MV Cracovia – Past and Present

MV Cracovia

ex Drujba, Murillo

© Benoit Donne

© Benoit Donne

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2002 by Astilleros Espanoles S.A. (AESA) Seville, Spain, (Yard No. 291) as a passenger roll-on roll-off commercial freight ferry

Technical Data

  • Length: 180.5 m (overall) 168.7m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth of Hull: 24.3m (moulded)
  • Depth: 9.6m
  • Draught: 6.50 m
  • Tonnage: 25,028 gross, 8,058 net, 6900 deadweight
  • Engines: Four 9-cylinder Wartsila diesels
  • Power:  23760 kW
  • Speed: 23 knots
  • Capacity: 550 passengers, 2,196 lane metres
  • Call Sign: EBYF, LZRM
  • IMO Number: 9237242
  • MMSI Number: 311000671
  • Registry: Santa Cruz de Tenerife/Spain, Bulgaria. Nassau/Bahamas
  • Sister Vessels: Brave MerchantDawn Merchant, Northern Merchant, Midnight Merchant

Current Location

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September 19th 2001: Launched.

March 2002: Delivered to Cia. Trasmediterranea, Madrid, Spain.

© Benoit Donne  © Benoit Donne

© Benoit Donne  © Benoit Donne

© Benoit Donne

March 2002: Commenced service between Cadiz – Canary Islands.

© Federico Bolognini  © Federico Bolognini

© Federico Bolognini

200?: Services between Valencia – Mallorca.

June 2011: Services between Cadiz – Canary Islands.

September 1st 2012: Registered Owner; Acciona Trasmediterranea, Registered Manager; PB Management Eood.

© Mike Barker   © Carsten Dettmer

© Mike Barker (left) and © Carsten Dettmer (right)

© Jens Boldt  © Jens Boldt

© Jens Boldt

June 1st 2014: Sold to Bulgaria West Port and renamed DRUJBA. Manager: Pb Management Burgas, Bulgaria.

© Carlos Moreno Trobat  © Carlos Moreno Trobat

© Carlos Moreno Trobat  © Carlos Moreno Trobat

Palma de Mallorca © Carlos Moreno Trobat (Merchant Ships)

August 15th 2014: Maiden voyage from the port of Burgas to the Georgian port of Poti sailing Burgas-Poti-Burgas every Friday.

September 2014: Switched route from the Georgian port of Batumi to Novorossiysk, Russia.

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© Yevgeniy B

Novorossiysk, Russia © Yevgeniy B

June 24th 2014: Left Palma for Burgas, Bulgaria.

August 15th 2014: Services between Burgas – Novorossiysk.

March 31st 2017: Sold to Polferries for delivery in May.

May 16th 2017: Taken over by her new owner and renamed CRACOVIA

June 1st 2017: Arrived at Ystad for trials. She then sailed to Swinoujscie and onward to Szczecin (Remontowa Yard) for refit.

© Vladimir Knyaz  © Vladimir Knyaz

© Vladimir Knyaz

© Vladimir Knyaz

September 9th 2017: Commenced services between Swinoujscie – Ystad.

© Polferries   © Polferries 

© Polferries 

© Polferries


🆕 © Dirk Jankowsky

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: Mike Barker, Carlos Moreno Trobat (Merchant Ships), Jens Boldt, Federico Bolognini, Carsten Dettmer, Benoit Donne, Yevgeniy B, Przemysław Franczuk (Polferries), Vladimir Knyaz, Dirk Jankowsky and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in compiling this feature.

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

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