MV C.T.M.A. Voyageur

C.T.M.A. Voyageur is a ferry which is in service in Canada with Coopérative de Transport Maritime et Aérien (CTMA). She was built in 1971 as Anderida for Stena Line, serving under charter with Sealink until 1980. She then served under the names Truck Trader, Sealink and Mirela before she was sold to CTMA in 1986 and renamed C.T.M.A. Voyageur.

C.T.M.A. Voyageur at Cap-aux-Meules in 2011.
  • Anderida (1971–81)
  • Truck Trader (1981–84)
  • Sealink (1984–86)
  • Mirela (1986–87)
  • C.T.M.A. Voyageur (since 1987)
Namesake: Anderida
  • Stena Line AB (1971–72)
  • Carpass Shipping Ltd (1972–81)
  • Covenant Shipping Inc (1981–84)
  • South Pacific Navigation Ltd (1984–86)
  • Navigation Madeleine Inc (since 1986)[1]
  • Stena Line AB (1972)
  • Carpass Shipping Ltd (1972)
  • British Rail (1972–80)
  • Manta Line Inc (1981–84)
  • South Pacific Navigation Ltd (1984–86)
  • Coopérative de Transport Maritime et Aérien (since 1986)
Port of registry:
Route: see text
Builder: Trosvik Verksted A/S Brevik
Yard number: 95
Launched: 11 December 1971
In service: 28 April 1972
Identification: IMO number: 7222229
Status: In service as of 2014
General characteristics
Class and type: Train ferry
Tonnage: 4,529 GT, 3,252 NT, 2,591 DWT
Length: 106.00 metres (347 ft 9 in)
Beam: 16.03 metres (52 ft 7 in)
Draught: 4.30 metres (14 ft 1 in)
Installed power: 4 Normo diesel engines, 3,376 kilowatts (4,527 hp)
Speed: 17 knots (31 km/h)
Capacity: 12 passengers


C.T.M.A. Voyageur is 99.70 metres (327 ft 1 in) long, with a beam of 16.03 metres (52 ft 7 in) and a draught of 4.30 metres (14 ft 1 in). Assessed at GT 4,529,  Northwest Territories,[2] 2,591 DWT, she is propelled by two 8-cylinder and two 9-cylinder diesel engines producing a total of 3,376 kilowatts (4,527 hp). These can propel the ship at 17 knots (31 km/h).[3]


Anderida was built as a train ferry by Trosvik Verksted A/S, Brevik, Norway as Yard Number 95. She was launched on 11 December 1971. Anderida was delivered on 28 April 1972.[3] Originally ordered by Stena Line, she was sold whilst still under construction.[4] Named after the Saxon Shore Fort,[5] the ship was sold to Carpass Shipping Ltd on 1 May and was chartered to British Rail on 22 August. She entered service on the Dover - Dunkerque route on 28 August. In March 1975, she operated on the Larne - Stranraer route. In May 1976, she was employed on the Holyhead - Dún Laoghaire route, and in October she was put in service on the Heysham - Belfast route. In May 1977, she entered service on the Fishguard - Rosslare route. An engine room fire on 17 February 1979 put her out of service for a month.[3] In December 1980, she returned to Dover and was laid up.[4] In 1981, captains working for Sealink refused to sail Anderida from Dover to Newhaven, East Sussex in a bid to prevent Sealink laying her up there prior to sale.[6]

Anderida was sold to Covenant Shipping Inc, Monrovia, Liberia, on 30 October 1981 and was renamed Truck Trader. She operated under the management of Manta Line Inc. Her port of registry was changed to Piraeus, Greece. On 3 December 1984, Truck Trader was sold to Mearlborough Sealink, New Zealand and renamed Sealink. During the delivery voyage to New Zealand, she suffered an engine failure.[3] She was reflagged to New Zealand in 1985.[5] Sealink operated on the Cook Strait route from Wellington to Picton but was withdrawn due to competition from New Zealand Railways Corporation and sold by mid-1986.[4][7] In 1986, she was renamed Mirela and was laid up at Piraeus on 31 October.[3]

On 4 December 1986, Mirela was sold to CTMA subsidiary Navigation Madeleine Inc.[1] She was renamed C.T.M.A. Voyageur in 1987 and entered service between Montreal and Cap-aux-Meules, Quebec. In June 2002, she was put into service between Prince Edward Island and the Magdalen Islands, later returning to the Montreal - Cap-aux-Meules route.[3] As of 2006, she is mainly used during the winter on the Matane - Cap-aux-Meules route.[5]


  1. "C.T.M.A. Voyageur". Vessel Registration Query System. Transport Canada. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  2. "Details for registered vessel C.T.M.A. VOYAGEUR (O.N. 358559)". Transport Canada. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  3. "M/S ANDERIDA" (in Swedish). Fakta om Fartyg. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  4. Merrigan, Justin. "Anderida". Sealink-Holyhead. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  5. "CANADA, SUMMER 2006, Part Two continued: C.T.M.A. Voyageur". HHV. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  6. "Refusal to sail ferry". The Times (60853). London. 16 February 1981. col A, p. 3.
  7. Sealink unsold Rails July 1986 page 271
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