Wanaka was built as a RoRo ferry in 1970 for Union Steamship. She was then acquired by Bretagne Angleterre Irlande SA in 1980 and renamed Breizh Izel. Breizh Izel has been mainly operated through her career with Brittany Ferries on the Roscoff – Pymouth, Plymouth – Santander and Roscoff – Cork services in addition of Brittany Ferries RoPax ferries that were not big enough to ship all of the freight traffic.
In 1981, Breizh Izel was chartered out for a few weeks to Irish Continent Lines for service from Rosslare to Cherbourg-en-Cotentin and Roscoff. The following year, she was chartered out for a few weeks to Sealink UK Ltd for service between Stanraer and Larne. In 1983, OCS chartered in her for service between Newhaven and Dieppe.
In 1987, she was chartered in by British Channel Islands Ferries to operate a freight-only service between Portsmouth and the Channel Islands.
With the introduction of larger Bretagne, Brittany Ferries sold Breizh Izel in 1989 to Marelite Marine Co. Ltd (Chypra) which renamed her Duchess M. She was then rebuilt, becoming a RoPax ferry.
Renamed Chess in November 2014, she arrived in Aliaga on 1st December 2014 for demolition.
|M/V Breizh Izel (1980 - 1987)|
|Shipyard||Taikoo Dockyard & Eng . Co, Hong Kong|
|Owner||Bretagne Angleterre Irlande SA|
Roscoff (FR) - Plymouth (GB)
Plymouth (GB) - Santander (ES)
Roscoff (FR) - Cork (IRL)
|Port of Registry||Morlaix, Bretagne, France|
|Gross Tonnage||2,769 GT|
|Net Tonnage||744 NT|
|Engines||2 Pielstick - Crossley 12 PC-2V engines|
|Speed||16.50 knots (service)|
|Passengers & Cargo|
|Passengers Capacity||12 passengers|
|Garage Capacity||65 freight vehicles|