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MV Athena Seaways (ex Coraggio) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9350680

MV Athena Seaways

ex Coraggio

© Carsten Dettmer
© Carsten Dettmer (Klaipeda, 21/05/2018)

Steel twin screw “Coraggio Project” type motor vessel built in 2007 by Nuovi Cantieri Apuania S.p.A, Marina di Carrara, Italy (Yard No 1237) as a Passenger/Ro-Ro Ship (vehicles) for Grimaldi Holdings Spa, Palermo, Italy

Technical Data

  • Length: 199.14 m (overall) 176.92 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 26.60 m
  • Depth: 9.60 m
  • Draught: 6.4 m
  • Tonnage: 24950 – 25993 gross/12375 net/8500t deadweight
  • Engines: 2 x Wärtsilä 12V46 diesels
  • Power: 24000 kW/HP
  • Speed: 24 knots
  • Capacity: 500 passengers/268 cabins/2623 lane meters
  • Call Sign: IBYQ,  LYAC
  • MMSI Number: 277504000
  • IMO Number: 9350680
  • RI Number: 82929
  • Port of Registry: Palermo/Italy 🇮🇹, Klaipeda/Lithuania 🇱🇹
  • Sister-Ships: Audacia (1238), Tenacia (1239), Superfast I (1240), Lisco Maxima (1241, Superfast II (1242), Forza (1243), Energia (1244) 

Current AIS Location

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November 24th 2006: Launched.

March 29th 2007: Delivered to Grimaldi Holdings Spa, Palermo, Italy.

April 2007: Chartered to Grandi Navi Veloci for services Genoa – Valletta/ Tunis.

October 17th 2007: Services Livorno – Palermo.

March 17th 2010 – March 18th 2010: Sailed from Livorno to Valencia.

March 19th 2010: Chartered to Acciona Trasmediterranea for services Valencia – Palma De Mallorca/ Mahon/ Ibiza.

May 27th 2010: Arrived Genoa.

July 7th 2010: Arrived Marina di Carrara for fitting out.

July 12th 2010: Bareboat charter to Stena Line for 12 months.

September 15th 2010: Charterer commenced.

September 21st 2010: Left Marina di Carrara for Killingholme.

November 26th 2010: Arrived Killingholme for trials.

September 27th 2010: Arrived Hoek Van Holland before sailing to Damen Shipyard, Wiltonhaven.

September 30th 2010 – November 7th 2011: Services Hoek van Holland – Killingholme.

© Rob de Visser  © Rob de Visser

© Rob de Visser (Hoek van Holland, 02/10/2011)

© Simonwp  © Simonwp

Hoek of Holland, 02/10/2010 (Left) and Hoek of Holland, 01/07/2010 (Right) © Simonwp

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (Rotterdam, 10/10/2010)

© Rob de Visser

© Rob de Visser (Hoek van Holland, 20/10/2011)

© Hans Van Rijn

© Hans Van Rijn (Rotterdam, 22/10/2011)

November 7th 2011: Left Hoek Van Holland for Schiedam.

© Pilot Frans  © Pilot Frans

© Pilot Frans (Schiedam, 12/11/2011)

November 13th 2011: Left Schiedam for Italy.

November 2011: Laid up in Marina Di Carrara.

June 2012 – September 2012: Chartered to Saremar for services Savona – Porto Torres.

September 17th 2012: Laid up in Genoa.

November 9th 2012: Left Genoa for Patras.

November 2012: Chartered to Anek Lines, Greece.

© Marios Ferentinos  © Marios Ferentinos

© Marios Ferentinos (Igoumenitsa,  21/11/2012)

November 15th 2012: Services Patras – Igoumenitsa – Venice.

November 2013: Charter completed.

November 2013: Arrived Genoa for refit.

November 2013: From January 2014 to be chartered to DFDS Seaways.

December 3rd 2013: Renamed ATHENA SEAWAYS.

December 2013: Services Klaipeda – Kiel/ Karlshamn.

© Dirk Jankowsky

© Dirk Jankowsky (Kiel, 27/02/2014)

© Mark Stampehl

© Mark Stampehl (2014)

March 2015: Had exhaust scrubber fitted at the Remontowa shipyard in Poland.

May 31st 2016: Sold to DFDS Seaways, Klaipeda, Lithuania.

© Gena Anfimov

© Gena Anfimov (Klaipeda, 04/03/2020)

© Gena Anfimov  © Gena Anfimov

© Gena Anfimov

© Gena Anfimov (Klaipeda, 12/06/2021)

© Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Kiel, 09/09/2021) 

March 7th 2022: Sailed form Klaipeda to Gdansk.

March 10th 2022 – March 24th 2022: Refit.

March 29th 2022 – March 30th 2022: Sailed from Gdansk to Klaipeda and resumed service Klaipeda – Kiel/Karlshamn. 

September 5th 2023: Came off service at Klaipeda and sailed to Dunkerque.

September 8th 2023: Arrived Dunkerque to take up service between Dunkerque and Rosslare.

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, Carsten Dettmer, Marios Ferentinos, Nigel Scutt (Fotoflite), Pilot Frans, Pieter Inpyn, Hannes van Rijn, Simonwp, Marko Stampehl, Rob de Visser and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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