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MV Silver Cloud – Past and Present

MV Silver Cloud

© Aleksi Lindström

© Aleksi Lindström

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1994 by Cant. Nav. Visentini, Donada, and Soc. Esercizio, Viareggio, Italy (Yard No 775) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Silversea Cruises, Nassau, Bahamas

Technical Data

  • Original Cost : $125 million
  • Length: 155.81m
  • Breadth of hull: 21.40m
  • Draught: 5.30m
  • Tonnage: 16,927 gross/1,564 deadweight
  • Engines: Two Wartsila 6R46 diesels
  • Power/Propellers: 10,600 kW/2
  • Speed : 17.5 knots
  • Capacity: 314 passengers, 200 (Polar regions) 254 (Non-polar regions)
  • Crew: 210
  • Navigation Officers: Italian
  • Passenger Decks: 6
  • Call Sign: C6MQ5
  • MMSI Number: 309027000
  • IMO Number: 8903923
  • Registry: Nassau/Bahamas
  • Sister Ships: SILVER WIND

Current AIS Location

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March 6th 1993: Launched.

1993: Fitted out at T. Mariotti, Genoa, Italy.

1994: Delivered to Silversea Cruises, Nassau, Bahamas.

© Aleksi Lindström

April 2nd 1994: Maiden cruise from Civitavecchia

2007: Registered Owner; Silver Cloud Shipping Co Ltd.


©  Cees Bustraan (all)

© Ray Goodfellow 2014  © Ray Goodfellow 2014

Seen at Dover Cruise Terminal Two on the 09/06/14 © Ray Goodfellow

August 2017: 95 day refit and upgrade at Palumbo Shipyards in Malta involved a series of technical enhancements including extensive steel reinforcement to give the ship the strength and manoeuvrability required for expedition cruising. The bulbous bow was replaced with a reinforced ice-class bulb to allow for navigation of polar waters; new sonar’s were installed for underwater detection and new windows resistant to polar temperatures were installed to ensure comfortable temperatures inside the vessel for guests.

© Emmanuel L

🆕 © Emmanuel L (26/08/2017)

© Emmanuel L

🆕 © Emmanuel L (27/10/2017)

November 2017: The inaugural Antarctic voyage was cancelled due to mechanical problems after less than a week at sea. Silver Cloud sailed south on the afternoon of November 20, but after just a few hours at sea a fuel pump failed and the engine cut out, leaving the ship adrift – fortunately in relatively light seas. Though engineers restored power after about an hour, the ship returned to Puerto Madryn for assessment and repair. On the evening of November 21, it became clear that the replacement fuel pump part would not be delivered in time to continue to Antarctica.

© Robert J Smith  © Robert J Smith

🆕 © Robert J Smith (Gravesend 10/05/2018)

May 31st 2018: Arrived in Dover.

© Neil Hopper  © Neil Hopper

© 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: Cees Bustraan, Neil Hopper, Emmanuel L, Aleksi Lindström and Robert J Smith for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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