MV Commodore Clipper
Steel twin motor vessel , built by Van der Giessen-de Noord Shipbuilding Division B.V., Krimpen a/d Ijssel, Holland in 1999 (Yard No 378) as Passenger/Ro – Ro Cargo Ship
- Length: 129.14m (overall) 117.58m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth of Hull: 23.43m (extreme)
- Depth: 14.7m
- Draught: 5.812m
- Tonnage: 14,000 gross/4,201 net/4504t deadweight
- Engines: Two MaK 9M32 diesels.
- Power: 8,640kW
- Speed: 18.80 knots
- Capacity: 500 passengers, 279 cars, 1265 lane metres
- Call Sign: C6QQ3
- IMO Number: 9201750
- DNV GL ID: 21616
- Official Number: 732230
- MMSI Number: 308094000
- Registry: Nassau/Bahamas
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July 3rd 1998: Build contract signed.
November 6th 1998: Keel struck.
May 8th 1999: Launched.
September 17th 1999: Delivered to Condor Marine Service, Nassau, Bahamas.
September 27th 1999: Commenced services for Commodore Ferries, as a Roro freighter, between Portsmouth – Jersey – Guernsey.
© Trevor Kidd
October 18th 1999: Commenced passenger services between Portsmouth – St Peter Port – St Helier – Portsmouth.
© Andreas Wörteler
2005: Commenced services for Condor Ferries.
June 16th 2010: At 0242 (BST) a fire was detected on the main vehicle deck.. The vessel was on passage from Jersey to Portsmouth and the vehicle deck was loaded with many freight trailers. The crew identified that an unaccompanied refrigerated trailer unit, powered from the ship’s electrical supply, had caught fire. The crew contained the fire using the vehicle deck water drenching system and boundary cooling from above, but were not able to extinguish it. Fire damage to unprotected cables and pipework in the main vehicle deck caused extensive disruption to systems, affecting the vessel’s ability to manoeuvre and contain the fire.
Taken out of service for repairs.
© Andreas Wörteler
July 4th 2010: Resumed service.
April 26th 2012: A fire broke out whilst travelling between Portsmouth and the Channel Island of Guernsey. Crew members discovered what they described as a “minor fire” in an engine’s oil heating system. It was extinguished and there were no injuries among the 220 passengers and 39 crew on board.
Portsmouth 17/07/13 © Ray Goodfellow
July 14th 2014: Accidentally grounded off Guernsey (in the Little Russel). Sent to dry-dock for extensive repair. The MAIB Report regarding this incident is available here.
2015: Remains in service.
January 30th 2015: Condor announced a new livery “Three new colours are at the core of the new company identity – dark blue, pink and gold, representing more of a leisure and holiday outlook. The ribbons – which were a distinctive feature in the ship’s livery before – have evolved and will be used on the ships hulls as well as on new branding throughout the rest of the company, including the new logo.”
© Nicolas Lévy (St Malo 24/10/2015)
November 4th 2015 – December 14th 2015: To Falmouth for refit and fitting of pollution-reducing scrubbers.
A&P Falmouth © Barrie Clark
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