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MV Coutances (1978) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7528477

MV Rosa Eugenia

ex Outance, Coutances

© Tony Garner

 © Tony Garner (Poole, 15/07/1989)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1978 at Ateliers et Chantiers du Havre (ACH), Le Havre, France (Yard No 246) for Truckline Ferries France S.A. Cherbourg, France as a passenger and commercial vehicle ferry

Technical Data

  • Length: 109.70 m (overall)(1978), 125.32 m (1986)
  • Breadth of hull: 17.51 m (extreme), 17.52 m (1986)
  • Depth: 11.45m
  • Draught: 4.50 m (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 2,736 (6,507 2001)/1,779 deadweight (1,626 1986)
  • Engines: Two MAK 9 M 453 diesels
  • Power: 4,420 kW.
  • Speed: 18.0 knots (max), 17.2 knots (service)
  • Capacity: 58 passengers, 64 commercial trailers
  • Call Sign: FPDG, J8B3944, YYLC
  • IMO Number: 7528477
  • Registry: Cherbourg/France 🇫🇷, Saint Vincent & Grenadines 🇻🇨, Pampatar/Venezuela 🇻🇪
  • Sister Ship: Purbeck (247)


1978: Delivered to Truckline Ferries France S.A. Cherbourg, France.

1978: Commenced service between Cherbourg – Poole.

September 19th 1980: Suffered engine failure and collided with the ramp in Poole.

September 20th 1980 – September 25th 1980: Services between Cherbourg – Weymouth.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (01/08/1984)

January 1986: Lengthened at Ateliers et Chantiers, La Rochelle, France.

© Ken Larwood © Kevin Mitchell (Maritime Images)  

© Ken Larwood (Left) and © Kevin Mitchell (Maritime Images) (Right)

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Cherbourg, 04/08/1986)

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Poole, 01/07/1990)

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Cherbourg, 21/04/2001)

August 2004: Refit at Remontowa, Gdansk, Poland.

August 2006: Overhauled at Remontowa, Gdansk, Poland. 

© Aleksi Lindström © Aleksi Lindström © Aleksi Lindström

© Aleksi Lindström (Rendsburg/Germany, 06/08/2006)

© Kevin Mitchell (Maritime Images) © Kevin Mitchell (Maritime Images)  

© Kevin Mitchell (Maritime Images)(Poole, Dorset)

© Kevin Mitchell (Maritime Images)

© Kevin Mitchell (Maritime Images)(The ship’s internal lift in use)

2007: Services between Portsmouth – Caen.

© Ulrich Streich © Ulrich Streich  

© Ulrich Streich (Cherbourg, 30/04/2008)

May 1st 2008: Final day in service for Brittany Ferries between Poole – Cherbourg.

May 2008: Laid up in Dunkerque.

© Robert Fournier

© Robert Fournier (Dunkerque, 11/07/2008)

June 2008: Sold to Conferrys, Venezuela.

July 31st 2008: Left Dunkerque.

July 23rd 2008: Taken over by her new owners officially renamed OUTANCE.

© Cees Bustraan © Cees Bustraan  

© Cees Bustraan

© Cees Bustraan (Willemstad, 20/08/2008)

September 2008: Transferred to Venezuelan registry Home port Pampatar. Renamed ROSA EUGENIA.

September 21st 2008: Commenced services between Puerto La Cruz – Margarita Island.

© Theo Hinrichs

© Theo Hinrichs (Pertigalete, Venezuela, 02/05/2014)

September 4th 2018: Began to sink, on the outskirts of the Eulalia Buróz marine terminal, in the city of Puerto la Cruz. After the local authorities had criticised her poor condition, she had been out of service for 2 years and waiting for spare parts.


All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Cees Bustraan, Robert Fournier, Tony Garner, Frank Heine, Theo Hinrichs, Ken Larwood, Aleksi Lindström, Kevin Mitchell (Maritime Images), Ulrich Streich, Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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