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MV Catherine Schiaffino – Past and Present

MV Boztepe

ex Cap Afrique, Saint Charles, Catherine Schiaffino

© John Jones

© John Jones

Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Tokushima Zosen Sangyo K.K., Komatsushima, Japan (Yard No. 530) in 1978 for the Soc. d’Arm. & de Nav. C. Schiaffino, France

Technical Data

  • Length on deck: 108.64m (overall), 98.51m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth of hull: 16.01m (extreme)
  • Depth: 10.32m
  • Draught: 4.98m (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 1,583 gross/743 net/2,401 deadweight
  • Engines: Piestick 8PC25L diesel
  • Power: 5,200 bhp/3,574kW
  • Speed: 15.75 knots (service), 17.0 knots (max)
  • Capacity: 12 passengers, 50 x 12m commercial trailers
  • Call sign: FPCT, HMXA9
  • IMO Number: 7709796
  • Registry: Sete/France, Nassau, Port Aux Français, Georgia, Panama, Freetown/Sierra Leone, Korea Democratic Republic
  • Sister Ships: RoRo Star, Marina


September 15th 1977: Launched.

1978: Delivered to  Soc. d’Arm. & de Nav. C. Schiaffino, France.

© Fotoflite

© Fotoflite

1978: Commenced service between Ostend and Dover in the same year.

© Gordon Wise

© Gordon Wise

June 30th 1978: Operated between Dieppe – Dover

Nigel Thornton Collection  Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

 © Simonwp

🆕  © Simonwp (Ostend 01/12/1983)

March 1st 1984: Transferred to Ostend – Ramsgate.

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

© Urbain Ureel (Ostend 1987)

1989: Renamed  SAINT CHARLES and re-registered in the Bahamas, with a home port of  Nassau.

© Ted Ingham  © John Jones

© Ted Ingham (left) and © John Jones (right)

1990: Sold to Delom S.A., Port aux Français, and renamed CAP AFRIQUE.

Not much is known about the vessel’s history until in June 1996 records indicate that she was bare-boat chartered to Estline, Stockholm for two weeks when she ran between Stockholm – Tallinn.

July 1998: Bare-boat chartered to Farmers Ferries Ltd and introduced between Dover – Dunkerque, primarily for livestock carrying.


Internet Source

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

© Ted Ingham  Nigel Thornton Collection

© Ted Ingham (left) and Nigel Thornton Collection (right)

2001: Laid-up in Dunkerque

© Jean-Guy Hagelstein   © Jean-Guy Hagelstein

© Jean-Guy Hagelstein

April 26th 2004: Recorded as being owned by Lider Maritime Inc, Majuro, Marshall Islands and renamed BOZTEPE.

© Philip Galagan

© Philip Galagan

2006: Registered in Georgia.

2006: Registered in Panama.

2007: Registered in Sierra Leone, home port Freetown.

August 3rd 2007: On her way to Sochi, Russia, a fire broke out in her on board garage. She blocked the entrance to Sochi and had to be removed by port authorities. She was burnt out and declared a total loss.

August 25th 2007: Arrived in Aliaga for breaking.

© Selim San  © Selim San

© Selim San

© Selim San (all)

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Philip Galagan, Jean-Guy Hagelstein, Ted Ingham, John Jones, Ken Larwood, Mike Jackson, Selim San, Simonwp, Urbain Ureel and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


  1. hello
    the company schiaffino freight ferries also sailed from oostende to dover. before the oostende to ramsgate route was opened.they had
    3 ferries .the ms schiaffino the ms rose schiaffino and the ms catherine schiaffino. i worked for the the company in the oostende office
    for about 7 years.

    1. Hi,

      Thanks for the comment and interest.
      If you click on the “Search” facility on the top right hand of each page and enter “Schiaffino” all results will be shown.
      Rose Schiaffino history has yet to be done.

      Best wishes
      Nigel T

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