MS Pride of Canterbury
Pride of Canterbury approaching Calais
|Port of registry:||
|Route:||Dover - Calais|
|Builder:||Schichau Unterweser AG, Germany|
|Launched:||8 October 1991|
|Completed:||29 December 1991|
|Maiden voyage:||4 January 1992|
|Identification:||IMO number: 9007295|
|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 (39 km/h; 24 mph)|
MS Pride of Canterbury was the second of four 'European Class' freight ferries ordered for P&O European Ferries' Dover-Zeebrugge route. Between 1992 and 2002 she sailed between Dover and Zeebrugge for P&O European Ferries and later P&O Stena Line. She was converted in the winter of 2002/spring 2003 and re-entered service as Pride of Canterbury (replacing the ageing P&OSL Canterbury). She currently sails from Dover to Calais.
On 31 January 2008 she struck the wreck of SS Mahratta while manoeuvring into The Downs off the Kent coast during heavy weather. The collision caused the loss of one of her propellers and damaged the prop shaft and gear box. Although she was able to sail to Dover unaided, the ferry required assistance berthing. Following emergency repairs in Falmouth she returned to service operating with only 1 propeller. As a result, she was unable to operate in rough weather and was frequently laid up in Dover or sheltering off the Kent coast waiting for the wind to drop. The ferry was due to be drydocked at a European repair yard in November 2008 to be fitted with a new propeller with a view to being back in service for the Christmas 2008 period. The vessel is now back in service again on the Dover to Calais route.
On 29 September 2014 a fire broke out in the engine room at around 8am as it arrived into Calais. The fire was quickly extinguished by the ship's fire protection system. Nobody was injured and the ship disembarked all the passengers safely. The stricken ferry was taken to Arno Shipyard in Dunkerque for repairs; to make up for the missing ship, Pride of Burgundy's services were increased from three to five.
In early 2019, the Pride of Canterbury, like all P&O vessels on the Dover-to-Calais route, has been flagged out to Cyprus, a measure explained by the company as motivated by tax advantages in view of Brexit. She is now registered in Limassol.
As built, European Pathway was identical to European Seaway and European Highway. The fourth 'European Class' freight ferry was converted to a multi-purpose vessel for the Dover-Calais route and named MS Pride of Burgundy though she still retained a number of similarities. Following conversion to multi-purpose ship, Pride of Canterbury is nearly identical to Pride of Kent.
- Dover Ferry Photos - European Pathway/Pride of Canterbury Archived 2008-12-28 at the Wayback Machine
- "Report on the investigation into the grounding of Pride of Canterbury" (PDF). Marine Accident Investigation Branch. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 March 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2009. Although it is unclear whether the wreck referred to in the MAIB report is that of the SS Mahratta (1892) or a later vessel of the same name which also wrecked on the Goodwin Sands.
- MAIB - Current Investigations
- HHV Ferry - P&O's Darwins