MV Ulysses – Past and Present

MV Ulysses

© Finnyards

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

Technical Data

  • 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


Current Location

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History

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

© Mike Griffiths

March 25th 2001: Commenced services between Dublin – Holyhead.

© Aubrey Dale

© 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

© Simonwp (Dublin, 01/07/2010)

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

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  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Dublin, 10/09/2019)

January 2020 – March 20th 2020: Extensive refit at Remontowa, Gdansk.

March 2020: Resumed service Dublin – Holyhead.


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: Aubrey Dale, Mike Griffiths, Pieter Inpyn, Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


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