MV Armorique, Past and Present

17/03/16: Information Updated

MV Armorique

© Aleksi Lindström

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.

Technical Data

  • 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: 24000kW/32608HP
  • 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


Current Location

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History

January 19th 2006: Ordered.

March 14th 2008: Keel laid.

August 16th 2008: Launched.

© Marko Stampehl  © Marko Stampehl

© Marko Stampehl

December 6th 2008: Trials.

January 17th 2009: Trials.

January 26th 2009: Completed and delivered to Brittany Ferries, Morlaix, France.

STX Europe

STX Europe

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 Quistreham.

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.

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Departing Poole © Kevin Mitchell (Maritime Images)

March 8th 2010 – March 14th 2010: Services between Ouistreham – Portsmouth.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© 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  © Robert J Smith

© Robert J Smith

November 27th 2012: Left Plymouth for St Malo.

November 28th 2012: Services between St Malo – Plymouth.

© Robert J Smith

© Robert J Smith

March 2013: Services between Plymouth – Roscoff.

November 2013: Refit at ARNO Dunkerque

© Jean-guy Hagelstein  © Jean-guy Hagelstein

Dunkerque 15/11/13 © Jean-Guy Hagelstein

© Dan Hall

Portsmouth January 2014 © Dan Hall

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.

© Paul Cloke  © Paul Cloke

© Paul Cloke  © Paul Cloke

© Paul Cloke  © Paul Cloke

© Paul Cloke  © Paul Cloke

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.


All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Kevin Mitchell (Maritime Images), Robert Fournier, Aleksi Lindström, Robert J Smith, Marko Stampehl, Dan Hall, Tony Weaver (Brittany Ferries Ships), Paul Cloke, Jean-guy Hagelstein and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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