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MV European Causeway – Past and Present

MV European Causeway

© Aubrey Dale

© Aubrey Dale

Twin screw motor vessel built in 2000 at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Shimonoseki, Japan (Yard No. 1065) as a passenger and vehicle roll-on/roll-off ferry.

Technical Data

  • Length: 159.50m (overall) 148.0m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 23.40m (extreme), m (overall)
  • Depth: 15.20m
  • Draught: 5.50m (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 20,646 gross, 9,516 net, 4276t (deadweight)
  • Engines: Four Wartsila 12V38 diesels.
  • Power: 43078W
  • Speed: 22.7 knots
  • Capacity: 410 passengers, 375 cars or 124 x 15m freight units
  • Crew: 61
  • Call Sign: C6RG7
  • IMO Number: 9208394
  • Official Number: 8000163
  • Registry: Nassau/Bahamas
  • Near Sister-ships: European Ambassador, European Highlander.

Location Data

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March 20th 2000: Launched.

July 14th 2000: Delivered to Lombard Facilities/P&O Ferries, London England.

August 14th 2000: Commenced service for P&O Irish Ferries between Larne – Cairnryan.

© Trevor Kidd  © Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd  © Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd

July 11th 2005: Refit at the former A&P Birkenhead facility now operated by North Western Ship Repairers.

© Gordon Hislip  © Gordon Hislip

© Gordon Hislip  © Gordon Hislip

© Gordon Hislip (all)

January 2015 : Continues service between Larne – Cairnryan.

© Aubrey Dale

© Aubrey Dale

May 1st 2015 (13.00): Last service ex Cairnryan.

May 1st 2015 (21.10): Departed Larne for drydocking/refit/livery change.

May 2nd 2015 (10.00): Entered dock at Birkenhead.

May 16th 2015 (21.00): Left dock to wet basin.

May 17th 2015 (22.00): Left wet basin for Larne.

© Robert Stanley  © Robert Stanley

Arriving back in Larne from Birkenhead 18/05/15 © Robert Stanley

May 18th 2015 (18.00): Arrived Larne and resumed service.

© Trevor Kidd  © Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd

March 31st 2019: Suffered an engine room fire in Larne. Three fire engines were deployed, but crew managed to extinguished fire by activating fire suppressing system. No injures reported.

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: Aubrey Dale, Trevor Kidd, Robert Stanley and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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