MV Moby Corse

Moby Corse is a ferry owned and operated by Moby Lines. She was built at Aalborg Værft A/S in Denmark for DFDS Seaways as MV Dana Anglia and entered service with them in 1978. She sailed between Esbjerg, Denmark and Harwich, United Kingdom between 1978 and 2002 before being renamed MV Duke of Scandinavia for service between Copenhagen, Denmark and Gdańsk, Poland. She returned to the North Sea in 2003 to sail between Newcastle and IJmuiden.

MV Moby Corse
  • 1978–2002: Dana Anglia
  • 2002–2006: Duke of Scandinavia
  • 2006–2009: Pont L'Abbé
  • 2009—present: Moby Corse
Port of registry:
Ordered: 25 May 1975[1]
Builder: Aalborg Værft, Ålborg, Denmark
Yard number: 210[1]
Laid down: 21 May 1976[1]
Launched: 21 June 1977[1]
Christened: 4 May 1978[1]
Acquired: 28 April 1978[1]
In service: 13 May 1978[1]
Identification: IMO number: 7615414
Status: In Service
General characteristics (as built)[1]
Tonnage: 19589 gt (14399 grt original)
Displacement: 3,440 tonnes deadweight (DWT)
Length: 152.91 m (501 ft 8 in)
Beam: 24.19 m (79 ft 4 in)
Draught: 7.51 m (24 ft 8 in)
Installed power:
Speed: 21 kn (39 km/h)
  • 1370 passengers
  • 1249 passenger berths
  • 470 cars
  • 810 lanemeters
General characteristics (after 1993 & 2000 refits)[1]
Tonnage: 18321 GT
Length: 152.91 m (501 ft 8 in)
Beam: 26.26 m (86 ft 2 in)
Draught: 6.10 m (20 ft 0 in)
Speed: 19.5 kn (36.1 km/h) (service speed)[3]
  • 1120 passengers
  • 400 cars[3]
Crew: 120[3]

In 2006 she was chartered by Brittany Ferries to replace the MV Val de Loire, renamed MV Pont L'Abbé. It was announced on 19 December 2007 that the vessel was sold to Brittany Ferries. Her final sailing between Plymouth and Roscoff was on 9 November 2008, after which she was laid up in Saint-Nazaire. In October 2009, the ship was sold to Moby Lines. She was renamed Moby Corse and started the new service from Toulon to Bastia on April 1, 2010.[4]

Regular routes

Other routes served

Under Brittany Ferries, Pont L'Abbé has only sailed in passenger service on the Plymouth-Roscoff and Portsmouth-Cherbourg routes. She also sailed between Plymouth and St Malo in December 2006.

Onboard facilities

Brittany Ferries have changed very little on board Pont L'Abbé since her service with DFDS. It is rumoured that the charter agreement did not allow major changes to be made to match the facilities on board other Brittany Ferries vessels.

Bars and restaurants

  • La Brasserie (Brasserie/a la Carte Restaurant) – Deck 7.
  • Le Café – Deck 7.
  • Admiral Bar (Piano Bar) – Deck 7.
  • Colombus Bar – Deck 7.


  • Sea Shop – Deck 7.

Other facilities

  • Children's Playroom – Deck 7.
  • Sky bar (refreshments and ice creams)
  • 400 Cabins – Decks 2, 3, 6 and 8. (De-luxe, 2 and 4 berth standard and couchette cabins)

In June 2006 a number of reclining seats were fitted in the former freight drivers lounge on Deck 7.

Media appearances

While registered as Dana Anglia the vessel appeared in several BBC TV Series. In 1981, A ship named Dana Anglia appeared in the BBC TV movie Artemis 81. In 1n 1982-3 she was the setting for the second and third series of the soap opera Triangle. The ship in the first series was Tor Scandinavia.

In 1989 it featured in one episode of the comedy series Birds of a Feather.[5]

In July 2005 in Series 6, Episode 6 of the BBC TV show "Top Gear", the vessel appeared in the background of a shot taken in Newcastle during the Race to Oslo challenge.


  1. Asklander, Micke. "M/S Dana Anglia (1978)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 2008-02-29.
  3. "Pocket guide to on-board services Pont L'Abbé" (pdf) (in English and French). Brittany Ferries. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
  5. "Ships of TV". Retrieved 9 August 2012.
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