ex Deal Seaways, Barfleur
© Fotoflite, Ray Goodfellow collection
Steel twin screw motor vessel built-in 1992 at Kvaerner Masa-Yards, Helsingfors, Finland (Yard No. 485) for Truckline Ferries France S.A., Cherbourg, France. (Brittany Ferries, Roscoff, France) as a roll-on/roll-off passenger, car and commercial vehicle ferry.
- Cost new: £55,000,000.
- MMSI Number: 227289000
- IMO Number: 9007130
- Length: 157.65 m (overall)
- Breadth: 23.30 m (extreme)
- Draught: 5.40 m (maximum)
- Tonnage: 20,133 gross, 11,679 net, 4,130 deadweight
- Engines: Four Wärtsilä 8R32D diesels
- Power: 11990 kW.
- Speed: 19.5
- Capacity: 1212 passengers, 550 cars or 304 cars + 66 commercial trailers.
- Call Sign: FNIE
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July 26th 1991: Launched.
November 1991: Because of stability issues she was lengthened by 7.2m.
March 26th 1992: Delivered to Truckline Ferries France S.A., Cherbourg, France. (Brittany Ferries, Roscoff, France).
© Robert J Smith
April 4th 1992: Introduced as a freight ferry for Truckline Ferries between Poole – Cherbourg.
© Brian Fisher
April 15th 1992: Issued with a passenger certificate.
© Ken Larwood
November 28th 1997 – March 15th 1998: Made a trip a week between Poole – Santander.
January 1999: Commenced operations for Brittany Ferries.
© John Jones
2005: Introduced between Cherbourg – Poole.
February 2010: Completed services between Cherbourg – Poole.
© Vito Francisco
February 14th 2010: Arrived in Caen lay-up.
February 12th 2011: Left Caen refit at Dunkerque.
January 27th 2011 – October 3rd 2011: Operated between Cherbourg – Poole.
October 3rd 2011: Laid up in Cherbourg.
October 15th 2011: Left Cherbourg for Caen and further lay-up.
© Nicolas Levy
March 2012: To DFDS/LDA (Louis Dreyfus Armateurs) partnership who indicated she would be renamed for the duration of the charter
April 10th 2012: Left the new basin , Caen to reach the dock of Calix
April 12th 2012: Reportedly to go to ARNO, Dunkerque for modification/new livery and renaming Deal Seaways.
April 16th 2012: Left Caen and moved to Ouistreham.
April 16th 2012: Left Ouistreham.
April 17th 2012: Arrived at ARNO, Dunkerque. Renamed Deal Seaways
© Jean-Guy Hagelstein
April 27th 2012: Left ARNO.
April 27th 2012: Arrived in Calais for trials.
April 27th 2012: Inaugural arrival at Dover, initially for berthing trials.
© Nigel Thornton
April 28th 2012: Commenced service between Calais – Dover.
© Vito Francisco (left) and © Ray Goodfellow (right)
June 11th 2012: To ARNO, Dunkerque for slight modification to her aft loading ramp.
June 12th 2012: Left ARNO.
June 13th 2012: Resumed service.
© Ray Goodfellow
1st November 2012: Withdrawn from service and sent to Le Havre for routine inspection.
© Manuel Dhondt
3rd November 2012: Returned to Calais and re-entered service.
5th November 2012: Withdrawn from service after being replaced in the DFDS fleet by the Dieppe Seaways. Following withdrawal sent to Dunkerque for lay up.
© Jean-Guy Hagelstein
6th November 2012: Charter terminated and returned to Brittany Ferries.
23rd November 2012: Entered the Arno dry dock in Dunkerque.
25th November 2012: DFDS Seaways livery removed and both bow and stern `cow catchers’ removed. Re-named `Barfleur’.
Looking as good as new, Dunkerque 13/12/12 © Jean-Guy Hagelstein
March 9th 2013: Left Dunkerque for Cherbourg.
March 10th 2013: Arrived in Cherbourg.
March 19th 2013: Resumed Cherbourg – Poole
Departing Poole on the 31/03/13 © Kevin Mitchell
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: “Aqui_fan “, Brian Fisher, John Jones, Ken Larwood, Nicolas Levy, Robert J Smith, Jean-Guy Hagelstein, Kevin Mitchell and Vito Francisco.