Norman Voyager at Rosslare
Norman Voyager (2008-2014)
|Owner:||Stena RoRo (2012-Present)
Epic Shipping Ltd (2008-2012)
|Operator:||Brittany Ferries (2014-Present)
DFDS Seaways (2012-2014)
LD Lines (2011-2012)
Celtic Link Ferries (2009-2011)
LD Lines (2008-2009)
|Port of registry:||London, United Kingdom (2008-2011)
Le Havre, France (2011 Onwards)
Portsmouth - Le Havre, Portsmouth - SantanderPortsmouth - Santander
|Builder:||Cantiere Navale Visentini|
|Maiden voyage:||6 November 2008|
|Identification:||IMO number: 9420423|
|Notes:||Sister ships:- Norman Atlantic, Scottish Viking, Stena Flavia.|
|Capacity:||375 passengers and 200 cars|
The Étretat is a Ro/Ro Ferry operated by Brittany Ferries on their Portsmouth - Le Havre/Santander route for their Brittany Ferries Economie service.
The ship was built in 2008 by Cantiere Navale Visentini, Italy for Epic Shipping Ltd, She was chartered to LDLines in 2008 and named the Norman Voyager, She made her maiden voyage between Rosslare and Le Havre on the 6 November 2008, LDLines operated a Rosslare - Le Havre in competition with Celtic Link Ferries who operate between Rosslare and Cherbourg.
In 2009 she was chartered to Celtic Link Ferries to replace the Diplomat, she started operating between Rosslare - Cherbourg - Portsmouth and then at the end of 2009 she switched to the Rosslare - Cherbourg route. She was chartered back to LDLines in 2011 where she was re-registered in Le Havre, France, she started operating between Marseille and Tunis. In December 2009 she was involved in the rescue of three fishermen following the MV Alam Pintar and FV Etoile des Ondes collision. A report stated "The conduct of the rescue was safe, efficient and in the best traditions of the merchant navy."
Later in 2011 she moved to the Portsmouth - Le Havre, In 2012 she was sold to Stena RoRo, Gothenburg, Sweden and since February 2013 she has been operated by DFDS Seaways between Portsmouth and Le Havre.
From 11 March 2014, the Norman Voyager was chartered to Brittany Ferries and renamed MV Étretat. She will continue to serve Portsmouth to Le Havre on Tuesday to Friday. She also runs a weekly return crossing from Portsmouth to Santander on Saturday/Sunday.
Etretat has been fitted with 13 pet-friendly cabins, in addition to 88 standard 4-berth inside and outside cabins, and 51 reserved lounge seats (to Le Havre) or 20 (to Santander).
During winter 2014-2015, she ran a weekly return crossing from Portsmouth to Bilbao to cover this service, which is normally run by MV Cap Finistère, laid up to allowed the installation of extra-scrubbers. She also ran a weekly fret-only service between Portsmouth and Le Havre on Friday.
- "M/F Norman Atlantic". The Ferry Site. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
- MAIB (September 2010). "Section 2.9". Report on the investigation of the collision between the bulk carrier Alam Pintar and the fishing vessel Etoile des Ondes. Marine Accident Investigation Branch.
- Brittany Ferries Official Website
- Brittany Ferries Fan Page (Facebook)
- Photos of Norman Voyager
- Official Ferry profile on DFDS Seaways
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