MS Pascal Paoli

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Name: 2003 onwards: Pascal Paoli
Operator: 2003 onwards: SNCM
Port of registry: Bastia,  France
Builder: Van der Giessen de Noord
Yard number: 988
Identification: IMO number: 9247510
Status: In service
General characteristics [1][2]
Tonnage: 35,760 GT
Length: 176 m (577 ft)
Beam: 30.5 m (100 ft)
Draught: 6.60 m (22 ft)
Installed power: 4 x Wärtsilä 9L46 diesel engines
Speed: 23 kn (43 km/h)
  • 550 Passengers
  • 130 Cars
  • 2,300 Lane meters

The Pascal Paoli is a RoPax ferry owned and operated by SNCM. She was the last ship built by the Van der Giessen de Noord yard. On January 5 2016, Pascal Paoli was transferred to the Maritime Corse Méditerranée, a new entity succeeding SNCM following its takeover by Corsican businessman Patrick Rocca. On February 3, after a technical stop at the Tunisian yards of Menzel Bourguiba, the ship arrived in Marseilles without any commercial markings. At the end of May 2016, the ship received the red livery of Corsica Linea, the trademark of the Corsican consortium Corsica Maritima which merged with the MCM. The ship departed Marseille for Bastia on May 25, 2016 for its first voyage under its new colors.


The Pascal Paoli operates between Marseilles and Bastia on the island of Corsica. The 220 nautical mile overnight trip takes 12 hours.

Boarding by GIGN[edit]

French GIGN special forces operating by air approach the SNCM ferry Pascal Paoli.

On September 27 2005, during the social unrest following the decision to privatize SNCM that owned and operated the ship, striking sailors of the Corsican Workers' Trade Union occupied the Pascal Paoli, docked at the seawall off the port of Marseille, with the plan to move the ship to Bastia. The commander is instructed to steer the ship to Corsica. After departure, Pascal Paoli is approached by military helicopters. The ship arrived in the vicinity of Bastia around 11 pm but did not approach, as the striking sailors wished, and spent the night a few cable lengths from port. In the early morning hours of September 28, after authorities had taken a decision overnight, members of the Hubert and GIGN commando, with five helicopters, took possession of the ship. The striking sailors did not resist, and the soldiers regained control of the ship. Under escort of the Navy, the ship was directed towards Toulon, where it docked in the enclosure of the naval base. The ship remained there until October 13, when it departed for Marseille in the evening.


  1. ^ "Pascal Paoli RoRo Passenger Ferry" (PDF). IHC Merwede. Retrieved December 2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "M/S Pascal Paoli (2003)". Retrieved December 2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)