M/V Pont l'Abbé

Pont l'Abbé arriving in Plymouth.
M/V Pont l'Abbé. Rights Reserved.

Pont l’Abbé is a ship that has been operated between 2006 and early-2009 by Brittany Ferries, mostly between Roscoff and Plymouth. Her name comes from a small village located in Southern Brittany.


Technical Datas of M/V Pont l'Abbé
M/V Pont l'Abbé (2006 - 2009)
The Ship
Launch 1978 (rebuilt in 2000)
Shipyard Aalborg Værft, Aalborg, Denmark
Owner DFDS Seaways (2006 - 2008)
Bretagne Angleterre Irlande S.A. (2008 - 2009)
Operator Brittany Ferries
Routes  Roscoff (FR) - Plymouth (GBR)
IMO 7615414
Port of Registry Morlaix, Bretagne, France
Technical Datas
Length 152.90m
Breadth 26.26m
Draught 06.10m
Gross Tonnage 19,321 GT
Net Tonnage 9,428 NT
Deadweight 3,440 DWT
Engines specifications
Engines 2 Pielstick 18PC2-5V-400 engines
Power 15,298 kW
Speed 21.00 knots (max) - 19.50 knots (service)
Passengers & Cargo
Passengers Capacity 1,120 passengers + 120 crew members
Cabins 1,250 berths proposed
Garage Capacity 400 cars

Service History

DFDS Seaways' Duke of Scandinavia (1978 - 2005)

Duke of Scandinavia as Dana Anglia in her original livery.
Dana Anglia in her original livery. Ian BOYLE collection (Simplon Postcards)

Dana Anglia was ordered on 25th May 1975 by DFDS Seaways. Built between 1976 and 1977, she was introduced on 13th May 1978 on DFDS Seaways oldest route linking Esbjerg (DNK) and Harwich (GBR). Dana Anglia was rebuilt in 2000 to be equipped with sponsons, that increase her sea keeping ability.

When transferred to the Copenhaguen (DNK) – Gdansk (POL) service in 2002, Dana Anglia was renamed Duke of Scandinavia. She was then transferred to the Newcastle (GBR) – Ijmuiden (NLD) service in 2003. In late-2005, DFDS Seaways decided to increase the capacity proposed on this route and purchased former Brittany FerriesVal de Loire, on the purpose of replacing much smaller Duke of Scandinavia on this service.

Brittany Ferries' Pont l'Abbé (2006 - 2009)

Official postcards published by Brittany Ferries featuring Pont l'Abbé.
Official Postcard of Pont l'Abbé. Ian BOYLE collection (Simplon Postcards)

After the sale of Val de Loire to DFDS Seaways, Brittany Ferries decided to charter in Duke of Scandinavia to operate services between Roscoff and Plymouth, whilst Bretagne was sent back to the Saint-Malo – Portsmouth service. Duke of Scandinavia was to be chartered until the delivery of a new-RoPax vessel (planned in 2008), called Bretagne 2 and built for the Roscoff - Plymouth route. Once delievred to Brittany Ferries, Duke of Scandinavia was renamed Pont l'Abbé.

In June 2006, Brittany Ferries refurbished Pont l'Abbé's former HGV drivers lounge located at deck 07 to a lounge equipped with reclining seats. However, Brittany Ferries has not changed anything else, due to the chartering contract that prevented Brittany Ferries to do so. Pont l'Abbé however was overhauled before entering service, enabling her to upgrade her to a very good state.

In December 2007, at the end of her charter, Brittany Ferries decided to purchase Pont l'Abbé due to Bretagne 2 being delivered much behind schedule. Pont l'Abbé eventually performed her last crossing with the company on 09th November 2008, and was laid up in Saint-Nazaire, available for sell. Pont l'Abbé was then replaced by Armorique in February 2009 on the Roscoff – Plymouth route.

Moby Lines' Moby Corse (2010 onwards)

Moby Corse.
Moby Corse. Picture Louis MOUTARD-MARTIN (CC BY SA 3.0).

In October 2009, Moby Line chartered for three years Pont l’Abbé, renaming her Moby Corse for their summer-only service between Toulon and Bastia. She was sent to Brest’s shipyard to be overhauled and painted.

Moby Corse is still in service in 2016, operated alongside Moby Vincent on the Genoa – Bastia service.

Aboard Accommodations

Aboard Dining and Bar

  • La Brasserie - À la carte restaurant; Deck 7;
  • Le Café - Self Service Restaurant; Deck 7;
  • Admiral Bar - Bar ; Deck 7;
  • Colombus Bar - Bar; Deck 7.

Aboard Shopping

  • Sea Shop - Duty Free Shop; Deck 7.

Passengers Accommodations

  • Inside cabins with 2 berths;
  • Outside cabins with 2 berths;
  • Inside cabins with 4 berths;
  • Outside cabins with 4 berths;
  • Deluxe cabins;
  • Allocated reclining seats.

The 400 cabins are located on decks 2, 3, 6 and 8.


  • 2 Cinemas; Deck 7;
  • Video Game Room; Deck 7;
  • Gambling Games Room; Deck 7;
  • Children Playroom; Deck 7.

See Also


  • "M/F Moby Corse". In The Ferry Site, Koefoed-Hansen, M., 2015. [retrieved 13th August 2015]. Available at www.ferry-site.dk;
  • Cozanet, H.. "Le PONT L'ABBÉ devient MOBY CORSE à Brest". In Marine Marchande, Guegueniat, E., December 2009. [retrieved 13th August 2015]. Available at www.marine-marchande.net;
  • "MV Moby Corse". In Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation and its writers, 2015. [retrieved 15th August 2015]. Available at en.wikipedia.org.