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MV Blue Wave Harmony (ex European Seaway) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 

MV Blue Wave Harmony

ex Sea Anatolia, European Seaway

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection (Postcard)

Steel twin screw ‘Super European Class’ motor vessel, built by Schichau Seebeckwerft AG, Bremerhaven, Germany (Yard No 1075) in 1991 as a Roll On/Roll Off Commercial Vehicle ferry for P&O European Ferries (Dover) Ltd.

Technical Data

  • Length:¬†179.70 m (overall)
  • Breadth of Hull:¬†28.30 m (extreme)
  • Draught:¬†6.27 m (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 22986 gross/6895 net/7432t deadweight
  • Engines:¬†Four 8ZA 40 S Sulzer Diesels
  • Power:¬†21120 kW
  • Speed:¬†21 knots
  • Capacity:¬†200 passengers, 124 x 15m freight units
  • Call Sign:¬†MPDG, 5BEJ5, 3E2444
  • IMO Number:¬†9007283
  • MMSI Number: 352001076
  • Registry: Dover/United Kingdom , Limassol/Cyprus , Panama
  • Sister Ships: Pride of Kent (1073), Pride of Canterbury (1076), Pride of Burgundy (1078)

 


History

‚ÄúTogether with the EUROPEAN PATHWAY (Pride of Canterbury) and EUROPEAN HIGHWAY (Pride of Kent) the EUROPEAN SEAWAY were originally built in 1992 as a trio of ‚ÄĚSuper European Class‚ÄĚ freight vessels for P&O European Ferries Dover-Zeebrugge service. Both the ‚ÄúPATHWAY‚ÄĚ and the ‚ÄúHIGHWAY‚ÄĚ were rebuilt at Lloyd Werft in Bremerhaven in 2003 (‚ÄúProject Darwin‚ÄĚ) to make them suitable for passenger use on P&O Ferries Dover-Calais service.

October 15th 1990: Keel laid.

Edmund Ziegler Collection

October 2nd, 1991: Delivered to P&O European Ferries.

  

GA Plan

October 3rd 1991: Arrived at Dover.

Maiden Arrival at Dover © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (Maiden Arrival at Dover, 03/10/1991)

October 3rd 1991 – October 4th 1991: Berthing trials in Zeebrugge.

Nigel Thornton Collection  Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection  Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

 Nigel Thornton Collection (Berthing trials @ Zeebrugge, 03/10/1991)

October 7th 1991: Commenced service between Dover – Zeebrugge.

© Fotoflite  © Fotoflite

© Fotoflite

© Brian Pawley

© Brian Pawley

December 4th 1991: All time record of freight was carried on the Zeebrugge route, with 1,079 trucks being carried on a single day. On the 20.30 sailing from Dover, the EUROPEAN SEAWAY carried 124 trucks. The previous record was 1,045 vehicles carried on 30th January 1990.

© Urbain Ureel (Zeebrugge 17/10/1994)

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (Zeebrugge, 09/03/1996)

March 3rd 1998: P&O European Ferries and Stena Line merge their operations on the short sea. The new company was called P&O Stena Line. Registered as a British private sector company, 60% owned by the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) and 40% owned by Stena Line AB of Sweden. The new company took over the Dover and Newhaven services of P&O European Ferries and Stena Line.

P & O Stena Line

P & O Stena Line

© Andreas Wörteler  © Douglas Cromby

© Andreas Wörteler (Left) and © Douglas Cromby (Right)

April 2002: P&O announced its intention to buy out the 40% stake in P&O Stena Line owned by Stena Line.

August 2002: P&O Stena alliance ended with P&O purchasing Stena Lines 40% share in the business. All vessels had their Stena house flag removed from their funnels, along with the deletion of the Stena name from their hulls. In future the company would trade as P&O Ferries.

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Calais, 01/09/2002)

October 15th 2002: EUROPEAN SEAWAY continued on the Dover – Zeebrugge route.

December 15th 2002: Final voyage between Dover – Zeebr√ľgge. In future she operated between Dover and Calais in a freight only capacity.

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

November 18th 2003: P&O announced cutbacks on Dover – Calais sailings with the loss of EUROPEAN SEAWAY.

December 1st – December 20th 2003: Annual refit at A&P Falmouth

January 1st 2004: Laid-up at Falmouth. Rumoured inspected by Italian shipowners.

June 10th 2004: Arrived at A&P Birkenhead. Although the vessel was sale -listed there was some possibility she would return to Dover in 2005 if a suitable buyer had not come forward.

© Trevor Kidd (Larne Ferry Web)

© Trevor Kidd (A&P Birkenhead)

December 29th 2004: Left A&P Birkenhead with the help of Adstream tugs TRAFALGAR and GLADSTONE. Due to start again with the 10.40 from Calais on 03/01/2005.

January 3rd 2005: Re-introduced into service between Dover -Calais

March 12th 2005: Owing to operational problems following the collapse of Calais berth 7 the Seaway operate a number of trips to the Belgian port of Zeebrugge.

From P&O Ferries:

Mon 14th Mar Dover to Zeebrugge: 1500. Zeebrugge to Dover: 2200.

Tues 15th Mar Dover to Zeebrugge: 0300, 1500. Zeebrugge to Dover: 2200, 1000.

Wed 16th Mar Dover to Zeebrugge: 0300, 1100, 1500. Zeebrugge to Dover: 1000, 1800, 2200 .

Thereafter reverting to Dover – Calais

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

February 15th 2006: Refit at Falmouth.

© Stéphane Poulain  © Stéphane Poulain

© Stéphane Poulain

March 3rd 2006: Back in service at Dover

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton (Calais, 16/06/2006)

December 2006: After Christmas laid up at the Eastern Docks due to a seasonal downturn in freight traffic.

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

January 2007: Back in service from Dover to Calais.

Showing her P&O Stena Line heritage below her Port bridge wing. © Cedric Hacke  Showing her P&O Stena Line heritage below her Port bridge wing. © Cedric Hacke

© Cedric Hacke (Showing her P&O Stena Line heritage below her Port bridge wing)

8th- 24th February 2007: Annual overhaul at A&P Falmouth.

© Charlie Chambers

© Charlie Chambers

25th February 2007: Back in service.

Late February 2007: Following her refit it was found that there was a major fault with engine number four. She served all Summer on only three engines and she is due to step down from service for repairs in October 2007 when she is replaced by the EUROPEAN ENDEAVOUR (ex Midnight Merchant).

December 22nd 2007: Arrived in Falmouth for refit and extensive engine rebuild/repairs.

January 8th 2008: Left Falmouth and returned to Dover.

© Charlie Chambers

© Charlie Chambers

January 9th 2008: Resumed service.

© "France"

¬© “France”

December 29th 2008: After Christmas day lay-up at Cruise Terminal 2, sailed to Portland for underwater video inspection of her hull in lieu of refit.

December 30th 2008: Returned to Dover.

February 9th 2009: Due to poor underwater visibility at Portland to ARNO, Dunkerque for hull inspection.

February 11th 2009: Resumed.

June 27th 2009: Off service with damage to her ‚Äúaft catch leading edge‚ÄĚ

Dover Ferry Photos Archive

June 29th 2009: Resumed service.

16th October 2009: Carried out berthing trials at the new `Hub’ port in Boulogne. P&O denied any rumours that they were going to commence a service to Boulogne and stated that the trials were carried out to ascertain if there vessels could dock in Boulogne in the event of Calais being closed.

Hub Terminal Boulogne © Jean-Guy Hagelstein  Hub Terminal Boulogne © Jean-Guy Hagelstein

Hub Terminal Boulogne © Jean-Guy Hagelstein

© Jean-Guy Hagelstein (Hub Terminal Boulogne)

December 15th 2009: Due at ARNO, Dunkerque.

© Francois Longuet  © Francois Longuet

© Francois Longuet  © Francois Longuet

© Francois Longuet

December 28th 2009: Left ARNO and returned to Dover.

August 1st 2010: Due to the peak summer downturn in freight volumes, the European Seaway is put into temporary lay over at anchor for the period 1 ‚Äď 31 August. The ship is available to cover freight peaks but will not be required to do more than two round trips in any day during the month.

August 10th 2010: The European Seaway was noted to be in service today only having missed a few trips due to her pending “lay up”. The reason stated was that due to the amount of tourist traffic wishing to cross from Dover to Calais she was required to carry freight to free up space on the passenger vessels.

5th September 2010 0800: Carried out berthing trials at the Port of Ramsgate. These were necessary due to the Pride of Burgundy being chartered to Vattenfall to host the official opening of the Thanet wind farm. The Burgundy couldn’t be released from the Dover-Calais service and as the European Seaway shares the same hull form, she was sent instead.

Ramsgate 5/9/10 © Mike Jackson  Ramsgate 5/9/10 © Mike Jackson

Ramsgate 5/9/10 © Mike Jackson  Ramsgate 5/9/10 © Mike Jackson

Ramsgate 5/9/10 © Mike Jackson  Ramsgate 5/9/10 © Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson (Ramsgate, 05/09/2010)

5th September 2010 0900: Following successful berthing trials she departed Ramsgate for Dover to resume service.

December 24th 2010: Arrived at the Port of Dunkerque and entered the ARNO dry dock, berthing next to the European Trader.

December 29th 2010: Departed Dunkerque and re-entered service.

September 5th 2011: It was announced that she would be withdrawn from the Dover-Calais service.

“The European Seaway dedicated freight ship is to be taken off the Dover ‚Äď Calais service and laid up on 30 September 2011. This commercial decision will help us better match capacity to current levels of freight demand in the Short Sea sector, pending the arrival of the much larger Spirit of France later in the autumn. Affected seafarers will be redeployed to other ships in the Short Sea fleet.”

September 30th 2011: Operates her last crossing from Dover to Calais.

October 1st 2011: Departs Dover for Tilbury, Essex and lay up.

Tilbury 1/10/11 © Paul Cloke  Tilbury 1/10/11 © Paul Cloke

Tilbury 1/10/11 © Paul Cloke

© Paul Cloke (Tilbury, 01/10/2011)

November 16th 2011: Owing to the suspension of Seafrance services from Dover to Calais the “Seaway” is reactivated for a return to Dover to offer additional sailings to Calais.


 Onboard the European Seaway

Onboard the European Seaway © Paul Cloke  Onboard the European Seaway © Paul Cloke

Onboard the European Seaway © Paul Cloke  Onboard the European Seaway © Paul Cloke

Onboard the European Seaway © Paul Cloke  Onboard the European Seaway © Paul Cloke

European Seaway Р© Paul Cloke

November 17th 2011: Re-entered service between Dover and Calais offering 3 round trips a day. Services reduced at weekends in line with demand.

Back in service 28/11/11 © Ray Goodfellow  Back in service 28/11/11 © Ray Goodfellow

Back in service 28/11/11 © Ray Goodfellow  Back in service 28/11/11 © Ray Goodfellow

Back in service 28/11/11 © Ray Goodfellow  Back in service 28/11/11 © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow (Back in service 28/11/2011)

February 12th 2012: Left Dunkerque.

February 12th 2012: To ARNO, Dunkerque.

February 19th 2012: Left Dunkerque.

February 20th 2012: Resumed service.

March 8th 2012:  It was announced that the vessel would be chartered to Centrica Renewable Energy for three to four months.

“Centrica Renewable Energy signed a deal with ferry-operator P&O to adapt one of its vessels into a mothership capable of housing technicians working on North Sea wind farms.¬†The deal, which is a first for P&O, will involve Centrica taking a three-to-four month charter of the 23,000-tonne European Seaway. The ship will be manned by P&O Ferries deck, technical and catering crew providing local hotel services to Centrica staff.¬†It will be anchored seven kilometres off the coast of eastern England whilst technicians undertake operations and maintenance work at the 194 mW Lynn and Inner Dowsing wind farm.¬†The 180-metre vessel was refitted at the Arno Dunkirk shipyard in France.”

April 26th 2012: To ARNO, Dunkerque prior to charter.

© Ed Connell   © Ed Connell

© Ed Connell (both)

April 28th 2012: Left ARNO after additional modifications for her charter.

April 28th 2012: Arrived in Dover, 2 berth.

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow

April 29th 2012: Moved to Cruise Terminal 1.

April 30th 2012: Left Dover bound for Skegness LID (Lynn and Inner Dowsing Wind Farm).

May 1st 2012: Arrived at Skegness.

October 18th 2012 (07.50 hrs): Returned Dover (berth 2).

© Mike Jackson   © Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson   © Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson (all)

October 18th 2012 (17.30 hrs): Moved to Eastern Arm, Dover

© Mike Jackson  © Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson (both)

October 22nd 2012 (11.30 hrs): Re-entered service Dover – Calais.

February 15th 2013: To Tyne for refit.

February 16th 2013: Arrived Tyne.

February 28th 2013: Left Tyne.

March 1st 2013: Resumed Dover – Calais

© Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow

© Paul Cloke  © Paul Cloke

© Paul Cloke (both)

April 4th 2013: Left Dover for ‚Äúwarm‚ÄĚ lay-up at Tilbury.

April 4th 2013: Arrived Tilbury.

June 2014: Remains laid up in Tilbury.

August 18th 2014: Left Tilbury bound for ARNO, Dunkerque.

© Doug Shaw

© Doug Shaw (Departing Tilbury)

August 19th 2014: Arrived in Dunkerque. After refit “The European Seaway will be an accommodation ship providing services for up to 150 wind farm technicians working at RWEI’s Offshore Wind farm Nordsee Ost (NSO). The vessel will be anchored 23 nautical miles NNW off Helgoland in the North Sea”.

© Julien Carpentier‎

© Julien Carpentier‎ (Dunkerque)‎

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September 4th 2014: Departed Dunkerque.

September 5th 2014: Arrived in Cuxhaven (Germany)

September 6th 2014: Sailed from Cuxhaven destination “Offshore wind farm Nordsee Ost” north-east of the island of¬† Helgoland in the German North Sea region.

March 4th 2015: According to the Port of London Authority the European Seaway is due in Tilbury at 0800 on the 07/03/15.

July 17th 2015 (14.43 hrs): Owing to industrial action blockading the port of Calais, reactivated and sailed for Dover.

© Nigel Scutt

© Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping)(Arrival back in Dover 17/07/2015) 

July 20th 2015: Resumed service between Dover and Calais as a stern loader.

  

© Julien Carpentier‎ (Arriving in Calais)‎

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow (‎Berthed stern first in Calais 07/08/2015)‎

December 19th 2015 (Eve): Stood down from the Dover-Calais service.

December 20th 2015 (AM): Departed Calais for Dunkerque West and entered dry dock at Damen Dunkerque.

© Julien Carpentier‎ (Damen Dunkerque 20/12/2015)‎

  

  

© Ray Goodfellow (Damen Dunkerque, 24/12/2015)

January 5th 2016: Departed Damen Dunkerque‚Äé.

January 6th 2016: Resumed service between Dover and Calais.

December 18th 2016: To Dunkerque for mini-refit, then expected to lay-up until January 9th 2017

© Julien Carpentier

© Nigel Scutt

© Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping)

May 1st 2017: Left Calais bound for Larne (eta 08.00 hrs 03/05/2017) where she will act as refit cover until June.

May 3rd 2017: Arrived Larne

© Gary Andrews  © Gary Andrews

© Gary Andrews

© Trevor Kidd  © Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd  © Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd  © Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd  © Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd  © Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd

© Gordon Hislip

© Gordon Hislip

May 3rd 2017: Sailed to Cairnryan for trials.

May 5th 2017: Commenced service Larne – Cairnryan.

© Keith Moorcroft  © Keith Moorcroft

© Keith Moorcroft  © Keith Moorcroft

© Keith Moorcroft  © Keith Moorcroft

© Keith Moorcroft

June 11th 2017: Left Larne, bound for Dover (e.t.a. 21/06/2017)

June 21st 2017: Resumed service Dover -Calais

© Julien Carpentier

December 27th 2017: Sailed to Dunkerque for proposed refit.

December 29th 2017: Sailed from Dunkirk to Calais and resumed service.

December 22nd 2018: Departed Calais for Dunkerque West and entered dry dock at Damen Dunkerque.

  

  

© Julien Carpentier

January 2019: Resumed service Dover – Calais.

© Cedric Hacke   © Cedric Hacke

© Cedric Hacke (Calais, 24/02/2019)

April 23rd 2019: Sailed to Falmouth.

April 24th 2019: Arrived Falmouth for refit prior to 3 month relief duties on the Irish Sea.

© Sean Ambler

© Sean Ambler

© Darren Holdaway  © Darren Holdaway

© Darren Holdaway  © Darren Holdaway

© Darren Holdaway

May 13th 2019: Departed Falmouth to Larne

May 14th 2019: Arrived at Larne anchorage.

May 14th 2019: Arrived Larne.

© Trevor Kidd  © Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd (Larne, 14/05/2019)

May 15th 2019: Berthing trials at Larne and Cairnryan.

May 16th 2019: Service Larne – Cairnryan

© Trevor Kidd  © Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd (Larne, 18/05/2019)

May 25th 2019: Off service after 2000hrs ex Cairnryan for planned gearbox repairs until 1630 ex Larne on 26/5/2019

© Gordon Hislip

© Gordon Hislip (Stena Superfast VIII and European Seaway pass off Corsewall)

© Ian Collard

© Ian Collard (Loch Ryan 19/06/2019)

© Trevor Kidd  © Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd  © Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd (Larne, 06/07/2019)

June 30th 2019: Resumed service 2000hrs ex Larne. 

July 10th 2019: Completed service with 0400hrs ex Cairnryan and laid up at Larne

July 14th 2019: Departed Larne and headed for Dunkirk and warm lay up.

© Trevor Kidd  © Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd (Larne, 15/07/2019)

July 16th 2019: Arrived Dunkirk Anchorage.

July 17th 2019: Arrived Dunkirk East.

 

 

© Julien Carpentier (Dunkirk, 17/07/2019)

August 26th 2019: Whilst in dock suffered a generator fire. Damage was severe and required extensive repair.

September 17th 2019:¬†As a “Dead ¬†Ship” towed from the port of Dunkerque by tugs FAROUCHE, VB ADROIT and VB PUISSANT. Tow transferred to FAIRPLAY 33 for onward to Gdansk

 

© Julien Carpentier (17/09/2019)

© Nathan Burt

© Nathan Burt (Dunkerque Fairway, 17/09/2019)

September 25th 2019: Arrived in Gdansk.

December 20th 2019: Left Gdansk, apparently for trials (AIS reported destination Calais, eta 23/12/2019).

December 23rd 2019: Arrived in Calais.

© Julien Carpentier

© Julien Carpentier (Calais, 23/12/2019)

January 8th 2020: Sailed to Dunkerque (East), Damen.

January 8th 2020: Arrived Dunkerque (East).

March 19th 2020: Left Dunkerque (East) and sailed to Dunkerque Anchorage, then anchored off Folkestone.

© Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping)(19/03/2021)

March 20th 2020: Sailed to Tilbury.

March 21st 2020: Arrived Tilbury for indefinite lay-up owing to Coronavirus Pandemic.

September 30th 2020: Announcement made that the vessel would not return to service and her future is unknown.

January 8th 2021: Left Tilbury

January 8th 2021: Arrived in Dover.

© Arthur Devlin

© Arthur Devlin (Berth ED2 at Dover, 09/01/21)

January 9th 2021: Departed Dover for Falmouth.


9th January 2021: The Final Departure from Dover

© Mike Jackson  © Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson  © Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson  © Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson (Dover, 09/01/2021)

 

© Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping)(Dover, 09/01/2021)

January 10th 2021: Arrived at Falmouth and proceeded up the River Fal for long term layup.

© King Harry Ferry

© King Harry Ferry

© C. Perrott  © C. Perrott

© C. Perrott  © C. Perrott

© C. Perrott  © C. Perrott

© C. Perrott (Arriving at her mooring on the River Fal)

© Simon Moore  © Simon Moore © Simon Moore  © Simon Moore © Simon Moore  © Simon Moore

© Simon Moore

December 21st 2021: Reports that the vessel has been sold to Sea Lines and will be renamed SEA ANATOLIA. It is, at present, unclear where she will operate. The buyers intend to install a stern ramp and internal ramps that will lead to weather decks.

Source: Sjofart.aux

December 27th 2021: Appeared to have been renamed.

© Krispen Atkinson

© Krispen Atkinson (Falmouth, 27/12/2021)

January 10th 2022: Anticipated sailing (under tow from CENTAURUS (Imo: 9433755) to Tuzla, Turkey)

© Erwin Willemse © Erwin Willemse

© Erwin Willemse (Hoek van Holland, 03/04/2021)

January 11th 2022: With the assistance of MERCIA, MORGAWR, ST PIRAN and PERCUIL left River Fal to meet CENTAURUS.

© Geoff Hoather © John Jones

© Geoff Hoather (Left) Morgawr Р© John Jones (Right)

Kind permission of King Harry Ferry 

© King Harry Ferry 

© King Harry Ferry (Falmouth, 11/01/2022)

© Geoff Hoather © Geoff Hoather

© Geoff Hoather (Falmouth, 11/01/2022)

© Steve Robarts (Falmouth, 11/01/2022)

January 11th 2022: Under tow from tug CENTAURUS (Imo: 9433755 AIS link), left Falmouth showing destination as Tuzla (Turkey).

© Geoff Hoather

© Geoff Hoather (Falmouth, 11/01/2022)

January 26th 2022: AIS for CENTAURUS now showing destination as Yalova Town Anchorage (Near Tuzla) eta 03/02/2022.

February 6th 2022: Arrived in Yalova and berthed at the Altinova shipyard. Repairs to hull plans were issued by the classification society and commenced..

© Selim San

© Selim San (Yalova Shipyards, 12/02/2022)

February 23rd 2022: Assisted by tug OCEAN ERGUN ( imo: 7222102) left Yalova.

© Frank Behrends

February 23rd 2022: Arrived Tuzla Anchorage

February 14th 2022: Entered dry-dock in Tuzla for further repairs. Internal, external and bottom section steel members, thickness measurements were taken from all locations and the steel replacement work commenced .

May 7th 2022: Arrived Tuzla Anchorage.

June 2nd 2022: Arrived Yalova.

July 21st 2022: Left Yalova for trials.

July 21st 2022: Arrived Haydarpasa Port, Istanbul.

August 4th 2022: Left Haydarpasa.

August 4th 2022: Arrived Tuzla Anchorage.

August 5th 2022: Arrived Tuzla.

September 3rd 2022: Arrived Yalova.

© shipspotter_thoran © shipspotter_thoran

© shipspotter_thoran

September 7th 2022:

‚ÄúWhile both carriers Cenk RoRo and UkrFerry are struggling with a part of their fleet stuck in Ukraine, another ro-ro carrier is entering the market. √Öland Islands-based operator Sea Lines, are about to set up a service connecting Turkey and Romania with its newly converted SEA ANATOLIA (ex- P&O Ferries‚Äô EUROPEAN SEAWAY). Despite the disruptive war and the following risks currently surrounding the Black Sea region, the carrier is investing in the ro-ro terminal infrastructure and is committed to launching the line at the end of 2022 ‚Äď early 2023.‚ÄĚ.

Source: Shippax

November 23rd 2022: Arrived Tuzla Anchorage.

December 6th 2022: Left Tuzla Anchorage.

December 6th 2022: Arrived Istanbul Anchorage and expected to sail to Algeciras (eta 12/12/2022).

January 19th 2023: Arrived at Haydarpasa, Turkey.

 Vessel Finder

February 24th 2023: News source from Malaga:

“Unless there is a last-minute delay, on Monday, March 6, the port of Malaga will receive the Sea Anatolia¬†ferry ;¬†the ship that will be in charge of covering a¬†new regular line that will link Malaga with the port of Tanger Med………………………………….¬† ¬†“

Malagahoy

Ålands Sjöfart

April 9th 2023: 

“The former EUROPEAN SEAWAY, since renamed SEA ANATOLIA, has been resold, reports¬†√Ölands Sj√∂fart.¬†¬†. The 1991 -built ship has been purchased from Sea Lines for further service by the Honduran Blue Wave conglomerate.

SEA ANATOLIA will be renamed BLUE WAVE HORIZON and will serve a route between Caldera in Costa Rica and La Union in El Salvador. This service will cut out a 2000 km land journey through Nicaragua for companies moving goods between Costa Rica and El Salvador and beyond.”

Ålands Sjöfart

April 1st 2023: Renamed BLUE WAVE HARMONY.

April 6th 2023: Registered Owner: Blue Wave Corp (c/o Sai Maritime & Management Pvt Ltd (SMMPL). Manager: Sai Maritime & Management Pvt Ltd and to be used in impromptu charters.

April 25th 2023: Left Haydarpasa, Turkey.

April 26th 2023: Arrived Istanbul Anchorage.

April 28th 2023: Arrived Tobruk, Libya.

May 1st 2023: Arrived Malta (Off Ports Limit) Anchorage.

May 16th 2023: Arrived Tanger Med.

May 19th 2023: Arrived Fos sur Mer (France) and sailed on a round trip to Tanger Med.

May 23rd 2023: Sailed to Ceuta (Spain).

May 27th 2023: Arrived Livorno Anchorage.

June 8th 2023: Arrived Livorno.

June 9th 2023: Left Livorno for Barcelona.

June 1oth 2023: Arrived Barcelona Anchorage.

July 1st 2023: Arrived Ceuta (Spain).

July 1st 2023: Arrived Tanger

July 4th 2023: Arrived Fondeadero De Cies Anchorage (Vigo).

July 6th 2023: Left Vigo showing destination as Fort De France, Martinique.

July 21st 2023: Arrived Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe.

July 25th 2023: Left Pointe a Pitre.

July 29th 2023: Arrived Limon Bay Marine Anchorage, Panama.

July 30th 2023: Transited the Panama Canal.

Panama Canal Webcam

Panama Canal Webcam

August 1st 2023: Underway showing destination as La Union, El Salvador.

August 3rd 2023: Arrived La Union.

August 10th 2023: Maiden voyage from Puerto La Union, in El Salvador РPuerto Caldera Costa Rica.

© TVN News © abcnews.go.com

© TVN News  (Left) © abcnews.go.com (Right)

November 11th 2023: Remained at La Union and announcement made that the service been cancelled owing to unprofitability 

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November 27th 2023: Left La Union area and sailed to Panama Canal Anchorage (Pacific).

November 30th 2023: Arrived Panama Canal Anchorage (Pacific).

December 18th 2023: Left Panama Canal Anchorage (Pacific).

December 18th 2023: Arrived Panama Canal Anchorage (Atlantic).

December 26th 2023: Arrived Limon Bay Marina Anchorage, Panama.

January 2nd 2024: Left Limon Bay Marina Anchorage, Panama for Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe (eta: 06/01/2024).

January 7th 2024: Arrived Pointe a Pitre,

January 8th 2024: Left Pointe a Pitre for Gibraltar (eta: 20/01/2024).

January 21st 2024: Arrived Las Palmas.

SANTA Cruceros/La LUZ de Cruceros  SANTA Cruceros/La LUZ de Cruceros 

SANTA Cruceros/La LUZ de Cruceros 

January 21st 2024: Left Las Palmas for Gibraltar (eta: 24/01/2024).

January 24th 2024: Arrived Gibraltar East Anchorage.

© Danial Ferro

© Danial Ferro (Gibraltar, 25/01/2024)

February 8th 2024: Left Gibraltar East Anchorage.

February 12th 2024: Arrived Motril, Spain.

February 12th 2024: Left Motril showing destination as Szczecin (Poland)(eta: 20/02/2024)

February 16th 2024: Destination showing as Falmouth, UK (eta: 16/02/2024 – etd: 17/02/2024)

February 16th 2024: Arrived Falmouth for bunkers.

February 17th 2024: Left Falmouth for Szczecin (eta: 20/02/2024).

February 20th 2024: Arrived Szczecin carrying Spanish soldiers participating in BRILLIANT JUMP 2024 (BRJU24), part of NATO allied military exercises under the code STEADFAST DEFENDER 2024 (STDE24).

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February 21st 2024: Left Szczecin for Gdansk.

February 22nd 2024: Arrived Gdansk Anchorage.


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: Arthur Devlin, Sean Ambler, Gary Andrews, Micke Asklander (Faktaomfartyg), Krispen Atkinson, Frank Behrends, Nathan Burt, Julien Carpentier, Charlie Chambers, Paul Cloke, Ian Collard, Ed Connell, Douglas Cromby, Danial Ferro, Fotoflite, Robert Fournier, Cedric Hacke, Jean-Guy Hagelstein, Gordon Hislip, Geoff Hoather, Darren Holdaway, Pieter Inpyn, John Jones, Ken Larwood, Aleksi Lindström, Francois Longuet, Keith Moorcroft, Stéphane Poulain, Brian Pawley, Steve Robarts, Selim San, Paul Smith, Doug Shaw, Erwin Willemse and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in compiling this feature.

Special thanks go to C. Perrott, Terry Conybeare, Trevor Kidd,  Mike Jackson, the King Harry Ferry , Nigel Scutt @ (Dover Strait Shipping)(Fotoflite).

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

10 Comments

  1. Looks like new with that paint job! – Little Helgoland fact, there are no cars on the island. I Recommend a visit there if you can! Thank you for the pics.

    1. Hi John,

      It is a vast improvement isn’t it. We wish the ship and her crew well and all success with this charter and on a personal note I hope to see her in Dover again in the future. Re Helgoland, they say “you learn something new everyday” and in this case I have learnt something new ūüôā

      All the best
      Ray

  2. According to the Maritime Traffic website she is currently in Yorkeys Knob (AU) although the map clearly shows Calais – have our antipodean friends bought the place?

    Rodin, Berlioz and a few P&O’s are listed as nearby vessels.

    1. Hi Andrew,

      ūüėÄ You do get some odd moments with Marine Traffic sometimes, according to AIS the other day there was a Finish SAR helicopter on the berth in Calais. As the information is derived from radio communications I take it that atmospheric conditions can affect it, just like longwave radio broadcasts.

      I tend to use a PC based system called ShipPlotter for AIS and I currently have the the European Seaway outbound from Calais heading for Dover.

      Best Wishes
      Ray

    1. Hi Karl,

      Apologies for the late reply. The European Seaway has had her upper bow door access reinstated so she can now operate in ‘drive through’ mode.

      Best Wishes
      Ray

  3. Not so good when you were an unfortunate passenger on this ship.I used her many times whilst doing a nightly trunk route from Rochester to Arras.I dreaded getting to Dover and being put on the seaways.Limited amenities,often delayed,and once when the toilets on the saloon deck were closed for refurbishment we were told to use one of several accomodation cabins opened for toilets use.No soap,no towels.No sorry not a ship I liked very much.

  4. Hi I knew some of the Captains on the European Seaway the European Seaway was a excellent ship

    1. Hi Jeremy,

      Thanks for leaving us a comment. We were lucky enough to be offered a trip on the European Seaway in 2011 with Captain Patrick Phillpott and I have to say it was one of the more memorable trips we have undertaken from Dover over the years.

      Best Wishes
      Ray

  5. A glorious ship who rescued me from Calais more than once! Currently building a model of her, with such wonderful memories!

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