© Ray GoodfellowMV Normandie, Past and Present

11/01/2016: Info Updated

MV Normandie

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1992 by Kvaerner Masa-Yards, Åbo Finland (Yard No 1315) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo/Ferry.

Technical Data

  • Length: 161.45m (overall), 147.69m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 26.00m
  • Depth: 25.55m
  • Draught: 6.01m (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 27,541 gross/16,833 net/4225 deadweight
  • Engines: Four 12-cylinder Wartsilla-Vasa 12V32E diesels
  • Power: 17760 kW/24132 HP
  • Speed: 20.5 knots (service)
  • Capacity: 2,160 passengers, 680 cars
  • Crew: 137
  • Call Sign: FNNO
  • MMSI Number: 227273000
  • IMO Number: 9006253
  • Register Number: 38R563
  • Port of Registry: Caen/France



October 5th 1991: Launched.

May 5th 1992: Completed and delivered to Brittany Ferries, Roscoff, France.

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (May 1992)

May 14th 1992: Christened in Rotterdam.

May 16th 1992: Arrived in Portsmouth and sailed on a short shakedown/exhibition cruise.

May 18th 1992: Maiden voyage Caen – Portsmouth.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (2004)

February 2006 – March 2006: Refit in Poland.

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

Arriving in Portsmouth on the 16/04/06 © Ray Goodfellow

2008: Registered Owner: Somanor.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (2010)

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (2013)

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow (2014)

October 18th 2014: Came off service and sailed to the Astander Shipyard in Santander for a major refit and installation of an exhaust gas scrubbing system. As a part of the refit the ships funnel had to be remodelled to accommodate the scrubbers.

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

Before (left) and after (right) photos of the ships funnel following the fitting of exhaust gas scrubbers © Ray Goodfellow

December 28th 2014: Work completed and left yard.

December 29th 2014: Arrived in Cherbourg.

© "Ferry-Man"  © "Ferry-Man"

© “Ferry-Man”

January 2nd 2015: Resumed service Caen-Ouistreham – Portsmouth.

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

Portsmouth 01/04/15 © Ray Goodfellow (all)

© Andrew Wood (Kentphotopics)  © Andrew Wood (Kentphotopics)

© Andrew Wood (Kentphotopics)

6th May – 10th May 2015: Due to industrial action at the Port of Ouistreham all sailings of the Normandie were diverted to the Port of Cherbourg.

11th May 2015: Due to industrial action at the Ports of Ouistreham and Cherbourg the 0815 sailing from Portsmouth was diverted to Roscoff.

12th May 2015: Anchored off Roscoff with her sailings cancelled. Scheduled to re-position to Ouistreham and re-enter service on the Caen-Portsmouth line on the 13th May 2015.

13th May 2015: Following the ending of the industrial action at the port of Ouistreham she re-entered service with the 15:30 from Caen to Portsmouth.

10th November 2015: Remained in Portsmouth all day to take part in a joint emergency service safety exercise.

24th December 2015: Completed last sailing between Portsmouth and Ouistreham before heading to Cherbourg for Christmas layup and a period of maintenance. Her Portsmouth-Ouistreham (Caen) sailings were covered by the Armorique.

3rd January 2016: Resumed service from Portsmouth to Caen.

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: Carsten Dettmer, “Ferry-Man”, Ken Larwood, Andrew Wood (Kentphotopics) and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


    1. Hi Dan,

      Thanks very much for your kind words. Nigel’s timing on posting the P&P for vessels always amazes me. I get back from Normandy and the following day the history of the ship I have travelled on is on the site 🙂 Keep an eye out for further Brittany Ferries vessels in the coming days.

      All the best


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