MV Blue Star I
Ex Superferry Atlantic
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.
- Length: 171.40 m (overall) 160.60 m (between perpendiculars)
Breadth: 25.70 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: 239710000
- IMO Number: 9197105
Port of Registry: Piraeus/Greece
Sister Ships: Blue Star 2
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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.
Blue Star I © Marko Stampehl (Zeebrugge, 04/04/2007) (Left) © Bram Provost (Zeebrugge, 01/08/2007) (Right)
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.
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.
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.
April 5th 2021: Arrived Rosslare.
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.
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Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)