Brittany FerriesMV Connemara – Past and Present

MV Connemara

ex Asterion, Norman Asturias, Baltic Amber, Borja, Stena Ausonia

© Ciminuel (Santander, 04/05/2018)

Steel twin screw “NAOS 250” motor vessel built in 2007 by C.N. “Visentini” di Visentini Francesco & C, Porto Viro yard, Italy (Yard No 216) as a Passenger Roll on – Roll off cargo ferry

Technical Data

  • Length: 186.46m (overall) 177.4m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 25.6m
  • Depth: 15.0m
  • Draught: 6.8m
  • Tonnage: 27414 gross/9,000 net/7000t deadweight
  • Engines: (2) 4T – 9 cylinder MAN/B&W 9L48/60B diesels
  • Power: 21600kW/29348HP
  • Speed: 24.0 knots
  • Capacity: 852 – 1000 passengers, 170 cars/ 2255 lane metres
  • Call Sign: ICEC, OWDO2, SVA13, 5BEQ4, FLXR
  • MMSI Number: 209236000
  • IMO Number: 9349760
  • Port of Registry: Bari/Italy, Frederikshavn/Denmark, Piraeus/Greece, Limassol/Cyprus, Morlaix/France

Current Location

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December 14th 2005: Contract signed.

December 20th 2004: Keel laid.

2006: During build she was chartered to Stena Line intended name of STENA AUSONIA.

April 2007: Chartered from Stena Line to Eurolineas Maritimas S.A, (Balearia) Spain and named BORJA.

May 11th 2007: Delivered to Stena RoRo Navigation Ltd, Göteborg.

May 18th 2007: Arrived in Barcelona.

May 20th 2007: Commenced services for Balearia between Barcelona – Palma.

© Manuel Hernández Lafuente   © Manuel Hernández Lafuente

© Manuel Hernández Lafuente (Valencia 08/10/2008)

© Wil Weijsters

© Wil Weijsters (Barcelona 18/10/2009)

February 20th 2010: Completed charter to Balearia.

February 24th 2010: Left Barcelona for Rotterdam.

March 1st 2010: Arrived Rotterdam.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Hoek Van Holland 01/03/2010)

March 26th 2010: Chartered to AVE Lines and renamed BALTIC AMBER.

April 9th 2010: Arrived Travemünde.

© Tim Becker  © Tim Becker

© Tim Becker (Travemünde 09/04/2010)

April 10th 2010: Commenced services between Travemünde – Ventspils.

April 2010: Services between Travemünde – Riga.

October 16th 2010: Chartered to DFDS Seaways.

October 17th 2010: Services between Klaipeda – Kiel.

© Gena Amfimov

© Gena Amfimov (Klaipeda 16/10/2010)

© Gena Amfimov  © Gena Amfimov

© Gena Amfimov (Klaipeda 02/11/2010)

© Gena Amfimov

© Gena Amfimov (Klaipeda 15/02/2011)

February 20th 2011: Completion of charter to DFDS Seaways.

February 21st 2011: Left Kiel for Marseille (via Gijon).

March 2011: Chartered to LD Lines.

March 3rd 2011: Commenced services between Marseille – Tunis.

April 17th 2011: Services between Montoir – Gijon.

June 27th 2011: Renamed NORMAN ASTURIAS.

November 9th 2011: Final arrival in St Naziere.

November 11th 2011 – November 12th 2011: Sailed from St Naziere to El Ferrol.

November 12th 2011: Laid up in El Ferrol.

November 30th 2011: Chartered to LD Lines.

December 1st 2011: Services between Montoir – Gijon.

October 13th 2013: Trials in Santander.

November 2nd 2013 – November 3rd 2013: Sailed from St Naziere to Santander.

November 3rd 2013 – September 8th 2014: Services between Santander/ Gijon – Poole.

© Prieto  © Prieto

© Prieto (Santander 13/11/2013)

© Prieto

© Prieto (Gijon 29/05/2014)

September 9th 2014: Left Poole for St Naziere.

September 9th 2014: Left St Naziere for Algeciras.

September 27th 2014: Chartered to Intershipping, Morocco for services between Algeciras – Tanger Med.

© Justo Prieto

© Justo Prieto (Algeciras (04/07/2015)

© Emmanuel L

© Emmanuel L (Valletta 20/01/2016)

January 20th 2016: Arrived Valletta, Malta.

February 2016: Chartered to Anek Lines and renamed ASTERION.

February 12th 2016 – February 15th 2016: Sailed from Valletta to Patras.

© Dimitris Mentakis (Perama 14/02/2018)

April 1st 2018: Two year ‘Renewable’ charter to Brittany Ferries and renamed CONNEMARA.

April 10th 2018: Registered Manager; Brittany Ferries BAI SA.

April 14th 2018: Left Perama for Santander.

“From the end of April 2018, we’ll be running a new route from Cork to Santander in Northern Spain. And we’ll be chartering a new ship, Connemara, to sail the route…

2018 is a year of 40th celebrations for the company. Not only is it 40 years since we launched our ferry services to Spain from the UK, it’s also 40 years since we launched sailing to France from Ireland.

What better way to celebrate these milestones than with a new direct route that links Ireland and Northern Spain together?

This is the first time that there has been a regular ferry service between Ireland and Spain and the new service will make two return crossings each week from Cork to Santander.

And, of course, we can’t open a new route without a new ship to sail on it! We’ll be chartering a ship named Connemara after the beautiful district of Western Ireland that’s known for its stunning national park and Connemara ponies.

The new route will go on sale at the end of January so please be patient. Sailings on the route will start at the end of April 2018. As well as its sailings to Spain, Connemara will also run a return sailing from Cork to Roscoff, adding extra capacity to this already popular route.”

Source: Brittany Ferries

April 26th 2018: Arrived at Astander shipyard, Santander for refit/rebranding.

© Prieto   © Prieto

© Prieto (Sanatander 26/04/2018)

May 4th 2018: Left Astander shipyard and sailed to Santander terminal


© Ciminuel (Santander, 04/05/2018)

May 5th 2018 (18:50 LT (UTC +2): Commenced service Santander – Cork.


© Ciminuel (Santander, 05/05/2018)

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Cobh, 11/09/2019)

November 2019: Registered to Morlaix/France

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 Amfimov, Tim Becker, Chiminuel, Pieter Inpyn, Dimitris Mentakis, Emmanuel L, Manuel Hernández Lafuente, Justo M Prieto, Prieto, Simonwp, Wil Weijsters and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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