Ex Muirneag, Belard, Carrier II, Mercandian Carrier II, Alianza, Mercandian Carrier II
Belard – © Simonwp (Troon, 01/02/1989)
Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1979 by Frederikshavn Vaerft A/S, Frederikshavn, Denmark (Yard No 380) as a RoRo Cargo ship.
- Length: 105.62 m (overall) 96.02 m (between perpendiculars)
Breadth: 37.88 m
Depth: 10.57 m
Tonnage: 1599 gross/835 – 827 net/3620 – 3480t deadweight
Engines: 1 x Vee Oil, 4SA 12-cylinder MaK 12M453AK Diesel
Power: 3310 kW/4500 bHP
Speed: 15 knots
Capacity: 12 passengers, C. RoRo Dk: 58 x 20ft – C.Dk: 142 x 20 ft
Call Sign: OYCU, GFMU, 3FIS5, VQBE3, D6A2647
MMSI Number: 620634000
- IMO Number: 7725362
- Official Number: (LR 1984 -85) D2644 (LR 1992 – 93) 706568
Port of Registry: Copenhagen/Denmark, Manchester/UK, Douglas/Isle of Man, Kingstown/St Vincent & Grenadines, Glasgow/UK, Panama, Comoros
Sister Ships: Dana Atlas, Mercandian Exporter II, Mercandian Importer II, Mercandian Merchant II, Mercandian Supplier II, Mercandian Trader II, Mercandian Transporter II
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April 25th 1979: Launched.
July 27th 1979: Delivered as MERCANDIAN CARRIER II to Merc-Scandia XXIV P/R, Copenhagen, Denmark.
1984: Renamed ALIANZA.
1984: Renamed MERCANDIAN CARRIER II.
1985: Chartered to an unknown company and renamed CARRIER II.
Carrier II – © Simonwp (Troon, 12/06/1985)
Carrier II – © Simonwp (Rotterdam, 26/06/1985)
August 22nd 1985: Sold to POETS Fleet Management Ltd, England and renamed BELARD.
December 11th 1985: Sent to Clydedock Engineering Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland for an extensive, £1 Million, refit. “Vectwin Rudders were fitted together with a directional Elliot White Gill Jet to augment the thrust from her propeller. These additions made her so manoeuvrable that it was said she could do 15 knots ahead, 8 knots astern and 5 knots sideways. The refit was complete when the vehicle lift to her upper freight deck was replaced with an internal ramp.”.
February 1986: Replaced POINTER on the Ardrossan – Belfast service.
Belard – © Aubrey Dale (Belfast, 21/04/1989)
Belard – © Aubrey Dale (Ardrossan, 16/06/1990)
December 1st 1990: Ownership transferred to Northern Ireland Trailers (Scotland) Ltd and management transferred to Pandoro Ltd.
Belard – © Aubrey Dale (Belfast, 09/11/1991)
October 29th 1992: Ownership transferred to Pandoro Ltd.
December 19th: Transferred to Ardrossan/Larne service.
January 1993: “Services Ardrossan – Larne after a dispute with Belfast Harbour Commissioners. Had the white P & O letters on her hull painted out in favour of Pandora painted on her superstructure in blue.”.
Belard – © Aubrey Dale (All 1993)
November 1993: Replaced by MERCHANT VALIANT
November 23rd 1993: Bareboat chartered to Mannin Line Ltd, Isle Of Man (subsidiary of Isle Of Man Steam Packet Co, Douglas) for service between Great Yarmouth – Ijmuiden.
August 15th 1994: Sold to Isle Of Man Steam Packet Co., Douglas, Isle Of Man.
May 6th 1995: Great Yarmouth – Ijmuiden services were closed.
May 15th 1995 – May 16th 1995: Chartered to Commodore Ferries as cover for the Guernsey – Portsmouth service.
June 1995 – September 1995: Chartered to Pandoro, Fleetwood for services Ardrossan – Larne.
Belard – © Aubrey Dale (1995)
November 1995: Laid up in Liverpool.
January 19th 1996: Services Douglas – Heysham covering PEVERIL.
March 1996: Chartered to Exxtor Ferries for services between Immingham – Rotterdam.
March 1996: Laid up in Liverpool.
Belard – © Simonwp (Immingham, 18/04/1996)
March 5th 1997 – April 10th 1997: Chartered to P&O European Ferries for services Cairnryan – Larne, then returned to Heysham – Douglas.
January 13th 1998: Final Heysham – Douglas service.
January 1998: Sold to Aabrenaa Rederi A/S, Kingstown, St. Vincent & Grenadines.
February 1998: Services Abenra (Denmark) – Klaipeda (Lithuania) .
May 1999: Charter taken over by Scandlines Balticum Seaways for further services between Abenra – Klaipeda.
June 1999 – October 15th 1999: Laid up in Sonderborg, Denmark.
October 1999: Chartered to Kystlink A/S, Trondheim, Norway.
October 18th 1999: Services between Bergen – Sola.
November 2001 – December 2001: Chartered to P&O Scottish Ferries for services Aberdeen – Lerwick – Stromness.
January 22nd 2002 – February 10th 2002: Chartered to Isle Of Man Steam Packet Co, Douglas, Isle Of Man for services Douglas – Heysham.
May 28th 2002 – September 2002: Chartered to Ferryways, Oostend fro services between Belgium and the U.K.
Belard – © Pieter Inpyn (Ostend, 01/09/2002)
September 2002: Sold to Caledonian MacBrayne, Glasgow, Scotland and renamed MUIRNEAG.
September 23rd 2002: Left Rotterdam.
September 2002: Services between Stornoway – Ullapool.
January 10th 2005: Grounded in Stornoway.
January 14th 2005: Repairs at A&P Birkenhead.
July 25th 2008: Grounded outside Stornoway but managed to free herself.
Muirneag – © Neil C McBride (Tyneside, 3008)
September 21st 2013: Final day in service then laid up in Stornoway.
September 2013: Sold to C-shipping, Novorossijsk, Russia and registered to Rosewhite Shipping SA, Mersin, Turkey.
October 3rd 2013 – October 20th 2013: Sailed from Stornoway to Samsun.
November 2013: Services Samsun – Gelendzhik.
January 1st 2020: Renamed HATAY
January 23rd 2020: Sold to Hatay Shipping Corp for services Samsun – Tuapse.
All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Aubrey Dale, Neil C McBride, Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.
Special thanks go to Trevor Kidd
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