MV Ace II
ex Euroferrys Atlantica, Hull 309, Bluenose, Jutlandica, Stena Jutlandica (I)
Euroferrys Atlantica – © Carsten Dettmer (Tangier, 01/07/2002)
Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Brodogradiliste Jozo Lozovina Mosor, Trogir, Yugoslavia in 1973 (Yard No. 162) as a RoRo Car and Commercial Vehicle ferry for Stena AB, Gothenburg
- Length: 124.85m (overall) 108.11m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth of Hull: 21.87m – 23.37
- Depth: 12.27m
- Draught: 5.26m – 5.519m
- Tonnage: 6333 – 6524 gross/3246 – 3284 net/2067 – 2362t deadweight
- Engines: Two Vee Oil 4SA Lindholmen/Pielstick 18 PC2V400 diesels
- Power: 12310 – 13240 kW/18000 bHP
- Speed: 22 knots
- Capacity: 1,800 passengers, 450 cars/ 425 cars
- Call Sign: SGTN, C6DZ, EAVT, 3EBW9
- IMO Number: 7218668
- Official Number: 11331/372999
- Registry: Gothenburg/Sweden 🇸🇪, Nassau/Bahamas 🇧🇸, Las Palmas/Spain 🇪🇸, Panama 🇵🇦
- Sister Ship: Stena Nordica (163)
May 29th 1972: Launched as STENA JUTLANDICA.
May 24th 1973: Delivered to Stena Ab, Gothenburg.
June 9th 1973: Commenced service between Gothenburg – Frederikshavn.
Stena Jutlandica – © Stena Line
Stena Jutlandica – © Wolfgang Fricke (Gothenburg, 01/04/1974)
April 14th 1976: En –route to Gothenburg from Frederikshavn grounded on rocks at Hakefjord. Evacuation by lifeboats to PRINCESS DESIREE.
April 16th 1976: Re-floated and towed to the Lindholmen shipyard for repair.
Stena Jutlandica – © Wolfgang Fricke (Gothenburg, July 1976)
August 17th 1976: Collided with TOR GOTHIA in Rivöfjorden.
1976: Rebuilt at Wilton-Fijenoord, Schiedam, The Netherlands. Extra deck added, thereby being heightened by 2.3 meters, and side sponsors added. This allowed vehicles to be loaded on two decks.
Stena Jutlandica – Courtesy of DDHANSA
January 1977: Returned to service between Gothenburg – Frederikshavn.
Stena Jutlandica – © Hans Deijs (Gothenburg, 1979_
Stena Jutlandica – © Tony Garner (Gothenburg, 01/05/1981)
Stena Jutlandica – © Capt Jan Melchers (Gothenburg, 21/12/1981)
June 1982: Chartered to CN Marine, Montreal, Canada and renamed JUTLANDICA.
July 6th 1982: Arrived at North Sydney, Canada.
July 8th 1982: Commenced service between North Sydney – Port Aux Basques.
December 1982: Arrived at Halifax Industries Shipyard, Halifax, Canada for refit.
May 3rd 1983: Sold to CN Marine, Nassau, Bahamas and renamed BLUENOSE.
May 1983: Services between Yarmouth – Bar Harbour.
Bluenose – © Mac Mackay (Halifax, May 1983)
1987: Registered to Marine Atlantic Inc. Nassau, Bahamas.
June 18th 1996: Suffered engine failure at Bar Harbour.
January 13th 1997: Final day in service for Marine Atlantic Inc.
January 15th 1997: Laid up in Shelbourne.
April 1st 1997: Taken over by Bay Ferries, Canada.
April 4th 1997: Commenced service between Yarmouth – Bar Harbour.
December 8th 1997: Final day in service and again laid up in Shelbourne.
April 1988: Continuous survey.
August 1998: Renamed HULL 309.
March 1999: Sold to Europa Ferrys S.A., Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.
Hull 309 – 🆕 © Frank Heine
March 17th 1999: Left Shelbourne, Canada for Cadiz.
March 26th 1999: Arrived at Algeciras.
June 1999: Renamed EUROFERRYS ATLANTICA.
July 1999: Commenced service between Algeciras – Tanger.
Euroferrys Atlantica – © Daniel Ferro (Algeciras, 08/10/2008) (Left) and © Gerolf Drebes (Gibraltar Strait, 19/05/2009) (Right)
Euroferrys Atlantica – © Juanfra Monzón (Almeria, 18/07/2010)
August 12th 2010: Commenced service between Almeria – Nador.
September 8th 2010: Left Almeria lay up in Motril.
October 2010: Sold to Taymouth Ltd, Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis and renamed ACE II.
December 22nd 2010: Arrived at Nagarsheth Shipbreakers, Aliaga, Turkey for breaking.
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: Hans Deijs, Carsten Dettmer, Gerolf Drebes, Daniel Ferro, Wolfgang Fricke, Tony Garner, Franks Heine, Capt Jan Melchers, Juanfra Monzón, and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.