MS SeaFrance Molière

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MS SeaFrance Molière at sea, August 2008
Name: 2002—2007: Superfast X
2007—2008: Jean Nicoli
2008 onwards: SeaFrance Molière
Owner: 2002—2007: Superfast Ferries
2007—2008: Veolia Transport
2008 onwards: SeaFrance[1]
Operator: 2002—2007: Superfast Ferries
2007: SNCM
2007: ANEK Lines
2008 onwards: SeaFrance[1]
Port of registry: 2002—2007: Piraeus, 22x20px Greece
2007—2008: Ajaccio, 22x20px France[1]
2008 onwards: Calais, 22x20px France[2]
Builder: HDW Kiel, Germany
Yard number: 360[1]
Launched: 18 November 2000[1]
Christened: 26 February 2002 by Patricia Lederer[1]
Acquired: 26 February 2002[1]
In service: 27 February 2002[1]
Identification: IMO number: 9211511[1]
Status: in service
General characteristics (as Superfast X)[1]
Class and type: Superfast VII class fast ropax ferry
Tonnage: 29,800 GT (gross tonnage)
Displacement: 5,295 metric tons deadweight (DWT)
Length: 203.30 m (667 ft)
Beam: 25.00 m (82 ft)
Draught: 6.50 m (21 ft 4 in)
Ice class: 1 A Super[3]
Installed power: 4 × Wärtsilä-Sulzer NSD ZA V40S diesels
combined 46000 kW
Propulsion: 2 propellers[4]
Speed: 30.4 kn (56.30 km/h)[5]
Capacity: 626 passengers (728 after 2004 refit)
653 cars
1891 lane meters
General characteristics (as SeaFrance Molière)[4]
Tonnage: 30,285 GT (gross tonnage)
Decks: 10
Speed: 28.4 kn (52.60 km/h)
Capacity: 1200 passengers
660 cars
1900 lane meters
Notes: Otherwise the same as above

MS SeaFrance Molière is a fast ropax ferry owned by SeaFrance and operated on their DoverCalais route.[4][6] She was built in 2002 by the HDW shipyard in Kiel, Germany for Superfast Ferries as MS Superfast X. Between 2007 and 2008 she was owned by Veolia Transport, and sailed under the name MS Jean Nicoli for SNCM, COTUNAV and ANEK Lines.[1]

Concept and construction

The Superfast X was the last ship in a series of four identical ice classed fast ferries built by HDW Kiel, Germany for Superfast Ferries' new Baltic Sea services. She was launched on 18 November 2000,[1] on the same date as her sisters MS Superfast VII[7] and MS Superfast IX[8] The Superfast X was delivered to her owners on 26 February 2002, and christened on the same date by Patricia Lederer.[1]

Service history

The Superfast X entered service for Superfast Ferries on 27 February 2002 on the HankoRostock route. She remained on that route until 19 April 2002, when she was laid up at HDW Kiel. On 17 May 2002 she re-entered service, now on the Rosyth—Zeebrugge route. In January—February 2004 the Superfast X was rebuilt at Fosen Mekaniske Verksted, Fosen, Norway with additional passenger berths.[1] On 7 August 2006 Superfast Ferries announced they had sold the Superfast X to Veolia Transport for 112 million.[9] The ship was delivered to her new owners on 12 February 2007 and renamed Jean Nicoli.[1]

On March 2007 the Jean Nicoli made crossings from Le Havre to Marseille, carrying cars onboard. During April of the same year she was chartered to COTUNAV for traffic from Italy and France to Tunisia. At the end of April she was laid up, initially at La Seyne, later at Marseille. From 8 September until 2 October 2007 she was chartered to ANEK Lines for service on their PatrasKorfuIgoumenitsaVenice route. On 27 December 2007 the ship was sold to SeaFrance, with a delivery date set for April 2008.[1]

In the beginning of April 2008 the Jean Nicoli was delivered to SeaFrance and renamed SeaFrance Molière. On 3 April 2008 she left Marseille for Arno Dunkerque for rebuilding into a short distance ferry.[1][4] She entered service with SeaFrance in freight only operation on 19 August 2008 and begun passenger service on 1 September 2008.[1][10]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 Asklander, Micke. "M/S Superfast X (2002)" (in Swedish). Fakta om Fartyg. Retrieved 10 April 2008. 
  2. "Mv Superfast X / Jean Nicoli / Seafrance Moliere". Dover Ferry Photos. Retrieved 28 September 2008. 
  3. "Vessel info: SeaFrance Moliere: Summary". DNV Exchange. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 29 August 2008. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "New Ship 2008". SeaFrance. SeaFrance. Retrieved 10 April 2008. 
  5. Davies, Phil (28 March 2008). "SeaFrance acquires third modern ferry". TravelMole. Retrieved 10 April 2008. 
  6. Asklander, Micke. "M/S Superfast VII (2001)" (in Swedish). Fakta om Fartyg. Retrieved 10 April 2008. 
  7. Asklander, Micke. "M/S Superfast IX (2002)" (in Swedish). Fakta om Fartyg. Retrieved 10 April 2008. 
  8. "Announcement—Sale of Superfast X". Superfast Ferries press release. Superfast Ferries. 7 August 2006. Retrieved 10 April 2008. 
  9. "The SeaFrance Molière presentation". SeaFrance. SeaFrance. Retrieved 28 September 2008.