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MV Caroline Russ – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9197533

MV Caroline Russ

ex Corsica Linea Dui, Caroline Russ

© Simonwp

© Simonwp

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1999 by J.J. Sietas KG, Hamburg, Germany (Yard No 1188) as Roll on/Roll off (RoRo) Cargo Ship

Technical Data

  • Length: 153.38 m (overall) 146.80 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 26.60 m
  • Depth: 8.32 m
  • Draught: 6.988 m (summer)
  • Tonnage: 10488 gross/3146 net/7097t deadweight
  • Engines: 1 x Wärtsilä 16V46B – 4 stroke single acting 16 cylinder
  • Power: 15600 kW/HP
  • Speed: 21 knots
  • Capacity: 12 Passengers/Bales: 14.599 m³/1.624 lane meter/120 Freight Trailers
  • Crew: 14
  • Call Sign: V2OC, CQBF
  • MMSI Number: 255805834
  • IMO Number: 9197533
  • Official Number: 18690
  • Port of Registry: Hamburg/Germany 🇩🇪, St John’s/Antigua and Barbuda 🇦🇬, Madeira/Portugal 🇵🇹
  • Sister-Ship: Elizabeth Russ (1186), Friedrich Russ (1185), Mistral (1193), Miranda (1184), Pauline Russ (1189), Seagard (1187)

Current AIS Location

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December 19th 1997: Keel laid.

June 3rd 1999: Launched.

June 26th 1999: Christened.

June 30th 1999: Delivered to Caroline Russ Schiffahrts (Management Ernst Russ GmbH & Co KG), Hamburg, Germany.

July 12th 1999: Chartered to Transfennica Ltd., Helsinki, Finland for services Frederikshavn – Tilbury – Antwerp.

August 2002 – March 2003: Services between Lübeck – Hangö – Paldiski.

March 2003: Services between Raumo – Antwerp.

© Aleksi Lindström

© Aleksi Lindström

January 2006: Services between Hangö – Gdynia.

March 2006: Services between Lübeck – Hangö – Paldiski.

September 25th 2006: Services between Frederikshavn – Rauma – Lübeck.

September 29th 2006: Services between Lübeck – St Petersburg – Frederikshavn.

November 9th 2006: Services between Lübeck – Hangö – Paldiski.

December 8th 2006: Services between Hangö – Raumo – Tilbury.

© Aleksi Lindström

© Aleksi Lindström

© Andreas Wörteler © Andreas Wörteler 

© Andreas Wörteler (Sehestedt, 11/08/2007)

© Erwin Willemse © Erwin Willemse 

© Erwin Willemse (Ijmuiden, 26/10/2013)

January 2016: Chartered to Corsica Linea for services between Corsica – Marseille.

February 2016: Renamed CORSICA LINEA DUI.

© Aleksi Lindström © Aleksi Lindström 

© Aleksi Lindström

March 6th 2016: Taken out of service and laid up in Marseille.

September 18th 2016: Arrived in Bremerhaven.

September 1st 2016: Renamed CAROLINE RUSS.

October 2016: Chartered to Stena Line for services between Hoek Van Holland – Killingholme.

© Frank Behrends © Frank Behrends 

© Frank Behrends (Rotterdam, 26/03/2017)

January 6th 2018 – February 21st 2018: Services between Gothenburg – Kiel.

March 2018: Chartered to GNV.

March 10th 2018: Services between Genoa – Trapani – Valletta.

September 2nd 2019: Left Genoa and sailed to Viana Do Castelo, Portugal for refit at Estaleiros Navais de Viana do Castelo (ENVC) .

September 2019: Chartered to P&O Ferries for services Calais – Tilbury.

September 14th 2019: Left Viana Do Castelo, destination showing as Calais (eta 17/09/2019 07:00 LT (UTC +2))

September 17th 2019: Arrived in Calais.

© Julien Carpentier © Julien Carpentier © Julien Carpentier © Julien Carpentier © Julien Carpentier

© Julien Carpentier (Calais, 17/09/2019)

September 23rd 2019 (23 22:44 LT (UTC +2): Inaugural departure of her twice daily service Calais – Tilbury.

September 24th 2019 (03:22 LT (UTC +1): Arrived Tilbury and continued service.

December 22nd 2019: Arrived in Tilbury and remained in the port. Media sources suggested that, owing to lack of demand, the service has been terminated.

February 4th 2020: Left Tilbury and sailed to Antwerp Anchorage.

February 21st 2020: Arrived in Zeebrugge.

March 3rd 2020: Left Zeebrugge.

March 6th 2020: Arrived Kiel to commence 1 month charter to DFDS for services between Kiel – Klaipeda

© Gena Anfimov

© Gena Anfimov (Central Klaipeda terminal, 09/3/2020)

April 2020: Laid up in Lubeck

October 4th 2020: Noted as being on charter to Maghreb Container International for an Alicante – Algiers service.

2020: Services Genoa – Palermo – Valletta.

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, Frank Behrends, Julien Carpentier, Aleksi Lindström, Simonwp, Erwin Willemse and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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