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Sunday, 16 August 2015

FERRYING IN '15, 25th June Messina


Thursday 25th June 2015

View from the hotel room


There was no need for an alarm clock this morning, as we had time for breakfast looking over the harbour of Messina before checking out of the hotel. The new tram service ran along the side of the bay so we could catch that to go along to the other ferry quay. We soon boarded the 8,383 gross tons car ferry VESTFOLD of Caronte & Tourist, which was built in Norway in 1991, for the journey across the Straits of Messina to Villa San Giovanni.


Vestfold


Walking on board


It was difficult to photograph the wall map of the Straits through the glass, but it gave some idea of the routes of the two services across the water. We could also see that the ship can hold 587 passengers.


Deck plan


Bar on board


Top deck


Map of part of the Straits


Florists


Original


Then we found a notice board with the original heading of Skipsinformasjon on the top of it.


Approaching the quay


As we disembarked we could see the ship's original port of registry - Horten - just visible on the hull. Out in the Straits we could see the cruise ship SEVEN SEAS MARINER heading north.


Vestfold


The sun was shining and it was hot and comfortable and the colour of the water below our quay was a beautiful colour, as we waited to board.


Lovely colour water


VESTFOLD sailed back to the Messina side and another ferry sailed over to where we were waiting. This was the 1993 Norwegian-built TREMESTIERI, the ex-KONINGIN BEATRIX, at 5,042 gross tons, and I was pleased to see her original name on the hull.


Regent's Seven Seas Mariner


Tremestieri of Caronte & Tourist


Ex-Koningin Beatrix


Names on the hull


Onto the car deck


Down on the breakwater


I liked this skyline on board


The Bar


Self-service


We saw several other ferries before we sailed back to the Messina side of the Straits, including an enormous China Shipping Line vessel.


Stretto Messina


Fata Morgana


China Shipping Line


Archimede


Villa at a distance


Riace


Mirella Morace, with Vestfold in the background


Busy Bar


Cars on deck


Some more cars on deck


Tindari Jet, that we travelled on yesterday


Giuseppe Franza


Life ring


It felt like lunchtime by now and we decided to enjoy the air-conditioned self-service restaurant at the ferry terminal on the waterside. Its ice creams are remembered with great affection by some of my friends, I recall. The hot and cold dishes, and fruit, were very welcome today and fortified us for another bus journey back towards the Messina railway station.


Ships seen so far today: Vestfold, Stretto Messina, Mirella Morace, Giuseppe Franza, Seven Seas Mariner, Tremestieri, Fata Morgana, China Shipping Line vessel, Archimede, Villa, Tindari Jet, Riace


To be continued...

2 comments:

  1. Nice photos. The Tremestieri ferry (former Koningin Beatrix) is a former Dutch ferry, instead of Norwegian. Interesting you mention the skyline, this is the skyline of the city of Vlissingen, The Netherlands. From 1993 to 2004 the Koningin Beatrix ferry sailed between Vlissingen and Breskens. A tunnel replaced the ferry in The Netherlands. We made a website about the former Dutch PSD ferries. http://www.psdnet.nl/tkbx.html. We would like to ask your permission to publish some of your photos on our website.

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    1. Hello - sorry for the delay in replying. Yes, I am happy that you publish some of my photos on your website - would be pleased if you will quote my website name with them. Glad to know about the Vlissingen skyline.

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