© Ulrich StreichMV Coutances – Past and Present

MV Rosa Eugenia

ex Outance, Coutances

© Tony Garner

© Tony Garner

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1978 at Ateliers et Chantiers du Havre (ACH), Le Havre, France (Yard No 246) for Truckline Ferries France S.A. Cherbourg, France as a passenger and commercial vehicle ferry

Technical Data

  • Length: 109,70 m (overall)(1978), 125.32 m (1986)
  • Breadth of hull: 17.51 m (extreme), 17.52 m (1986)
  • Depth: 11.45m
  • Draught: 4.50 m (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 2,736 (6,507 2001)/1,779 deadweight (1,626 1986)
  • Engines: Two MAK 9 M 453 diesels
  • Power: 4,420 kW.
  • Speed: 18.0 knots (max), 17.2 knots (service)
  • Capacity: 58 passengers, 64 commercial trailers
  • Call Sign: FPDG, J8B3944, YYLC
  • IMO Number: 7528477
  • Registry: Cherbourg/France, Saint Vincent & Grenadines, Pampatar/Venezuela
  • Sister Ship: Purbeck

History

1978: Delivered to Truckline Ferries France S.A. Cherbourg, France.

1978: Commenced service between Cherbourg – Poole.

September 19th 1980: Suffered engine failure and collided with the ramp in Poole.

September 20th 1980 – September 25th 1980: Services between Cherbourg – Weymouth.

January 1986: Lengthened at Ateliers et Chantiers, La Rochelle, France.

© Ken Larwood  © Kevin Mitchell (Maritime Images)

© Ken Larwood (left) and © Kevin Mitchell (right)

August 2004: Refit at Remontowa, Gdansk, Poland.

© Aleksi Lindström  © Aleksi Lindström

© Aleksi Lindström

© Aleksi Lindström

August 2006: Overhauled at Remontowa, Gdansk, Poland.

© Kevin Mitchell (Maritime Images)  © Kevin Mitchell (Maritime Images)

Poole, Dorset © Kevin Mitchell (Maritime Images)

© Kevin Mitchell (Maritime Images)

The ship’s internal lift in use © Kevin Mitchell (Maritime Images)

2007: Services between Portsmouth – Caen.

© Ulrich Streich  © Ulrich Streich

© Ulrich Streich

May 1st 2008: Final day in service for Brittany Ferries between Poole – Cherbourg.

May 2008: Laid up in Dunkerque.

© Robert Fournier

© Robert Fournier

June 2008: Sold to Conferrys, Venezuela.

July 31st 2008: Left Dunkerque.

July 23rd 2008: Taken over by her new owners officially renamed OUTANCE.

© Cees Bustraan  © Cees Bustraan

© Cees Bustraan

© Cees Bustraan

September 2008: Transferred to Venezuelan registry Home port Pampatar. Renamed ROSA EUGENIA.

September 21st 2008: Commenced services between Puerto La Cruz – Margarita Island.

© Captain Peter

© Captain Peter.


All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Captain Peter, Cees Bustraan, Robert Fournier, Tony Garner, Ken Larwood, Aleksi Lindström, Ulrich Streich, Kevin Mitchell (Maritime Images) and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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