MS Wisteria

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Name: 1978-1986: Prinses Beatrix
1986-2005: Duc de Normandie
2005-present: Wisteria
Operator: 1978-1986: SMZ
1986-2005: Brittany Ferries
2005-2006: TransEuropa Ferries
2006-present: Ferrimaroc
Port of registry: 1978-1986: Hoek of Holland, Netherlands
1986-2005: Caen 22x20px
2005-present: Limasol Cyprus
Builder: Verolme Scheepswerf Heusden BV, Netherlands
Launched: 14 January 1978
In service: 29 June 1978
Identification: IMO number: 7637149
General characteristics
Tonnage: 9,367 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 131 m (429.8 ft)
Beam: 22 m (72.2 ft)
Speed: 21 kn (38.9 km/h)
Capacity: 1500 passengers
350 cars

The Wisteria is a passenger car ferry operated by Acciona Trasmediterránea between Almeria and the Moroccan port of Nador.


The Wisteria was built in 1978 as the Prinses Beatrix by Verolme Shipyard, in Holland and worked for Stoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland on their joint Sealink route between Hoek van Holland and Harwich, Parkeston Quay. She was named and launched by H.R.H. Princess Beatrix on 14 January 1978.[1] Brittany Ferries bought the ferry on 1 October 1985, and after chartering it for a year back to SMZ, renamed it Duc de Normandie, operating between Portsmouth and Ouistreham from 5 June 1986.[2] The ferry sailed alongside MV Reine Mathilde on its favoured route to Ouistreham. On 10 July 2002, she was transferred to the Plymouth - Roscoff route, replacing the MV Quiberon.[3] She ended her Brittany Ferries career on this route, her final sailing being on 30 September 2004.

Particular features of the Duc were a calvados still in the Alambic bar and a cider press at the wine bar.

Brittany Ferries sold the Duc in 2005 to TransEuropa Ferries, operating between Port Ramsgate and Ostend under the name MV Wisteria. In 2006 she was chartered to Ferrimaroc and Acciona Trasmeditarranea for use on their Almeria (Spain) to Nador (Morocco).[4][5]


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