MV Jabal Ali I
Ex Jebel Ali, Princess, Lilly R, Princess M, Sveno Marina, Penn-Ar-Bed
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.
- 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.
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October 1974: Withdrawn from service for about a month owing to “technical problems”.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.
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.
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.
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.
1992: Services Livorno – Barcelona – Lipari – Millazzo (Sicily).
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.
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.
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)