MS Calais Seaways

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Le Calais Seaways, ex Norman Spirit, quittant le Poste 8 du Port de Calais.jpg
Career
Name:1991-1998: Prins Filip
1998-1999: Stena Royal
1999-2002: POSL Aquitaine
2002-2003: PO Aquitaine
2003-2005: Pride of Aquitaine
2005-2010: Norman Spirit
2010-2011: Ostend Spirit
2011-2013: Norman Spirit
2013-present: Calais Seaways
Owner:1991-1998:Regie voor Maritiem Transport
1998-2005:Stena RoRo
2006-present: LD Lines
Operator:DFDS/LD Lines
Port of registry:1991-2005:Dover,  United Kingdom
2005-2006:Genoa,  Italy
2006-2010: Southampton,  United Kingdom
2010-2011: Ramsgate,  United Kingdom
2011-Present: Le Havre,  France
Route:Dover - Calais
Builder:Boelwerf shipyard, Temse, Belgium
Cost:$100,000,000
Completed:1991
Identification:IMO number: 8908466
Status:In Service
General characteristics
Tonnage:28,838 GT
Displacement:11,853 Tonnes
Length:163.4 m (536.1 ft)
Beam:27.6 m (90.6 ft)
Draft:6.2 m (20.3 ft)
Installed power:4 Sulzer diesel engines
Propulsion:2 propellers
Speed:21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Capacity:1,850 passengers
700 vehicles
 
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Le Calais Seaways, ex Norman Spirit, quittant le Poste 8 du Port de Calais.jpg
Career
Name:1991-1998: Prins Filip
1998-1999: Stena Royal
1999-2002: POSL Aquitaine
2002-2003: PO Aquitaine
2003-2005: Pride of Aquitaine
2005-2010: Norman Spirit
2010-2011: Ostend Spirit
2011-2013: Norman Spirit
2013-present: Calais Seaways
Owner:1991-1998:Regie voor Maritiem Transport
1998-2005:Stena RoRo
2006-present: LD Lines
Operator:DFDS/LD Lines
Port of registry:1991-2005:Dover,  United Kingdom
2005-2006:Genoa,  Italy
2006-2010: Southampton,  United Kingdom
2010-2011: Ramsgate,  United Kingdom
2011-Present: Le Havre,  France
Route:Dover - Calais
Builder:Boelwerf shipyard, Temse, Belgium
Cost:$100,000,000
Completed:1991
Identification:IMO number: 8908466
Status:In Service
General characteristics
Tonnage:28,838 GT
Displacement:11,853 Tonnes
Length:163.4 m (536.1 ft)
Beam:27.6 m (90.6 ft)
Draft:6.2 m (20.3 ft)
Installed power:4 Sulzer diesel engines
Propulsion:2 propellers
Speed:21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Capacity:1,850 passengers
700 vehicles

MS Calais Seaways is a passenger and vehicle ferry operated jointly by LD Lines and DFDS Seaways between Dover and Calais.

History[edit]

The Prins Filip was built for Belgian operator Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT) in 1991, entering service in 1992 on their route between Dover and Ostend. She remained in service with RMT when their UK port was switched to Ramsgate and until their operations ceased in 1997.

On 14 September 1994, a tragic accident resulted in 6 deaths when a linkspan collapsed. Foot passengers were boarding the Prins Filip at Ramsgate. All publicity at the time was focused on Sally Line and Thanet District Council, the port owners, and not RMT or the Prins Filip.[1]

Following a lay-up in Dunkirk, she was acquired by Stena Line in 1998, renamed Stena Royal and initially used on freight services between Dover and Zeebrugge on charter to P&O Stena Line. In 1999, P&O Stena Line decided to extend the charter and transferred the ship to its Dover-Calais route. Stena Royal was extensively refurbished to include the P&O Stena 'Brand World' concept and entered service on the Calais route as the POSL Aquitaine, following the naming pattern for P&O Stena Line vessels.

POSL Aquitaine (ex-Prins Filip) fails to stop

In 2000, the POSL Aquitaine failed to stop whilst berthing at Calais due to a propeller fault. The crash caused many injuries and extensive damage to both the ship and berth.

P&O Stena Line was a short-lived venture, ending in 2002 when P&O acquired Stena Line's share in the operation. However, the POSL Aquitaine remained in service, initially under the name PO Aquitaine, then as the Pride of Aquitaine from early 2003 until May 2005 when she was withdrawn following the introduction of two new P&O ferries.

In October 2005, she began sailing on her present route between Portsmouth and Le Havre as Norman Spirit. LD Lines, a French-owned company with existing ferry operations on the Mediterranean Sea, began this service following P&O's withdrawal from it the previous month.

Ostend Spirit as MS Norman Spirit

In June 2006, Norman Spirit was re-flagged to the British registry from the Italian second registry. She is now registered in Southampton rather than Genoa, although when she entered service with LD Lines she was registered in Dover.

In September 2009, LD Lines announced that from November 2009 the vessel would be used on their service between Boulogne-sur-Mer and Dover.

In March 2010 the Norman Spirit was chartered by TransEuropa Ferries. In a joint service between TransEuropa Ferries and LD Lines, the ship was renamed Ostende Spirit and began sailing between Ostend and Ramsgate.

After changing the vessel name back to Norman Spirit, it was announced on 28 November 2011 that DFDS Seaways would charter the vessel from LD Lines to operate on their Dover-Dunkerque service. This was to help alleviate unexpected traffic pressure on the route caused by the announcement of SeaFrance going into administration.

At 13:00 on 17 February 2012, the Norman Spirit was 'relaunched' by model and actress Kelly Brook to start a new service for DFDS Seaways and LD Lines, with up to five return crossings per day on the Dover-Calais route.

Following the merger between the two companies in February 2013, and a technical stop fifteen days shipyard Gdańsk in Poland to redevelop the reception passenger, the Norman Spirit made his return to the port of Calais at 06:08 on 17 March 2013 in the morning, sporting a new name Calais Seaways,[2] and a new color.

Facilities[edit]

When built, the then Prins Filip incorporated several state-of-the-art safety features[citation needed], such as flood barriers on the vehicle decks. There was also an airline-style on-board safety video [1].

Current passenger facilities include a number of bars and restaurants, lounges, shops and children's areas. Wireless internet access is available throughout the ship (Discontinued as of December 2010).

Bars and Restaurants[edit]

Renamed from the P&O brand International Food Court.
Converted from a shop to the Routemasters Freight Drivers Restaurant by P&O Stena Line.
The other Harbour Coffee Company outlets on board the Pride of Aquitaine. Was also part of the shop that was converted to Routemasters under P&O Stena Line. This area was Blue Mountain Cafe Express prior to the 2006 refit but is now the only Blue Mountain outlet on board.
Previously Silverstones Bar under P&O Stena Line and P&O Ferries
This was formerly the Conference Centre on the Prins Filip and the Club Lounge on the Pride of Aquitaine.

Other Facilities[edit]

Originally a music lounge and bar this was converted by P&O Stena Line into a Duty Free Supermarket under the Channel Shopping brand.
This was formerly the Conference Centre on the Prins Filip and the Club Lounge on the Pride of Aquitaine.
This lounge was installed in late 2006 in the area formerly occupied by the Blue Mountain Cafe and original Velvet Lounge. The area was one of the Harbour Coffee Company outlets installed by P&O Stena Line and before that a Reclining Seat Lounge. The sleeper seats are fully reclinable and with a fold down foot rest turn into a 2.1 metre long bed similar to those found in Business Class on some airlines. Norman Spirit is currently the only Channel ferry to have fully reclinable seats.
The Tweed Lounge was originally the Club Class Lounge but became Langans Brasserie under P&O Stena Line. The first Velvet Lounge was originally a reclining seat lounge but became part of the Harbour Coffee Company area. When the ship entered service with LD Lines both areas once again were used for their original purpose. The Velvet Lounge was moved to the area previously occupied by the Channel Burger fast food restaurant during a refit in late 2006. It was formerly the Cinemas on Prins Filip but converted to First Base Burger Bar by P&O Stena Line.
Standard reclining seats with bar and snack counter. This area was originally cabins but these were removed by P&O Stena Line and have not been replaced by LD Lines.

Trivia[edit]

Prins Filip Simulator Game

A Prins Filip simulator game was made for PC

References[edit]

  1. ^ "doverferryphotos". Retrieved 2010-04-12. 
  2. ^ View section' History Previous names on the site http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/fr/shipdetails.aspx?mmsi=228006800

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