The Norman Spirit

The Ostend Spirit is a roro ferry operated by the ferry companies LD Lines. She was built in 1991 as the Prins Filip for Regie voor Maritiem Transport. She was placed on the route linking Dover to Ostend in 1992. She is notable for being involved in a tragic incident where the linkspan connecting the terminal to the Prins Filip collapsed in 1994. Six people were killed in the accident. In 1998, she was acquired by Stena Line and was renamed as the Stena Royal. She was chartered to P&O Stena Line and was used as a freight ferry, operating between Dover and Zeebrugge. In 1999, Stena decided to extend the charter where she was renamed as the POSL Aquitaine and was placed on the Dover-Calais route.. In 2000, she was involved in another accident, where she failed to stop whilst berthing at Calais. This was due to a malfunction with one of the propellors. There were no fatalities but there were quite a few injuries and extensive damage. In 2005, she was sold to LD Lines and was renamed as the Norman Spirit. She sailed beteen Portsmouth and Le Havre. She was chartered to TransEuropa Ferries and was placed on the route linking Ramsgate and Ostend. In 2011, LD Lines reacquired the vessel, ending the partnership between the two companies. She was repainted in LD Lines colours. Her current port of registry is Southampton, England.