MV W.B. Yeats
© Robbie Cox (Dublin, 14/03/2019)
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2018 by Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft mbH & Co. KG, Flensburg (Yard No 771) as a Car-Unitized cargo /Passenger Ferry.
- Length: 194.8 m (overall) 186.5 m (between perpendiculars)
Breadth: 32.134 m
Depth: 10 m
Draught: 6.715 m
Tonnage: 51388 gross/26479 net/7859 deadweight
Engines: 4 Caterpillar 8M43C diesels
Power: 33600 kW/HP
Speed: 22.5 knots
Capacity: 1,800 passengers, 1,216 cars 0r 165 trucks (maximum)
Call Sign: 5BXC4
IMO Number: 9809679
GNV GL ID Number: 37031
Port of Registry: Limassol/Cyprus
May 27th 2016: Contract date.
September 11th 2017: Keel laid by which time the expected delivery had slipped to July 2018.
January 19th 2018: Hull launched, but problems during “Fitting Out” led to a delayed entry into service, firstly to July then September 2018. Superstructure was built at Marine Projects Inc, Gdansk.
© Fabian Vornholt (Flensburg, 19/01/2018)
© Fabian Vornholt (Flensburg, 07/02/2018)
© Fabian Vornholt (Flensburg, 08/02/2018)
August 2018: Delays expected to last until October 2018.
© Gina Anfimov (Flensburg, August 2018)
October 17th 2018: Suspected sabotage of the vessel led to one of her four main engines overheating. Damage caused to the engine itself.
© Fabian Vornholt (Flensburg, 07/11/2018)
December 12th 2018: Completed.
October 29th 2018: Trials.
December 12th 2018: Completed and delivered to Irish Ferries Ltd, Dublin, Ireland.
December 18th 2018: Arrived in Cherbourg for berthing trials.
December 19th 2018: Arrived in Rosslare for berthing trials.
December 20th 2018: Arrived in Dublin.
January 22nd 2019: Maiden voyage Dublin – Holyhead.
January 22nd 2019: Struck the berth attempting to dock at Holyhead causing minor damage to the vessel and damage to the berth ramp.
March 2019: Services Dublin – Cherbourg.
© Robb Cox (Dublin, 22/04/2019 (left) 26/06/2019 (right))
© Pieter Inpyn (Dublin, 10/09/2019)
October 12th 2019: Left Rosslare and sailed to Dunkerque.
© Julien Carpentier (Dunkerque, 14/10/2019)
October 18th 2019: Left Dunkerque for Cherbourg.
October 18th 2019: Arrived Cherbourg.
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: Gena Anfimov, Julien Carpentier, Robbie Cox, Pieter Inpyn, Fabian Vornholt and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.
Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)