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MV Asuka II – Past and Present

IMO Number: 8806204

MV Asuka II

Ex Crystal Harmony

© Ian Collard

© Ian Collard

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1990 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki, Japan (Yard No 2100) as a Cruise/Passenger ship.

Technical Data

  • Original Cost: $240 million
  • Length: 960 m (overall) 211. 68 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth:84m
  • Depth: 8.0 m
  • Draught:50m
  • Tonnage: 48621 gross/20289 net/ 8642 t deadweight
  • Engines: Four 8-cylinder MAN-Mitsubishi 8L58/64 diesels
  • Power: 24000 kW/HP
  • Speed: 22 knots
  • Capacity: 960 passengers
  • Call Sign: C6IP2, 7JBI
  • MMSI Number: 432545000
  • IMO Number: 8806204
  • Official Number: 140287 
  • Port of Registry: Nassau/Bahamas 🇧🇸, Yokohama/Japan 🇯🇵

Current AIS Location

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April 14th 1989: Keel laid.

September 30th 1989: Launched.

June 21st 1990: Completed.

July 1990: Delivered. Registered under the ownership of Crystal Cruises, Nassau, Bahamas.

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher

1990: Cruising from US ports.

© Ken Larwood © Marc Piché

© Ken Larwood (Left) © Marc Piché (Right)

January 4th 2006: Sailed into dry dock at Yokohama for repairs and re-modelling to meet the needs of the Japanese market. When she emerged for her new cruising schedule in the Spring she will have a new name, ASUKA II. Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), co-parent company to Crystal Cruises the vessel.

April 24th 2006:  Sold to NYK Cruises Co Ltd, Yokohama, Japan and renamed ASUKA II.

May 28th 2006: Inaugural arrival at Dover as ASUKA II

© John Mavin

© John Mavin

© Nigel Thornton © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

© Marko Stampehl © Marko Stampehl © Marko Stampehl

© Marko Stampehl

2020: Drydock in  Singapore for a major refurbishment, including the addition of an exhaust gas cleaning system The drydock scheduled to take 60 days.

May 23rd 2024: Due at Dover.

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: Ian Collard, Brian Fisher, Ken Larwood, John Mavin, Marc Piché and Marko Stampehl for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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