RMT (Regie voor Maritiem Transport)

Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT) was owned by the Belgian Government from the outset in 1846, operating passenger and mail services from Oostende and Zeebrugge in conjunction with British Railway Companies using mainly Kentish ports. Co-operation with Sealink ended in 1986. The main similarity to the earlier Belgian car ferries was the low headroom vehicle deck which precluded the carriage of freight. Bow doors were also omitted, therefore adding to turn around times.

On 28 February 1997 the Belgian State closed an important and historical period concerning transport of passengers from and to the UK. The first official crossing ever under the Belgian State took place in 1846, a history spanning 151 years.

On the 29th May 1968 m.v. Roi Baudouin berthed at Parkeston Quay opening the new link with Ostend, the service was daily, leaving Parkeston Quay at 21.45 in the summer and 22.30 in the winter months.

Artevelde 

Artevelde

Artevelde

  • Built. 1958 (IMO 5025586)
  • Yard. Cockerels of Hoboken
  • Class of Ship. Passenger
  • Operator. RMT
  • Route. Harwich- Ostend
  • Length. 116.85 m
  • Passengers. 1000
  • Freight Capacity. 160 cars, 7 coaches
  • Speed. 21 Knots
  • Status. Sunk 19/02/1996

 

Artevelde was in service until 1976. Then she was sold and renamed as ‘Aigaion’. Artevelde sank on route to the Island of Atlantai on February 19 1996

Koningin Fabiola

Koningin Fabiola

Koningin Fabiola

  • Built. 1962 (IMO 5192963)
  • Yard. Boelwerf Vlaanderen
  • Class of Ship. Passenger
  • Operator. RMT
  • Route. Harwich- Ostend
  • Length. 117 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 4727
  • Passengers. 850
  • Speed. 20 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 2004

 

The Koningin Fabiola was named after the Queen of Belgium. She was the first vessel to be built at the Boel-shipyard at Temse (Belgium) and was sold for breaking March 11 2004.

Princesse Astrid

Princesse Astrid

Princesse Astrid

  • Built. 1968 (IMO 5607310)
  • Yard. N.V Boelwerf
  • Class of Ship. Passenger
  • Operator. RMT
  • Route. Harwich- Ostend 1968-1973
  • Length. 117m
  • Gross Tonnage. 188
  • Passengers. 1800
  • Speed. 19 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1999

 

  • History:
  • 15/08/1968 Oostende/Dover and Oostende/Parkeston Quay.
    7/1983 Sold to Ventouris Group, Piraeus Greece. Renamed Georgios B.
    1984 Renamed Bari Express.
    10/1998 Sold to Agapitos Express Ferries, Piraeus, Renamed Express Hermes.
    08/11/1999 Sold to Minoan Flying Dolphins, Greece (Hellas Ferries).
  • 20/10/1999 Arrived Alang, India for breaking.

Prinses Josephine-Charlotte

Princess Josephine Charlotte

Princess Josephine Charlotte

  • Built. 1949 (IMO 5285356)
  • Yard. Cockerels of Hoboken
  • Class of Ship. Passenger
  • Operator. RMT
  • Route. Harwich- Ostend
  • Length. 373 ft.
  • Gross Tonnage. 2572
  • Passengers. 700
  • Speed. 22 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1984

 

Prinses Josephine-Charlotte was sold to Panamanian owners and renamed “Letho” and   later she was renamed “Athens Express” and finally broken up in Greece in 1984.

Roi Baudouin 

Roi Baudouin

Roi Baudouin

  • Built. 1965 (IMO 6510851)
  • Yard. Cockeril
  • Class of Ship. Passenger Ferry
  • Operator. RMT
  • Route. Harwich- Ostend
  • Length. 117,84 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 3241
  • Passengers. 850
  • Speed. 21 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 26/03/2009

 

On the 29th May 1968  Roi Baudouin berthed at Parkeston Quay opening the new link with Ostend, the service was daily, leaving Parkeston Quay at 21.45 in the summer and 22.30 in the winter months, at 3241 tons, accommodation was for 850 passengers and 160 cars.

  • History:
  • 29/05/1968. Arrival Parkeston Quay
  • 10/09/1973. Final sailing from Harwich
  • 15/04/1983. Sold to Ventouris Group and renamed Georgious B
  • 07/1983. Renamed Georgios Express
  • 07/2003. Sold for breaking in Greece
  • 03/2009. Sailed from India to Turkey for Breaking

Roi Leopold (III)

Roi Leopold III

Roi Leopold III

  • Built. 1955 (IMO 5298808)
  • Yard. Cockeril
  • Class of Ship. Passenger Ferry
  • Operator. RMT
  • Route. Harwich- Ostend 1969
  • Length. 114 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 3388
  • Passengers. 1700
  • Speed. 22 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 19/03/1987

 

  • History:
  • 1969 Harwich-Ostend.
  • 1987 Broken up Gadani Beach,Pakistan 19th March. 

 

On the 10th September 1973 Roi Baudouin sailed from Parkeston Quay for the last time and closed down this short lived service.

 

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