ex Challenger, Stena Challenger, Pride of Cherbourg, Isle of Innisfree
Isle of Innisfree – © Capt Jan Melchers
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1995 by Van der Giessen-De Noord, Krimpen aan den IJssel, Holland (Yard No 963) as RoPax ferry for Irish Ferries, Dublin
- Length: 181.6 m (overall) 173.5 m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth: 23.40 m
- Depth: m
- Draught: 5.60 m
- Tonnage: 22365 gross/6732 net/5794t deadweight
- Engines: 4 x Sulzer 8ZAL40” diesels
- Power: 23040 kW/HP
- Speed: 21 knots
- Decks: 10
- Capacity: 1650/1350 passengers 600 cars/ 1780 lane metres
- Call Sign: EIBW, VQAA9, ZMKI
- IMO Number: 9107942
- Official Number: 40306
- Port of Registry: Dublin / Republic of Ireland, Nassau / Bahamas, Portsmouth / UK, Dublin / Republic of Ireland, Wellington / New Zealand
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August 3rd 1994: Keel struck.
January 25th 1995: Launched.
© Pieter Inpyn (March 1995)
© Andreas Wörteler (29/04/1995)
May 15th 1995: Delivered to Irish Continental Group. Manager; Irish Ferries Ltd, Dublin, Ireland.
May 23rd 1995: Commenced services between Dublin – Holyhead.
March 3rd 1997: Final service between Dublin – Holyhead.
April 18th 1997: Services between Rosslare – Pembroke Dock.
May 16th 2001: Last day in service.
May 2001: Proposed charter to Pan Adriatico, Italy and name change to VULCANIA did not materialise.
May 17th 2001: Laid up in Dublin.
June 14th 2001: Laid up in Le Havre.
March 2002: Chartered to P&O Portsmouth, Portsmouth, England.
June 6th 2002: Berthing trials in Cherbourg and Portsmouth.
July 1st 2002: To A&P, Falmouth for refit.
August 12th 2002: Renamed PRIDE OF CHERBOURG.
August 27th 2002: Berthing trials in Cherbourg.
September 12th 2002: Commenced services between Portsmouth – Cherbourg.
© Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic)
October 15th 2002: P&O Ferries between Portsmouth – Cherbourg.
(Cherbourg, 22/05/2004) © Andreas Wörteler
© Robert J Smith (Portsmouth 10/06/2004 )(Left) and © Derek Longly (Portsmouth July 2004) (Right)
January 14th 2005: Completed service between Portsmouth – Cherbourg.
January 2005: Chartered to Stena RoRo, Gothenburg..
January 16th 2005: Left Portsmouth for Gdansk
January 19ty 2005: Arrived at Remontowa, Gdansk, Poland.
January 2005: Renamed STENA CHALLENGER.
February 7th 2005 – June 7th 2005: Chartered to Stena Line for services between Karlskrona – Gdynia.
© Andreas Wörteler (Karlskrona)
© Jakub Bogucki
June 2005: Upon completion of her charter she again sailed to Remontowa, Gdansk for refit.
June 2005: Chartered to Toll Shipping, Wellington, New Zealand and renamed CHALLENGER.
June 26th 2005: Arrived in Uddevalla for loading..
June 28th 2005: Left Uddevalla for Azores – Panama – Peru – Papeete – Wellington.
August 14th 2005: Arrived in Wellington New Zealand.
August 20th 2005: Displayed in Wellington.
August 22nd 2005: Commenced services for Interislander between Picton – Wellington.
April 17th 2007: Renamed KAITAKI.
© John Wilson (Brisbane, 01/08/2013)
© John Wilson (Brisbane, 07/09/2013)
September 15th 2016: Registered Owner; Zatarga Ltd.
May 2017: Sold to Toll Shipping, (KiwiRail) Wellington, New Zealand.
2020: Still in service Picton – Wellington.
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: Jakub Bogucki, Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic), Pieter Inpyn, Derek Longly, Capt Jan Melchers, Robert J Smith, John Wilson and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.