MV Etretat

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MV Étretat (Le Havre, 2015).jpg
Etretat at Le Havre
History
Name:
  • Etretat (2014–present)
  • Norman Voyager (2008–2014)
Owner:
  • Stena RoRo (2012–present)
  • Epic Shipping Ltd (2008–2012)
Operator:
Port of registry:
  • 2008: Bari, Italy
  • 2008–2012: London, United Kingdom
  • 2012 onwards: Le Havre, France
Route:

Portsmouth – Le Havre, Portsmouth – Santander

Portsmouth – Santander
Builder: Cantiere Navale Visentini
Yard number: 220
Maiden voyage: 6 November 2008
Identification:
Status: In service
Notes: Sister ships:- Norman Atlantic, Scottish Viking, Stena Flavia.[1]
General characteristics
Tonnage: 26,904 GT
Length: 186m
Beam: 25.6m
Draught: 6.8m
Draft: 6m
Decks: 8
Speed: 24kts (max)[2]
Capacity: 375 passengers and 200 cars
Crew: 38

MV Etretat is a roll-on/roll-off (Ro/Ro) ferry operated by Brittany Ferries on their PortsmouthLe Havre/Santander route for their Brittany Ferries économie service. It was built in 2008, and originally named Norman Voyager.

Norman Voyager[edit]

The ship was built in 2008 by Cantiere Navale Visentini, Italy for Epic Shipping Ltd. She was chartered to LD Lines in 2008 and named the Norman Voyager. She made her maiden voyage between Rosslare and Le Havre on the 6 November 2008, LD Lines 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 LD Lines 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."[3]

Later in 2011 she moved to the Portsmouth – Le Havre route. In 2012 she was sold to Stena RoRo, Gothenburg, Sweden; from February 2013 to March 2014 she was operated by DFDS Seaways between Portsmouth and Le Havre.

Etretat[edit]

MV Etretat seen in Portsmouth

From 11 March 2014, Norman Voyager was chartered to Brittany Ferries, renamed Etretat and branded for their économie service.[4] 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, normally run by MV Cap Finistère, which was laid up to allow the installation of extra-scrubbers. She also ran a weekly freight-only service between Portsmouth and Le Havre on Friday.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "M/F Norman Atlantic". The Ferry Site. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-25. Retrieved 2014-03-24.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ 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 (PDF). Marine Accident Investigation Branch.
  4. ^ http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/economie/etretat

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