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MV Blue Star I – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9197105

MV Blue Star I

Ex Superferry Atlantic

© Carsten Dettmer

Blue Star I © Carsten Dettmer (Syros, 18/08/2019)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2000 by Van der Gissen de Noord, Krimpen aan den Ijssel, Holland. (Yard No 976) as a Roll-On / Roll-Off Passengers vessel – Ferry.

Technical Data

  • Length: 171.40 m (overall) 160.60 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 25.70  m
    Depth:  m
    Draught: 6.45 m
    Tonnage: 29415 gross/10048 net/4563t deadweight
    Engines: 4 x MAN B&W 8L58/64 diesels
    Power: 44480 kW/HP
    Speed: 27.0 knots (Max)
    Capacity: 1802 – 1890 passengers/1745 lane meters/640 – 780 vehicles
  • Cabins: 176
    Call Sign: SWET
    MMSI Number:
  • IMO Number: 9197105
    Port of Registry: Piraeus/Greece
    Sister Ships: Blue Star 2

Location Data

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July 1998: Contract date.

August 24th 1999: Keel struck.

December 24th 1999: Launched and originally intended to be named SUPERFERRY ATLANTIC.

June 6th 2000: Delivered to Strintzis Line, Piraeus, Greece.

June 13th 2000: Blue Star Ferries services between Ancona – Brindisi – Patras.

January 1st 2001: Services between Patras – Ancona.

July 2002: Services between Piraeus – Patmos – Leros – Kos – Rhodes.

March 4th 2005: Services between Patras – Igoumenitsa – Bari.

Blue Star I © Aleksi Lindström (Patras, 18/06/2006)

January 3rd 2007: Final service between Patras – Igoumenitsa – Bari.

January 2007: Arrived Neorion Shipyards, Syros Island for addition of 15 new cabins.

January 26th 2007: Left Piraeus for Zeebrugge.

January 29th 2007: Arrived Zeebrugge.

January 29th 2007: Services Zeebrugge – Rosyth.

© Marko Stampehl © Bram Provost

Blue Star I © Marko Stampehl (Zeebrugge, 04/04/2007) (Left) © Bram Provost (Zeebrugge, 01/08/2007) (Right)

© Simonwp

Blue Star I © Simonwp (Zeebrugge, 01/08/2008)

September 14th 2008: Final service between Rosyth – Zeebrugge.

September 19th 2008: Arrived Patras.

September 24th 2008: Services Patras – Igoumenitsa – Bari.

February 10th 2011 – March 21st 2011: Services Patras – Igoumenitsa – Ancona.

March 22nd 2011 – March 26th 2011: Services between Patras – Igoumenitsa – Bari.

March 27th 2011: Services between Piraeus – Syros – Santorini – Patmos – Leros – Kos – Rhodes.

February 1st 2012: Services Piraeus – Heraklion.

November 14th 2013 – November 15th 2013: Left Piraeus for Patras.

November 15th 2014 – December 8th 2013: Services between Patras – Igoumenitsa – Ancona.

© Andreas Wörteler © Andreas Wörteler

Blue Star I © Andreas Wörteler (Patras)

December 8th 2013 – December 9th 2013: Sailed from Patras to Piraeus.

January 9th 2014 – March 30th 2014: Services Piraeus – Chios – Mytilene.

April 3rd 2014: Services Piraeus – Santorini – Kos – Rodos.

October 26th 2014: Services between Piraeus – Chios – Mytilene.

January 29th 2015: Services Piraeus – Heraklion.

February 23rd 2015: Services Piraeus – Syros – Patmos – Leros – Kos – Rodos.

May 26th 2015: Services between Piraeus – Psara – Chios – Mytilene/ Piraeus – Karlovasi – Chios – Mytilene – Lemnos – Kavala.

September 11th 2020: Arrived in Piraeus and laid up.

March 3rd 2021 – March 17th 2021: To Perama dry dock for scheduled repairs.

March 5th 2021: News that she was to be chartered to Irish Ferries for approximately 2 years.

March 20th 2021: To Piraeus port.


Courtesy of VoyagerShipSpotting

Courtesy of VoyagerShipSpotting

Courtesy of VoyagerShipSpotting

Blue Star I © Dimitris Mentakis (29/03/2021)

March 26th 2021: Announcement made by Irish Ferries that she would be introduced Rosslare – Cherbourg in early April 2021.

March 31st 2021: Left Piraeus for Rosslare.

Courtesy of VoyagerShipSpotting

April 5th 2021: Arrived Rosslare.

 © Brian Cloney

Blue Star I – © Brian Boyce (Left)© Brian Cloney (Right)(Rosslare, 05/04/2021)

April 5th 2021: Sailed to Pembroke before returning to Rosslare Anchorage.

April 6th 2021: Took up service Rosslare – Pembroke Dock.

November 12th 2021: Collided with a quay in Rosslare Europort and suffered port- side damage. Taken off service.

November 15th 2021: Left Rosslare for Belfast.

November 16th 2021: Arrived Belfast for repairs.

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: Brian Cloney, Carsten Dettmer, Aleksi Lindström, Bram Provost, Simonwp, Marko Stampehl, Voyager ShipSpotting and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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