History & specification of Barfleur

In 1990 Brittany Ferries decided to increase capacity on the hugely popular Poole-Cherbourg route, by ordering the construction of Barfleur. It was built at the Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Finland, and during her construction, due to the route's increasing popularity, the ship was lengthened from its original design by nine metres. Following sea trials she entered service between Cherbourg and Poole in April 1992.

Barfleur attributes her name to a small fishing village located in Normandie, close to the port of Cherbourg in which the vessel is based.

The ship was originally commissioned for Brittany Ferries' Truckline subsidiary for freight transport. However in 1999 she started to operate a traditional passenger ferry services, and was re-painted in Brittany Ferries passenger fleet colours.

Technical specification for Barfleur
Feature Details
Launched 1992
Gross tonnage 20,131
Length 157.65 metres
Beam 23.03 metres
Max draught 5.8 metres
Service speed 19.5 knots
Crew 50
Passenger capacity 900
Car capacity 590
Berths 200
Cabins 72
Reserved seats 295
Shipyard Kvaerner Masa-Yards, Helsinki
Power 3,905 kW