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MV Superfast IX (Ex Atlantic Vision) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9211509

MV Superfast IX

Ex Atlantic Vision, Superfast IX

© Jarrod David

© Jarrod David (North Sydney, 03/05/2009)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2002 by Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft AG, Kiel, (Yard No. 359) for Superfast Ferries, Piraeus, Greece. 

Technical Data

  • Length: 203.30m (overall) 185.6m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth of Hull: 25.43m (extreme)
  • Depth: 9.1 m
  • Draught: 6.4m
  • Tonnage: 30285 – 30265 gross/ 10769 net/6920 – 5915t deadweight
  • Engines: Four 16-cylinder Wärtsilä-Sulzer NSD ZA V40S diesels
  • Power: 46,000kW
  • Speed: 28.6 knots (max) 22 knots (service)
  • Capacity: 626 – 717 passengers/661 cars/1920 lane meters
  • Call Sign: ESIJ, C4LA2, VYPN, C4LA2
  • MMSI Number: 276649000
  • IMO Number: 9211509
  • DNV id: 31780
  • Official number: 835621
  • Registry: Piraeus/Greece 🇬🇷, Paldiski/Estonia 🇪🇪, Limassol/Cyprus 🇨🇾, St John/Canada 🇨🇦, Limassol/Cyprus 🇨🇾, Estonia  🇪🇪
  • Sister Ships: Superfast VII (357), Superfast VIII (358), Superfast X (360)

Current AIS Location

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 The third of four identical ice-classified ropax ferries built to the same Knud E. Hansen A/S design that were delivered to Superfast Ferries in 2001 and 2002

June 26th 1999: Keel laid.

November 18th 2000: Launched.

January 8th 2002: Delivered to Superfast Ferries S.A. Piraeus, Greece.

January 10th 2002: Services Rostock – Södertälje.

January 11th 2002: Christened in Södertälje by the Olympic swimmer Therese Alshammar.

April 20th 2002: Route closed owing to poor profits.

April 21st 2002: Laid up at HDW, Kiel.

May 17th 2002: Services Rosyth – Zeebrugge.

© A.Wörteler © A.Wörteler

© A.Wörteler (Zeebrugge, 16/03/2003)

February 2004: Arrived at Fosen Mekaniske Verksteder, Fosen, Norway for rebuilding.

March 14th 2004: Relief vessel for services Hanko – Rostock.

April 2004: Services Rosyth – Zeebrugge.

© Pieter Inpyn © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Zeebrugge, 01/07/2004)

November 10th 2005: Services Hanko – Rostock.

March 21st 2006: Sold to Baltic SF IX Ltd (c/o AS Tallink Group) Cyprus.

April 12th 2006: Taken over by her new owner.

April 17th 2006: Services Rostock – Paldiski – Hanko.

June 2006: Services Hanko – Rostock.

December 2006 – December 21st 2006: Services Hanko – Rostock/ Hanko – Paldiski.

January 1st 2007: Services Helsinki – Rostock.

January 11th 2007: Services Helsinki – Tallinn/ Helsingfors – Rostock.

April 25th 2008: Bareboat charter to Marine Atlantic, initially for 5 years.

© Aleksi Lindström © Aleksi Lindström © Aleksi Lindström

© Aleksi Lindström (Helsinki, 18/07/2008)

August 31st 2008: Final services for Baltic SF IX Ltd.

September 2008: Arrived Nådendal for rebuilding for new role.

November 2008: Renamed ATLANTIC VISION.

November 14th 2008: Chartered to Marine Atlantic.

© FotoFlite Image Ref 339164 © FotoFlite

© Fotoflite (02/12/2008)(Both)

December 7th 2008: Arrived St John, New Foundland.

December 11th 2008: Christened in St John.

December 27th 2008: “While the ship was still moored in North Sydney awaiting the beginning of service, a fire broke out in one of the two heating units. The North Sydney fire department assisted the crew in containing the fire to the boiler room. The fire was extinguished by 1:00 AM on 28 December. No injuries were suffered, but the damage to the ship delayed her entry into service.”.

April 2009: Services North Sydney – Port aux Basques.

© Jarrod David © Jarrod David

© Jarrod David (North Sydney, 03/05/2009)

July 29th 2009: “Again forced to dock when a fire broke out in the second of two heating units. The crew extinguished the fire and the vessel returned to North Sydney.”.

August 18th 2009: Briefly taken out of service after striking the dock in Port-aux-Basques, causing minor damage at the stern of the vessel. The damage was inspected and repaired. Returned to service later that day.

© Jarrod David © Jarrod David

© Jarrod David (Port-aux-Basques, 04/09/2011)

June 25th 2012: Suffered starboard gearbox problems and temporarily taken out of service until a new part could be fitted

July 2012: Resumed service.

2013: Charter renewed  annually.

November 26th 2020: En-route from North Sydney, suffered a failure of its thermal oil piping which caused the engine room compartment to fill with smoke. The fire teams were mustered, the leakage was controlled, and the area was ventilated. Continued its voyage to Les Mechins. Drydocked at Verrault Navigation Inc.

August 19th 2021: Unable to close its stern ramp upon leaving the port in Argentia. Repairs were carried out.

August 20th 2021: Resumed service.

2023: Remains in service North Sydney – Argentia – Port aux Basques.

September 23rd 2023: Final seasonal sailing on the Argentia route. It is rumoured her charter is now complete and, owing to the introduction of a new vessel in 2024, her future is unknown.

December 1st 2023: Services North Sydney – Port Aux Basques.

March 13th 2024: Announcement made that her final service Port Aux Basques – North Sydney would take place 15/03/2023. Her charter from Tallink will then end.

April 7th 2024: Left North Sydney for Skagen, Denmark.

© Jarrod David © Jarrod David

© Jarrod David (North Sydney, 07/04/2024)

April 15th 2024: Arrived off Skagen for bunkers.

April 16th 2024: Left Skagen for Odense.

April 16th 2024: Arrived Odense and dry docked.

May 14th 2023: Re-delivered to Tallink and left Odense for Tallinn.

© Peter Therkildsen

🆕 © Peter Therkildsen

May 16th 2024: Arrived Tallinn.

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: Fotoflite, Pieter Inpyn, Aleksi Lindström, Peter Therkildsen and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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