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MV Coral Princess – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9229659

MV Coral Princess

© Tony Martin

© Tony Martin (Sydney, 13/07/2022)

Steel twin screw “Coral Class” motor vessel built in 2002 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France. (Yard No C32) as a Cruise/Passenger ship.

Technical Data

  • Length: 294 m (overall) m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 32.2 m
  • Depth: m
  • Draught: 9.4 m (Max)
  • Tonnage: 91627 gross/53394 net/8015 t deadweight
  • Engines: 1 x GE-Marine LM 2500 gas turbine, 2 x Wärtsilä 16V46C diesels.
  • Power: 33600 kW/45680HP
  • Speed: 21.5 knots
  • Passenger Decks: 11
  • Capacity: 3178 passengers
  • Call Sign:  ZCDF4
  • MMSI Number: 310376000
  • IMO Number: 9229659
    Port of Registry: Hamilton/Bermuda 🇧🇲
  • Sister-Ship: Island Princess (D 32)

Current AIS Location

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The first ship of the “Coral Class” and the only Panamax ships (term used for the size limits for ships travelling through the Panama Canal) in Princess’s fleet.

February 3rd 2002: Launched.

December 23rd 2002: Delivered to Princess Cruises inc, Hamilton, Bermuda.

January 3rd 2003: Maiden cruise from Fort Lauderdale.

August 11th 2003: Registered owner, Brittany Shipping, Hamilton, Bermuda (Management Princess Cruises Inc). 

© Wil Weijsters © Wil Weijsters

© Wil Weijsters (Panama, 2011)

© Tony Martin

© Tony Martin (Fort Lauderdale, 04/05/2013)

August 10th 2019: In Juneau’s docks, lost all power to its engines as it was manoeuvring away. Investigation found contaminated lube oil in one of the ship’s diesel generators caused it to break down . As the crew prepared to drop emergency anchor, a gas-turbine generator was brought online, nearly 10 minutes after the blackout took out the engines, which provided enough power for them to regain propulsion. The crew eventually brought the non damaged generator back online as well.

July 26th 2023: Called at Dover.

© Paul Jolliffe © Paul Jolliffe
© Paul Jolliffe (Dover, 26/07/2023)

June 25th 2024: Due at Dover.

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: Dover Strait Shipping, Fotoflite, Paul Jolliffe, Tony Martin and Wil Weijsters for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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