M/V Coutances

Coutances arriving in Poole.
Coutances. Courtesy Ian Boyle (Simplon Postcards)

Coutances was built in 1978 for Truckline Ferries’ Cherbourg-en-Cotentin – Poole service. Once the company was taken over by Brittany Ferries in 1985, she became part of Brittany Ferries’ fleet.


Technical Datas of M/V Coutances
M/V Coutances (1978 - 2008)
The Ship
Launch 1978
Maiden Voyage 1978
Shipyard Ateliers et Chantiers du Havre, Le Havre, France
Owner Truckline (1978 - 1985)
Bretagne Angleterre Irlande SA (1985 -2007)
Operator Truckline (1978 - 1999)
Brittany Ferries (1999 - 2008)

Cherbourg-en-Cotentin (FR) - Poole (GB) (1978-2007)

Ouistreham (FR) - Portsmouth (GB) (2008)

IMO 7528477
Port of Registery Cherbourg, Normandie, France
Technical Datas
Length 109.70 m
125.52 m after 1986
Breadth 17.50 m
Draught 04.50 m
Gross Tonnage 6,507 GT
Deadweight 1,626 DWT
Engines specifications
Engines 2 Atlas MaK 9M453 engines
Power 8,840 kW
Speed 18.00 knots (service)
Passengers & Cargo
Passengers Capacity 58 passengers
Cabins 58 berths
Garage Capacity 64 trailers

Service History

Coutances in her Truckline livery, arriving in Poole.
Coutances in her Truckline livery. Rights reserved.

In 1976, Truckline decided to renew the fleet it was operating on its route, linking Cherbourg-en-Cotentin and Poole. Therefore, it ordered two sister-ships to a French shipyard. Coutances is one of them. Coutances was delivered in 1978, and allocated to the Cherbourg-en-Cotentin – Poole service.

In September 1980, due to a fault of one of her engines, Coutances collided with Poole’s link span. Until repairs were made, she hence had to be operated from Weymouth, since she only suffered minor damages.

Following Truckline’ purchase by Brittany Ferries, in 1985, it was decided to lengthen Coutances in January 1986 by 15.62m in order to increase her capacity to cope with the growing traffic on the route she was serving. Hence, her lorry capacity was increased by 34%.

During the 80s, Coutances has operated several sailings between Ouistreham and Portsmouth, and she has also performed crossings on the Roscoff – Plymouth and Plymouth – Santander routes.

Coutances was eventually repainted to Brittany Ferries’ colours in 2004 during a refurbishment in Gdansk. She lost during this refurbishment her former Brittany Ferries Truckline livery, and became the first ship of Brittany Ferries to wear the new logo, although she was initially to be replaced with the introduction of Pont-Aven.

From 2007, after the introduction of Cotentin that eventually replaced her, Coutances had been allocated on the Ouistreham – Portsmouth service. She sailed for the last time with Brittany Ferries on 1st May 2008, with a Cherbourg-en-Cotentin – Poole crossing. Sold in June to Conferries, she was renamed Outances on 23rd July.

Registered in September 2008 in Pampatar, she set sail to South America and was renamed Rosa Eugenia.

Aboard Accommodations

Coutances was equipped with a Bar, a Self-Service Restaurant for the HGV drivers, a Duty Free Shop and had 4 berths cabins.

See Also


  • In Dover Ferry Photos Forum, Goodfellow, R. ; Thornton N. ; Cloke P., 2015. [retrieved thje 15/08/2015]. Available at www.doverferryphotosforums.co.uk ;
  • In The Ferry Site, Koefoed-Hansen, M., 2015. [retrieved the 15/08/2015]. Available at www.ferry-site.dk ;
  • "MV Rosa Eugenia". In Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation and its writers, 2015. [retrieved the 15/08/2015]. Available at en.wikipedia.org.