© Marc PichéMV Hamburg – Past and Present

MV Hamburg

ex C Columbus, Columbus

© Marc Piché

Steel twin screw motor vessel built by MTW Schiffswerft, Wismar Germany (Yard no 451) in 1997 for Hapag-Lloyd, Nassau, Bahamas

Technical Data

  • Length: 144.13m (overall) 129.21m (registered)
  • Breadth: 21.50m
  • Draught: 5.15m
  • Tonnage: 14,903 (1996) – 15,067 (2001)gross/5,092 net/1300t deadweight
  • Engines: 4 x 6 – cylinder Wartsila 6L32 diesels
  • Power: 10560 kW.
  • Speed: 18.5 knots
  • Capacity: 420 passengers
  • Crew: 170
  • Decks: 6
  • Call Sign: C6OX6
  • IMO Number: 9138329
  • MMSI Number: 309908000
  • Registry: Nassau/Bahamas

Current Location

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September 5th 1996: Keel laid.

October 30th 1996: Launched under the name of COLUMBUS.

June 17th 1997: Delivered to Hapag-Lloyd, Nassau, Bahamas as C COLUMBUS. Christened the same day and undertook a special cruise from Hamburg.

June 26th 1997: Maiden cruise from Hamburg to Nordkap later cruising operations.

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

May 2001: Stern rebuilt with a “ducktail”.

© John Wilson  © John Wilson

© John Wilson

© John Wilson

May 2012: Chartered to Plantours & Partners and renamed HAMBURG.


© Marc Piché


© Aleksi Lindström

May 2nd 2015: Due at Dover.

April 19th 2019: Called at Dover

© Neil Hopper  © Neil Hopper

© Neil Hopper

© Neil Hopper

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: Neil Hopper, Aleksi Lindström, Marc Piché and John Wilson for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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