M/V Benodet

Benodet arriving in Plymouth.
M/V Benodet. Courtesy Brittany Ferries.

Benodet is a ship chartered in by Brittany Ferries in 1984 for service between Plymouth and Roscoff.

Her name comes from a small village located in Southern Finistere, France.


Technical Datas of M/VBenodet
M/V Benodet(1984)
The Ship
Launch 1970
Shipyard JOS L Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany
Owner Nordisk Færgefart
Operator Brittany Ferries
Routes Roscoff (FR) - Plymouth (GB)
IMO 7006314
Port of Registry Morlaix, Bretagne, France
Technical Datas
Length 108.70 m
Breadth 17.20 m
Draught 04.60 m
Gross Tonnage 6,609 GT
Deadweight 1,100 t
Engines specifications
Engines 2 MAN-B&W 9L32/36 engines
Power 5,883 kW
Speed 16.50 knots (service)
Passengers & Cargo
Passengers Capacity 900 passengers
Cabins 222 berths
Garage Capacity 260 cars

Service History

Benodet berthed in Roscoff at night.
Benodet. Ian Boyle collection (Simplon Postcards).

Apollo was built in the 70s among four sister ships by German shipyard Meyer Werft, and therefore they were nicknamed the Papenburg Sisters. Most of them have been built for company Viking Line. Apollo was delivered to Rederi A.B. Slite in April 1970. The following month, she was introduced between Kapellshär (SWE), Mariehamn (FIN) and Nädendan (FIN) by Viking Line.

In 1984, Apollo was sold to Nordisk Færgefart which chartered her immediately to Brittany Ferries. Renamed Benodet, she was introduced on the Roscoff – Plymouth service.

British Channel Islands Ferries chartered her in in 1985, renaming her Corbiere for service between Portsmouth and the Channel Islands. She operated BCIF’s services until 1989 when she was chartered in by Truckline Ferries for service between Poole and Cherbourg.

In 1991, she was sold to Oy Eckerölinjens A.B. and chartered in by Estonian New Line, which renamed her Linda 1. Chartered by Tallink in 1995, her name reverted to Apollo. In early-2000, she was sold to Labrador Marine Inc which has been operating her since between Blanc Sablon and Sainte-Barbe (CAN).

Photo Library

See Also


  • In Ferry Fantastic, Holland, G., 2013. [retrieved the 15/08/2015]. Available at www.ferryfantastic.webs.com ;
  • In The Ferry Site, Koefoed-Hansen, M., 2015. [retrieved the 15/08/2015]. Available at www.ferry-site.dk ;
  • In Simplon Postcards, Boyle, I., 2008. [retrieved the 15/08/2015]. Available at www.simplonpc.co.uk. (photos only)