MV Pride of York – ex Norsea – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1987 by Govan Shipbuilders Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland (Yard No. 265), for North Sea Ferries (P&O Group), Hull, England as a passenger car, and commercial vehicle roll-on roll-off ferry.
MV Pride of Bruges, ex Norsun – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1987 by NKK, Tsurumi, Japan (Yard No. 1033 ), for North Sea Ferries (Nedlloyd), Rotterdam, Holland as a passenger and vehicle ferry.
MV Duchess M, ex Balbeck, Duchess M, Breizh-Izel, Iniochos Express, Rata Hills, Wanaka – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1970 at Taikoo Dockyard & Eng. Co, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong (Yard no 598) for Union Steamship, Wellington, New Zealand as a passenger and vehicle ferry.
MV Dubrovnik, ex Duchesse Anne, Connacht – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1979 at Verolme Cork Dockyards Ltd, Cork, Ireland (Yard No 955) for B&I Steam Packet Co, Dublin, Ireland as a passenger and vehicle roll-on roll-off ferry.
MV Rosa Eugenia ex Outance, Coutances – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1978 at Ateliers et Chantiers du Havre (ACH), Le Havre, France (Yard No 246) for Truckline Ferries France S.A. Cherbourg, France as a passenger and commercial vehicle ferry
MV Commodore Clipper – Steel twin motor vessel , built by Van der Giessen-de Noord Shipbuilding Division B.V., Krimpen a/d Ijssel, Holland in 1999 (Yard No 378) as Passenger/Ro – Ro Cargo Ship.
MV Baie De Seine ex Sirena Seaways, Dana Sirena, Golfo Dei Delfini – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2002 by Stocznia Szczecinska , Stettin, Poland (Yard No B591-1/2) as a Passenger Roll on – Roll off cargo ferry.
This months photography roundup heavily features DFDS Seaways new Dover-Calais vessel the Malo Seaways. She arrived in Dover for berthing trials on the 20th April 2015 and entered service, replacing the Calais Seaways, on the 22nd April 2015. The Calais Seaways has now gone to Gdansk in Poland for an extended dry docking which will involve the replacement of one of her main engines. As well as being on hand for the maiden arrival of the ‘Malo’ in Dover we also managed a late afternoon trip to Calais with P&O Ferries on the 24th April to catch the ‘Malo’ on the move in Calais harbour as well.
HSC Normandie Express, ex The Lynx, ex Incat Tasmania – Aluminium ‘Evolution 10B’ catamaran built in 2000 by Incat (International Catamarans) Australia Pty. Ltd, Hobart, Australia (Yard No. 057) as a car and passenger ferry.
In what has become a yearly trip around the Easter period we joined the Brittany Ferries vessel Normandie on the 30th March for her overnight crossing to Caen (Ouistreham). After an early morning arrival in Ouistreham on the 31st March we spent the whole day in Normandy before returning overnight to Portsmouth on the Brittany Ferries vessel Bretagne from the Breton port of St Malo.
MV Etretat, ex Norman Voyager – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2008 by C.N. “Visentini” di Visentini Francesco & C, Porto Viro yard, Italy (Yard No 220) as a Passenger Roll on – Roll off cargo ferry for Epic Shipping, London