One of the most interesting ferries still around and currently operated by Moby Lines is the 1978 built MOBY CORSE which entered Grand Harbour, Malta on Monday 7th June, 2021 at 1341 hrs coming from Messina, Sicily.
She was bound to Palumbo Malta Shipyards for drydocking at Dock 6 assisted by 1 tug – SEA SALVOR.
She was built at Aalborg Værft A/S in Denmark for DFDS Seaways as DANA ANGLIA and entered service in 1978. She sailed between Esbjerg, Denmark and Harwich United Kingdom between 1978 and 2002 before being renamed as DUKE OF SCANDINAVIA still for DFDS Seaways for service between Copenhagen, Denmark and Gdańsk ,Poland. She returned to the North Sea in 2003 to sail between Newcastle, UK and IJmuiden, Netherlands.
In 2006 she was chartered by Brittany Ferries to replace the ropax VAL DE LOIRE and she was renamed as PONT L’ABBE. It was announced on 19th December 2007 that she was sold to Brittany Ferries. Her final sailing between Plymouth and Roscoff was on 9th November 2008, after which she was laid up in Saint-Nazaire, France. During October 2009, the ship was sold to Moby Lines and was renamed as MOBY CORSE starting a new route from Toulon to Bastia on April 1st, 2010.
She was due to leave on Friday 18th June but left Grand Harbour on Saturday 19th June, 2021 at 1539 hrs with tugboat SEA SALVOR assisting.
She left harbour without her letters MOBY on her hull.
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Published – Wednesday 23rd June, 2021.