© Cees BustraanMV Island Sky – Past and Present

MV Island Sky

Ex Sky, Renai II, Renaissance Eight

© Aleksi Lindström

Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Nuovi Cantieri Apuania, Marina di Carrara, Italy (Yard no 1147) in 1992 for Renaissance Cruises, Palermo, Italy.

Technical Data

  • Original Cost: $25 million
    Length: 90.6 m (overall) 78.78 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 15.3 m
    Depth: 5.85 m
    Draught: 4.25 m
    Tonnage: 4200 gross/1286 net/695 deadweight
    Engines: (2) 4T – 8 cylinder MAN-B&W diesels
    Power: 3520 kW/4782 HP
    Speed: 15.5 knots
    Passenger Decks: 5
    Capacity: 114 passengers
    Crew: 72
    Call Sign: C6TQ2
    IMO Number: 8802894
    Bureau Veritas Register Number: 06854C
    Port of Registry: Liberia, Mauritius, Bahamas
    Sister-Ship: Renaissance Five, Renaissance Six, Renaissance Seven

Current Location

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July 20th 1992: Launched for Yachtship Italy, Italy.

December 1992: Delivered to Renaissance Cruises, Palermo, Italy.

1994: Transferred to Liberia flag, home port Monrovia.

© Benoit Donne  © Benoit Donne

© Benoit Donne

© Aleksi Lindström

October 2001: Arrested in Gibraltar.

December 2001: Laid up in Marseille.

December 2001: Sold to Grand Seaways, Palermo, Italy (Registered in Liberia, home port Monrovia). Renamed RENAI II.

2003: Floated to Barcelona for extensive refit. Renamed SKY.

May 1st 2004: Sold to Mauritius Island Cruises, Port Louis, Mauritius and renamed ISLAND SKY

2004: Arrived Drammen, Norway for rebuilding.

2004: Bare-boat chartered to Noble Caledonian, London.

© Aleksi Lindström

May 31st 2004: Maiden cruise from Dover to Travemünde.

June 2004: Installed in Baltic cruises with departure port of Travemünde.

© Tim Becker

© Tim Becker

September 2004: Installed in Mediterranean/Black sea cruises.

© John Mavin  © John Mavin

© John Mavin  © John Mavin

© John Mavin

© John Mavin (Dover 02/09/2004)

November 2004 – March 2005: Operated cruising around Mauritius.

© Aleksi Lindström

© Benoit Donne  © Benoit Donne

© Benoit Donne  (24/09/2005)

© John Mavin

© John Mavin (Dover 02/06/2006)

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton (Dover 02/06/2006)


© Aleksi Lindström

February 11th 2010: Sold to Island Sky Shipping Inc, Nassau, Bahamas. Taken over in Phuket, Thailand. Management Salén Ship Management, Göteborg.

May 2010: Dry docked in Navalrocha, Lisbon.

February 2010: Chartered to Noble Caledonia, London.

© Cees Bustraan   © Cees Bustraan

© Cees Bustraan (13/12/2013)

September 24th 2018: Called at Dover

© Neil Hopper

© Neil Hopper  © Neil Hopper

© Neil Hopper

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: Tim Becker, Cees Bustraan, Benoit Donne, Neil Hopper and Aleksi Lindström for their assistance in producing this feature.

In memory of John Mavin

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

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