Cote des Flandres ferry accidents and incidents

Cote des Flandres ferry cruise ship

Former names
Seafrance Berlioz, Berlioz

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CruiseMapper's Cote des Flandres ferry cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 1500-passenger vessel owned by DFDS SEAWAYS (Ferries). Our Cote des Flandres ferry accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

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  • ship collisions - 2012 (with Pride of Burgundy ferry in Port Calais), 2012 (with cable layer Ile de Batz in Port Calais)

In the period 2005-2012, the vessel was operated under the name "SeaFrance Berlioz" by SeaFrance (SNCF-owned / French state-owned company, operational between 1996-2012 January, now defunct).

27 October 2012Ship Collision / Allision

(Seafrance Berlioz) On October 27, 2012, in Port Calais, the cruise ferry Pride of Burgundy (P&O Ferries) hit the Berlioz ship. The accident was due to high winds and resulted in damages to lifeboats. The vessel was temporarily pulled out of service. Pride of Burgundy suffered superstructure damage (right Bridge Wing). All Berlioz passengers were transferred to the sistership Rodin (Cote des Dunes).

August 2012Ship Collision / Allision

(Seafrance Berlioz) In the period November 16 (2011) and August 20 (2012), the vessel was laid up in Port Calais (France), due to court ordering that the shipowner SeaFrance (wholly-owned by SNCF) be liquidated.

During the laid up in port, the ship was involved in a collision accident with another vessel. During a gale with strong winds ~60 mph (90 kph), the ferry broke its mooring lines and drifted towards the cable layer Ile de Batz (IMO 9247041).

The ferry sustained damage to the starboard bridge wing, resulting in shattered Navigation Bridge windows and crushed roofing. The cable vessel sustained minor damages and soon departed for repairs. Port Calais provided a tugboat to assist the ferry. It resumed service on August 20, 2012.

09 January 2012Other Incidents

(Seafrance Berlioz) On January 9, 2012, the shipowner Seafrance SA declared bankruptcy. All company assets (including the four ferries - SeaFrance Rodin, SeaFrance Berlioz, SeaFrance Nord Pas-de-Calais, SeaFrance Moliere) were ceased, pending auction sale to recoup money owed to creditors.

05 January 2012Ship Collision / Allision

(Seafrance Berlioz) On January 5, 2012, at ~10 am, due to gale force conditions in Port Calais (heavy winds of about 60 mph / 90 kph), the ferry broke its moorings and drifted towards the cable laying ship Ile de Batz (owned by Louis Dreyfus Group). Fortunately, the crew managed to start the thrusters, thus avoiding a heavier collision. Assisted by 2 tugboats, it was berthed again.

The ferry sustained heavy superstructure damages (starboard Bridge Wing), resulting in crushed roofing and windows. The cable layer sustained only minor damage.

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