LD Lines MS Norman Bridge Ferry, Western Entrance, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on July 20, 2010

The Norman Bridge freight and passenger ferry entering the Western Entrance of Dover Harbour from the English Channel at 5.57 pm on Monday, 21st of June, 2010.

The Western Entrance lies between the Southern Breakwater on the left (the lighthouse, currently undergoing maintainance, is the Dover Breakwater West End Light) and the out-of-shot Admiralty Pier to the right.

The photo, best viewed in a larger size, was taken from the lighthouse end of the Prince of Wales Pier.

The Norman Bridge is owned by Louis Dreyfus Ferry (L D Ferries, a subsiduary of Louis Dreyfus Armateurs)

The Norman Bridge was built 1999 as Brave Merchant in Seville, Spain, for Merchant Ferries. From 2006 - 2008 chartered for use between Palma (Majorca) and Barcelona (Spain) by Iscomar and renamed Blanca del Mar. In November 2008, chartered by Ave Line and renamed Ave Liepaja for service between Travemünde (Germany) and Liepaja (Latvia). Since March 2010 the ship operates for LD Lines between Boulogne-sur-Mer (France) and Dover, and was renamed the Norman Bridge. (1)

An extract from an LD Lines Norman Bridge webpage:

"The Norman Bridge and her sister ship, the Norman Trader, are rapid and up-to-date ferries. They can reach speeds of up to 20 knots and have a capacity of 399 passengers, 130 cars and 40 lorries." (2)

The ship, as the Brave Merchant, was commandeered by the Ministry of Defence in 2003 for use in the Iraq War.

Vessel's Details (3):

Ship Type: Passenger

Year Built: 1999

Length: 180 m

Breadth: 25 m

DeadWeight: 6300 t

Speed recorded (Max / Average): 23.3 / 18 knots

Flag: United Kingdom (UK)

Call Sign: MYXR6

IMO: 9147306

MMSI: 232338000

Vessel's Details (4):

Building yard: Astilleros Espanoles S.A. (AESA; now Navantia), Spain (#288)

Owner: Brave Shipping Ltd.

Operator: LD Lines

Draft: 6.5 m

Gross Tonnage: 22,152

Machinery: 4 x Wärtsilä 9L38

Speed: 22.5 kn.

Lanemetres: 2,000

Port of registry: London (UK)

Former owners: Cenargo International Ltd.

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(1) Wikipedia entry for Ave Line (2) LD Lines entry for Norman Bridge (3) Marinetraffic entry for Norman Bridge (4) The Ferry Site entry for Norman Bridge

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John Latter on July 25, 2010

The Norman Bridge appears in the background of the MT Clipper Bordeaux, Western Entrance, Dover Harbour photo.

John Latter on August 16, 2010

Extract from the BBC News report, "RMT says jobs at risk as LD Lines ferry service axed:

A union has called for urgent talks with a ferry company which is cutting one of its two Dover-Boulogne ships.

LD Lines said Norman Bridge would move to a new France-Spain service from 2 September and the Norman Trader would remain while options were considered._

The Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) said the move put jobs at threat and came as a "bitter blow".

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 20, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/06/21 17:57:31
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash