engine room fire. Repaired at A&P Appledore, Wallsend. She arrived at the yard as ST ANSELM and left as the STENA CAMBRIA.

October 15th 1990: Renamed STENA CAMBRIA.

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (all)

© Fotoflite, Ray Goodfellow Collection

© Fotoflite, Ray Goodfellow Collection

December 2nd 1990: Commenced service between Dover – Calais.

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

1991: Stena full takeover of Sealink U.K. Ltd for a sum believed to be in the region of £259 million. The fleets livery was changed to reflect the fact.

January 1991 – March 14th 1991: Operated between Holyhead – Dun Laoghaire.

March 1991: Commenced service between Folkestone – Boulogne.

Courtesy of Michael Woodland

Courtesy of Michael Woodland

July 11th 1991: Commenced service between Holyhead – Dun Laoghaire.

© Sealink Heritage  Sealink Heritage

 Sealink Heritage

July 28th 1992: Suffered major engine problems and had to be withdrawn.

August 1992: After minor repairs introduced between Stranraer – Larne.

© Aubrey Dale   © Aubrey Dale

© Aubrey Dale   © Aubrey Dale

© Aubrey Dale (all)

August 1992: Major repairs at Birkenhead for repeated engine troubles.

September 1992: Commenced service between Holyhead – Dun Laoghaire.

© Brian Pawley  © Brian Pawley

© Brian Pawley

February 11th 1993: Ran aground in the inner harbour at Holyhead and was holed. Repaired at Birkenhead.

February 19th 1993: Returned to operational service.

Battle of Atlantic Royal Fleet Review, Moelfre Bay, Anglesey

Battle of Atlantic Royal Fleet Review, Moelfre Bay, Anglesey

October 5th 1995: Back operating between Holyhead – Dun Laoghaire.

© Aubrey Dale   © Aubrey Dale

© Aubrey Dale (both)

December 31st, 1995 (midnight): Stena Sealink Line ceased as a company name and all ships in the fleet adopted the trading name of Stena Line. The fleet was painted in the Scandinavian livery.

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher

January 16th 1996: Commenced service between Dover – Calais.

June 16th 1996: Collided with breakwater at Dover. Repaired in Dunkerque.

© George Holland (Ferry Fantastic)

© George Holland (Ferry Fantastic)

June 28th 1996: Commenced service between Dover – Calais.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

Courtesy of Jim Ashby  Courtesy of Jim Ashby

Courtesy of Jim Ashby

February 11th 1997 – March 24th 1997: Operated between Newhaven – Dieppe.

March 26th 1997 – April 25th 1997: Operated between Stranraer – Belfast.

April 26th 1997 – May 3rd 1997: Operated between Holyhead – Dun Laoghaire.

May 13th 1997: Commenced service between Dover – Calais.

Nigel Thornton Collection  Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection (both)

April 22nd 1998: Repainted at Falmouth then introduced by P&O Stena Line, Dover between Newhaven – Dieppe.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

January 31st 1999: Sailed to Dieppe.

February 1st 1999: Dieppe – Newhaven.

February 1st 1999: Departed Newhaven for Dover.

February 1st 1999: Arrived Dover (Eastern Arm)

February 1st 1999: De-stored at Dover before proceeding to Zeebrügge for lay up and disposal.

© Peter Wearing  Nigel Thornton Collection

© Peter Wearing (left) Nigel Thornton Collection (right)

February 2nd 1999: Arrived in Zeebrügge and laid up.

February 1999: Sold and handed over to Union Maritimia Formentera Ibiza S.A. (Umafisa), Ibiza, Spain. Renamed ISLA DE BOTAFOC.

February 19th 1999: Left Zeebrugge for Gijon to be rebuilt.

November 1999: Rebuilt.

© Benoit Donne

© Benoit Donne

November 18th 1999: Commenced service between Ibiza – Barcelona.

2004: Introduced by Balearia Eurolineas between Ibiza – Barcelona.

© Benoit Donne  © Benoit Donne

© Benoit Donne

April – June 2005: After serious mechanical problems which required her to operate on one engine she was laid up in Gandia for engine rebuild. She should have departed by 31st May.

© Carlos Moreno Trobat  © Carlos Moreno Trobat

© Carlos Moreno Trobat

2008: Still in service.

July 2009: Reportedly put up “For Sale”.

March 2010: Having been laid-up at Puerto de Denia, Alicante, she was reportedly sold for scrap.

Denia 01/04/2010 © Manuel Hernández Lafuente

Denia 01/04/2010 © Manuel Hernández Lafuente

April 10th 2010: Prior to leaving Denia noted that she had been renamed WINNER 9, registered in St Kitts Nevis.

April 15th 2010: Left Denia.

April 17th 2010: AIS sources indicated her destination as being Piraeus. It was reported that she would be dry-docked in Perama from 20/04/2010 – 22/04/2010.

April 19th 2010: Arrived in Igoumenitsa where she will be rebuilt (more cabins etc…) Sources indicate she has been sold to Ventouris Lines and rumours suggested that her new name would be BARI.

© Frans Truyens  © Frans Truyens

 © Frans Truyens (Igoumenitsa 21/05/2010)

© Peter J Fitzpatrick

© Peter J Fitzpatrick (Perama Bay 08/06/2010)

June 10th 2010: Sailed for Durres and, after sea trials, entered service on Bari-Durres route for Ventouris Ferries as the `BARI‘.

© Trevor Jones   © Trevor Jones

© Trevor Jones (both)

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer (03/08/13)


© Drago Krivokapic  © Drago Krivokapic

© Drago Krivokapic  © Drago Krivokapic

© Drago Krivokapic (Adriatic shipyard Bijela-Boka Bay, Montenegro, February 2014)


© Marcus Vallianos  © Marcus Vallianos

© Marcus Vallianos

© Marcus Vallianos (25th of August in Sami, on the island of Kefalonia, during her arrival from Bari, via Corfu).

© Drago Krivokapic  © Drago Krivokapic

© Drago Krivokapic (Adriatic shipyard Bijela-Boka Bay, Montenegro, January 19th 2016)


© Drago Krivokapic  © Drago Krivokapic

© Drago Krivokapic  © Drago Krivokapic

© Drago Krivokapic (Adriatic shipyard Bijela-Boka Bay, Montenegro, January 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, Aubrey Dale, Carsten Dettmer, Benoit Donne, Brian Fisher, Peter J Fitzpatrick, George Holland (Ferry Fantastic),Trevor Jones, Drago Krivokapic, Manuel Hernández Lafuente, Ken Larwood, Brian Pawley, Sealink Heritage, Carlos Moreno Trobat Trobat, Frans Truyens, Marcus Vallianos, Peter Wearing, and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in compiling this feature. A special thanks goes to Jim Ashby.

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


3 Comments

  1. Interesting article on the St. Anselm ferry. One thing I didn’t see was the incident entering Calais Harbour in July 1986 (think it was the day after Bastille Day so the 15th). The port bow struck the quay, holing the port bow just below the name. The hole was about 3m high by 5m wide. I know the incident was reported in Lloyd’s List later that week (I remember my dad showing me the report!). Can’t help with repair details, unfortunately.

    Regards,

    Fraser Cochrane

    1. Thanks Fraser

      That’s what these articles are all about. On going!

      I will do “a bit of digging” and see what info’ I can come up with!

      Best rgds
      Nigel Thornton

  2. The Bari is running Bari-Duress all year, except the summer months, were she is running Bari-Igoumenitsa.
    This season (2015) she was employed for the first time on the route: Bari-Corfu-Sami-Zakynthos with huge success.

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