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Christening Seatrade Blue, Dunkirk

Friday 31 March last, m.v. Seatrade Blue was christened in the port of Dunkirk, a joint event of the Seatrade Group of Companies and Grand Port Maritime de Dunkerque.

In a wonderful transparent setting with m.v. Seatrade Blue omnipresent, speeches by Stephane Raison of Port de Dunkerque, Patrice Vergriete Mayor of Dunkirk, Franck Dhersin of Hauts-de-France and Yntze Buitenwerf of Seatrade, marked the start of the christening ceremony. Accompanied by the happy sounds of a brassband, the guests then followed the godmother over the orange carpet to the platform that was set up under the ship’s bow.

Under the watchful eye of Captain Naumov, Chief Engineer Keus, Patrice Vergriete, Stephane Raison, Yntze and Michaela Buitenwerf, Franck Dhersin, Xavier Dewynter of Dekeirel et Hardebolle, Jean-Yves Depreux of Sea Shipping Services and about 150 guests mainly from France, Belgium and The Netherlands, Godmother Mrs. Paulette Depreux concluded her speech with the following words:

[…] As Godmother, I will be related to the Seatrade Blue for life. I hope to follow the future journeys of this beautiful vessel and occasionally be able to say hello whenever she calls at the port of Dunkerque. I now christen the Seatrade Blue and wish you and your crew safe and fortunate voyages, luck and happiness.

Mrs. Depreux cut the ribbon with an axe causing the champagne bottle to break and multi-colored confetti to release. After the ship's horn sounded three times, the band played the French hymn and 900 orange, blue and white balloons went up into the air. Back in the party tent, the guests were treated to a colorful firework show marking the end of the official part of the ceremony. It goes without saying that the festivities continued, comprising a.o. the possibility to take part in a guided shiptour.

Just after 1400 hrs., and seen off by the guests, m.v. Seatrade Blue set sail to Radicatel preparing for yet another challenging journey to the south Pacific and New Zealand...