MV Cap Finistere
ex Superfast V
© Andreas Wörteler
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2001 by Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft AG, Kiel, Germany (Yard No 3555) as a Roll on – Roll off cargo ferry
- Length: 203.9m (overall) 185.6m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth: 25m
- Depth: 14.5m
- Draught: 6.8m
- Tonnage: 32,728 gross/6515t deadweight
- Engines: Four 4T – 16 cylinder Wartsila – Sulzer NSD 16 ZAVS diesels
- Power: 46080 kW/62608 HP
- Speed: 28.0 knots (max)
- Capacity: 1,608 passengers, 1000 cars (Superfast V), 1,500 passengers, 500 cars or 110 freight vehicles (Cap Finistere)
- Cabins: 265
- Crew: 107
- Call Sign: SZLV, FLSO
- IMO Number: 9198927
- Official Number: 239716000
- MMSI Number: 226318000
- Port of Registry: Patras/Greece, Morlaix/France
- Sister ships: Superfast VI
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July 2000: Anticipated delivery to Superfast Pente, Patras. Greece.
© Tim Becker (Kiel 08/05/2000)
July 2000: Delivery delayed owing to difficulties experienced at the builders yard.
August 25th 2000: Encountered severe mechanical problems on her inaugural sea trials.
September 12th 2000: Announced that delivery would be in November 2000.
September 2000: Severe financial penalties imposed upon her builders.
March 19th 2001: Trials further mechanical repairs were required before delivery.
March 29th 2001: Successful trials.
April 5th 2001: Christened by Mrs Eleni Stamboulelis.
April 5th 2001: Delivered to Superfast Ferries, Patras, Greece.
April 12th 2001: Introduced into service between Patras – Ancona.
© Frank Heine (Patras 19/07/2001)
January 11th 2002: Arrived at Lloyds Werft, Bremerhaven, for refit and repairs.
April 2002: Re-delivered and commenced service between Patras – Ancona.
© Frank Heine (Ancona 12/07/2003)
January 2nd 2007: Services between Patras – Igoumenitsa – Bari.
© Cristian Gregoretti (Between Igoumenitsa and Corfu on 25.07.2005)
© Frank Heine (Igoumenitsa 03/08/2007)
2008: Services between Patras – Igoumenitsa – Ancona.
December 17th 2009: Sold to Bretagne Angleterre Irlande SA (Brittany Ferries), Morlaix, France for delivery in February 2010.
February 11th 2010: Arrived in Patras for the final time and then departed for Syros.
February 12th 2010: Arrived in Syros where Brittany Ferries took possession.
February 16th 2010: Renamed CAP FINISTÉRE.
February 2010: Left Syros for Portsmouth.
February 23rd 2010: Arrived in Portsmouth for berthing trials.
February 24th 2010: Arrived at Arno, Dunkerque for refit.
© Robert Fournier
Cap Finistere ARNO Dunkerque © Andreas Wörteler
March 2010: Commenced services between Portsmouth – Cherbourg/ Santander.
© Ben Bartlett
© Chris Hunsicker (Portsmouth 25/05/2010)
October 13th 2010: Arrived in Bilbao for berthing trials.
19/03/11 Gdańsk © Jakub Bogucki
March 29th 2011: Commenced services between Portsmouth – Bilbao.
© Prieto (Santander 02/06/2011) (left) and © Robert J Smith (Portsmouth 31/01/2012)(right)
Arriving at Portsmouth on the 17/07/13 © Ray Goodfellow
January 11th 2015: Operated from Portsmouth to Santander via Brest and completed service before refit.
January 14th 2015: Proceeded to the Astander Shipyard in Santander for a major refit and installation of exhaust gas ‘scrubbers’. As a part of the refit the ships funnel had to be remodelled to accommodate the scrubbers and as a consequence she lost her characteristic superfast ‘wings’. The refit was expected to take 10 weeks.
Before (top) and after (bottom) photos of the ship’s funnel following the fitting of exhaust gas ‘scrubbers’ © Ray Goodfellow
March 22nd 2015: Departed the Astander Shipyard in Santander and proceeded to Bilbao to resume service.
March 24th 2015: Resumed service between Bilbao and Portsmouth.
Arriving at Portsmouth from Bilbao on the 27/03/15 © The ‘Ferryman’
Arriving at Portsmouth from Bilbao on the 01/04/15 © Ray Goodfellow
Arriving Portsmouth 03/07/15 © Trevor Chipperfield
January 2016: Due to cover the Portsmouth-Santander route in place of the Pont Aven until March.
March 24th 2016: Cap Finistere arrived in Plymouth for a Port State Inspection and operated a one off crossing between Plymouth and Santander.
April 28th 2016: Arrived in Santander for refit at the Astander shipyard.
May 12th 2016: Resumed service between Bilbao/Santander-Portsmouth.
Arriving at Portsmouth International Port 05/02/17 © Ray Goodfellow
February 12th 2017: Entered dry dock at the Astander shipyard in Santander, Spain for a 5 week overhaul.
March 28th 2017: Resumed service between Bilbao and Portsmouth.
March 2019: Received new livery
Portsmouth 15/03/2019 © Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic)
Portsmouth 26/07/19 © Ray Goodfellow
November 2019: Continued services between Bilbao and Portsmouth together with mid-week sailings Le Havre – Portsmouth (until December 19th 2019).
March 2020: Services Bilbao – Portsmouth (Freight Only).
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: Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic), Robert Fournier, Ben Bartlett, Cristian Gregoretti, Frank Heine, Chris Hunsicker, Tim Becker, Trevor Chipperfield, Prieto, Robert J Smith, The ‘Ferryman’ and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.