MV Mont St Michel – Past and Present

MV Mont St Michel

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2002 by Van der Giessen de Noord, Krimpen aan den Ijssel, Holland (Yard No 1362) as a car/passenger ferry for BAI SA Bretagne-Angleterre-Irlande (Brittany Ferries), Roscoff, France

Technical Data

  • Length: 173.4m (overall) 162.25m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 28.5m
  • Depth: 21.15m
  • Draught: 6.21m
  • Tonnage: 35,592 gross/10,677 net/5579t deadweight
  • Engines: 4 x 4T – 6 cylinder MaK/Caterpillar 6M43 diesels
  • Power: 21,600 kW/29,348 HP
  • Main Engine Driven Generators: 2 – 2000 kVA – 1600 kW
  • Diesel Generators: 3 – 1950 kVA – 1560 kW – 2201 HP
  • Propulsion System: 2 Screw Propeller Controllable pitch LB 10.00 at 156 rpm
  • Speed: 22.0 knots
  • Fuel Capacity: 774 m³
  • Capacity: 2,120 passengers, 874 cars
  • Call Sign: FNMT
  • IMO Number: 9238337
  • MMSI Number: 227023100
  • Register Number: 01800J
  • Port of Registry: Caen/France

Current Location

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History

September 11th 2000: Ordered.

June 7th 2001: Keel struck.

March 16th 2002: Launched.

© Andreas Wörteler   © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler   © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

November 8th 2002: Trials.

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

December 2002: Delivered to BAI SA Bretagne-Angleterre-Irlande (Brittany Ferries), Roscoff, France.

December 11th 2002: Left Rotterdam for Caen.

December 13th 2002: Trials between Caen – Portsmouth.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow

December 20th 2002: Services between Caen/Ouistreham – Portsmouth.

© Andreas Wörteler   © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

  

© Ray Goodfellow

January 2014: Refit in Gdansk.

© Gena Anfimov  © Gena Anfimov

Gdansk © Gena Anfimov

February 2014: Resumed service.

  

Arriving in Portsmouth in March 2015 © Ray Goodfellow

September 24th 2015: Last day in service before refit in Spain. During her three month absence the Armorique covered her sailings between Ouistreham (Caen) and Portsmouth.

September 26th 2015: Departed Cherbourg for Santander.

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Santander 28/09/15 © Brittany Ferries

September 28th 2015: Arrived at the Astander shipyard in Santander for an extended refit which would include the installation of an exhaust gas scrubbing system (scrubbers) and the construction of a third funnel casing to accommodate the new equipment. This additional funnel structure was built between the ships two existing funnels.

© Brittany Ferries  © Brittany Ferries

Installation of the scrubbers (left) and the completed works before resuming service (right) © Brittany Ferries

December 8th 2015: Departed the Astander shipyard, Santander for Cherbourg, calling at Gijon on route for bunkers.

December 10th 2015: Scheduled to arrive in Cherbourg from refit in Santander.

December 12th 2015: Undertook sea trials in the Bay of Seine.

  

Close up of the new funnel © Tony Weaver (Brittany Ferries Ships)

December 18th 2015: Returned to service operating a one off voyage between Cherbourg and Portsmouth before resuming regular sailings between Portsmouth and Ouistreham (Caen).

  

  

© Tony Weaver (Brittany Ferries Ships)

April 24th 2016: Operated from Portsmouth to Cherbourg instead of Caen. This was to enable the ship to receive scheduled maintenance to her scrubbers alongside.

April 25th 2016: Operated from Cherbourg to Portsmouth following maintenance in the Port of Cherbourg.

April 25th 2016: Resumed regular service from Portsmouth to Caen.

© Ray Goodfellow

5th June 2016: Brittany Ferries celebrated 30 years of operations between Portsmouth and Caen. Services were inaugurated with the ‘Duc de Normandie‘ on the 5th June 1986.

December 31st 2016: Laid up in the Port of Le Havre for the New Year.

January 2nd 2017: Resumed service between Caen and Portsmouth.

  

  

Departing Portsmouth 04/06/17 © Ray Goodfellow


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: Gena Anfimov, Brittany Ferries, Andreas Wörteler and Tony Weaver (Brittany Ferries Ships) for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


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