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MV Penn-Ar-Bed – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7314979

MV Jabal Ali I

Ex Jebel Ali, Princess, Lilly R, Princess M, Sveno Marina, Penn-Ar-Bed

© Linda Gowans

Penn-Ar-Bed – © Linda Gowans (1980)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1974 by Soc. Nouvelle des At. & Ch. de la Rochelle-Pallice, La Rochelle-Pallice, France (Yard No 1212) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo Ferry.

Technical Data

  • Length: 109.51 m (overall) 98.99 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 21.04 m
    Depth: 10.95 m
    Draught: 5.531 m
    Tonnage: 2891 – 6399 gross/ 1447 –  net/2642 – t deadweight
    Engines: 2 x Vee Oil 4SA 12-cylinder Pielstick 12PA6-V280 diesels
    Power: 5968 kW/8000 bHP
    Speed: 18.25 knots
    Capacity: 250 – 864 passengers/235 cars
    Call Sign: FNND, …..  , …….  , ICIX, ……  , A6E2666
    IMO Number: 7314979
    Port of Registry:
    Morlaix/France 🇫🇷, Limassol/Cyprus 🇨🇾, Panama 🇵🇦, Naples/Italy 🇮🇹, UAE 🇦🇪


October 30th 1972: Keel struck.

May 17th 1973: Launched.


January 19th 1974: Delivered to Brittany Ferries S.A. Morlaix, France as their first “new” construction. The delivery had been delayed by a shipyard strike and financial problems.

January 1974 (Mid): Sea trials.

January 24th 1974: Commenced services Roscoff – Plymouth.



Courtesy of Simonwp

Penn-Ar-Bed – Courtesy of Simonwp

October 1974: Withdrawn from service for about a month owing to “technical problems”. During this time her accommodation was modified. Replaced by the British freighter VALERIE

August 27th 1975 – October 12th 1975: Services St. Malo – Plymouth.

Penn-Ar-Bed – Postcards

August 15th 1976 – August 1976: Services St. Malo – Portsmouth.

May 27th 1977: Services St Malo – Plymouth together with St Malo – Portsmouth.

© Derek Longly

Penn-Ar-Bed – © Derek Longly (Portsmouth, 15/06/1978)

Penn-Ar-Bed – © Brittany Ferries

1983: Chartered to P & O to assist services Southampton – Le Havre.

1983: Laid up in St Malo.

April 1984: Sold to Rolf Erikson, Strömstad for US $ 2,475,000, delivered to Sverige-Norge Line Ab and renamed SVENO MARINA.

April 12th 1984: Sverige-Norge Linjen Ab, Strömstad services between Strömstad – Langesund.

Sveno Marina

October 1984: Sverige-Norge Linjen Ab went bankrupt and the vessel was laid up 

October 1984: Sold to Marlines, Piraeus, Greece, registered to Cruising Ferry Services Ltd, Limassol, Cyprus and rebuilt. Renamed PRINCESS M.

1984: Services Patras – Igoumenitsa – Patras.

© Frank Foerst

Princess M – © Frank Foerst (Patras, 05/07/1988)

December 1989: Sold to Alimar S.R.L. Naples, Italy and renamed LILLY R. Services Livorno – Barcelona – Tunis – Naples.

Lilly R

1992: Services Livorno – Barcelona – Lipari – Millazzo (Sicily).

© Frank Heine © Frank Heine

Lilly R – © Frank Heine (LILLY R, 24.07.1992, Livorno 02, © Frank Heine

1993: Alimar ceased services and lai up in Naples.

1995: Sold to Spatalisano, Italy

1995: Chartered to Italferries for services Bari – Cesme.

May 1996: Renamed PRINCESS for services  Taranto – Igoumenitsa.

© Ton Grootenboer

Princess – © Ton Grootenboer

August 1996: Services ceased.

August 1996: Services Valletta – Tunis.

August 3rd 1996: Arrested in Tunis.

March 1998: Sold to Naif Marine Services (Pvt), Dubai and renamed JEBEL ALI.

April 1st 1998: Left Tunis for Dubai.

1998: Services Dubai – Umm Qasr (Iraq).

November 1999: Services Dubai – Qatar – Umm Qasr.

2000: Sold to Mohamed Hamdan Abdulla, Dubai. (Manager: Mubarak Shipping Co) and renamed JABAL ALI I.

© Yvon Perchoc

Jabal Ali I – © Yvon Perchoc

September 2nd 2004: Arrived Alang for scrapping.

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: Frank Foerst ,Ton Grootenboer, Derek Longly, Yvon Perchoc, Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Special thanks go to Linda Gowans and Frank Heine

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



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