March 2011: It was announced that the trading agreement between Trans Europa Ferries (TEF) and LD Lines was to end with the Ostend Spirit returning to LD Lines. The daily service would depart from Portsmouth, UK at 2300 arriving the following morning in Le Havre, France at 0730. 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. Departing Calais on the 29/03/13 © Craig Nelson. January 10th 2012: DFDS Seaways and LD Lines announce that they intend to open a new route from Dover-Calais to fill the void left by the collapse of Seafrance. April 3rd 2014: Owing to industrial action at the port of Calais the ‘Calais Seaways’ operated a couple of crossings to/from Dunkerque. She was due to re-enter service between Ramsgate and Ostend on the 6th April 2010. All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. 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. © Ted Ingham (left) and © Robert “Bob” Smith  (Dover, 29/11/1998)(right). First weekend in service at Ramsgate © Mark Leiper (left) and © Ray Goodfellow ( right). However, these areas are still open for you to sit and relax in and to make social distancing easier onboard. PRIDE OF AQUITAINE’S last journey is 1315 ex Dover. Find out more about our suppliers, produce and ingredients here. February 8th 2014: Completed refit and departed Vlissingen. 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. March 14th 2011: Departed Ramsgate for the Remontowa shipyard in Gdansk, Poland. Alongside the Eastern arm on the 28/03/13 © Craig Nelson, Onboard Calais Seaways © Julien Carpentier (all). “As a result of the collision 180 passengers and 29 crew were injured. “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. One of the tug’s engines overheated but after 90 minutes the vessel berthed safely. No DFDS or P&O Ferries staff are on strike. The industrial action was called off mid afternoon and the vessel resumed service from Dover to Calais. March 26th 2018: Arrived Calais to resume service 27/03/2018. There was much speculation about her future with rumours abound (one that she would sail for TransEuropa from Ramsgate). You can book your cat or dog on board a DFDS Seaways ferry with AFerry. ... A total of 142 roles on French ships on Calais-Dover, Calais port and the offices in Calais … Calais number 7 berth was badly damaged and was out of use for several months.”. to await her next call.”. She resumed service from Dover on November 1st. Alternatively, DFDS Seaways operates a car ferry from Calais to Dover … © Ken Larwood (left) and © Andreas Wörteler (Zeebrugge, May 1999)(right). It would then sail from Le Havre at 1700 arriving back in Portsmouth at 2130. April 22nd 2015 (21:30): Departed Calais for Gdansk, Poland. During the refit the vessel will be fitted with a new engine following serious technical problems with one of her Sulzer main engines. Two of the best loved and well known cross channel ferry companies. 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. 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. As it happened she remained at Portsmouth after LD Lines decided to use the Norman Arrow between Dover and Boulogne. 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. January 27th 1994: She made her maiden voyage from Ostend to Ramsgate. Simplon Postcard (© Phillipe Holthoff, River Scheldt, Antwerp, 27/04/1992) (Left) and © Brian Fisher (Scheldt, May 1992) (Right). DFDS anticipated that this would in total impact about 650 colleagues across the DFDS organisation. All rights reserved. 1993 (end): Announced that the Belgian company did not intend to renew its marketing agreement with P&O. About 200 vehicles on the car decks were damaged. © Craig Nelson (left) and © Nigel Thornton (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. It was understood that the Norman Spirit would transfer to this service in the Summer of 2009. With panoramic windows providing spectacular sea views, our 7 Seas restaurant serves a variety of delicious hot and cold dishes at affordable prices. Route Price Fare Details; Dover - Calais (DFDS) $424: Booked: Friday, 4 December 2020; Travel: Friday, 18 December 2020 - Saturday, 2 January 2021; Car + 1 Crossing the Dover Straits in the evening of the 21st August 2015 from Calais to Dover on the DFDS Seaways ship Calais Seaways. Calais Seaways © Ray Goodfellow (Dover and Calais 29/03/2018), March 3rd 2019: Owing to a combination of industrial action by French Customs Officers and excess traffic, made several sailings Dover – Dunkerque. We are Europe's Leading Ferry Operator 2012-2020 and the World's Leading Ferry Operator 2011-2020! Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Upon reaching Calais she underwent berthing trials. 26th March 2010: Departed Ostend for Ramsgate and berthing trials. Registered manager: V Ships Leisure, Monaco. 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. Would that be April 27th 2000 as quoted in the history? All the AIS ship position data featured within this website is provided by marinetraffic.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 VesselFinder AIS system. December 1st 2011: Entered service from Dover to Dunkerque for DFDS Seaways. The Ostend Spirit was sent to Dover to cover the Boulogne route. The MALO SEAWAYS would operate her schedule until her return to service. January 30th 1994: Commenced regular service Ostend – Ramsgate. Remained in Calais. To slow down the spread of COVID-19 on our UK – France … 29th March 2013: Resumed service between Dover and Calais. 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. First time we’ve used DFDS. Departing Dover for Dunkerque 29/06/15 © Ray Goodfellow. ETA in Gdansk is 0700 on the 25/04/15. As well as comparing prices and times for Dover to Dunkerque, we will also show you results for Dover to Calais and Folkestone to Calais … January 10th 2012: DFDS Seaways and LD Lines announce that they intend to open a new route from Dover-Calais to fill the void left by the collapse of Seafrance. 2nd October 2012: Operated one round trip to Dunkerque due to industrial action at the port of Calais. As previously stated, the underlying industrial logic of DFDS’ and Louis Dreyfus Armateurs’ joint venture has remained intact throughout the process. 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. 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. November 8th 2009 (10.30 hrs GMT): Arrived in Boulogne for berthing trials prior to taking up service. June 29th 2015: Owing to Industrial Action/Port Closure at Calais commenced service Dover – Dunkerque. April 27th 2000: Following a technical failure approaching the port of Calais the P&OSL Aquitaine entered the harbour and was unable to reduce her speed. September 2005: Bareboat chartered to LD Lines, France. Sustained Damage while berthing requiring repair. November 30th 2011: Departed ARNO’s for Dover. Find DFDS Seaways timetables, ferry tickets and book DFDS Seaways crossings online with www.directferries.com DFDS Seaways Having provided passenger ferry services for more than 150 … The weather conditions were not favourable, with winds WSW blowing between 30 to 45 knots. March 26th 2018: Refit complete, left Dunkerque. February 17th 2012: Entered service between Dover and Calais. The new route would be operated by vessels currently owned by the joint venture or vessels available on the market.”. April 29th 1997: Laid-up in Dunkerque, France. The DFDS Dover to Calais ferry route operates up to 30 daily sailings between England and France. July 28th 2015: Resumed service between Dover and Calais. September 8th 1991: Returned to her builders after her owners claimed that there were vibration problems with the vessel. Norman Spirit will be re-named Ostend Spirit, operating two return sailings daily, with a crossing time of four hours. It is the shortest and quickest ferry … Our Field to Ferry concept celebrates the great quality of fresh food and ingredients from our hand-picked suppliers. March 31st 2017: Arrived in Calais to resume service Calais – Dover. Instead it concluded a deal with Sally Line. Full experience when travelling from Calais to Dover. Are the Gdansk refit photos for 2015 correct? April 29th 2010: To Dover again to cover for the NORMAN BRIDGE. Kasper Moos, VP & Head of DFDS’ Short Routes and Passenger business, says: “Sailings on our Dover – Calais service will continue to a reduced schedule as we have an obligation to keep … October 1st 2005: LD Lines (Louis Dreyfus Lines, headquartered in Paris) announced a new cross-channel “no-frills” service. May 15th 2010: Boulogne – Dover service. 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. April 2011: Renamed NORMAN SPIRIT and re-registered in Le Havre, France. March 6th 2016( 14:07 (UTC +1): Resumed Calais – Dover. Face coverings can be removed when eating. © Carsten Dettmer (Calais, 29/12/2000) (Left) (Calais, 28/12/2000) (Right). The DFDS service runs up to 9 times per day … It is furthermore the intention to transfer DFDS’ Dover – Dunkirk route and Louis Dreyfus Armateurs’ ferry shipping activities, LD Lines, to the joint company.”. November 16th 2011: DFDS A/S and Louis Dreyfus Armateurs bid for certain assets of Seafrance is declined by the administrators. May 14th 1999: Renamed P&OSL AQUITAINE and introduced between Dover – Zeebrügge. 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