SeaFrance Moliere

SeaFrance introduced its latest superferry, the SeaFrance Moliere, into full car ferry mode in October 2008.

The new ship, named after the celebrated French playwright, gave the Dover-Calais operator increased fleet capacity while continuing to reflect the high quality, continental atmosphere offered on board.

imageThe arrival of the SeaFrance Moliere completed the regeneration of the fleet and reinforced the company’s position as a major cross-Channel carrier.

SeaFrance Moliere was refitted at Dunkirk shipyard, with the focus being on the ship’s manoeuverability, enabling it to operate easily in the docks at Dover and Calais. Also key to the work was the creation of stylish passenger areas.

With a top speed of 27.1 knots, she replaced the SeaFrance Renoir and the SeaFrance Manet and more than doubled the capacity of the services currently operated by these ships.

Managing director Robin Wilkins said at the time : “This quality addition to our fleet will increase our appeal and capacity, and further consolidate our position in the cross-Channel market.”

She is the longest ferry in operation on the Channel and easily identifiable by her fine, clean lines. And the interior is equally special with each area having it’s own unique style.

Vital Statistics

Operator: SeaFrance
Route: Dover - Calais
Builder: Howaldtswerke-Deutsche-Werft, Kiel
Entered service: 2002
First ferry over 200m to operate on the Channel
Refurbished: Arno Shipyard, Dunkerque, 2008
Joined SeaFrance August 2008
Formerly: Superfast X, Jean Nicoli
Gross tonnage: 29,800
Passengers: 1,200
Cars: 480
Decks: 10
Length: 667ft
Width: 82ft
Speed: 23 knots
Shipyard: 2002
Registered: France

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