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Of the large fleet of Danish ro-ro cargo vessel and ferry operator DFDS Seaways, some have been serviced at Remontowa this year, namely: Sirena Seaways, Athena Seaways, Regina Seaways, Crown Seaways and Patria Seaways.

The most recent DFDS Seaways vessel to be serviced in Gdansk was the car and passenger ferry Calais Seaways (on the picture below). She has undergone wide ranging general repairs, as well as replacement of the main engine no. 2.

It was not the first time that the ferry has visited Remontowa SA. The most recent previous instance that it was serviced at our yard was in March 2013.

It sails for 25 years now, changing owners and operators several times (including Stena RoRo, LD Lines, LD Transmanche Ferries, DFDS/LD Lines, DFDS Seaways). The ship has been renamed as many as nine times due to changes of operator or charterer and ferry route it was deployed on. During stays at Remontowa alone it has had its name changed three times.

In 2011 the ferry entered Remontowa as Ostend Spirit and left it renamed Norman Spirit. In 2013 Norman Spirit came to Remontowa to be serviced and to leave the Gdansk based yard as Calais Seaways with complete new livery (of new operator - DFDS Seaways).

The ship was built in 1991 at Belgian yard Boelwerf Shipyard Temse. It offers space for 1850 passengers (2000 according to some sources), 250 personal cars and 75 trucks and/or trailers (or 600 cars alone). Calais Seaways is 163.4 m long over all, 27.6 m wide and features speed of up to 21 knots.

The ferry operating on the Dover-Calais route was fully refurbished at Remontowa in 2013, The ship’s facilities include a restaurant, bar, café, reclining seat areas, shop, play area and several public areas with sea views. There are also good facilities for commercial drivers.​

This year, Calais Seaways remained at Remontowa for 34 days for a wide range of repairs and maintenance.

Steelwork has been done on car deck no. 3; main engine no. 2 has been replaced with a new unit, while the three remaining main engines have been overhauled and repaired. Major overhaul and repairs of auxiliary engine no. 4 have been carried out. In dock, the hull was cleaned and painted. The port side fin stabiliser (with 7 m long fin) have been repaired.

Decks no. 3 and no. 5 have been sandblasted and painted. Boiler valves, mooring rollers, tunnel thruster electric motor, ramps, ventilation hatches, side and bottom valves have been overhauled and repaired among other items.

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