Commodore ShippingFerriesPast and Present

MV Island Commodore – Past and Present

MV Wave Sentinel

ex Island Commodore

© Barrie Clark

© Barrie Clark

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1995 by Koninklijke Schelde Groep B.V., Vlissingen, Holland (Yard No 376 ) as a Ro/Ro vehicle ferry

Technical Data

  • Length: 126.40 – 138.10 m (overall) 116.5 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 21.4 m
  • Depth: 7.5 m
  • Draught: 6.01 m
  • Tonnage: 11166 – 12330 gross/3350 net/ 5215 – 4552 deadweight
  • Engines: Two 6-cylinder MaK diesels
  • Power: 8600 kW/HP
  • Speed: 17.5 knots – 16 knots (max)
  • Capacity: 12 passengers, 1250 lane metres
  • Cable tanks: 3
  • Max load per tank: 875t
  • Call Sign: MZBC8
  • IMO Number: 9100748
  • Official Number: 902895
  • MMSI Number: 232616000
  • Port of Registry: Nassau/Bahamas, London/United Kingdom
  • Sister-Ship: Commodore Goodwill

Location Data

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June 26th 1994: Keel struck.

February 4th 1995: Launched.

© Robert J Smith  © Robert J Smith

© Robert J Smith

© Tony Garner   

© Tony Garner (left) and © Urbain Ureel (right)

June 14th 1995: Delivered to NYDA Shipping Ltd., Nassau, Bahamas (Manager; Goliat Shipping A/S, Oslo, Norway).

June 19th 1995: Chartered to Commodore Ferries Ltd., St Sampson’s and commenced services between Guernsey – Jersey – Portsmouth.

July 1999: Sold for US $24 million to Global Marine Systems, England for delivery in September.

September 26th 1999: Final day in service for Commodore Ferries.

September 1999: Arrived at Cammell Laird, Teesside for conversion to a cable-laying vessel.

February 2000: Renamed WAVE SENTINEL. Registered Owner; Global Cable II AS. Registered Manager; Global Marine Systems Ltd.

© Barrie Clark  © Barrie Clark

© Barrie Clark

©  Willem Oldenburg  ©  Willem Oldenburg

©  Willem Oldenburg

©  Willem Oldenburg

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: Barrie Clark, Tony Garner, Willem Oldenburg, Robert J Smith and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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