MS European Seaway

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Name: European Seaway
Owner: 1993-2002: P&O European Ferries (Dover) Ltd
2002-present: P & O Ferries Ltd
Operator: P&O Ferries
Port of registry: Dover,  United Kingdom
Route: 1992-2002: Dover-Zeebrugge
2002-2003: Dover-Calais
2004 Laid up
Builder: Schichau Unterweser AG, Germany
Yard number: 1075
Laid down: 15 October 1990
Launched: 20 April 1991
Completed: 2 October 1991
Maiden voyage: 7 October 1991
Identification: IMO number: 9007283
Status: in service
General characteristics
Tonnage: 22,986 tonnes
Length: 179.7 m (589.6 ft)
Beam: 28.3 m (92.8 ft)
Draft: 6.27 m (20.6 ft)
Installed power: 4 x Sulzer 8ZA40S Diesels
Propulsion: Two controllable pitch propellers
Speed: 21 knots
Capacity: 200 passengers
124 15m freight vehicles

The European Seaway is a cross-channel ferry operated by P&O Ferries. She was the first of four freight ferries ordered by P&O European Ferries for the Dover-Zeebrugge route. She remained on the DoverZeebrugge route until 2000 when she alternated between the Calais and Zeebrugge routes. In 2003 she was moved to Dover – Calais full time after the Zeebrugge route closed but was laid up in 2004 returning to the route in 2005.

Sister ships

As built the ship was identical to European Highway and European Pathway. The fourth 'European Class' freight ferry was converted to a multi-purpose vessel for the Dover-Calais route and named Pride of Burgundy though she still retained a number of similarities. European Seaway is now the only member of the class in 'as built' condition following the conversion of the European Pathway and European Highway, now Pride of Kent and Pride of Canterbury respectively, to multi-purpose ships for the Dover-Calais route.