Ulysses – © Finnyards
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2001 by Aker Finnyards, Rauma, Finland (Yard No 429) as a RoRo car ferry for Irish Ferries
- Cost: € 110 million
- Length: 209.20 m (overall) m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth: 31.84 m
- Depth: 15.75 m
- Draught: 6.40 m
- Tonnage: 50938 gross/15713 net/10722t deadweight
- Engines: 4 x MaK M43 diesels
- Power: 31200 kW/10500 bHP
- Speed: 22.0 knots
- Decks: 12
- Capacity: 1938 passengers, 1342 cars, 240 trucks
- Call Sign: C4HP2
- MMSI Number: 209952000
- IMO Number: 9214991
- Port of Registry: Dublin/Rep of Ireland, Limassol/Cyprus
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July 8th 1999: Ordered.
January 24th 2000: Keel laid.
September 1st 2000: Launched.
February 22nd 2001: Delivered to Irish Ferries ltd, Dublin Ireland.
February 28th 2001: Left builders yard.
March 4th 2001: Inaugural arrival in Dublin.
March 21st 2001: Christened by swimmer Mairéad Berry.
© Mike Griffiths
March 25th 2001: Commenced services between Dublin – Holyhead.
© Aubrey Dale (Dublin, 04/05/2002)
November 24th 2005: Off service, in Holyhead, owing to an industrial dispute between Irish Ferries and the ships crew.
December 14th 2005: Returned to service.
© Simonwp (Dublin, 01/07/2010)
Dublin 11/10/14 © Ray Goodfellow
April 25th 2016: A fire broke out in a lorry cab on her freight deck. It was immediately detected and extinguished. There were no reports of any injuries.
2018: Suffered mechanical problems with her starboard propeller, requiring dry-dock repairs.
June 28th 2018: Arrived at Harland & Wolff, Belfast.
July 25th 2018: Repairs complete she left the yard.
July 26th 2018: Resumed service Dublin – Holyhead.
© Pieter Inpyn (Dublin, 10/09/2019)
January 2020 – March 20th 2020: Extensive refit at Remontowa, Gdansk.
March 2020: Resumed service Dublin – Holyhead.
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