FerriesPast and PresentRegie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT)

MV Roi Baudouin – Past and Present

MV Georgios Express

ex Georgios B, Roi Baudouin

Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Cockerill’s of Hoboken for the Belgian Marine Administration’s Ostend service in 1965 (Yard No. 828). Engined by Sulzer Bros. Ltd., Winterthur

Technical Data

  • Length on deck: 117.84m (386.7 ft) (overall), 110.62m (362.9 ft) (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth of hull: 15.98m (52.4 ft) (extreme)
  • Depth: 5.31m (17.4 ft) (moulded)
  • Draught: 4.00m (12.4 ft) (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 3,241 gross (1965), 3,023 (1972)/1,762 net, 1,318 (1983)/477 deadweight, 809 (1983)
  • Engines: Two 12-cylinder Sulzer two-stroke single acting diesels
  • Power: 7,061 kW
  • Speed: 21 knots
  • Capacity: 850 passengers, 160 cars (1965), 1,700 passengers, 190 cars (1972)
  • Call Sign: ORAD (1965 – 1983), SWAT (July 1983 -)
  • IMO: 6510851
  • Registry: Oostende/ Belgium (1965 – 1983), Piraeus
  • Sister Ship: Princesse Astrid


February 13th 1965: Launched.

Although in early life very similar to her sister, she could be distinguished by the shape of vents between bridge and funnel.

© Ted Ingham  © Ted Ingham

© Ted Ingham (both)

June 1965: Delivered to Belgian Marine Administration, Oostende, Belgium.

June 13th 1965: Commenced service between Ostend – Dover.

Nigel Thornton Collection  Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection (both)

© A G Jones  © Tony Garner

© A G Jones (left) and © Tony Garner (right)

May 29th 1968: Inaugural arrival at Parkeston Quay thereafter seasonal sailings only to the port.

Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

September 10th 1973: Final sailing to Harwich following closure of the route between Ostend – Harwich.

November 1970: Belgian Marine joined the Sealink consortium. Trading as Sealink

November 1st 1971: Belgian Marine became the Belgian Maritime Transport Authority – Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT).

December 1972 – April 14th 1973: Had her passenger accommodation rebuilt at Schiedam, Holland.

© Michael Woodland

New” © Michael Woodland

April 1973: Resumed Dover – Ostend.

© Fotoflite  © Ken Larwood

© Fotoflite (left) and © Ken Larwood (right)

July 1982: Laid up in Ostend.

August 1982 – October 14th 1982: Chartered to Sealink UK Ltd, and operated between Dover – Calais. Also operated between Folkestone – Boulogne.

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (both)

© Michael Woodland

© Michael Woodland

Nigel Thornton Collection   © Ken Larwood

Nigel Thornton Collection, Boulogne 1982 (left) and © Ken Larwood (Folkestone) (right)

Courtesy of the family of Gerry Stevens, Sealink Manager, Boulogne, 1974-89',  

© Courtesy of the family of Gerry Stevens, Sealink Manager, Boulogne, 1974-89′(Left)

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher

December 1982: Laid up in Ostend.

April 15th 1983: Sold to Ventouris Group, Piraeus, Greece.

June 1983: Renamed GEORGIOS B, left Ostend for Piraeus.

Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

July 1983: Renamed GEORGIOS EXPRESS.

© Andreas Wörteler

©  Andreas Wörteler

August 1983: Rebuilt in Piraeus.

1989: Commenced service between Piraeus – Santorini.

© Ton Grootenboer  © Ken Larwood

© Ton Grootenboer (left) and © Ken Larwood (right)

October 1995: Owing to financial problems for her owners she was laid up in Piraeus.

2000: Commenced service for Aghios Georgios Ferries.

© Antonis Lazarus

© Antonis Lazarus

2000: Laid up.

2001: Laid up at Eleusis, Greece.

© Ton Grootenboer

© Ton Grootenboer

© Peter J Fitzpatrick

© Peter J Fitzpatrick (Savvas Breakers yard 08/2002)


© Aleksi Lindström

July 2003: Sold for breaking in Greece.

March 2008: Sold to Indian breakers.

March 24th 2009: Under tow, left Elefsis, the yards of Savvas brothers in Elefsina, for scrap in Aliaga in Turkey.

© Selim San

© Selim San

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: Brian Fisher, Peter J Fitzpatrick, Tony Garner, Ton Grootenboer, Ted Ingham, Ken Larwood, Antonis Lazarus, Aleksi Lindström, Selim San, Andy Stevens, Michael Woodland and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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