ShipSpotting.com Forum

Shipspotters all over the world => Shipping News and information => Topic started by: Cedric Hacke on January 05, 2007, 05:51:05 pm



Title: M/V Superfast X
Post by: Cedric Hacke on January 05, 2007, 05:51:05 pm
Hi everyone,

the Superfast X has been sold to Veloia Transportation according to Faktaomfaryg and The Ferry Site. I posted this information on the Dover Ferry Photo's forum and someone told me that SNCM had bought/chartered the vessel. Do you have any more information?

Regards
Cedric


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: frederik on January 05, 2007, 06:28:41 pm
Hi CedricH,

A few months ago Attica Group, owners of Superfast Ferries, sold the "Superfast X" to Veloia Transport, owners of SNCM. The delivery to the new owners is expected at the end of January 2007.
The "Superfast X" is now deployed in the Zeebrugge-Rosyth service, a passenger/freight service between Belgium and Scotland. The "Superfast X" will be replaced by the "Blue Star 1" (IMO: 9197105), a ferry owned by Blue Star Ferries, another subsidiarie of the Greek Attica Group.
Pictures of the Superfast X: http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=319888
http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=319890

greetz,

frederik


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: Cedric Hacke on January 05, 2007, 07:24:06 pm
Hi,

thanx for your information. Will the Blue Star 1 stay on the route permanently?

Regards
Cedric


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: frederik on January 06, 2007, 11:11:42 am
Hi CedricH,

For so far I know, yes. Blue Star 1 will stay on the Zeebrugg-Rosyth service.

greetz,

frederik


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: Eric HOURI on February 08, 2007, 06:32:16 pm
Hi Cedrich,
Superfast X is due to be delivered to VEOLIA/SNCM on February 12. She will be renamed Jean Nicoli.
Regards.
Eric.


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: Cedric Hacke on February 09, 2007, 05:16:54 pm
Hi Eric,

thanks verry much for your information
We'll probably see her move through the channel on AIS on her way to the Med then

Regards
Cedric


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: Pascal on February 10, 2007, 01:03:30 am
Many thanks ehouri ! I have desesperatly tried to find her new name for a few months. I think Jean Nicoli is a fine choice. On the one hand she will be the first ship ever to recieve this name, and on the other hand they keep the Fraissinet/CGT/CGTM/SNCM tradition to honour Corsican heroes (Napoléon, Fred Scamaroni, Pascal Paoli, Danielle Casanova...). Jean Nicoli was a great resistant who died heroically during the German occupation. I think it's a well deserved honnor.


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: Marie-Anne on February 12, 2007, 07:12:23 pm
This afternoon the Superfast X is given the new name: Jean Nicoli.
She is still in the Antwerp dry docks.
Maybe after this renaming she will leave pretty soon.

Greetz,
Marie-Anne


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: Cedric Hacke on February 13, 2007, 04:20:13 pm
Ok, thanks

Has she allready recieved new paintwork?

Regards
Cedric


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: Marie-Anne on February 13, 2007, 07:58:13 pm
I have no idea.
But i just looked on the shipplotter and i can't find her anymore, so there is a big chance she left Antwerp.

On her way to her new destination!

Greetz,
Marie-Anne


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: RoRoMan on February 13, 2007, 08:15:22 pm
Yes, she did receive new paintwork. She has a blue hull and blue funnel. "SCNM" is written in the same blue on both sides forward on the white superstructure.
I saw her in Antwerp Ship Repair last Sunday, Feb 11, and the painting was well underway, but not finished.
She was, unfortunately, in an impossible place to photograph behind trees and a concrete wall (right behind the "Spek en Eieren" restaurant for those who know the port).

RoRoMan


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: portagent on February 13, 2007, 09:49:29 pm
according to AISlive 13.Feb. 10.00 p.m. Jean Nicoli is still moored in Antwerp

brgds,
Klaus


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: Cedric Hacke on February 14, 2007, 02:24:17 pm
Hi,

is she allready registered as Jean Nicoli or still as Superfast X?

Regards
Cedric


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: portagent on February 14, 2007, 06:31:42 pm
she must be registered as "Jean Nicoli", because AISlive shows her with the new French callsign FNKG.

Presently (14.02./07.30 pm lt) she is still moored in Antwerp.

brgds
Klaus


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: frederik on February 14, 2007, 11:13:46 pm
Hi Klaus,

You are right, on my shipplotter she is already shown as Jean Nicoli and still in Antwerp. I just looked on the Belgian site for pilotage and she is not listed, so I think she will stay in Antwerp the next days.

greetz,

frederik


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: KoenJ on February 15, 2007, 08:45:53 am
Hello,

I'm new here.
I work at Radio Holland Belgium.
I am working on Jean Nicoli these days. She will stay until 20/02 or 22/02, at Antwerp Shiprepair. There is still a lot ongoing onboard, so maybe it will be postponed.


Title: Some photos ?
Post by: madcat on February 15, 2007, 12:52:15 pm
Hello sirs,
I'am looking for somme pictures of Superfast X / Jean Nicoli with her news hull colors. Can you help me to find this ?
I'm sailing in mediterranean sea now and it's difficult for me to obtain this photos.
Thank you.


Title: Re: Some photos ?
Post by: Cedric Hacke on February 15, 2007, 05:30:25 pm
Hi,

fo you have an idea of a route for her?

Regards
Cedric


Title: Re: Some photos ?
Post by: madcat on February 15, 2007, 07:36:15 pm
Hi,
normally, after leaving the dry dock, she must sail directly to Marseille, in the south of France.
After this, she will sail between Marseille and Corsica, and sometimes Sardinia.
SNCM may sail her to South Africa (Algeria or Tunisia) with freight only.
I will give you more informations when I'll see her in mediterranean sea.
Best regards.


Title: Re: Some photos ?
Post by: grandmaitr on February 15, 2007, 08:30:04 pm
Hi, i live in Marseilles, I'ill post some pictures of Jean Nicoli as soon as possible.  :-)


Title: Re: Some photos ?
Post by: Cedric Hacke on February 18, 2007, 02:07:09 pm
Hi,

that would be great!
I'm from Belgium but Antwerp is a bit too far away to go and take some pictures :-(

Regards
Cedric


Title: Re: Some photos ?
Post by: Pascal on February 20, 2007, 08:45:13 pm
:-) I found some pictures of Jean Nicoli in her SNCM livery here (http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/jean_nicoli_2002_b_1.htm) and here (http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/jean_nicoli_2002_b_2.htm).

I think she looks really great ! I can't wait to see her with my own eyes but there's still nothing about her on the Marseille port schedules... If someone here has any information about her arrival in the Med, it would be nice to let it known.


Title: Re: Some photos ?
Post by: madcat on February 20, 2007, 09:18:53 pm
Hi Charles,
thank you very much for this photos, it's exactly what i'am searching for !
Regards.


Title: Re: Some photos ?
Post by: Pascal on February 21, 2007, 12:36:15 am
Quote

madcat wrote:
Hi Charles,
thank you very much for this photos, it's exactly what i'am searching for !
Regards.



 :-?  Charles ????


Title: Re: Some photos ?
Post by: madcat on February 22, 2007, 09:54:18 am
Sorry Pascal,
it was a terrible fault, i'm sorry.
Thank you very much for your help.
Regards


Title: Re: Some photos ?
Post by: Pascal on February 22, 2007, 11:08:38 am
No offense... ;-)


Title: Re: Some photos ?
Post by: Christoph on February 28, 2007, 09:47:24 am
So someone living at Marseille or on Corsica had the chance to take some photos?


Title: Re: Some photos ?
Post by: alexisdo on February 28, 2007, 02:54:44 pm
vessel will call le havre on next friday, do you still want some photos ?


Title: Re: Some photos ?
Post by: Cedric Hacke on February 28, 2007, 06:22:00 pm
Of course  :-D
That would be most kind of you!

Regards
Cedric


Title: Re: Some photos ?
Post by: Pascal on February 28, 2007, 11:56:45 pm
Does anybody know what she is doing since she has left Antwerp ??? It looks as if she's in a sort of cosmical void !  ;-) By the way, why does she call in Le Havre ?


Title: Re: Some photos ?
Post by: Pascal on March 01, 2007, 06:52:44 pm
Ok,here (http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=365828) is the first picture on this site of Jean Nicoli (great shot BTW !)


Title: Re: Some photos ?
Post by: Cedric Hacke on March 01, 2007, 08:16:42 pm
Hi,

thanks for the picture
Great shot!

Regards
Cedric


Title: Re: Some photos ?
Post by: djimmy on March 02, 2007, 09:41:31 am
hi !

"jean nicoli" will leave at 10:00 pm the port of HAVRE, then will go to the port of SANTANDER in Spain, but I do not know even which day. :-?

regards
Djimmy


Title: Re: Some photos ?
Post by: Pascal on March 02, 2007, 11:36:20 am
What the hell will she do in Santander ? Can't they just take her to Marseille ?


Title: Re: Some photos ?
Post by: djimmy on March 02, 2007, 01:26:20 pm
The ship is going to make a new stopover for SANTANDER and normally after her will go to Marseille.


Title: Re: Some photos ?
Post by: djimmy on March 02, 2007, 01:42:30 pm
" jean nicoli " will come at SANTANDER March 5th at 6:00 am and she will leave at 12:30 am, then she will go normally to MARSEILLE.

regards
djimmy :-D


Title: Jean Nicoli in Le Havre
Post by: madcat on March 02, 2007, 04:04:04 pm
Hi,
Jean Nicoli is in Le Havre. She will leaveon 03/03 to Santander (03/05) with freight only (cars).
After this, no more information (I was abord this aftrenoon), and she in not waited in Marseille for the moment.


Title: Re: Jean Nicoli in Le Havre
Post by: Cedric Hacke on March 02, 2007, 05:52:56 pm
Hi,

what sort of cars is she taking?
Private cars or new cars (not used yet)?

Regards
Cedric


Title: Re: Jean Nicoli in Le Havre
Post by: alexisdo on March 02, 2007, 08:19:07 pm
750 RENAULT NEW CARS


Title: Photos of Jean Nicoli in Le Havre
Post by: madcat on March 03, 2007, 10:42:18 am
Hi,
so she has not leaved yet Le Havre port now (may be sunday morning). I was aboard yesterday and i have made some photos.
I'll give you more photos soon.
http://cftc.sednav.free.fr/info/nicoli_havre.html


Title: Re: Photos of Jean Nicoli in Le Havre
Post by: Pascal on March 03, 2007, 11:28:28 am
Merci beaucoup ! :-) J'ai lu des informations mentionnant le fait que le Jean Nicoli entrerait dans un chantier à Santander et y resterait quelque temps avant de mettre le cap sur Marseille. Est-ce que quelqu'un peut confirmer ?

I've read information mentionning the fact Jean Nicoli would go to a yard in Santander and stay there a bit before her departure to Marseille. Can anybody here give us information about this ?


Title: Re: Photos of Jean Nicoli in Le Havre
Post by: madcat on March 03, 2007, 11:46:19 am
Hi,
no she won't stay not more some hours(06:30 to 12:30) in santander for discharging 700 renault cars. After this, the Captain don't know her future destination. You can found information on Santander Port website: http://www.puertosantander.es/ONLINE/Internet/Default.htm or le havre port control website: http://www.havre-port.net/pahweb.html .
380 photos on http://cftc.sednav.free.fr/info/nicoli_havre.html


Title: Re: Photos of Jean Nicoli in Le Havre
Post by: Cedric Hacke on March 04, 2007, 04:46:42 pm
Hi,

has her interior been refurbished yet?
I don't know if SNCM has kept the current interior (with is verry nice) and just swapped the names or has it been totaly made to look like her new SNCM fleetmates?

Regards
Cedric


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: madcat on March 04, 2007, 06:25:01 pm
Hi,
she has been transformed but the interior was the same. Casino has disapeared and the sauna/jacuzzi was forbidded to the passengers. It was the only transformation with the whole remplacement of greek/english signalisation in french.
She may be come back to Le Havre, I will try to make photos of new interior.
Regards.


Title: Re: Photos of Jean Nicoli in Le Havre
Post by: Christoph on March 05, 2007, 03:11:46 pm
Thank you so much for the pics!


Title: Re: Photos of Jean Nicoli in Le Havre
Post by: Cedric Hacke on March 05, 2007, 05:56:07 pm
Thanks for the information and the pictures!


Title: Re: Photos of Jean Nicoli in Le Havre
Post by: djimmy on March 07, 2007, 02:48:12 pm
hi,
Somebody would know where is at present "jean nicoli" ?

regards.
djimmy..
Quote


Title: Re: Photos of Jean Nicoli in Le Havre
Post by: Cedric Hacke on March 07, 2007, 04:39:38 pm
Hi,

I've got a question on the replacement of the Superfast X
Do they use the upper car decks of the Blue Star 1?
I saw her in Zeebrugge once, not much time after she had arrived and the ramp was not lowered for acces onto the upper cardeck

Regards
Cedric


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: mlulurgas on March 08, 2007, 05:14:22 pm
I had the chance to test SNCM standards on Pascal Paoli last autumn and I was very well impressed (except for the fact that is unacceptable to make public announcements only in French, apart for the one after departure, also in Corsican speech); it's easy to understand why they've closed the casino, less why they've closed the sauna/jacuzzi. This could have been an interesting service; for the same reason I couldn't understand why CMN cut off the swimming pool from the Girolata; the ferry had a reasonable speed for being useful only on day crossings to Marseille, where it would have been an iteresting service, but even if you don't need it, I can understand to build a ferry without swimming pool, not to remove it from a ferry which has it!

Anyway....no matter! So the Jean Nicoli does not come to Nice?


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: madcat on March 09, 2007, 12:44:45 pm
Hi,
yes, but you would make some reclamations for the jacuzzi...
I think that she won't go to Nice for a simply reason: 205m length, it's too long to enter in the bassin.
So Marseille will be a better place.
Regards.


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: djimmy on March 09, 2007, 03:17:11 pm
hi,
Jean Nicoli goes at present towards Corsican.:-)

regards,
djimmy.


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: Pascal on March 09, 2007, 07:09:22 pm
Thanks for the news ! :-) It appears she's going to her home port Ajaccio (which is my home port as well, by the way ! :-D ), too bad I'm living on the main land, I will only be in Corsica in late April/early May. I hope she will be laid up there (as there are still no schedules for her, I guess she will be laid up for a few weeks), even if I suppose she only goes to Corsica for her official christenning before sailing to Marseille and being laid up there.


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: mlulurgas on March 12, 2007, 04:33:57 pm
The Mega Express Three, which is 212 metres, entered Nice in few occasions....anyway do we know where the Jean Nicoli is at the moment?


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: Pascal on March 25, 2007, 11:12:14 am
In the ferry section, you can see pictures of here which were taken on March 23rd. And she is spotted in... SOUTHAMPTON !!!!! :-o  :-o What the hell is she doing in Southammpton ???
I suppose Veolia/SNCM use her as a Ro/Ro or a vehicle carrier until her definitive Corsican schedule is announced. I guess it's more profitable to operate her that way than to simply lay her up in Marseille...


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: DanSTN on March 26, 2007, 02:41:15 pm
She was indeed in Southampton on the 23rd March. The ship's agent was listed as Wallenius Wilhelmsen, which suggests that she may be on a short charter to the scandinavian line.


Title: JEAN NICOLI ( SNCM )
Post by: djimmy on April 03, 2007, 04:20:00 pm
hi,
Somebody would know where is at the moment Jean Nicoli because he has to go normally in April to Marseille. :-)

rgds !


Title: Re: JEAN NICOLI ( SNCM )
Post by: grandmaitr on April 03, 2007, 09:52:09 pm
I am in Marseilles,and Jean nicoli was not in marseilles harbour today.


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: djimmy on April 04, 2007, 02:22:11 pm
hi;
Here is I found this on a concerning site jean nicoli but I do not manage to understand these 2 sentences then if somebody could translate them to me.:-?  Thank you in advance

"Avgick Le Havre med bilar till Marseille"
and
"Gjorde en resa mellan Marseille - Le Havre - Marseille med bilar"

 regards !


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: Cedric Hacke on April 04, 2007, 04:22:27 pm
Hi,

from my verry limited knowledge of Swedish:

- "Departure from Le Havre to Marseille with cars"

- "Special sailing (or something like that) from Marseille to Le Havre and back with cars"

Regards
Cedric


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: djimmy on April 05, 2007, 05:05:33 am
hi,
Thank you very much for your translation

regards


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: Cedric Hacke on July 04, 2007, 09:13:10 am
Hi,

I read on faktaomfartyg that she has been sold again to an unknown company.
Does anyone know who this unknown company is?

Link faktaomfartyg: http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/superfast_X_2002.htm (http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/superfast_X_2002.htm)

Regards
Cedric


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: Pascal on July 04, 2007, 12:36:23 pm
Jean Nicoli is currently in Marseille, obviously laid up. She's still in the SNCM livery.


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: julien001 on July 04, 2007, 02:00:38 pm
Hi Cedric !

Read thus article :

http://www.meretmarine.com/article.cfm?id=105022

http://www.pacainfoeco.com/actune/200607.jeannicoli.html

Julien


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: Cedric Hacke on July 04, 2007, 08:23:35 pm
Hi,

thanks for the articles Julien
If I understood it right, SNCM have sold Jean Nicoli to CMN?
My school french is a bit rusty so...

Regards
Cedric


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: Pascal on July 05, 2007, 09:14:53 am
Quote


If I understood it right, SNCM have sold Jean Nicoli to CMN?
My school french is a bit rusty so...

Cedric


No, CMN is only mentionned in the article to remind the fact that Jean Nicoli was bought at the time CMN/SNCM alliance renewal was far from being sure, and that SNCM needed extra capacity to compensate the possible CMN "loss".

We still don't know anything about the buyer...

Anyway, it's possible Jean Nicoli will do at least an official SNCM crossing. She is on the Marseille Port Authority schedule for tomorrow, bound for Algiers.


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: Cedric Hacke on July 05, 2007, 10:05:08 am
Hi,

so it will be wait and see then
It's too bad that they don't keep a good and fast ship like that
I wonder who has bought it then...

Regards
Cedric


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: spotter06 on July 07, 2007, 07:36:46 am
Quote
She is on the Marseille Port Authority schedule for tomorrow, bound for Algiers.


Jean Nicoli will operate several trips between Marseilles and Algeria (Algiers, Annaba and Skikda) after the ferry Île-de-Beauté was damaged.


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: Pascal on July 07, 2007, 09:32:36 am
Île de Beauté was damaged ????  :-o  :-o  :-o I didn't know that. I noticed that she went back at her winter laid up berth, but I just thought it was because she only operated the week ends... Do you know what happened to her ?


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: djimmy on July 07, 2007, 12:49:09 pm
ile de beauté had an engine failure, so jean nicoli replaces him until that the ile de beauté is repaired because jean nicoli would have been sold??  :-?


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: spotter06 on July 07, 2007, 01:25:47 pm
Jean Nicoli is scheduled for 3 trips to Algeria. Then nothing plannes as fas as I know.
It is sure that Veolia transport is trying to sell this ship, but according to "Nice-Matin" paper, the Italian company that was supposed to buy it wasn't able to prove it had enough funds to buy it.


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: Pascal on July 08, 2007, 06:58:16 pm
Île de Beauté is now in Union Naval Marseille drydock. However, I'm not sure about Jean Nicoli situation. Port of Marseille authority website said she was due to depart to Algeria at 1pm from a Ferry terminal berth. But she was actually still at her "laid up" pier (see here (http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=453045)), very far from any  facility and didn't sail at the scheduled hour.


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: Cedric Hacke on July 09, 2007, 06:47:33 pm
Hi,

thanks for the news guys
Anyone know who the Italien buyer was?

Regards
Cedric


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: Cedric Hacke on July 09, 2007, 06:47:41 pm
Hi,

thanks for the news guys
Anyone know who the Italien buyer was?

Regards
Cedric

Sorry for the double post  :-? , I had a browser fault


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: spotter06 on July 09, 2007, 08:13:03 pm
Quote
Anyone know who the Italien buyer was?

Well the newspaper did not named it.
By the way, according to the same article, when it goes to Marseilles, Jean Nicoli is supposed to land at the cruise terminal. It seems the SNCM's terminal is not long enough for it.


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: Cedric Hacke on July 10, 2007, 06:18:26 pm
Hi,

I didn't know she was that much bigger then SNCMs other vessels  :-o

Regards
Cedric


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: spotter06 on July 10, 2007, 08:39:22 pm
Quote
I didn't know she was that much bigger then SNCMs other vessels


Well, so far the SNCM's bigger ship was Danielle Casanova which is 176 meters long.
Jean Nicoli is 203 meters long...
In fact, Jean Nicoli could not enter most of the Corsican ports (it cannot enter Bastia, Calvi, Île-Rousse, Propriano and Porto-Vecchio).


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: Pascal on July 11, 2007, 08:37:46 am
But she can dock in Ajaccio port which is used to accomodate large cruise ships. Jean Nicoli is not bigger than ships like Napoléon Bonaparte, Danielle Casanova or even Pascal Paoli, but these ones are very tall and have a pretty important beam. Jean Nicoli is indeed longer but much "thiner".


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: Cedric Hacke on July 11, 2007, 12:02:03 pm
Hi,

it seems then like they haven't looked properly before buying her...

Regards
Cedric


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: Cedric Hacke on July 25, 2007, 07:49:53 am
Hi,

does anyone have any news of her now?
Is she laid up now or is she still running for SNCM?

Regards
Cedric


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: Pascal on July 25, 2007, 09:11:20 am
Last time I checked (Sunday), she was back to her laid up berth in Marseille.


Title: Re: M/V Superfast X
Post by: Cedric Hacke on July 25, 2007, 10:22:44 am
Thanks Pascal,

I don't think a ship like that will have to wait a long time to get a new owner

Regards
Cedric