ex Orion II, Clelia II, Renaissance Four
Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Cant. Nav. “Ferrari” S.p.A., La Spezia, Italy (Yard no 46) in 1990 for Renaissance Cruises, Palermo, Italy
- Original Cost: $20 million
- Length on deck: 88.32m (overall), 74.66m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth of hull: 15.31m (extreme)
- Depth: 8.41m
- Draught: 3.85m (maximum)
- Tonnage: 4077 gross/1,223 net/2420 deadweight
- Engines: Two 8-cylinder 12V28 / 32 MAN B & Wdiesels
- Propulsion/Propellers: diesel (5,040kw)/2
- Speed: 15.0 knots
- Capacity: 100 passengers
- Passenger decks: 5
- Crew: 55
- IMO Number: 8708672
- MMSI Number: 249556000
- Call Sign: ICGR, 9HUT9
- Registry: Palermo/Italy, Monrovia/Liberia, Nassau/The Bahamas, Valletta/Malta
- Sister Ships: Renaissance One, Renaissance Two, Renaissance Three
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March 1990: Launched
1990: Delivered to Renaissance Cruises, Palermo, Italy.
1994: Home port Monrovia, Liberia.
1996: Sold to Greenwich Ship Management & Brokerage, Nassau, Bahamas and renamed CLELIA II. Used by Loucas Haji-Ioannou as a yacht.
1997: Sold to Golden Sea Cruises, Piraeus, Greece.
2002: Sold to Lindos Maritime Ltd., Nassau, Bahamas.
© Federico Bolognini
November 2008: Transferred to Maltese flag, home port Valletta.
2009: Travel Dynamics International, New York, USA
© Sebastiaan Toufekoulas
December 26th 2010: Starboard propeller made contact with rocks on Petermann Island.
“The ship had arrived at Petermann Island, Penola Strait in the Antarctica Peninsula for a passenger landing when a stronger-than-anticipated current pushed it toward the rocky shoreline. According to IAATO (International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators) efforts by the officer of the watch to correct the situation failed, and the starboard propeller struck some rocks. The impact resulted in the shutdown of the starboard engine and the loss of electrical power aboard ship. The port engine, which remained operational throughout the incident, was used to drive her off the rocks to a position approximately one mile from shore, where the port engine was turned off for a full systems check.
Aboard were 65 passengers and staff, and 65 officers and crew. At no time during this incident was there a threat to human life; passengers and crew were never in danger.”
May 2012: Sold and renamed ORION II.
© Cees Bustraan
December 2012: Sold to GCCL Malta Fleet 4 Ltd and renamed CORINTHIAN.
© Manuel Hernández Lafuente
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