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LD Lines
 
 
This page is devoted to postcards and photographs of LD Lines.
 
LD Lines is part of Louis Dreyfus Armateurs, a large French ship-owner operating bulk carriers, freighters, LNG tankers, tugs and offshore services vessels in addition to ro-ro and ro-pax ferries. In September 2005 they bought the Pride of Aquitaine to restart the Portsmouth-Le Havre route abandoned by P&O Ferries. Renamed Norman Spirit, she began services in October 2005, making one return trip per day. She was joined on the route by Norman Voyager in November 2008. Norman Voyager was built by C.N. "Visentini" di Visentini Francesco & C. at their Porto Viro Yard (hull No.: 220), one of 22 sisters built, or keel laid, to date. A further Newbuilding is due to be delivered in 2010.
 
Louis Dreyfus Armateurs also owns Transmanche Ferries.
 
 
Ships on This Page:-
Aquae
Norman Arrow  
Norman Bridge  
Norman Spirit  
Norman Trader  
Norman Voyager  
Newbuilding  
 
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Aquae
 
IMO number: 8413992 - Name of ship: AQUAE - Call Sign: VQEQ3
Gross tonnage: 12189 - Type of ship: Ro-Ro Cargo Ship - Year of build: 1986 - Flag: United Kingdom
 
Aquae was launched as Mercandian Express II in 1986, and later served as Dana Cimbria and Tor Cimbria.
 
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Norman Spirit - Ostend Spirit - Norman Spirit
 
IMO number: 8908466 - Name of ship: NORMAN SPIRIT - Call Sign: MMUC3
Gross tonnage: 28833 - Type of ship: Passenger/Ro-Ro Cargo Ship - Year of build: 1992 - Flag: United Kingdom
Previous names: Prins Filip, Stena Royal, P&OSL Aquitaine, PO Aquitaine, Pride of Aquitaine
 
Built as Prins Filip for the RTM Dover-Oostende service in 1991, although she did not enter service until 1992. Withdrawn 1997 when RTM ceased operations. Bought by a Stena Group company in 1998, and chartered to P&O Stena Line as Stena Royal for freight operations between Dover and Zeebrugge. Charter extended and renamed POSL Aquitaine. In 1999 she began to carry passengers again on the Dover-Calais route. Transferred to P&O in August 2002 and renamed Pride of Aquitaine. Received new P&O livery for 2003 season. Chartered by P&O from Stena Line until 2005, she was retired early in May 2005. In October 2005 she started a new service from le Havre to Portsmouth as Norman Spirit, operated by LD Lines. She subsequently operated on various other routes, including Dover-Boulogne, on Ramsgate-Ostend as Ostend Spirit jointly with TEF, and again at Le Havre as Norman Spirit. In late 2011 she was chartered by DFDS for Dover-Dunkerque services during the SeaFrance lock-out.
 
Complete history of Norman Spirit
 
 
Tropic Postcards issue T531 of Norman Spirit.
Photo: © Mike Louagie.



First departure for LD Lines' Norman Spirit from Le Havre to Portsmouth, October 3rd 2005, at 17:57.
Photo: © Philippe Brebant,



First departure for LD Lines' Norman Spirit from Le Havre to Portsmouth, October 3rd 2005, at 17:57.
Photo: © Philippe Brebant,



First departure for LD Lines' Norman Spirit from Le Havre to Portsmouth, October 3rd 2005, at 17:57.
Photo: © Philippe Brebant,



First departure for LD Lines' Norman Spirit from Le Havre to Portsmouth, October 3rd 2005, at 17:57.
Photo: © Philippe Brebant,



Aerial photo of Norman Spirit.
Photo: © Mike Louagie.



Photo of Norman Spirit.
Photo: © Emmanuel Lorgeril
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Photo of Norman Spirit.
Photo: © Emmanuel Lorgeril
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Norman Spirit on the Dover-Boulogne service
Photo: Adrian Hoogenstein Henderson, August 2007 - Image links to larger copy
NORMAN SPIRIT Dover-Boulogne services - Photo: 2008 Adrian Hoogenstein Henderson - www.simplonpc.co.uk



Norman Spirit leaving le Havre, 23rd August 2008
Photo: © William Mayes
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Norman Spirit on the Dover-Boulogne service (in terrible weather)
Photo: Ian Boyle, 28th January 2010 - All images link to larger copies
NORMAN SPIRIT Dover-Boulogne services - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 28th January 2010 - www.simplonpc.co.uk NORMAN SPIRIT Dover-Boulogne services - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 28th January 2010 - www.simplonpc.co.uk NORMAN SPIRIT Dover-Boulogne services - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 28th January 2010 - www.simplonpc.co.uk NORMAN SPIRIT Dover-Boulogne services - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 28th January 2010 - www.simplonpc.co.uk




Ostend Spirit, in joint LD/TEF colours, returned briefly to the Dover-Boulogne service in May 2010
Photo: Ian Boyle, Ian Boyle, 7th May 2010 - All images link to larger copies
OSTEND SPIRIT on Dover-Boulogne services - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 7th May 2010 - www.simplonpc.co.uk OSTEND SPIRIT on Dover-Boulogne services - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 7th May 2010 - www.simplonpc.co.uk OSTEND SPIRIT on Dover-Boulogne services - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 7th May 2010 - www.simplonpc.co.uk OSTEND SPIRIT on Dover-Boulogne services - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 7th May 2010 - www.simplonpc.co.uk OSTEND SPIRIT on Dover-Boulogne services - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 7th May 2010 - www.simplonpc.co.uk




Norman Spirit on charter to DFDS for Dover-Dunkerque services during the SeaFrance lock-out.
Photo: Ian Boyle, 12th December 2011 - All images link to larger copies
NORMAN SPIRIT on DFDS charter for Dover-Dunkerque services - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 12th December 2011 - www.simplonpc.co.uk NORMAN SPIRIT on DFDS charter for Dover-Dunkerque services - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 12th December 2011 - www.simplonpc.co.uk NORMAN SPIRIT on DFDS charter for Dover-Dunkerque services - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 12th December 2011 - www.simplonpc.co.uk NORMAN SPIRIT on DFDS charter for Dover-Dunkerque services - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 12th December 2011 - www.simplonpc.co.uk NORMAN SPIRIT on DFDS charter for Dover-Dunkerque services - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 12th December 2011 - www.simplonpc.co.uk NORMAN SPIRIT on DFDS charter for Dover-Dunkerque services - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 12th December 2011 - www.simplonpc.co.uk NORMAN SPIRIT on DFDS charter for Dover-Dunkerque services - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 12th December 2011 - www.simplonpc.co.uk NORMAN SPIRIT on DFDS charter for Dover-Dunkerque services - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 12th December 2011 - www.simplonpc.co.uk NORMAN SPIRIT on DFDS charter for Dover-Dunkerque services - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 12th December 2011 - www.simplonpc.co.uk NORMAN SPIRIT on DFDS charter for Dover-Dunkerque services - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 12th December 2011 - www.simplonpc.co.uk NORMAN SPIRIT on DFDS charter for Dover-Dunkerque services - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 12th December 2011 - www.simplonpc.co.uk






Norman Voyager
(LD Lines: 2008- )
 
IMO number : 9420423 - Name of ship : NORMAN VOYAGER - Call Sign : ICLU
Gross tonnage : 26904 - Type of ship : Passenger/Ro-Ro Cargo Ship - Year of build : 2008 - Flag : Italy
Builder: C.N. "Visentini" di Visentini Francesco & C. - Porto Viro Yard/hull No.: 220

Norman Voyager was built by C.N. "Visentini" di Visentini Francesco & C. at their Porto Viro Yard (hull No.: 220), one of 22 sisters built and keel laid to date. She arrived at Portsmouth for berthing trials on 4th November 2008, entering service two days later.
 
 
Norman Voyager arriving at Portsmouth for the first time
Photo: © Andrew Cooke, 4th November 2008
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Norman Voyager leaving Portsmouth
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 10th December 2008




Norman Voyager leaving Portsmouth
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th December 2008






Norman Arrow

IMO number: 9501590 - Name of ship: NORMAN ARROW - Call Sign: C6XU2 - Gross tonnage: 10503
Type of ship: Passenger/Ro-Ro Cargo Ship - Year of build: 2009 - Flag: Bahamas


17:00hrs arrival of new fast ferry Norman Arrow at Dover
Photo: Ian Boyle, 12th June 2009
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Norman Arrow arriving at Dover at 11:00am (on time) on three engines
Photo: Ian Boyle, 24th June 2009
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Norman Arrow required divers to do some underwater work, but the No.3 berth was required for SeaFrance Nord-pas-de-Calais.
Norman Arrow therefore moved to cruise berth 2 in the Western Docks at 13:15hrs


Norman Arrow crossing the bay to cruise berth 2 in the Western Docks
Photo: Ian Boyle, 24th June 2009
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Norman Bridge

IMO number: 9147306 - Name of ship: NORMAN BRIDGE (since 01-03-2010) - Call Sign: MYXR6
Gross tonnage: 22152 - DWT: 6300 - Type of ship: Passenger/Ro-Ro Cargo Ship - Year of build: 1999 - Flag: United Kingdom


Norman Bridge leaving Dover for Boulogne
Photo: Ian Boyle, 29th June 2010
NORMAN BRIDGE - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 29th June 2010 - www.simplonpc.co.uk






Norman Trader

IMO number: 9147291 - Name of ship: NORMAN TRADER (since 01-05-2010) - Call Sign: MYIL6 - MMSI: 232197000
Gross tonnage: 22152 - DWT: 7360 - Type of ship: Passenger/Ro-Ro Cargo Ship - Year of build: 1998 - Flag: United Kingdom



Norman Trader leaving Dover for Boulogne
Photo: Ian Boyle, 12th June 2010
NORMAN TRADER - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 12th June 2010 - www.simplonpc.co.uk



Norman Trader arriving at Dover from Boulogne
Photo: Ian Boyle, 29th June 2010
NORMAN TRADER - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 29th June 2010 - www.simplonpc.co.uk



Norman Trader leaving Dover for Boulogne
Photo: Ian Boyle, 29th June 2010
NORMAN TRADER - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 29th June 2010 - www.simplonpc.co.uk






Newbuilding
(LD Lines: 2010- )
 
This vessel is under construction at Singapore Technologies Marine for delivery in 2010. LD Lines have an option on a second ship in their contract.






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