M/V Gotland

Gotland arriving in Portsmouth from Ouistreham.
M/V Gotland. Courtesy Brittany Ferries?

Gotland was built in 1973 for Stena Line, which sold her shortly after her launch to Rederi AB Gotland. She was then chartered out to numerous operators as TT-Line or Moly Lines.

Gotland was chartered in early-1988 by Brittany Ferries, in order to operate the Ouistreham – Portsmouth service using two ships. Indeed, the route proved to be very popular and its traffics were becoming to high to enable Duc de Normandie to cope with them alone. Therefore, Gotland was chartered and allocated on this route alongside Duc de Normandie and was to be renamed Lisieux, however it has never been done.

The charter was not renewed after 11th September 1988 and Gotland was sent back to her owner. She was replaced on this route the following year by former Prince of Brittany which was renamed Reine Mathilde and refurbished before being introduced.

The ferry was then chartered by Dieppe Ferries and Irish Continental Lines. She was purchased in 1989 by Corsica Ferries which renamed her Corsica Victoria. She was lengthened by twenty meters in 1990, increasing her car and passenger capacity (her tonnage was almost doubled). She is still operated by Corsica Ferries, alongside her sister-ship, Sardigna Regina.

Technical Datas of M/V Gotland
M/V Gotland (1988)
The Ship
Launch  26th November 1973
Shipyard Jozo Lozovina-Mosor Shipyard, Trogir, Ex-Yougoslavia 
Owner Rederi AB Gotland 
Operator Brittany Ferries 
Routes Ouistreham (FR) - Portsmouth (GB) 
IMO 7305253 
Port of Registery Visby, Sweden 
Technical Datas
Length  123.86 m
Breadth  20.86 m
Draught 05.01 m 
Gross Tonnage 6,642 GT 
Engines specifications
Engines British Polar SF116VS-E engines 
Speed 18.50 knots (service) 
Passengers & Cargo
Passengers Capacity 1,670 passengers 
Garage Capacity 300 cars 

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See Also


  •  In The Ferry Site, Koefoed-Hansen, M., 2015. [retrieved the 12/08/2015]. Available at www.ferry-site.dk ;
  • In Simplon Postcards, Boyle, I., 2008. [retrieved the 12/08/2015]. Available at www.simplonpc.co.uk ; (photos only)
  • "MV Corsica Victoria". In Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation and its writers, 2015. [retrieved the 12/08/2015]. Available at en.wikipedia.org.