MV Saipan Star
Ex China Star, Asia Star, Omar Star, Radisson Diamond
© Simonwp (Kiel, 01/09/1999)
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1992 by Finnyards, Rauma, Finland (Yard No 310) as a (SWATH, Small-waterplane-area twin hull)) Passenger Ship
- Length: 131.20 m (overall) 119.71 m (between perpendiculars)
Breadth: 32.00 m
Depth: 15.50 m
Draught: 8.0 m
Tonnage: 20295 – gross/6546 – net/1300t – 1676t deadweight
Engines: Two Wärtsilä 8R32E, två Wärtsilä 6R32E diesels
Power: 6480kW/8810 bHP
Speed: 12.5 knots (max)
Capacity: 354 passengers
Call Sign: OJDO………. C6OP6
IMO Number: 9008407
Port of Registry: Helsinki/Finland, Nassau/Bahamas
June 20th 1991: Launched.
February 20th 1992: Trials.
April 30th 1992: Delivered to Diamond Cruise, Helsinki, Finland. The world’s first catamaran cruise ship.
May 28th 1992: Christened in Greenwich.
© Ken Smith (Greenwich, 29/05/1992)
July 5th 1992: Maiden cruise.
© Bernd Crause (Santorini, 04/09/1993)
1997: Registered to Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, Nassau, Bahamas.
© Gavin Hall (Dover Strait Shipping, Facebook) (Left) © Ken Larwood (Dover, 1998)(Right)
© Benoit Donne (St Barth, 23/03/2005)
June 2005: Sold to Treasure Ocean Ltd, Nassau, Bahamas renamed OMAR STAR.
June 9th 2005: Arrived in Piraeus for major refit.
October 17th 2005: Renamed ASIA STAR.
2005: Commenced operations as a Casino Ship in Hong Kong.
© Raisuke Numata (Hong Kong, 05/11/2006)
© Ivan Meshcov (Hong Kong, 04/02/2009)
September 14th 2011: Purchased for $45M by China Cruises Company Limited, the deal being led by Chinese millionaire entrepreneur Huang Weijian, CEO of CCCL. Another $20M was spent refurbishing her. Renamed CHINA STAR.
March 9th 2012: The first ship of the new CCCL luxury cruise line.
© Bob Scott (Hong Kong, 21/02/2014)
October 31st 2017: To United Empire Investments Ltd and renamed SAIPAN STAR.
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: Bernd Crause, Benoit Donne, Gavin Hall (Dover Strait Shipping, Facebook), Ken Larwoood, Ivan Meshcov, Riasuke Numata, Bob Scott, Ken Smith, Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.
Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)