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MV St Brendan – Past and Present

MV Moby Vincent

ex St Brendan, Stena Normandica

© Achim Borchert 

© Achim Borchert

Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Rickmers Werft. GmbH, Bremerhaven in 1974 (Yard No. 380) for Stena Ab, Goteborg as a roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

Technical Data

  • Length: 120.78m (overall) 107.02m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 19.51m/ 21.50m (moulded with sponsons)
  • Depth: 11.26m
  • Draught: 5.90m (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 5,426 – 5,607.94 – 12,108 gross/2,675 – 2,897.02net/2,854 – 2,550 – 2,541 deadweight
  • Engines: Two 12 cylinder MAK 12M 551 AK diesels
  • Power: 10384 kW/14,120 bhp
  • Speed: 17.5 knots/20.25 knots (max)
  • Capacity: 1,084 passengers, 480 cars or 116 commercial trailers
  • Call Sign: SMVN, C6ZY,IBMY,
  • IMO Number: 7360605
  • Official Number: 399798 (Sealink) 11478 (LR 1984 – 85)
  • Registry: Göteborg/Sweden, Nassau/Bahamas, Napoli/Italy, Funchal/Portugal, Napoli/Italy
  • Sister Ships: Stena Atlantica, Stena Nautica, Stena Nordica

Current Location

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1974: Keel laid.

May 11th 1974: Launched.

December 10th 1974: Delivered to Stena Ab, Göteborg.

December 1974 – January 1975: Chartered to Enterprise Nationale de Transport Maritime des Voyageurs (E.N.T.M.V.), Algeria and operated between Marseille – Alicante – Algiers.

April 22nd 1975: Commenced service between Göteborg – Kiel as a freight only vessel. During the summer she also operated between Göteborg – Frederikshavn.

September 1975: Chartered to Enterprise Nationale de Transport Maritime des Voyageurs (E.N.T.M.V.), Algeria. Commenced service between Marseille – Alicante – Algiers.

January 1976 – April 1976: Chartered for a journey between USA – Persian Gulf.

April 1976: Commenced service between Goteborg – Frederikshavn.

© Reinhard Nerlich  © Reinhard Nerlich

© Reinhard Nerlich

June 20th 1976: Chartered to Gedser-Travemünde Ruten A/S, Gedser, Denmark.

June 21st 1976: Left Göteborg for Gedser.

© Reinhard Nerlich  © Reinhard Nerlich

© Reinhard Nerlich

June 1976 – December 24th 1976: Operated between Gedser – Travemünde.

February 1977: After an ordinary overhaul she commenced service between Göteborg – Frederikshavn.

March 1st 1977 – March 10th 1977: Chartered to North Sea Ferries B.V., Rozenburg. Operated between Rotterdam – Hull.

© Cees de Bijl   © Cees de Bijl 

© Cees de Bijl

March 11th 1977 – January 21st 1978: Operated by North Sea Ferries between Rotterdam – Ipswich.

February 13th 1978: Chartered to Normandy Ferries. Commenced service between Southampton – Le Havre.

April 1978: Commenced service between Göteborg – Frederikshavn.

May 1978: Commenced service between Göteborg – Kiel as a cargo ferry.

July 1978 – December 1978: Chartered to Enterprise Nationale de Transport Maritime des Voyageurs (E.N.T.M.V.), Algeria.

December 1978: Refurbished and refitted for new charter, also fitted with side-sponsons.

March 1979: Chartered to Sealink UK Ltd., London for a nineteen month period until the arrival of the new ship under construction in Belfast.

Nigel Thornton Collection  Courtesy of Jim Ashby

Nigel Thornton Collection (left) and courtesy of Jim Ashby (right)

John Hendy Collection

John Hendy Collection

April 3rd 1979: Arrived in Fishguard.

April 4th 1979: Commenced service between Fishguard – Rosslare.

© Miles Cowsill  © Miles Cowsill

© Miles Cowsill  © Miles Cowsill

© Miles Cowsill

June 1979 – September 23rd 1979: Suffered mechanical problems and had to be withdrawn to undergo major engine repairs.

© Chris Howell  © Chris Howell

© Chris Howell

1983: Upon return from refit the vessel promptly broke down.

1984: In readiness for privatisation, on their re-appearance from overhaul, units of the Sealink UK Ltd fleet all appeared without the B.R. double arrow logo on their funnels. The vessels gradually appeared with white hulls. From that time the company would trade as Sealink British Ferries.

Nigel Thornton Collection  Courtesy of Jim Ashby

Nigel Thornton Collection (left) and courtesy of Jim Ashby (right)

© Sealink (picture.library@sciencemuseum.ac.uk)  © Miles Cowshill

© Sealink (picture.library@sciencemuseum.ac.uk)

© Miles Cowsill

© Miles Cowsill

February 1984: Registered to Stena Shipping Line Ltd, Nassau, Bahamas. Remained in service Fishguard – Rosslare.

April 15th 1985: Sold to Royal Scot Leasing Ltd, Nassau, Bahamas. (Sealink British Ferries Ltd ) and renamed ST BRENDAN. Continued service between Fishguard – Rosslare.

© Miles Cowsill

© Miles Cowsill

Nigel Thornton Collection  Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

© Sealink (picture.library@sciencemuseum.ac.uk)  © Ian Collard

© Sealink (picture.library@sciencemuseum.ac.uk) (left) and © Ian Collard (right)

February 1985: Sealink and B & I Line announced they had concluded discussions about a joint operation in an effort at solving over-capacity on the Irish Sea.

January 1987 – February 4th 1987: Annual overhaul.

© Miles Cowsill  © Miles Cowsill

© Miles Cowsill

© Miles Cowsill

May 1988: Unable to operate service (for the third time since the start of the year) owing to problems with the variable pitch propellers, just three days after NUS members returned to work

Nigel Thornton Collection

October 1989: Sold to Navigazione Arcipelago Maddalenino, Naples, Italy for delivery in 1990.

© A Scrimali

Nigel Thornton Collection (© A Scrimali)

© Carlo Martinelli  

© Carlo Martinelli

March 5th 1990: Final day operating between Fishguard – Rosslare, then taken over by her new owner and leaving for Portoferraio.

May 1990: Renamed MOBY VINCENT. During the early 1990s Navarma acquired further used ferries, which replaced the Moby ferries acquired in the 1980s. During the same time “Moby Lines” was adopted as the official company name

© Juan G Mata

© Juan G Mata

May 1990: Commenced for Moby Lines between Livorno – Bastia.

July 1990: Commenced service between Genoa – Bastia.

June 1st 1993 – October 2nd 1993: Chartered to Silja Line, Vasa, Finland, and operated between Umeå – Vasa under the trading banner of “WASA SUN”.

October 1993: Returned from charter and once more operated Moby Lines services.

1994: Operated between Livorno – Bastia.

© Frank Heine  © Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Livorno, 26/07/1996 – 30/07/1007)

June 1997 – August 1997: Chartered to Comanav, Morocco and operated between Tangier – Algeciras.

1998: Transferred to the Portuguese ships register with home port of Funchal, Madeira.

1998: Commenced service between Genoa – Bastia.

1999: Transferred to the Italian ships register, home port of Naples.

June 1st 2000: Commenced service between Civitavecchia – Olbia.

2001: Registered to Moby Lines S.r.l., Naples, Italy.

© Frank Heine  © Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Livorno, 21/07/2002 – 24/07/2004)

Moby Lines entered an agreement with Warner Bros. to paint their vessels in liveries featuring Looney Tunescharacters. However, only the larger ships have such liveries,

© Enrico Righetti  © Enrico Righetti

© Enrico Righetti

© Enrico Righetti

Courtesy of Daniel Ferro  © Carlos Moreno Trobat

Courtesy of Daniel Ferro (left) and © Carlos Moreno Trobat (right)

June 2009: Had a “Ducktail” stability sponson added at Sarimi Shipyard.

© Mikael Soderholm  © Mikael Soderholm

© Mikael Soderholm

© Mikael Soderholm

2017: Currently operating services between Bastia – Livorno.

© Bram Provost

© Bram Provost

© Nicolas Lévy  © Nicolas Lévy

© Nicolas Lévy  © Nicolas Lévy

© Nicolas Lévy  © Nicolas Lévy

© Nicolas Lévy  © Nicolas Lévy

© Nicolas Lévy  © Nicolas Lévy

© Nicolas Lévy

July 2020: Still maintains services between Bastia – Livorno.

© Nicolas Lévy  © Nicolas Lévy

© Nicolas Lévy

🆕 © Nicolas Lévy (Bastia, 03/08/2020)

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: Ian Collard, Miles Cowshill, Daniel Ferro, Frank Heine, John Hendy, Chris Howell, Nicolas Lévy, Carlo Martinelli, Juan G Mata, Carlos Moreno Trobat, Bram Provost, Enrico Righetti, Mikael Soderholm and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Special thanks go to the National Railway Museum/Science & Society Picture Library.

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

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