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MV Cornouailles – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7527899

MV Sveti Stefan

ex Havelet, Cornouailles

© Leo Van Ginderen

© Leo Van Ginderen (courtesy of World Ship Society)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in  1977 at Trondhjems Mekaniske Verksted Trondheim Norway, (Yard No 735) for Brittany Ferries, Morlaix ,France as a passenger, car and commercial vehicle ferry

Technical Data

  • Length: 110.01m (overall), 98.02m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth of hull: 16.51m (extreme)
  • Depth: 10.67m
  • Draught: 5.182m (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 3,383 gross, 3,884, 6,919/1,578 gross, 2,294/1,650 deadweight, 1,293, 1,662 tons
  • Engines: (2) 4T – 16 cylinder Semt Pielstick (16PA6V280) diesels
  • Power: 8355kW/11,200 bhp, 8,240 kW.
  • Speed: 19.0 knots
  • Capacity: 550 passengers, 205 cars/40 trailers
  • Call Sign: FNDA, C6IY2 
  • IMO Number: 7527899
  • Registry: Morlaix/France 🇫🇷, Nassau/Bahamas 🇧🇸


June 20th 1976: Launched

May 9th 1977: Completed for Brittany Ferries, Morlaix ,France.

Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

May 24th 1977: Cornouailles commenced service between Plymouth – Roscoff.

1979: Also operated between Roscoff and Cork

January 13th 1984 – January 15th 1986: Chartered to Societe Nationale des Chemins de fer France (SNCF), France. Operated between Dieppe – Newhaven.

Nigel Thornton Collection  Nigel Thornton Collection 

Nigel Thornton Collection

© David Ingham  © Ken Larwood 

© David Ingham (Left) © Ken Larwood (Right)

© Brian Fisher  © Jurgen Stein 

© Brian Fisher (Left) and © Jurgen Stein (Right)

October 15th 1984: Collided with the eastern pier in Newhaven, taken out of service and towed for repairs to her bow visor.

© Simonwp

🆕 © Simonwp

January 1986 – March 1986: Commenced service as a freight only vessel between Caen – Portsmouth.

1986 (late Spring): SNCF formed a subsidiary company Dieppe Ferries to manage the future of their Newhaven service

March 3rd 1986 – March 16th 1986: Chartered to British Channel Island Ferries. Operated between Portsmouth – Channel Islands.

March 30th 1986: Commenced service for Truckline as a freight only vessel between Poole – Cherbourg.

© Leo Van Ginderen  © Leo Van Ginderen 

© Leo Van Ginderen (courtesy of World Ship Society)

Nigel Thornton Collection  © Ken Larwood  

Nigel Thornton Collection (Left) and © Ken Larwood (Right)

April 1986 – May 6th 1986: Used as a freight only between Ouistreham and Portsmouth.

June 13th 1986: Also took passengers for Brittany Ferries between Poole – Cherbourg.

© Frank Heine © Frank Heine  

© Frank Heine (Cherbourg, 04/08/1986)

April 15th 1987: Short charter to British Channel Island Ferries and used between Weymouth and the Channel Islands.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Portsmouth, 01/06/1987)

December 1988: Sold to British Channel Island Ferries Ltd, Nassau, Bahamas (Brittany Ferries trading name), Manager; British Channel Island Ferries. Renamed HAVELET. Commenced service between Portsmouth – Guernsey – Jersey.

Nigel Thornton Collection

© Tony Garner  © Brian Fisher 

© Tony Garner (Nr Poole, 15/07/1989)(Left) and © Brian Fisher (Right)

April 10th 1989: After a refit at Brest, operated between Poole – Jersey/Guernsey.

© Fotoflite,

© Fotoflite

October 1989: Freight only for Truckline between Poole – Cherbourg.

1990 (Spring): Rebuilt/refit at Humber Ship Repairs, Immingham.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Immingham 10/04/1990)

September 1990 – November 1990: Truckline between Poole – Cherbourg.

© Patrick Hill  © Patrick Hill 

© Patrick Hill (St Helier, 17/08/1991) (Both)

March 23rd 1992 – April 1992: Brittany Ferries between Roscoff – Portsmouth/Cork. Also between Plymouth – Santander.

January 1st 1993: Continued as a freight only vessel.

January 23rd 1994: Following the takeover by Commodore Shipping, last departure from Weymouth – Guernsey/Jersey.

March 7th 1994: Rebuilt/refit at A&P Appledore, England. Chartered to Condor Ferries. Commenced service between Weymouth – Channel Islands.


© Bernd Crause

October 29th 1996: Last departure from Guernsey, Jersey and Weymouth.

October 1996: Laid up in Portland.

September 1998: Sold to Condor Ferries, St. Sampsons, for use as a reserve vessel.

November 1999: Laid up in Weymouth.

August 2000: Sold to Prekookeanska Plovidba, Bar, Montenegro. (registered to Fortune Overseas nav. Ltd. Inc., Nassau, Bahamas). Renamed SVETI STEFAN. Registered manager; Adriatic Lines SA

August 25th 2000: Left Weymouth for Montenegro. Also rebuilt with Bijela.

December 17th 2000: Commenced service between Bar – Bari.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler  

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (Bari, 28/06/2002)

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (27/07/2009)

June 13th 2011 – July 1st 2011: Charted to Adriatica Traghetti and used between Bari – Durres.

© Frank Heine

 © Frank Heine (Bari, 29/07/2011)

April 16th 2013: Final day in service having been sold for scrap.

April 18th 2013: Sailed for Aliaga

April 21st 2013: Arrived off Aliaga prior to scrapping.

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: Bernd Crause, Brian Fisher, Tony Garner, Frank Heine, Patrick Hill, Ted Ingham, Ken Larwood, Simonwp, Juergen Stein, Leo Van Ginderen, World Ship Society, East Kent Branch and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in compiling this feature.

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

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