18 January 2018

Mont St Michel in Gdansk, 11 January 2018

I was originally planning to post a different set of images from the recent Baltic Princess to Poland trip today, and indeed had already prepared one for publication in advance, but then got a request for images of the Mont St Michel at Remontowa. As I don't even remember when was the last time someone requested something, of course I'm going to do it.

Mont St Michel

IMO 9238337
Built 2002, Van der Giessen-de Noord Krimpen aan den Ijssel, the Netherlands
Tonnage 35 891 GT
Length 173,95 m
Width 28,50 m
Draugth 6,20 m
2 120 passengers
774 passenger berths
830 cars
2 250 lane metres
4 MaK diesels, combined 21 600 kW
2 propellers
2 bow thrusters
Service speed 21 knots

The Mont St Michel was contracted by Brittany Ferries from the Van der Giessen-de Noord shipyardiun the Netherlands in 2000, and delivered a little over two years later in December 2002 - no less than nine months behind originally agreed schedule. On delivery she replaced the older Duc de Normandie on routes linking Portsmouth to Caen (or rather, its outer port Ouistreham).

To comply with the International Maritime Organisation's restrictions of sulphur emissions on the English Channel, North Sea, Baltic Sea and the coasts of North America, Brittany Ferries in 2013 announced that the Mont St Michel, along with other newer members of the company fleet, would be rebuilt to run on liquidized natural gas. However, this was later revised to equipping the ship with sulphur scrubbers, which were installed in late 2015. To this day, the ship remains on the Portsmouth-Caen route.

The photographs below show the Mont St Michel at the Remontowa shipyard in Gdansk, Poland on 11 January 2018. Photographed from onboard the Baltic Princess, which was also coming in for a refit. As per usual procedure, click on the images to see them in larger size.

The weather was far from good, but an image-editing software can work wonders.
Alas, due to our relative positions and the fact we did not have a chance to walk around the shipyard, there wasn't much variation to the photos taken.
Kships will return next week, probably with photos of the lovely little Ålandstrafiken ferry Gudingen.

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