MV Ocean Endeavour, Past and Present

MV Ocean Endeavour

Ex Kristina Katarina, The Iris, Francesca, Konstantin Simonov

© Cees Bustraan

© Cees Bustraan

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1982 by Stocznia Szczecińska im A Warskiego Szczecin Poland (Yard No 492/03) for Baltic Shipping, Leningrad, Soviet Union

Technical Data

  • Length: 137.1 m (overall) 125 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 21.01 m
  • Depth: 12.6 m
  • Draught: 5.8 m
  • Tonnage:  12,907 gross/4,618 net/1762t deadweight
  • Engines: 4SA T – 6 cyl – Sulzer-Zgoda 6 LZ40/48 diesels
  • Power: 12080 kW/16412 HP
  • Speed:  17.5 knots
  • Passenger Decks: 7
  • Capacity: 548 passengers, 14 cars (1982), 386 – 450 passengers, 199 passengers (max)
  • Crew: 170 (Kristina Katarina), 90- 100, 124 (Ocean Endeavour)
  • Call Sign: V7DV9, C6CA6
  • IMO Number:  7625811
  • Register Number (Veristar): 18103E
  • Port of Registry: Vladivostok/USSR, Odessa/USSR, Leningrad, USSR, St Petersburg/USSR, Limassol/Cyprus, Valletta/Malta, Kotka/Finland, Valletta/Malta, Kotka/Finland, Mauro/Marshall Island, Nassau/Bahamas
  • Sister-Ships: Konstantin Chernenko, Mikhail Sholokhov, Mikhail Suslov, Lev Tolstoy, George Ots, Dmitriy Shostakovich

Current Location

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April 17th 1981: Launched. One of a series of seven similar ships in the Dmitriy Shostakovich Class (of project B-492/B-493) used by the Soviet shipping companies as ferries and passenger/cruise ships.

1982: Delivered to Baltic Shipping, Leningrad, Soviet Union.

Courtesy of Robert J Smith

Courtesy of Robert J Smith

1982: Commenced service between Leningrad – Helsinki.

© Brian Fisher  © Tony Garner

© Brian Fisher (left) © Tony Garner (right)

December 2nd 1988: Modernised at Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven.

1995: Registered to Baltic Shipping Co., St. Petersburg, USSR and chartered to Baltic Shipping.

April 4th 1996: Commenced service between Helsinki – St Petersburg.

May 18th 1996: Arrested in Kiel after Baltic Lines went bankrupt.

November 1996: Sold to Columbia Shipmanagement, Venezuela. Registered to Pakartin Shipping Co. Ltd., Limassol, Cyprus. Renamed FRANCESCA.

November 4th 1996: Laid up in Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

September 2000: Sold to Abcus Shipping Ltd, Valletta, Malta and renamed THE IRIS.

© Emmanuel L

© Emmanuel L

2000: Services for Mano Maritime between Odessa – Haifa.

2001: Major refit.

December 11th 2009: Sold to Kristina Cruises Oy, Kotka, Finland.

December 29th 2009: Left Haifa for Finland.

January 16th 2010: Arrived Nådendal, Finland.

2010: Left for Kotka.

February 24th 2010: Renamed KRISTINA KATARINA.

July 2010: Left Nådendal for Kotka.

© Jens Boldt  © Jens Boldt

© Jens Boldt

August 28th 2010: Cruising between Kotka – Tallinn – Helsinki.


© Aleksi Lindström

August 31st 2010: Maiden cruise from Helsinki to the Mediterranean.

© Drago Krivokapic  © Drago Krivokapic

©  Drago Krivokapic

May 31st 2013 – June 18th 2013: Refit in Nådendal.

November 28th 2013: Laid up in Las Palmas.

January 9th 2014: Sold to Achieva SF-one Ltd, Miami, USA.

January 15th 2014: Renamed OCEAN ENDEAVOUR.

January 18th 2014: Left Palmas for Lerwick.

January 2014: Provided floating accommodation for Petrofac in support of the Shetland Gas Plant project.

December 20th 2014: Left Lerwick and sailed to Portland “For Orders”.

May 20th 2015: Arrived at Blohm & Voss, Hamburg for rebuilding/refit to become an expedition ship.

“She is currently being operated in the northern summer season on the east coast of Canada, Greenland and the Canadian Arctic; and in the southern summer season to Antarctica from Ushuaia; by Adventure Canada an independent, family-owned expedition cruise company from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.”

November 2016: Currently cruising in Antarctica for Quark Expeditions.

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: Jens Boldt, Cees Bustraan, Brian Fisher, Tony Garner, Drago Krivokapic, Emmanuel L, Aleksi Lindström and Robert J Smith for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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