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MV Isle of Inishmore – Past and Present

MV Isle of Inishmore

© Carsten Dettmer

Isle of Inishmore – © Carsten Dettmer (Rosslare, 21/04/2017)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1997 by Van der Giessen-De Noord, Krimpen a/d Ijssel, Holland (Yard No  968) as a Ro-Pax ferry for Irish Ferries, Dublin

Technical Data

  • Length: 182.5 m (overall) m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 27.80 m
  • Depth: m
  • Draught: 5.80 m
  • Tonnage: 34031 gross/ net/5860t deadweight
  • Engines: 4 x Sulzer-Alpha 8ZA40S diesels.
  • Power: 23040 kW/HP
  • Speed: 21.5 knots
  • Capacity: 2200 passengers/800 cars/2060 lane meters
  • Call Sign: C4HQ2
  • MMSI Number: 209093000
  • IMO Number: 9142605
  • Port of Registry: Dublin/Rep of Ireland, Limassol/Cyprus

Current Location

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December 8th 1995: Keel struck.

October 4th 1996: Launched.


February 14th 1997: Delivered to Irish Ferries Ltd, Dublin, Ireland.

February 17th 1997: Arrived in Dublin.

March 2nd 1997: Commenced service between Dublin – Holyhead.

March 25th 2001: Completed sailings between Dublin – Holyhead.

March 2001: Refit at Appledore, Falmouth.

April 24th 2001: Laid up in Dublin.

May 16th 2001: Commenced services between Pembroke Dock – Rosslare.

January 22nd 2003 – March 13th 2003: Services between Dublin – Holyhead.

January 5th 2004 – January 20th 2004: Services between Dublin – Holyhead.

February 24th 2004: Off service owing to an industrial dispute between Irish Ferries and crew.

February 28th 2004: Returned to service.

January 5th 2005 – January 17th 2005: Services between Dublin – Holyhead.

November 24th 2005: Off service owing to an industrial dispute between Irish Ferries and crew.

December 14th 2005: Returned to service.

January 9th 2006 – January 28th 2006: Services between Dublin – Holyhead.

January 22th 2006: Upon leaving Dublin experienced problems with her bow door.

January 24th 2006: Arrived in Birkenhead for repairs.

February 10th 2006: Services between Rosslare – Pembroke Dock.

© Robert J Smith  © Robert J Smith

Isle of Inishmore – © Robert J Smith (Milford Haven, August 2007)

July 30th 2008: Pembroke Dock;

“Arrived in port, flames were briefly seen emitting from the starboard uptakes. On investigation, it was suspected that thermal oil was leaking into the thermal oil heater’s furnace from the heater coils. The thermal oil heater was turned off and its fuel supply isolated, and focus then shifted to switching the ship’s machinery fuel supply from heavy fuel oil to diesel.

A fire then broke out in the thermal oil heater and flames flashed out of the burner air intake igniting lagging and other materials in the engine room. This external fire was extinguished quickly, but the fire inside the heater furnace took much longer to completely extinguish as there was no means of closing off the air intake to the burner; there was no injection point into the furnace for an extinguishing medium; and the thermal oil in the coils could not be drained away as the heater was mounted horizontally.

The ship’s passengers were mustered during the emergency, but stayed on board as the fire was contained and under control very quickly.”

MAIB Report

© Charlie Chambers  © Charlie Chambers

Isle of Inishmore – © Charlie Chambers (Rosslare, 15/03/2009)

© Carsten Dettmer  © Carsten Dettmer

Isle of Inishmore – © Carsten Dettmer (Rosslare, April 2017)

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: Carsten Dettmer and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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