Mont St. Michel

Ten long years after the delivery of Normandie, Brittany Ferries were able to, at last, provide a comparable counterpart for their Portsmouth/Ouistreham (near Caen) superferry in the form of Mont St. Michel. This huge vessel was designed with the need to carry vast amounts of freight in mind, hence she lacks the more elegant lines of her older fleetmate. Her twin funnels resemble Barfleur, whilst her lifeboat apertures are similar to Normandie's. In all she is something of hybrid of previous tonnage and was described in press release ‘spin’ as embodying 'the best in Brittany Ferries design'. That claim was open to question. Mont St. Michel made a delayed entry into service in 2002 and enabled the veteran Quiberon to finally stand down. She has since remained exclusively associated with the route for which she was built.

M. S. Mont St. Michel
Builder: Van der Giessen-de Noord, Krimpen aan den Ijssel, Holland.
Yard number: 985.
Dimensions (length, breadth, depth): 173.95 x 28.5 x 6.2 metres.
Tonnages (gross, net, dead weight): 36,300, 6,300.
Engines: Four M. A. K. diesel.
Power: 21,600 kW.
Speed (knots): 21.
Passenger certificate: 2,120.
Car capacity: 800.

16.3.2002: Launched. 11.12.2002: Delivered to Brittany Ferries, Morlaix.
20.12.2002: Entered service Ouistreham/Portsmouth.