© Ray Goodfellow
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2009 by STX Europe, Helsinki, Finland (Yard No 1362) as a Passenger Roll on – Roll off cargo ferry for Brittany Ferries, Roscoff, France
- Length: 165.0m (overall) 155m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth: 26.8m
- Depth: 9.30m
- Draught: 6.5m
- Tonnage: 24,468 gross/11,605 net/4200t deadweight
- Engines: (2) 4T – 12 cylinder MaK/Caterpillar 12M43C diesels
- Power: 24000 kW/32608 HP
- Speed: 23.0 knots
- Capacity: 1,500 passengers, 470 cars, 65 freight vehicles.
- Call Sign: FMLW
- IMO Number: 9364980
- MMSI Number: 228263700
- Register Number: 09677V
- Port of Registry: Morlaix/France
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January 19th 2006: Ordered.
March 14th 2008: Keel laid.
August 16th 2008: Launched.
© Marko Stampehl.
© Aleksi Lindström
December 6th 2008: Trials.
January 17th 2009: Trials.
January 26th 2009: Completed and delivered to BAI SA Bretagne-Angleterre-Irlande (Brittany Ferries), Roscoff, France.
January 28th 2009: Left Helsinki for France.
January 31st 2009: Berthing trials in Plymouth.
February 10th 2009 – November 6th 2009: Services between Plymouth – Roscoff.
November 8th 2009: Berthing trials in Ouistreham.
November 9th 2009: Arrived at ARNO, Dunkerque for refit.
© Robert Fournier
November 2009: Chartered to the French Navy for military exercises.
December 4th 2009: Arrived in Le Havre and laid up.
February 1st 2010 – March 8th 2010: Services between Cherbourg – Poole.
Departing Poole © Kevin Mitchell (Maritime Images)
March 8th 2010 – March 14th 2010: Services between Ouistreham – Portsmouth.
© Andreas Wörteler
March 14th 2010 – November 3rd 2010: Services between Plymouth – Roscoff.
January 5th 2011 – February 8th 2011: Services between Ouistreham – Portsmouth.
March 2011 – November 2012: Services between Plymouth – Roscoff.
© Robert J Smith
November 27th 2012: Left Plymouth for St Malo.
November 28th 2012: Services between St Malo – Plymouth.
© Robert J Smith
March 2013: Services between Plymouth – Roscoff.
November 2013: Refit at ARNO Dunkerque
Dunkerque 15/11/13 © Jean-Guy Hagelstein
Portsmouth January 2014 © Dan Hall (Flickr)
October 19th 2014 – December 30th 2014: Covered the Portsmouth-Caen-Portsmouth sailings of the Normandie which was undergoing an extensive refit in Santander.
December 31st 2014-January 2nd 2015: Laid up in Cherbourg.
January 17th 2015: The 20:15 sailing between Portsmouth and St Malo was cancelled due to technical reasons.
January 30th-31st 2015: Owing to adverse weather the overnight St Malo service was diverted to Cherbourg. The return sailing on the 31/01/15 also operated from Cherbourg at 20:30.
February 6th 2015: Operated a one of service between Roscoff and Portsmouth to reposition for the evening crossing from Portsmouth to St Malo.
February 6th – 7th 2015: Covered the weekend Portsmouth-St Malo-Portsmouth service of the Pont Aven which had been delayed by adverse weather in the Bay of Biscay.
Arriving in St Malo on the 07/02/15 © Paul Cloke
February 27th – February 28th 2015: Operated Portsmouth-St Malo-Portsmouth in place of the Pont Aven which was delayed by adverse weather in the Bay of Biscay.
March 3rd – 15th March 2015: Owing to technical issues with the Etretat the Armorique was transferred to Portsmouth to operate the following sailings:-
- Portsmouth to Bilbao – 3rd March – 08:30
- Bilbao to Portsmouth – 4th March – 14:30
- Portsmouth to Le Havre – 5th March – 23:15 (Freight Only)
- Le Havre to Portsmouth – 6th March – 21:30 (Freight Only)
- Portsmouth to Santander – 7th March – 09:00
- Santander to Portsmouth – 8th March – 14:30
- Portsmouth to Bilbao – 10th March – 08:30
- Bilbao to Portsmouth – 11th March – 14:30
- Portsmouth to Le Havre – 12th March – 23:15 (Freight Only)
- Le Havre to Portsmouth – 13th March – 21:30 (Freight Only)
- Portsmouth to Santander – 14th March – 09:00
- Santander to Portsmouth – 15th March – 13:30
March 16th 2015: Final arrival at Portsmouth from Santander. Due to return in September 2015.
March 16th 2015: Departed Portsmouth for Plymouth to resume services from Plymouth to Roscoff.
March 17th 2015: Resumed regular services between Roscoff and Plymouth.
September 27th 2015: Transferred to the Caen-Portsmouth route to cover for the extended refit of the Mont St Michel.
Armorique seen arriving at Portsmouth © Tony Weaver (Brittany Ferries Ships)
December 18th 2015: Completed service on the Caen-Portsmouth route and repositioned to take up the Plymouth-Roscoff service.
December 26th 2015: Transferred to the Caen – Portsmouth route to cover for the Normandie which was undergoing maintenance alongside in Cherbourg.
January 3rd 2016: Completed last sailing between Caen and Portsmouth before heading to Roscoff to de-store and head for an extensive refit in Santander.
January 6th 2016: Arrived in Santander and entered the Astander shipyard for an extended refit which will see the installation of an exhaust gas cleaning system (scrubbers) and a remodelled funnel casing. Expected to return to service on the 25/03/16.
March 15th 2016: Departed Santander for Gijon to take on bunkers. Departed Gijon for Roscoff that evening.
March 16th 2016: Arrived at Roscoff.
March 25th 2016: Resumed service between Roscoff and Plymouth.
November 20th 2016: Transferred to the Poole – Cherbourg route in place of the Barfleur which was undergoing scheduled maintenance.
Departing Poole for Cherbourg 27/11/16 © Dan Hall (Flickr)
November 28th 2016: Completed service on the Poole – Cherbourg route and laid up in Cherbourg for scheduled maintenance.
December 1st 2016: Resumed service between Roscoff and Plymouth.
December 31st 2016: Repositioned to Ouistreham ready to take up service on the Caen-Portsmouth route in place of the Normandie.
January 1st 2017: Entered service between Caen and Portsmouth.
Arriving at Ouistreham © Ray Goodfellow
February 9th 2017: Completed service on the Caen to Portsmouth route.
February 10th 2017: Departed Portsmouth and arrived in Plymouth to resume service to Roscoff.
November 8th 2018: Sailed to Gdansk for refit, including new livery.
December 8th 2018: Arrived back in Portsmouth.
© Nicolas Lévy (Saint Malo, 30/12/2018)
🆕© Dogan (Caen, 04/01/2019) Covering NORMANDIE refit
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