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MV Dada Star (Ex Argo/Brabant) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7501613

MV Dada Star

ex Ammari, Dada Star, Ammari, Patricia Del Mar, Eurolandia, Landi, Euroway, Sally Euroway, Saga Aris, Aries, Norcove, Argo, Argo Hellas, Brabant

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Travemünde 08/1980)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1976 by Kroger Werft GmbH, Rendsburg, Germany (Yard no 1391) for Argo Reederei Richard Adler & Sons, Bremen, Germany, as a passenger and commercial vehicle ferry

Technical Data

  • Length: 127.20m (overall)
  • Breadth of Hull: 19.98m (extreme)
  • Draught: 6.53m (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 9,079 gross, 2,778 net, 5,485 deadweight
  • Engines: Two Stork-Wartsila 16 SW 280 diesels after refit
  • Power: 8824 kW
  • Speed: 19.5 knots
  • Capacity: 30 passengers 94 commercial trailers
  • Call Sign: DEBY, P3IV4, EABM, ICFG, 9LU2105, ODVE, ODSA
  • MMSI Number: 450534000
  • IMO Number: 7501613
  • Registry: Bremen/Germany 🇩🇪, Limassol/Cyprus 🇨🇾, Madeira/Portugal 🇵🇹, Santa Cruz de Tenerife/Spain 🇪🇸, Palermo/Italy 🇮🇹, Freetown/Sierra Leone 🇸🇱, Beirut/Lebanon 🇱🇧, Lome/Togo 🇹🇬, Beirut/Lebanon 🇱🇧

Current AIS Location

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December 12th 1975: Keel laid.

June 19th 1976: Launched

© Michael Neidig

© Michael Neidig (Kröger Werft, Schacht Audorf (Kiel Canal) 11/09/1976)

September 1976: Completed.

September 29th 1976: Delivered to Argo Reederei Richard Adler & Sohne, Bremen, Germany.

Andreas Wörteler Collection
Andreas Wörteler Collection

1977: Chartered to Fred Olsen A/S, Oslo, Norway. Renamed BRABANT. Operated between Oslo – Hamburg – Felixstowe.

August 1st 1977 – August 1st 1978: Chartered to Tor Line Ab, Göthenburg.

© Achim Borchert (Frank Heine Collection)  © Simonwp   

© Achim Borchert (Frank Heine Collection)(Left) and © Simonwp (Right)

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Hoek Van Holland, 01/06/1978)

November 7th 1978 – November 13th 1978: Chartered to North Sea Ferries B.V. Rozenburg. Operated between Europoort – Ipswich.

November 13th 1978 – November 17th 1978: Operated between Rotterdam – Hull.

1978: Chartered to Soutos Hellas Ferry Services Co. Ltd., Volos, Greece. Renamed ARGO HELLAS. Operated between Volos – Tartous/ Lattakia.

1980: Charter completed and renamed ARGO.

© Wolfgang Fricke

© Wolfgang Fricke (Travemunde, 01/01/1980)

1980: Chartered to Sessan Linjen, operating between Gothenburg – Travemünde.

April 1st 1981: Charter taken over by Stena Line, continuing Gothenburg – Travemünde.

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Travemünde, 06/1981)

© Bernd Crause © Frank Heine 

© Bernd Crause (06/11/1992)(Left) © Frank Heine (Gothenburg 07/1983)(Right)

© Jürgen Stein

© Jürgen Stein

May 4th 1985 – May 21st 1985: Operated between Frederikshavn – Moss.

December 31st 1985: Charter to Stena Line completed.

January 6th 1986 – January 20th 1989: Chartered to North Sea Ferries. Operated between Europoort – Ipswich.

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood  

© Ken Larwood

January 20th 1989: Chartered to North Sea Ferries. Operated between Europoort – Ipswich.

1989: Chartered to Olau Line(U.K.)Ltd., Hamburg, Germany. Operated between Vlissingen – Sheerness, before being laid up in Vlissingen.

© Ted Ingham

© Ted Ingham

© Cees de Bijl © Cees de Bijl  

© Cees de Bijl 

May 1990: Chartered to P&O European Ferries Ltd., Dover, England. Operated between Dover – Zeebrugge.

Dover 1990 © Mike Jackson © Andreas Wörteler  

© Mike Jackson (Dover 1990) (Left) and © Andreas Wörteler (Zeebrugge 08/1990) (Right)

January 20th 1989: Chartered to North Sea Ferries. Operated between Europoort – Ipswich.

May 6th 1991 – September 30th 1991: Chartered to North Sea Ferries. Operated between Europoort – Hull.

© Andreas Wörteler © Simonwp  

© Andreas Wörteler (Rotterdam 08/1991) (Left) and © Simonwp (Right)

October 13th 1991: Registered to Albiero Shipping Co., Limassol, Cyprus. Renamed NORCOVE. Chartered to North Sea Ferries B.V., Rozenburg. Operated between Rotterdam – Hull.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Hull, 18/04/1992)

© Ton Grootenboer © Derek Sands  

© Ton Grootenboer (Left) and © Derek Sands (Right)

© Patrick Hill © Glynn Jones  

© Patrick Hill (Hull 26/07/1993) (Left) and © Glynn Jones (Courtesy of Mike Griffiths) (Right)

January 16th 1994: Operated between Hull – Zeebrugge.

March 7th 1994: Charter to North Sea Ferries completed.

March 15th 1994: Registered to P/R Adler Söhne, Limassol, Cyprus. Renamed ARIES. Chartered to TT-Line, Hamburg, Germany. Operated between Travemünde – Trelleborg.

Andreas Wörteler Collection

Andreas Wörteler Collection

July 1994: Re-engined at Bremer Vulkan, Bremen.

August 11th 1994: Left builders yard and registered to Landi Shipping Co. Ltd., Limassol, Cyprus. Renamed SAGA ARIS.

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (Travemunde, 18/12/1994)

August 1994: Chartered to TT-Line, Hamburg, Germany. Operated between Travemünde – Trelleborg.

April 26th 1995: Charter to TT-Line completed . Chartered to Sally U.K. Ltd., Ramsgate.

April 28th 1995: Renamed SALLY EUROWAY at Dartford.

April 29th 1995: Operated between Vlissingen – Dartford.

© Andreas Wörteler © Ken Larwood  

© Andreas Wörteler (Vlissingen 18/06/1995)(Left) and © Ken Larwood (Right)

January 1996 – May 18th 1996: Chartered to Dart Line and continued Vlissingen – Dartford.

May 19th 1996: Operated services for Sally Line between Ramsgate – Ostend.

July 8th 1996 – July 17th 1996: Operated between Ramsgate – Dunkerque.

Courtesy of Ted Ingham

Courtesy of Ted Ingham

August 1996: Operated between Ramsgate – Ostend.

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (Dunkerque lay-up 25/08/1996)

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

January 22nd 1997: Renamed EUROWAY.

© Pieter Inpyn © Pieter Inpyn  

© Pieter Inpyn (Ostend, 01/05/1997)

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Ostend, 01/06/1997)

© Andreas Wörteler © Ken Larwood  

© Andreas Wörteler (13/04/1998 )(Left) and © Ken Larwood (Right)

December 20th 1998: Charter completed after the service ended.

November 1998: Renamed LANDI.

November 26th 1998 – December 17th 1998: Chartered to P&O North Sea Ferries, Rozenburg. Operated between Zeebrugge – Hull.

© Patrick Hill

© Patrick Hill (Hull, 06/12/1998)

January 1999: Laid up in Rotterdam.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Rotterdam, 01/03/1999)

August 1999 – September 1999: Chartered to Color Line A/S, Oslo. Operated between Oslo – Kiel.

September 1999 – December 5th 1999: Laid up in Cuxhaven.

© Christian Eckardt

© Christian Eckardt (Cuxhaven, 09/1999)

December 1999: Operated for UECC, England.

December 1999 – April 2000: Laid up in Cuxhaven.

April 2000: Chartered to Pan Adriatic, Italy, renamed EUROLANDIA. Re-flagged to Portugal.

May 11th 2000: Left Rotterdam for Mediterranean.

May 2000: Operated between Naples – Catania, Sicily.

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (Naples, 15/06/2000)

2000: Laid up at Limassol, Cyprus.

March 21st 2002: Sold to Tramp S.L. Las Palmas, Spain. Renamed PATRICIA DEL MAR. Operated between Barcelona – Palma.

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Barcelona, 27/07/2002)

June 13th 2005: Owner recorded as being Lerma Sorel, Palma de Mallorca, under Iscomar management

© Christoph Podlouky

© Christoph Podlouky

June 2004: Operated between Valencia – Palma.

June 25th 2005: Operated between Valencia – Mahon.

© Carlos Poveda © Frank Heine 

© Carlos Poveda (02/07/2006) (Left) and © Frank Heine (Barcelona, 25/07/2006) (Right)

July 2007: Sold to Ustica Lines, Trapani and was renamed AMMARI. Laid up at Trapani.

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Trapani, 24/07/2009)

January 1st 2008: Registered Owner; Liberty Lines S.p.a.

October 2010: In service for Ustica Lines between Catania and Corigliano Calabro.

© Mike Barker

© Mike Barker (Catania, Italy 13/05/2010)

July 2012: Laid up in Elefsis Bay.

December 2015: In service between Samsun, Turkey and Novorossiysk, Russia. Registered owner: Nadezhda RORO INC, Samsun, Turkey. Services Patras – Bari.

2016: Operating between Samsuda – Novorossiysk

© Evgeniy © Evgeniy © Evgeniy

© Evgeniy (Novorossiyik, 06/12/2017)

May 1st 2019: Reportedly sold to an “Unknown Interest” and renamed DADA STAR. Believed to be trading between Tasucu (Turkey) – Tripoli, for Med Lines.

October 2019: Renamed AMMARI

© Voyashap

© Voyashap (Shipspotting) (Tasucu, 25/08/2022)

December 4th 2019: Registered Owner: Taleb AKM. Operator: Med Star Shipping Co. S.A.. Renamed DADA STAR for services Tripoli – Tasucu.

March 16th 2022: Registered Owner: Alouf MS, Tripoli.

October 2023: Known to be operating Mersin (Turkey) – Famagusta (Cyprus)

© Andreas Schlatterer © Andreas Schlatterer

🆕 © Andreas Schlatterer (Mersin, 17/11/2023)

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Mike Barker, Bernd Crause, Christian Eckardt, Evgeniy, Wolfgang Fricke, Ton Grootenboer, Frank Heine, Ted Ingham, Pieter Inpyn, Mike Jackson, Ken Larwood, Michael Neidig, Christoph Podlouky, Carlos Poveda, Derek Sands, Andreas Schlatterer, Jürgen Stein and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in compiling this feature.

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

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