16/05/2005 @ Dover © Nigel ThorntonMV Astor, Past and Present

MV Astor (II)

ex Fedor Dostyevskiy, Astor

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher

Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft ,Germany (Yard no 218) in 1986 for South African Marine Corporation (Safmarine). 

Technical Data

  • Length: 176.50m (579.0 ft) (overall)
  • Breadth of Hull: 22.61m (74.1 ft) (extreme)
  • Draught: 6.10m (20.0 ft) (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 20,159 gross (1986), 20,606 gross (1988), 7,637 net, 3,950 deadweight
  • Engines: Four x 8-cylinder Sulzer SRG 6ZAL40 diesels
  • Power: 15,400 kw
  • Speed: 21 knots
  • Capacity: 656 passengers
  • Call Sign: C6JR3
  • IMO Number: 8506373
  • Registry: Port Louise/Mauritius, Odessa/USSR, Germany, Nassau/Bahamas
  • Sister Vessel: Saga Pearl II


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History

1985: Ordered, by South African Marine Corporation, Kapstaden, South Africa for Durban – Southampton route, because machinery installation of 1984 acquired ASTOR not of sufficient power for maintenance of liner service.

January 21st 1986: Keel laid.

June 24th 1986: Launched , by floating out of dry dock.

January 1986: While under construction plan for liner service abandoned and she was sold on completion, to Marlan Corporation, Port Louis, Mauritius.

© Jorg Seyler

 © Jorg Seyler

January 14th 1987: Delivered .

January 14th 1987: Maiden cruise from Hamburg via Genoa and then to South America, followed by cruising in the Caribbean.

© “Seadevil”  © Marc Piché

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1988: Transferred to Fedor Dostoevskiy Shipping Co, Nassau, Bahamas.

October 3rd 1988: Sold to Black Sea Shipping Co, Odessa, Soviet Union. Renamed FEDOR DOSTOEVSKIY.

December 23rd 1988: Chartered to Transocean and made her first cruise from Genoa.

March 1990: Chartered to Neckermann Seereisen for four years.

1991: Transferred to Fedor Dostoevskiy Shipping Co, Nassau, Bahamas.

December 1st 1995: Renamed ASTOR. Chartered to Aquamarin for cruising.

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16/05/2005 @ Dover © Nigel Thornton


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1996: Registered to Astor Shipping Co, Nassau, Bahamas and chartered to Transocean Tours, Bremen, Germany.

May 15th 2009: Ran aground in Copenhagen. She was refloated later with only minor damage.

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 © John Wilson (Feb 2014)

November 2013: 2014: Charter: Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV), Dartford, United Kingdom

December 17th 2014: Registered Owner; Passion Shipping & Investment.

  

 © Aleksi Lindström

2015: Operator; Transocean Tours GmbH, Bremen, Germany


All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Brian Fisher, “Seadevil” (www.ostsee-foto.de), Aleksi Lindström, Marc Piché, Joerg Seyler and John Wilson for their assistance in compiling this feature.

 Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)


4 Comments

  1. I was very interested in the history of the Astor. If I am correct was she not originally owned our chartered by Morgan Leisure based in Colchester. I ask as I produced a credit card for the maiden voyage for passenger use, and went to Southampton as she docked cant think what year. At the time the travel industry were going on board for a pre cruise meal etc.

    I do recall when I went to the Colchester office they were taking on crew.

    1. Hi David,
      Thanks for taking time to comment.

      In 1986 she was sold by Safmarine because her intended employment was to be in a liner service. This plan was abandoned as her machinery had insufficient power.
      Consequently Morgan Leisure, Colchester were employed as marketing agent for her as a cruise vessel.In Germany marketing was done by a subsidiary Globus Kreuzfahrten GmbH. Morgan and Globus having financial connection with Safmarine.

      Rgds
      Nigel Thornton

  2. Great photos Nigel.
    I was one of the singers on the Maiden voyage-have the minted coin given to the first passengers. We picked up the ship in Hamburg and then sailed firstly to Amsterdam.
    The entertainers on board the maiden cruise were. Lyn Paul, Frankie Vaughan, Eve Graham. I also remember Pete Murray and Eileen Akins also giving talks to passengers.
    All great people and some great memories.

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