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MV Friedrich Russ – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9186417

MV Friedrich Russ

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Cuxhaven, 01/03/1999)

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1999 by J.J. Sietas KG, Hamburg (Yard No 1185) as Roll-on Roll-off (Ro-Ro) Cargo Ship for Ernst Russ GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg, Germany

Technical Data

  • Length: 153.40 m (overall) 142.10 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 20.60 m
  • Depth: 8.42 m
  • Draught: 6.92 m (summer)
  • Tonnage: 10471 gross/3141 net/7291t deadweight
  • Engines: 1 x W√§rtsil√§ 16V46C – 4 stroke single acting 16 cylinder
  • Power: 12600kW/14995bHP
  • Speed: 21 knots
  • Capacity: 12 Passengers/ Bale: 14.599 m¬≥/303 x 20ft containers/1624 lane meter/120 Freight Trailers
  • Crew: 14
  • Call Sign: V2NC, CQEX4
  • ¬†MMSI Number: 255806511
  • IMO Number: 9186417
  • Official Number: 2316
  • Port of Registry: Hamburg/Germany 🇩🇪, St Johns/Antigua and Barbuda 🇦🇬, Madeira/Portugal 🇵🇹
  • Sister-Ship: Caroline Russ (1188), Elizabeth Russ (1186), Mistral (1193), Miranda (1184), Pauline Russ (1189), Seagard (1187)

Current AIS Location

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February 15th 1999: Launched.

March 1st 1999: Completed.

March 6th 1999: Christened.

March 18th 1999: Trials.

March 19th 1999: Delivered as FRIEDRICH RUSS to MS “FRIEDRICH RUSS” Schiffahrtsges. mbH & Co. KG. Alsterufer 10. Manager: Ernst Russ GmbH & Co. KG. Alsterufer 10 20354 Hamburg.

March 22nd 1999: Chartered to Transfennica Ltd., Helsinki Finland for services between Hanko – Lubeck.

© Aleksi Lindström

© Aleksi Lindström (Hanko, 2001)

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Helsingor, 01/06/2005)

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (Travemunde,  19/05/2007)

© Cees De Bijl  © Cees De Bijl

© Cees De Bijl (Travemunde, 09/06/2007) 

© Cedric Hacke

© Cedric Hacke (Zeebrugge, 28/05/2008)

© Ken Smith  © Ken Smith

© Ken Smith

© Ken Smith (Gravesend. 25/10/2010)

December 2015: Charter completed.

© Wil Weijsters  © Wil Weijsters

© Wil Weijsters (Rotterdam, 01/10/2016)

© Marcel and Ruud Coster  © Marcel and Ruud Coster

© Marcel and Ruud Coster (Ijmuiden, 01/07/2019)

March 2022: Chartered to Maritima Peregar for services Malaga ‚Äď Tanger Med.

October 5th 2023: Charter completed.

October 8th 2023: Arrived Vigo.

October 13th 2023: Left Vigo.

October 16th 2023: Berthing trials at Eastham (UK). Anticipated weekly service between Vigo ‚Äď Eastham.

© Robert Foy  © Robert Foy

© Robert Foy

© Robert Foy (Birkenhead, 16/10/2023)

October 19th 2023: Returned to Vigo

October 21st 2023: Commenced service.

© Robert Foy © Robert Foy

🆕¬†¬© Robert Foy (Birkenhead, 18/12/2023)

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: Cees De Bijl, Marcel and Ruud Coster, Fotoflite, Robert Foy, Cedric Hacke,  Pieter Inpyn, Aleksi Lindström,  Simonwp, Ken Smith, Wil Weijsters and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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