The last of the cross-channel train ferries, the Nord Pas-de-Calais was completed in 1987 for the Dover Western Docks to Dunkirk (West) train ferry service. Operating from a new berth at Dover, replacing the old enclosed train ferry dock, the vessel took the place of her two predecessors, Saint Germain and Saint Eloi. The advent of the Channel Tunnel saw the eventual demise of this historic service in 1995. Despite rumours concerning her disposal, she was inherited by the new Seafrance on the termination of the Sealink pool. With the new long-winded name of Seafrance Nord Pas-de-Calais, her new operators have turned the vessel into a perfectly servicable conventional ro-ro ferry, capturing a significant slice of the channel freight business in the process.
NORD PAS-DE-CALAIS
ABOVE: At Calais on a Sunday in October 2000. At weekends, particularly on Sunday mornings, the Seafrance Nord pas-de-Calais can often be seen at lay-by in the French port.
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ABOVE: Arriving at Calais in October 2000, the 'NPDC' looks a little tired and in need of a lick of paint around the bow.
TOP: The Nord Pas-de-Calais captured mid-Channel in her original livery.
ABOVE: Hurrying across the channel in 2000.
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ABOVE: Evening at Calais.
ABOVE: Seafrance Nord Pas-de-Calais seen from Seafrance Cezanne in the Summer of 2002.
ABOVE: At Calais, June 2008.
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