MV Mont St Michel, Past and Present

11/01/16: Info Updated and New Photographs from Tony Weaver added

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 ferry

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: 21600kW/29348HP
  • Speed: 22.0 knots
  • 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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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 Brittany Ferries – Bretagne Angleterre Irlande SA, Caen, France.

2002: Registered Owner; Somanor.

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.

© Brittany Ferries

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)

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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