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MV GNV Allegra (Ex Oscar Wilde (I)) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 8506311

MV GNV Allegra

Ex Oscar Wilde (I), Kronprins Harald

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer (Olbia, 11/10/2022)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1987 by Wärtsilä Marine Yard, Turku. Finland  (Yard No 1292) as a Passenger/Ro-Ro Ship (vehicles).

Technical Data

  • Length: 166.30 m (overall) 150 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 28.4 m
  • Depth: 9.0 m
  • Draught: 6.50 m
  • Tonnage: 3112 – 31914 gross/17126 net/5250 – 4606t deadweight
  • Engines: 2 x Sulzer-Wärtsilä 12 ZAV 40/ 2 x Sulzer-Wärtsilä 6 ZAL 40 diesels
  • Power: 19800 kW/HP
  • Speed: 22.0 knots
  • Capacity: 1440/1600 passengers,700/580 cars
  • Lane Meters: 1220
  • Call Sign: JXIO, C6WL9, IBUI
  • MMSI Number: 247392600
  • IMO Number: 8506311
  • RI Number: 99042
  • Port of Registry: Sandefjord/Norway 🇳🇴, Oslo/Norway 🇳🇴, Nassau/The Bahamas , Limassol/Cyprus 🇨🇾, Genoa/Italy 🇮🇹

Current AIS Location

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December 18th 1985: Keel laid.

August 31st 1986: Launched.

February 2nd 1987: First sea trials.

March 19th 1987: Completed.

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (Left) Postcard (Right)

March 23rd 1987: Christened in Oslo and delivered to I/S Jahre Line, Sandefjord, Norway.

March 26th 1987: Services Oslo – Kiel.

Postcards (Both)

May 1989: Additional superstructure added at HDW, Kiel, Germany.

October 1990: Registered to Color Line A/S, Oslo, Norway.

February 1994: Additional livery owing to hosting Winter Olympics at Lillehammer, Norway.

Andreas Wörteler Collection

Andreas Wörteler Collection (Left) © Jahre Line (Right)

© Gordon Dalzell © Ulf Kornfield

© Gordon Dalzell (Kiel, 01/08/1994) (Left) © Ulf Kornfield (Kiel, 01/12/1994) (Right)

September 21st 1997: Chartered as the starting vessel off Southampton for the Whitbread round the World.

July 15th 1999: Ran aground in the Oslofjord. Managed to free herself and went to Moss, Norway where her passengers were evacuated because of the possibilities of a leaking hull. The vessel then went to Thyssen-Norseewerke, Emden for repairs.

July 19th 1999: Returned to service.

© Simonwp  © Simonwp 

© Simonwp  (Kiel, 01/07/2002)

December 2003: Registered to M/V Color Harald AS (c/o Olav Nils Sunde AS), Oslo, Norway.

April 2006: Refit at Oresund Drydock, Landskrona.

November 2006 – January 22nd 2007: Engine problems meant that the vessel was only able to operate at reduced power.

December 22nd 2006: Suffered engine failure after leaving Kiel. Repaired by crew.

January 22nd 2007: Sold to Irish Continental Group (Irish Ferries), Dublin, Ireland. 

February 2007: Taken over by her new owners and chartered, for six months, by Color Line..

September 1st 2007: Final Color Line arrival in Oslo.

September 3rd 2007: Left Oslo for Fredericia.

September 10th 2007: In Fredericia, taken over by Irish Continental Line Ltd, Nassau, Bahamas and renamed OSCAR WILDE

© Peter Therkildsen © Peter Therkildsen

© Peter Therkildsen (Fredericia, 16/11/2007)

November 17th 2007: Left Fredericia for the Iris Sea.

November 30th 2007: Services Rosslare – Cherbourg/Roscoff.

January 1st 2008 – January 14th 2008: Services Rosslare – Pembroke Dock.

January 28th 2008: Reviewed in Dublin.

January 29th 2008: Left Dublin for Rosslare.

March 10th 2008: During strong winds in Cherbourg, broke free from her moorings and was pushed across the whole width of the harbour.

©  Marko Stampehl © U. Streich

©  Marko Stampehl (Cherbourg, 20/03/2008) © U. Streich (Cherbourg, 01/05/2008)

February 2nd 2010: Whilst leaving the A&P shipyard in Falmouth, suffered a fire in one of her engines. Crew extinguished the fire but she returned to drydock for repairs.

March 4th 2010: Resumed service.

January 4th 2012 – January 25th 2012: Services Rosslare – Pembroke Dock.

January 2013 – January 30th 2013: Services Rosslare – Pembroke Dock.

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (Cherbourg, 09/05/2013) 

November 22nd 2013 – November 23rd 2011: Left Rosslare for Dublin.

November 24th 2013: Services Dublin – Holyhead.

2014: Services Rosslare – Cherbourg/ Roscoff.

March 20th 2019: Arrived Harland & Wolff, Belfast for refit.

April 11th 2019: Sold to Mediterranean Shipping Company, Italy for delivery in April 2019.

April 30th 2019: Taken over by Malcovia Shipping Co Ltd, Genoa, Italy, (management: Grandi Navi Veloci).

May 2nd 2019: Left Belfast for Genoa.

May 7th 2019: Arrived Genoa.

May 14th 2019: Renamed GNV ALLEGRA.

May 25th 2019: Services Genoa – Olbia.

September 28th 2018: Completed final seasonal sailing Olbia – Genoa, then laid up.

January 2nd 2020: To Marseilles for conversion to a “floating hotel”.

February 8th 2020: Sailed from Rades to Genoa.

Summer 2020: One of five ships, rented by the state of Italy to house migrants.

2021: Services Genoa – Porto Torres, Sardinia (weekend + Thurs) and Genoa – Olbia. Sardinia (other weekdays).

November 15th 2022: Services Valencia – Ibiza.

October 2023: Laid up in Zadar, Croatia.

© Dogan

© Dogan (Olbia, 29/03/2024)

March 29th 2024: Refit in Rijeka. Croatia.

© Dragec

© Dragec (Rijeka. 08/05/2024)

May 15th 2024: Services Genoa – Porto Torres, Sardinia (weekend + Thurs) and Genoa – Olbia. Sardinia (other weekdays).

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: Gordon Dalzell, Carsten Dettmer, Dogan, Dragec, Gerolf Drebes, Ulf Kornfield, Simonwp, Marko Stampehl, Ulrich Streich, Peter Therkildsen and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


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