P&O Stena Line was a British private sector company, 60% owned by the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company and 40% owned by Stena Line AB of Sweden. May 6th 2005: A delay in return from refit of PRIDE OF KENT gives her a seven day reprieve. She will proceed to A&P Falmouth for refit, then to Dunkerque (again!) Instead it concluded a deal with Sally Line. October 3rd 2005: Anticipated entry into service between Le Havre – Portsmouth. “the underlying industrial logic of DFDS’ and Louis Dreyfus Armateurs’ joint venture remains intact. November 13th 2006: Arrived at ARNO Dunkerque for overhaul. Are the Gdansk refit photos for 2015 correct? July 27th 2011: DFDS A/S and Louis Dreyfus Armateurs make a joint bid for the assets of Seafrance, “If the bid is successful DFDS and Louis Dreyfus Armateurs will form a jointly owned company, with DFDS as the majority shareholder, to acquire the assets of SeaFrance. The AIS transponder/ship position data featured on this page is intended for information purposes only and it is no way related to the safety of navigation at sea. March 3rd 2013: Arrived at Remontowa Shipyard, Gdansk. Dover to Calais is the quickest and most frequent ferry crossing from England to France. March 14th 2011: Departed Ramsgate for the Remontowa shipyard in Gdansk, Poland. This was one of the most serious onshore accidents in the recent history of the ferry industry. Onboard Calais-Dover Our Calais to Dover crossing takes just 90 minutes and while you sail you can enjoy our onboard facilities. Two of the best loved and well known cross channel ferry companies. One meal voucher per customer. Calais Seaways © Nathan Burt (left) and Martin Appleyard (right). March 26th 2018: Refit complete, left Dunkerque. © Ken Larwood (left) and © Andreas Wörteler (Zeebrugge, May 1999)(right). She duly arrived and whilst swinging off the berth she was caught by the wind on her port side, she drifted sideways and ended up across the entrance to the old harbour with her stern on a mud bank and her bow resting on the west pier. She was due to re-enter service between Ramsgate and Ostend on the 6th April 2010. January 28th 2014: Arrived in Vlissingen for refit. June 1st 2000: Resumed between Dover and Calais. With fish & chips and vegetarian options always on the menu as well as cooked breakfasts and light bites, there is something for everyone. With effect from January 1994 RMT became known as Oostende Lines , transferring all its Ostend services, including Jetfoil operations from Dover to Sally Line’s base at Ramsgate. July 28th 2015: Resumed service between Dover and Calais. August 2002: P&O Stena alliance ended with P&O purchasing Stenas 40% share in the P&O Stena Line business. 2006: Registered owner: Louis Dreyfus Ferry, France. Redeem your voucher against a great selection from our usual menu. DFDS: Ferry from Dover to Calais - See 192 traveler reviews, 129 candid photos, and great deals for Dover, UK, at Tripadvisor. MS Calais Seaways is a passenger and vehicle ferry operated by DFDS Seaways between Dover and Calais.. History. January 27th 1994: She made her maiden voyage from Ostend to Ramsgate. Take a look at our new inclusive … March 3rd 2003: Renamed PRIDE OF AQUITAINE and resumed service at Dover in the new livery of P&O Ferries. © Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic) and © Fotoflite, Stéphane Poulain Collection (right). The travel times on DFDS ferries are as follows: Dover to Calais – 1 Hour and 30 Minutes Dunkerque to Dover – 2 Hours These are as close to the DFDS crossing travel times as you can get. March 8th 2018: To Damen, Dunkerque for refit. March 6th 2016 (02:49 (UTC +1):Left Dunkerque east. April 29th 2010: To Dover again to cover for the NORMAN BRIDGE. The agreement also included fleet changes with LD Lines’ Norman Spirit transferring to the route, which Transeuropa Ferries will operate on a long term charter basis. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Martin Appleyard, Micke Asklander (Faktaomfartyg), John Bryant, Nathan Burt, d, Bethina (Faegre Galleriet.dk), Jakub Bogucki, Julien Carpentier, Ed Connell, Bernd Crause, Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic), Carsten Dettmer, Manuel Dhondt, Michel Elias, Brian Fisher, Robert Fournier, Jean-Guy Hagelstein, Phillipe Holthof, Ted Ingham, Pieter Inpyn. 1993 (end): Announced that the Belgian company did not intend to renew its marketing agreement with P&O. We are Europe's Leading Ferry Operator 2012-2020 and the World's Leading Ferry Operator 2011-2020! Your email address will not be published. June 2005: Due to sail to Dunkerque via Portsmouth. July 26th 2015: DFDS Seaways suspended services between Dover and Calais due to ongoing industrial action by the Maritime North Union. 27th March 2010: Entered commercial service between Ostend and Ramsgate. September 2nd 1991: Left for sea-trials. May 1998: Sold to Stena Ferries Ltd (Stena RoRo), Hamilton, Bermuda. It is not possible to bring your own food onboard due to healthcare measures. November 29th 2011: Departed Le Havre for the ARNO Shipyard in Dunkerque, France so she could have her ramps adjusted. 29th March 2013: Resumed service between Dover and Calais. June 5th 2005: Arrived in Dover mysteriously flying two flags indicating “I offered help, but was declined!” She had not been renamed. April 22nd 2015 (21:30): Departed Calais for Gdansk, Poland. One of the tug’s engines overheated but after 90 minutes the vessel berthed safely. (Ship Finance N.V Oostende, Belgium). Remember seeing the bulbous bow bent over a meter when emergency dry docked in dunqurque. The Dover to Calais Ferry Route is the quickest ferry route between England and France. May 14th 1999: Renamed P&OSL AQUITAINE and introduced between Dover – Zeebrügge. December 12th 2011: DFDS A/S and Louis Dreyfus Armateurs announced that they will not be making a further bid for the assets of Seafrance. Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Boelwerf of Temse, Belgium (Yard No. Thanks to the addition of 2 new ships on this route, it's more convenient than ever to hop across the … The Dover-Calais fleet adopted the appropriate P&O “Pride of ….” names, losing there P&OSL prefixes. Have a bite to eat with options to suit every palate, visit our shop and say … Our Field to Ferry concept celebrates the great quality of fresh food and ingredients from our hand-picked suppliers. Crossing the Dover Straits in the evening of the 21st August 2015 from Calais to Dover on the DFDS Seaways ship Calais Seaways. Full experience when travelling from Calais to Dover. 8th February 2010: LD Lines and Transeuropa Ferries announced a commercial agreement to commence a collaboration on the Ramsgate – Ostend freight and passenger ferry service, initially operating one vessel together. October 2005: Purchased by LD Lines from Stena RoRo. June 7th 2005: Sailed to Dunkerque (“Port Autonome De Dunkerque” code 108035, name PRIDE OF AQUITAINE, agent AGENA TRAMP, berth F08/1 SUD, from PORTSMOUTH, arrival date and time 07/06/2005 11:00). “DFDS and Louis Dreyfus … Calais Seaways © Julien Carpentier (Dunkerque, 10/06/2020). December 8th 2005: French seafarers blocked Le Havre ferry terminal yesterday, preventing her from berthing. April 4th 2020: Arrived in Calais and taken off service. Sustained Damage while berthing requiring repair. April 22nd 2015: Stood down from service ready to de-store before an extended refit in Poland. After your meal, please wear your face covering once again and place your tray in the collection point. April 27th 2000: She was then sent to Dunkerque for temporary repairs. October 2nd 2009: It was announced that the Norman Spirit was due to leave the Portsmouth-Le Havre route and would take up service on the Dover-Boulogne route in place of the Norman Arrow as of the 8th of November 2009. On 29 June, DFDS announced several cost reductions measures to adapt to the new market conditions brought about by the Covid-19 Pandemic. She resumed service from Dover on November 1st. October 2nd 2005: Left Dunkerque bound for Portsmouth. May 15th 2010: Boulogne – Dover service. Avoid crowding and follow social distancing measures in place for queuing and seating areas. To open a new route, and provide an attractive service for customers, we aim to hire about 300 staff and expect to be able to start the recruitment process soon. 1534) in 1991 as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry for Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT), Please note that this vessels AIS transponder and position data may be over an hour old and that this specific vessels position will only be displayed when it is within range of the MarineTraffic AIS system. Whilst alongside in Ostend she is repainted in the joint livery of Trans Europa Ferries and LD Lines. “DFDS and Louis Dreyfus Armateurs formed a joint venture in 2011 that bid to acquire certain assets of SeaFrance, but the bid was rejected by the commercial court of Paris in December 2011. December 3rd-4th 2011: Returned to ARNO Dunkerque for further ramp adjustments to enable her to achieve a better fit with berths 2 and 6 in Dover. The Prins Filip was built for Belgian operator Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT) in 1991, entering service in 1992 on its route between Dover … September 13th 2005: Signed over to her new owner / charter @ 1500hrs. We now offer a complimentary meal for your journey so you can refuel before arriving at your destination. Calais Seaways © Julien Carpentier (Damen Dunkerque 19/02/17). The ferry port of Dover in Kent, England is only … January 25th 2013: Reportedly caught by a 75 knot (approx 90 mph) wind as she entered Calais. All vessels had their Stena house flag removed from their funnels, along with the deletion of the name Stena from their hulls. Use the hand sanitiser at the entrance to all food outlets. Route Price Fare Details; Dover - Calais (DFDS) $424: Booked: Friday, 4 December 2020; Travel: Friday, 18 December 2020 - Saturday, 2 January 2021; Car + 1 May 31st 2010: Resumed Ostend – Ramsgate. This was one of my last ships I served on when it was the Stenna Royal then POSL Aquitaine the ship was great and way ahead of its time when built, it did suffer mishaps I was on watch in the engine room when it hit the berth in Calais due to port CPP mechanical pump failing leaving the prop at full ahead electric pump had been wrongly retired and did not kick. March 14th 2013: Left Gdansk destination Calais. You can book pets on the Dover/Calais & Dover/Dunkirk and Newhaven/Dieppe routes. May 15th 1992: She was introduced between Ostend and Dover. As it happened she remained at Portsmouth after LD Lines decided to use the Norman Arrow between Dover and Boulogne. Calais Seaways © Nigel Scutt (Dover-Marina.com) (left) and © Simonwp (right). November 28th 2011: It was announced that the Norman Spirit would be chartered to DFDS Seaways to offer additional capacity on the Dover-Dunkerque service following the collapse of Seafrance. The ferry route is operated by P&O Ferries and DFDS. March 17th 2013 (10.34 hrs): Resumed service Calais – Dover. You can reach France in just 90 minutes, and you … It is the shortest and quickest ferry … The AIS transponder/ship position data featured on this page is intended for information purposes only and it is no way related to the safety of navigation at sea. September 14th 1994: Whilst preparing to sail from her berth in Ramsgate the foot passenger gangway collapsed onto the upper deck leading to the death of six people and seriously injuring seven others. June 1st 2015 (04.21 hrs): Arrived in Calais. Best bit was we upgraded to Premium and had the lounge all to … It would then sail from Le Havre at 1700 arriving back in Portsmouth at 2130. The MALO SEAWAYS would operate her schedule until her return to service. 18th March 2010: Arrived in the Port of Zeebrugge for an underwater inspection. Onboard Calais-Dover Our Calais to Dover crossing takes just 90 minutes and while you sail you can enjoy our onboard facilities. Terms and conditions apply. 2nd October 2012: Operated one round trip to Dunkerque due to industrial action at the port of Calais. May 24th 1991: On the same day as RMT crew decided to protest and picket the builders yard she was officially named by the Belgian successor to the throne, Prins Filip. Just choose your route and then select … As previously stated, the underlying industrial logic of DFDS’ and Louis Dreyfus Armateurs’ joint venture has remained intact throughout the process. Two tugs attempted to push her away. November 30th 2011: Departed ARNO’s for Dover. Captain lost his job chief engineer was demoted to 2nd. Calais Seaways © Julien Carpentier (Calais, 10/09/2020). The ship is expected to replace one of the current Transeuropa Ferries’ fleet later in 2010. February 8th 2014: Completed refit and departed Vlissingen. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. February 10th 2012: Departed Dunkerque bound for Calais. The Aquitaine was to see out the remainder of her charter laid up in Dunkerque, France before a return to Stena Ro-Ro. March 26th 2018: Arrived Calais to resume service 27/03/2018. January 30th 1994: Commenced regular service Ostend – Ramsgate. These two companies … Unauthorised copying or reproduction of this website and any media contained within is strictly prohibited. Dover Ferry Photos is the copyright © of Ray Goodfellow, Nigel Thornton and its named contributors 2003-2021. Have a bite to eat with options to suit every palate, visit our shop and say goodbye to mainland prices and keep the kids busy in the children's play area and with Jack's Treasure Hunt app. Eventually arriving in Dover 5 hours later with the assistance of port tugs DHB DAUNTLESS and DHB DOUGHTY. All the AIS ship position data featured within this website is provided by myshiptracking.com and we are therefore not responsible for the content or the accuracy of this data, © Jean François Berden, Courtesy of Boelwerf Blog. All trademarks featured within are and remain the property of their respective owners. Ålsgårde, Denmark en-route from Gdansk to Calais (© and reproduced with kind permission of faergegalleriet.dk). Our Calais to Dover crossing takes just 90 minutes and while you sail you can enjoy our onboard facilities. Vessel now operating additional sailings between Dover and Dunkerque. Mike Jackson, Ken Larwood, Mark Leiper, Nicolas Levy, Michael Moons, Craig Nelson, Stéphane Poulain, Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping), Ken Smith, Simonwp, Tobias Stuyts, Paul Smith, Robert “Bob” Smith, Tobias Stuyts, Kim Viktor, Michael Woodland and Andreas Wörteler  for their assistance in compiling this feature. The new company took over the Dover and Newhaven services of P&O European Ferries and Stena Line in March 1998. All meals will be served by our crew with a soft drink, tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Additional meals can be purchased separately. Furthermore, our joint venture is still in a unique position to create a number of sustainable French jobs, including the deployment of French flagged ships. October 10th 1991: Docked in Antwerp and it wasn’t until February 10th, 1992 that she left for Boelwerf Vlaanderen (Boel Yard Flanders) (the former Cockerill’s yard) carrying 40 tons of steel (in an attempt to alleviate the vibration problems), for the necessary repairs and alterations. MV Majesty of the Seas – Past and Present, MV National Geographic Explorer – Past and Present. Return from Dunkirk, port is even more bleak and lacking in facilities. I was interviewed my Gendarme Affares Maratime and MN Accident Investigation Board. DFDS: Calais to Dunkirk - See 192 traveller reviews, 129 candid photos, and great deals for Dover, UK, at Tripadvisor. However, these areas are still open for you to sit and relax in and to make social distancing easier onboard. However, you can take the drive to Calais-Fréthun, take the Eurotunnel to Folkestone, then take the drive to Dover. September 21st 1991 : Sailed for further sea-trials before returning to Ostend on the 22nd. All rights reserved. First weekend in service at Ramsgate © Mark Leiper (left) and © Ray Goodfellow ( right). Simplon Postcard (© Phillipe Holthoff, River Scheldt, Antwerp, 27/04/1992) (Left) and © Brian Fisher (Scheldt, May 1992) (Right). Prices are subject to availability. The DFDS Dover to Calais ferry route operates up to 30 daily sailings between England and France. Dover Seaways, and other ferries on the UK – France routes, will sail with additional COVID-19 measures and precautions. Alongside the Eastern arm on the 28/03/13 © Craig Nelson, Onboard Calais Seaways © Julien Carpentier (all). July 21st 2015: Resumed service between Dover and Calais. Learn how your comment data is processed. How to redeem your inclusive meal onboard: From bagels to bloomers, coffee to chocolate cake, there's something for everyone at the Lighthouse Café. March 24th 2019: Arrived in Calais to resume service Calais – Dover. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window). Dover to Calais ferries with DFDS and P&O Ferries - Prices from £227. Upon reaching Calais she underwent berthing trials. The Dover to Dunkirk route is the next quickest with a journey time of only 2 hours. Freight vehicles and passengers due to travel … June 2020: Whilst laid up in Dunkerque had “DFDS” logo painted on her funnel. April 3rd 2014: Owing to industrial action at the port of Calais the ‘Calais Seaways’ operated a couple of crossings to/from Dunkerque. Dover to Calais is like a bus route with ferries of various companies covering the route. Furthermore, we believe that the joint venture is in a unique position to create a sustainable, attractive, and profitable workplace for a majority of the present employees of SeaFrance, including the deployment of French flagged ships. The DFDS service runs up to 9 times per day … April 11th 2020: Sailed from Calais to Dunkerque (East), © Julian Carpentier (Dunkerque, 11/05/2020). We’ve listed all of the … September 8th 1991: Returned to her builders after her owners claimed that there were vibration problems with the vessel. July 8th 2008: The Port of Boulogne Authority and the Boulogne Chamber of Commerce, announced the introduction of a new freight and passenger ferry service between the ports of Dover (Eastern Docks) and Boulogne to be operated by LD Lines. November 11th 2020: Due to return to full service. First time we’ve used DFDS. Would that be April 27th 2000 as quoted in the history? You may remove your face covering while eating. The CFDT union members were angry that the ship had been flagged under the Italian second registration, which allows the company to use cheaper non-European staff. November 8th 2009 (10.30 hrs GMT): Arrived in Boulogne for berthing trials prior to taking up service. Please note, 7 Seas Restaurant is always open, food will be served from Lighthouse Café on selected crossings and Horizon restaurant is temporarily closed. During the course of her overhaul LD Lines adopted a new livery based on the Tricolor. Dover to Calais is the fastest crossing from England to France with a journey time of just 90 minutes. Click to link to Marine Accident Investigation Branch report. Our route from Calais to Dover is the perfect way to cross the Channel into the UK quickly. March 1st 2013: Withdrawn from service and sailed from Calais to Gdansk for refit. We will continue to monitor the situation and evaluate any future opportunities that may arise for the joint venture.”. History. April 26th 1992: Left Hoboken for Ostend. July 6th 2020: Returned to restricted service. Yes they are correct. She is due to return to service at the end of March 2017. April 29th 1997: Laid-up in Dunkerque, France. Departing Dover via the Western entrance on the 13/04/15 © Ray Goodfellow. February 28th 1997: Completed her last crossing between Ostend and Ramsgate. Arriving at Dover in storm force conditions © Ray Goodfellow. The new route would be operated by vessels currently owned by the joint venture or vessels available on the market.”. 12th August 2012: Off service with “Technical” problems. All the AIS ship position data featured within this website is provided by vesselfinder.com and we are therefore not responsible for the content or the accuracy of this data, Please note that this vessels AIS transponder and position data may be over an hour old and that this specific vessels position will only be displayed when it is within range of the MyShipTracking AIS system. The ferry crossing time is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. For further information please see our Website Disclaimer and our Privacy & Cookie Policy. Required fields are marked *. You can book your cat or dog on board a DFDS Seaways ferry with AFerry. September 6th 1991: Arrived in Dover for berthing trials. Dover to Calais Ferry The Dover Calais ferry route connects England with France and is currently operated by two ferry companies: P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways. The Ostend Spirit was sent to Dover to cover the Boulogne route. 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