Quiberon has been a ship operated by Brittany Ferries between 1982 and 2002. She was purchased to replace the smaller Armorique on the Irish and Spanish routes. After the introduction of Bretagne, she was transferred to the Roscoff – Plymouth service. She was transferred in summer 2002 to the Ouistreham – Portsmouth service where she replaced Mont Saint Michel until her delivery in December 2002. Her names came from a famous peninsula located in Southern Brittany.
|M/V Quiberon (1982 - 2002)|
|Shipyard||Werft Nobiskrug GmbH, Rendsburg, Germany|
Svenska Lastbils AB (1982 - 1984)
Bretagne Angleterre Irlande SA (1984 - 1996)
SABEMEN (1996 - 2002)
Plymouth (GN) - Roscoff (FR) (1982 - 2002)
Plymouth (GB) - Santander (ES); Cork (IRL) - Roscoff (FR) (1982 - 1989)
Portsmouth (GB) - Ouistreham (FR) (2002)
|Port of Registry||
Stockholm, Sweden (1982 - 1984)
Morlaix, Bretagne, France (1984 - 2002)
|Gross Tonnage||11,813 GT|
|Net Tonnage||4,320 NT|
|Engines||4 Stok Werkspoor 6TM140 engines|
|Speed||20.00 knots (service)|
|Passengers & Cargo|
|Passengers Capacity||1,302 passengers|
|Cabins||280 cabins (757 berths proposed)|
|Garage Capacity||260 cars|
Nils Dacke was ordered in 1973 by Svenska Rederi AB Oresund to Werft Nobiskrug GmbH shipyard, on the purpose of operating her on a route linking Malmö (SWE) and Travemünde (DEU). Introduced in 1975, Nils Dacke has been owned by a lot of companies owing the strong competition on the services between Germany and Sweden, inducing overcapacity and closures of companies. Hence, Nils Dacke was purchased by Malmo-Travemünde Linjen in 1976 and by Saga Linjen a few months later, following the purchase of Trave Linie (which was operating a Helsingborg (SWE) – Copenhagueb (DNK) – Travemünde (DEU) service). In 1981, Nils Dacke was sold once again, when Saga Linjen was bought by TT Line, although it did not solved the overcapacity issues encountered on those routes.
Therefore, Nils Dacke was offered for charter in 1982.
In 1982, Brittany Ferries decided to charter in Nils Dacke, renaming her Quiberon. She was sent to Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg in order to be refurbished. During this refurbishment, her top car deck (on deck 5) was turned into a cabin deck on the purpose of accommodating more passengers, making Quiberon a cruise ferry rather than a day ferry as she used to.
Once overhauled and refurbished, Quiberon was allocated to the Spanish and Irish services where she replaced smaller Armorique, that had less berths and less comfortable accommodations. Actually, she had become too small to cope with the growing trafic. Therefore, Quiberon became Brittany Ferries’ flagship. However, as Quiberon had small capacity for lorries, she has been operated alongside Breizh Izel in 1983 on the Spanish service.
Having satisfied Brittany Ferries, Quiberon was purchased by the company in 1984, which re-registered her in Morlaix instead of Stockholm. Meanwhile, Quiberon was repainted, enabling her to wear the company’s new corporate image. However, the big Quiberon soon appeared to be too small to cope with the growing traffic, and Brittany Ferries thought of lengthening her in 1986-1987 in order to provide additional capacity. Yet, the company eventually chose to built a new superferry, which was launched in 1989 and christened as Bretagne. This choice was explained by the fact Quiberon was not a very popular ship, with poor accommodations and the lack of some equipments such as air conditioning in cabins.
Being replaced by Bretagne on the Irish and Spannish services, Quiberon was transferred on the Roscoff – Plymouth service in 1989, replacing Tregastel. Quiberon was refurbished in 1990, in order to renew her accommodations which were in poor condition. Her bar was then turned into a Tea Room, called Le Moulin à Mer.
On 17th July 1992, on a Plymouth to Roscoff service, Quiberon send a May Day signal whilst she had 1,034 passengers on board. Actually, one of her engines had took fire. Passengers were given Life Jackets and crew fought against the fire, waiting for the arrival of coastguards and additional help. However, Quiberon's crew achieved extinguishing the fire before the arrival of the coastguards, and captain did not have to decide abandoning ship. Nonetheless, one crew was killed during the fire, and several others were injured. Quiberon was then towed to Roscoff and had to be dry docked until late-August to be repaired.
Quiberon was sold in 1996 to the Société Anonyme Bretonne d’Armement Naval (SABEMEN) for FF100 millions. That enabled Brittany Ferries be recapitalized, enabling it to keep growing whereas it was going through financial troubles.
On 17th May 1999, Quiberon grounded off the coast of Plymouth. She suffered little damages and has been able to go back to her berth without being towed. The enquiry that followed the incident showed that captain was responsible of the landing, and that a review of the casting off procedure should be undertaken.
In mid-2002, with the introduction of Mont Saint Michel, Quiberon was to be replaced after 20 years spent in the company. Actually, Duc de Normandie was to replace her on the Roscoff service. However, due to Mont Saint Michel being delivered much behind schedule, it has been decided to transfer from mid-June Quiberon on the Ouistreham service until Mont Saint Michel’s delivery. Quiberon's passenger capacity was however shortened to 500 passengers, due to vehicles being heavier than those loaded of the Roscoff service. Purbeck had also to be chartered to carry as many booked passengers and lorries as possible.
In late-November 2002, Quiberon was sold to Medmar, which was delivered of the ship at Christmas. She was allocated to a route linking Sète and Palma de Majorque without being renamed. Actually, she was eventually renamed in August 2003, becoming Giulia d’Abundo. However, the service discontinued the following year, and she was transferred to other routes leaving from Italy.
Euroferrys chartered Guilia d'Abundo to Medmar in 2006 for service between Almeria (ESP) and Nador (MAR). Once Euroferrys was taken other by Acciona Transmediterranea, she was transferred to the Al Hoceima (MAR) – Almeria (ESP) service. Guilia d'Abundo was laid up in Genoa at the end of summer 2006. She was purchased by an Indonesian company in 2009, but remained laid up. She was eventually renamed D’Abundo in 2010 and scrapped in Alang.