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MV Moby Corse (ex Dana Anglia – Pont l’Abbe) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7615414

MV Moby Corse

ex Pont l’Abbe, Duke of Scandinavia, Dana Anglia

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Harwich, 18/06/1985)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1978 by Aalborg Værft A/S, Ålborg, Denmark. (Yard No 210) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo Ferry for DFDS A/S, Esbjerg, Denmark

Technical Data

  • Length: 152.91 m (overall) 136.51 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 24.92- 26.26 m
  • Depth: 8.34 m
  • Draught: 5.71 – 6.10 m
  • Tonnage: 14399 – 19593 gross/9428 net/3440t deadweight
  • Engines: 2 x Vee Oil 4SA 18 – cylinder Pielstick/Lindholmen 18PC2 diesels
  • Power: 15300 kW/20800 bHP
  • Speed: 21.0 knots
  • Capacity: 1370 passengers/470 cars/810 lane meters
  • Callsign: OZQS, OZQS2, FMIG, ICDS
  • MMSI Number: 247279300
  • IMO Number: 7615414
  • Official Number (LR 1984-85): 6628
  • Italian Ship Register Number: 88073
  • Port of Registry: Esbjerg/Denmark 🇩🇰, Morlaix/France 🇫🇷, Livorno/Italy 🇮🇹

Current AIS Location

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May 25th 1975: Ordered.

December 21st 1976: Keel laid.

June 24th 1977: Launched.

April 28th 1978: Delivered to DFDS A/S, Esbjerg, Denmark.

May 1st 1978: Left Alborg for London.

May 4th 1978: Christened in London.

© Bob Scott

© Bob Scott (Gravesend, 04/05/1978)

May 13th 1978: Commenced services Esbjerg – Harwich. 

December 29th 1982: Sold to K/F Difko XXI, Esbjerg, Denmark (Danish Investment Fund), re-chartered by DFDS A/S.).

In 1982-3 she was the setting for the second and third series of the soap opera “Triangle. The ship in the first series was Tor Scandinavia.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (17/06/1984)

© Jorg Seyler  © Jorg Seyler

© Jorg Seyler

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (Harwich, April 1986)

January 1987: Short charter to Sealink British Ferries.

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher (April, 1987)

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

November 23rd 1988 – February 11th 1989: Services Oslo – Copenhagen.

February 12th 1989: Services Esbjerg – Harwich.

© Tony Garner  © Simonwp

Harwich, 07/05/1989 © Tony Garner (Left) and Esbjerg, 01/06/1989 © Simonwp (Right)

December 29th 1989: Sold to DFDS A/S, Esbjerg, Denmark.

© Robert J Smith

© Robert J Smith (Felixstowe, 30/07/1990)

January 20th 1993 – January 31st 1993: Modernised at HDW, Nobiskrug, Rendsburg, Germany.

© Carsten Dettmer  © Ken Larwood

Esbjerg, 02/06/1993 © Carsten Dettmer (Left) and © Ken Larwood (Right)

© Tony Garner

© Tony Garner (Harwich, 27/05/1995) 

January 3rd 1999: Services Esbjerg – Harwich – Ijmuiden.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Esbjerg, 01/04/1999)

2000: Side-sponsons added at Remontowa Yard, Gdynia, Poland.

September 27th 2002: Final service Esbjerg – Harwich.

September 29th 2002: Arrived Esbjerg from Harwich. Her new name to added to her hull.

September 30th 2002: Left Esbjerg for Copenhagen.

October 1st 2002: Arrived Copenhagen.

October 2nd 2002: Officially renamed DUKE OF SCANDINAVIA and commenced services Copenhagen – Trelleborg – Gdansk.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Copenhagen, 01/07/2003)

November 23rd 2003: Arrived Copenhagen on her final service from Gdansk.

November 24th 2003: Left Copenhagen for Newcastle.

November 28th 2003: Services Newcastle – Ijmuiden.

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn 

© Pieter Inpyn (Ijmuiden, 01/10/2004)

January 2006: Chartered to Brittany Ferries, Morlaix, France. 

February 10th 2006: Left Ijmuiden for refit in Frederikshavn.

February 23rd 2006: Left Frederikshavn for Cherbourg.

© Per Jensen  © Per Jensen

© Per Jensen  © Per Jensen

© Per Jensen

© Per Jensen (Frederikshavn, 23/02/2006)

February 28th 2006: Renamed PONT L’ABBE.

March 6th 2006: Services Plymouth – Roscoff.

© George Holland  © George Holland

© George Holland (Plymouth, 26/03/2007)

© Marko Stampehl

© Marko Stampehl (Plymouth, 06/04/2007)

December 19th 2007: Sold to Brittany Ferries, Morlaix, France.

December 2006: Services Plymouth – St Malo.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Plymouth, 01/07/2008)

November 2008: Final Brittany Ferries service.

November 12th 2008: Arrived Saint Nazaire and laid up.

November 2009: Sold to Moby S.r.L, Livorno, Italy.

December 2009: Renamed MOBY CORSE.

May 15th 2010: Arrived Toulon.

May 20th 2010: Services Toulon – Bastia (With a day time round trip to Livorno).

September 2014: Chartered to SweOffshore to become an accommodation vessel whilst Siemens Wind power built wind at Sylt.

September 2014: Left Genoa for Esbjerg.

September 24th 2014: Arrived Esbjerg for refit. 

2015: Returned to service, between Genoa – Bastia.

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer (Genoa, 30/07/2015)

© Nicolas Levy  © Nicolas Levy

© Nicolas Levy  © Nicolas Levy

© Nicolas Levy  © Nicolas Levy

© Nicolas Levy  © Nicolas Levy

© Nicolas Levy (Bastia)

January 20th 2018: Civitavecchia Cagliari services, replacing AMSICORA.

January 28th 2018: Left Genoa for Civitavecchia.

February 19th 2018: Laid up in Genoa.

March 23rd 2018: Refit in Genoa and resumed services Civitavecchia – (Arbatax) – Cagliari.

April 5th 2018: Off service.

May 16th 2018: Services Genoa – Bastia.

December 24th 2018: Refit in Naples.

© Eerik Laine  © Eerik Laine

© Eerik Laine (Bastia, June 2019)

© Fabian Vornholt (Genoa, 26/07/2019)

September 2019: Commenced services from Genoa or Livorno.

October 7th 2019 – October 17th 2019: Service Livorno – Olbia as replacement for MOBY AKI (pending sale to DFDS).

October 19th 2019: Completed services Livorno – Olbia and went for refit in Genoa.

September 15th 2020: Laid up in Livorno.

December 31st 2020: Services Naples – Cagliari. 

January 21st 2021: Came off service and sailed to Civitavecchia being unsuited for the Naples – Cagliari route.

May 6th 2021: Urgently resumed short term services Naples – Cagliari. 

June 9th 2021: Refit in Palumbo Shipyards, Valletta.

June 26nd 2021: Took up SNAV services between Ancona – Split.

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, Brian Fisher, Tony Garner, George Holland, Pieter Inpyn, Per Jensen, Eerik Laine, Ken Larwood, Nicolas Levy, Simonwp, Robert J Smith, Marko Stampehl, Fabian Vornholt and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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