Pont l’Abbé is a ship that has been operated between 2006 and early-2009 by Brittany Ferries, mostly between Roscoff and Plymouth. Her name comes from a small village located in Southern Brittany.
|M/V Pont l'Abbé (2006 - 2009)|
|Launch||1978 (rebuilt in 2000)|
|Shipyard||Aalborg Værft, Aalborg, Denmark|
DFDS Seaways (2006 - 2008)
Bretagne Angleterre Irlande S.A. (2008 - 2009)
|Routes||Roscoff (FR) - Plymouth (GBR)|
|Port of Registry||Morlaix, Bretagne, France|
|Gross Tonnage||19,321 GT|
|Net Tonnage||9,428 NT|
|Engines||2 Pielstick 18PC2-5V-400 engines|
|Speed||21.00 knots (max) - 19.50 knots (service)|
|Passengers & Cargo|
|Passengers Capacity||1,120 passengers + 120 crew members|
|Cabins||1,250 berths proposed|
|Garage Capacity||400 cars|
Dana Anglia was ordered on 25th May 1975 by DFDS Seaways. Built between 1976 and 1977, she was introduced on 13th May 1978 on DFDS Seaways oldest route linking Esbjerg (DNK) and Harwich (GBR). Dana Anglia was rebuilt in 2000 to be equipped with sponsons, that increase her sea keeping ability.
When transferred to the Copenhaguen (DNK) – Gdansk (POL) service in 2002, Dana Anglia was renamed Duke of Scandinavia. She was then transferred to the Newcastle (GBR) – Ijmuiden (NLD) service in 2003. In late-2005, DFDS Seaways decided to increase the capacity proposed on this route and purchased former Brittany Ferries’ Val de Loire, on the purpose of replacing much smaller Duke of Scandinavia on this service.
After the sale of Val de Loire to DFDS Seaways, Brittany Ferries decided to charter in Duke of Scandinavia to operate services between Roscoff and Plymouth, whilst Bretagne was sent back to the Saint-Malo – Portsmouth service. Duke of Scandinavia was to be chartered until the delivery of a new-RoPax vessel (planned in 2008), called Bretagne 2 and built for the Roscoff - Plymouth route. Once delievred to Brittany Ferries, Duke of Scandinavia was renamed Pont l'Abbé.
In June 2006, Brittany Ferries refurbished Pont l'Abbé's former HGV drivers lounge located at deck 07 to a lounge equipped with reclining seats. However, Brittany Ferries has not changed anything else, due to the chartering contract that prevented Brittany Ferries to do so. Pont l'Abbé however was overhauled before entering service, enabling her to upgrade her to a very good state.
In December 2007, at the end of her charter, Brittany Ferries decided to purchase Pont l'Abbé due to Bretagne 2 being delivered much behind schedule. Pont l'Abbé eventually performed her last crossing with the company on 09th November 2008, and was laid up in Saint-Nazaire, available for sell. Pont l'Abbé was then replaced by Armorique in February 2009 on the Roscoff – Plymouth route.
In October 2009, Moby Line chartered for three years Pont l’Abbé, renaming her Moby Corse for their summer-only service between Toulon and Bastia. She was sent to Brest’s shipyard to be overhauled and painted.
Moby Corse is still in service in 2016, operated alongside Moby Vincent on the Genoa – Bastia service.
The 400 cabins are located on decks 2, 3, 6 and 8.