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MV Hatay (Ex Belard) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7725362

MV Hatay

Ex Muirneag, Belard, Carrier II, Mercandian Carrier II, Alianza, Mercandian Carrier II

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© Simonwp (Troon, 01/02/1989)

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1979 by Frederikshavn Vaerft A/S, Frederikshavn, Denmark  (Yard No 380) as a RoRo Cargo ship.

Technical Data

  • Length: 105.62 m (overall) 96.02 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 37.88 m
    Depth: 10.57 m
    Draught: 4.971m
    Tonnage: 1599 gross/835 – 827 net/3620 – 3480t deadweight
    Engines: 1 x Vee Oil, 4SA 12-cylinder MaK 12M453AK Diesel
    3310 kW/4500 bHP
    Speed: 15 knots
    Capacity: 12 passengers, C. RoRo Dk: 58 x 20ft – C.Dk: 142 x 20 ft
    Call Sign: OYCU, GFMU, 3FIS5, VQBE3, D6A2647, TJM0010
    MMSI Number: 613694001
  • IMO Number: 7725362
  • Official Number: (LR 1984 -85) D2644 (LR 1992 – 93) 706568
    Port of Registry: Copenhagen/Denmark 🇩🇰, Manchester/UK 🇬🇧, Douglas/Isle of Man 🇮🇲, Kingstown/St Vincent & Grenadines 🇻🇨, Glasgow/UK 🇬🇧, Panama 🇵🇦, Comoros 🇰🇲, Cameroon 🇨🇲
    Sister Ships: Dana Atlas (377), Mercandian Exporter II (381), Mercandian Importer II (378), Mercandian Merchant II (391), Mercandian Supplier II (397), Mercandian Trader II (390), Mercandian Transporter II (376), Mercandian Importer III (393)

  • Current AIS Location

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April 25th 1979: Launched.

July 27th 1979: Delivered as MERCANDIAN CARRIER II to Merc-Scandia XXIV P/R, Copenhagen, Denmark.

1984: Renamed ALIANZA.


1985: Chartered to an unknown company and renamed CARRIER II.

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🆕 © Simonwp (Felixstowe, 01/05/1985)

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© Simonwp (Troon, 12/06/1985) 

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© Simonwp (Rotterdam, 26/06/1985)

August 22nd 1985: Sold to POETS Fleet Management Ltd, England and renamed BELARD.

December 11th 1985: Sent to Clydedock Engineering Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland for an extensive, £1 Million, refit. “Vectwin Rudders were fitted together with a directional Elliot White Gill Jet to augment the thrust from her propeller. These additions made her so manoeuvrable that it was said she could do 15 knots ahead, 8 knots astern and 5 knots sideways. The refit was complete when the vehicle lift to her upper freight deck was replaced with an internal ramp.”.

February 1986: Replaced POINTER on the Ardrossan – Belfast service.

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© Aubrey Dale (Belfast, 21/04/1989)

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© Aubrey Dale (Ardrossan, 16/06/1990)

December 1st 1990: Ownership transferred to Northern Ireland Trailers (Scotland) Ltd and management transferred to Pandoro Ltd.

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© Aubrey Dale (Belfast, 09/11/1991)

October 29th 1992: Ownership transferred to Pandoro Ltd.

December 19th: Transferred to Ardrossan/Larne service.

January 1993: “Services Ardrossan  – Larne after a dispute with Belfast Harbour Commissioners. Had the white P & O letters on her hull painted out in favour of Pandora painted on her superstructure in blue.”.

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© Aubrey Dale (All 1993)

November 1993: Replaced by MERCHANT VALIANT

November 23rd 1993: Bareboat chartered to Mannin Line Ltd, Isle Of Man (subsidiary of Isle Of Man Steam Packet Co, Douglas) for service between Great Yarmouth – Ijmuiden.

August 15th 1994: Sold to Isle Of Man Steam Packet Co., Douglas, Isle Of Man.

May 6th 1995: Great Yarmouth – Ijmuiden services were closed.

May 15th 1995 – May 16th 1995: Chartered to Commodore Ferries as cover for the Guernsey – Portsmouth service.

June 1995 – September 1995: Chartered to Pandoro, Fleetwood for services Ardrossan – Larne. 

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© Aubrey Dale (1995)

November 1995: Laid up in Liverpool.

January 19th 1996: Services Douglas – Heysham covering PEVERIL.

March 1996: Chartered to Exxtor Ferries for services between Immingham – Rotterdam.

March 1996: Laid up in Liverpool.

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© Simonwp (Immingham, 18/04/1996)

March 5th 1997 – April 10th 1997: Chartered to P&O European Ferries for services Cairnryan – Larne, then returned to Heysham – Douglas.

January 13th 1998: Final Heysham – Douglas service.

January 1998: Sold to Aabrenaa Rederi A/S, Kingstown, St. Vincent & Grenadines.

February 1998: Services Abenra (Denmark) – Klaipeda (Lithuania) .

May 1999: Charter taken over by Scandlines Balticum Seaways for further services between Abenra – Klaipeda.

June 1999 – October 15th 1999: Laid up in Sonderborg, Denmark.

October 1999: Chartered to Kystlink A/S, Trondheim, Norway.

October 18th 1999: Services between Bergen – Sola.

November 2001 – December 2001: Chartered to P&O Scottish Ferries for services Aberdeen – Lerwick – Stromness.

January 22nd 2002 – February 10th 2002: Chartered to Isle Of Man Steam Packet Co, Douglas, Isle Of Man for services Douglas – Heysham.

May 28th 2002 – September 2002: Chartered to Ferryways, Oostend for services between Belgium and the U.K.

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© Pieter Inpyn (Ostend, 01/09/2002)

September 2002: Sold to Caledonian MacBrayne, Glasgow, Scotland and renamed MUIRNEAG.

September 23rd 2002: Left Rotterdam.

September 2002: Services between Stornoway – Ullapool.

January 10th 2005: Grounded in Stornoway.

January 14th 2005: Repairs at A&P Birkenhead.

July 25th 2008: Grounded outside Stornoway but managed to free herself. 

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© Neil C McBride (Tyneside, 3008)

September 21st 2013: Final day in service then laid up in Stornoway.

September 2013: Sold to  C-shipping, Novorossijsk, Russia and registered to Rosewhite Shipping SA, Mersin, Turkey.

October 3rd 2013 – October 20th 2013: Sailed from Stornoway to Samsun.

November 2013: Services Samsun – Gelendzhik.

January 1st 2020: Renamed HATAY.

January 23rd 2020: Sold to Hatay Shipping Corp for services Samsun (Turkey) – Tuapse (Russia). Manager: Mediterraline RoRo Services.

2022: Owing to the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, services ceased and the vessel was laid up in Marmara Island (Turkey)

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November 2022: Known to be operating Iskenderun (Turkey) – Haifa (Israel).

2023: Operating fortnightly between Izmir (Turkey) – Ashdod (Israel)

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: Aubrey Dale, Neil C McBride, Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Special thanks go to Trevor Kidd

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

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