Cruise ShipsPast and Present

MV Hamburg – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9138329

MV Hamburg

ex C Columbus, Columbus

© Marc Piché

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1997 by MTW Schiffswerft, Wismar Germany (Yard No 451) for Hapag-Lloyd, Nassau, Bahamas

Technical Data

  • Length: 144.13m (overall) 129.21m (registered)
  • Breadth: 21.50m
  • Draught: 5.15m
  • Tonnage: 14,903 (1996) – 15,067 (2001)gross/5,092 net/1300t deadweight
  • Engines: 4 x 6 – cylinder Wartsila 6L32 diesels
  • Power: 10560 kW.
  • Speed: 18.5 knots
  • Capacity: 420 passengers
  • Crew: 170
  • Decks: 6
  • Call Sign: C6OX6
  • IMO Number: 9138329
  • MMSI Number: 309908000
  • Registry: Nassau/Bahamas 🇧🇸


September 5th 1996: Keel laid.

October 30th 1996: Launched under the name of COLUMBUS.

June 17th 1997: Delivered to Hapag-Lloyd, Nassau, Bahamas as C COLUMBUS. Christened the same day and undertook a special cruise from Hamburg.

June 26th 1997: Maiden cruise from Hamburg to Nordkap later cruising operations.

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

May 2001: Stern rebuilt with a “ducktail”. 

© John Wilson © John Wilson © John Wilson

© John Wilson

May 2012: Chartered to Plantours & Partners and renamed HAMBURG.

© Marc Piché © Marc Piché

© Marc Piché

© Aleksi Lindström © Aleksi Lindström  

© Aleksi Lindström

May 2nd 2015: Due at Dover.

April 19th 2019: Called at Dover

© Neil Hopper © Neil Hopper © Neil Hopper

© Neil Hopper

April 6th 2022: Called at Dover.

© Dover Strait Shipping (Dover, 06/04/2022)

© Frits Olinga © Frits Olinga © Frits Olinga

🆕 © Frits Olinga (Delfzijl, 04/05/2023)

June 18th 2023: 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, Neil Hopper, Aleksi Lindström, Frits Olinga, Marc Piché and John Wilson for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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