SMS refits Normandie Express for Brittany Ferries
UK-based ship repair and marine engineering services provider SMS has completed an extensive refit of Brittany Ferries’ high-speed ferry Normandie Express at the Port of Cherbourg in France. Normadie Express was dry docked using the Port Normands Associe’s 90-metre-long, 32-metre-wide Syncrolift, which was manufactured by Rolls-Royce and can lift vessels weighing up to 3,000 tonnes. During the three-week refurbishment, the SMS team completed structural aluminium repairs (including hull inserts), mended the under-hull planking and jet room, overhauled the sea valves, painted waterjets, and replaced insulations, anodes, main engine coolers and lube oil pumps. The team also performed maintenance work on the hydraulic ride control system and repaired and replaced insulation, fire door frames and fire safety equipment.
Medevac in Cherbourg
On June 9, 2014, at 12:15 p.m. the "Normandie Express" requested medical assistance while approaching Cherbourg, by the CROSS Joburg. After a conference call with the Medical Maritime Coordination Center (SAMU) in Le Havre, it was decided to dock the ship in port where an ambulance took the patient to hospital at 1 p.m.
Ferry spotted empty yacht
On Sep 5, 2013, at 2 p.m. the crew of the "Normandie Express" reported having spotted a 7,5-m-sailing boat which had previously been reported overdue about 25 nautical miles northwest of Havre. The crew launched a boat and found that the boat was empty. On Sep 4 at 9 p.m. the CROSS Jobourg had been contacted by the wife of the missing sailor, anxious not to have news of her husband who had left the port of Le Havre and should have returned before 8 p.m. Many water and air resources were mobilized by the civil defense helicopters, the French navy and customs as well as the lifeboat and the pilot boat of Le Havre, the f/v "Ptit Pierre" and other craft.Upload News