MV Isle of Inishmore
© Carsten Dettmer (Rosslare, 21/04/2017)
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1997 by Van der Giessen-De Noord, Krimpen a/d Ijssel, Holland (Yard No 968) as a Ro-Pax ferry for Irish Ferries, Dublin.
- Length: 182.5 m (overall) m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth: 27.80 m
- Depth: m
- Draught: 5.80 m
- Tonnage: 34031 gross/ net/5860t deadweight
- Engines: 4 x Sulzer-Alpha 8ZA40S diesels.
- Power: 23040 kW/HP
- Speed: 21.5 knots
- Capacity: 2200 passengers/800 cars/2060 lane meters
- Call Sign: C4HQ2
- MMSI Number: 209093000
- IMO Number: 9142605
- Port of Registry: Dublin/Rep of Ireland 🇮🇪, Limassol/Cyprus 🇨🇾
Current AIS Location
Please note that this specific vessels AIS position data may be over an hour old and that the vessels position will only be displayed when it is within range of the VesselFinder AIS system. The AIS transponder/ship position data featured on this page is intended for information purposes only and it is in no way related to the 'Safety of Navigation at Sea'. All the AIS ship position data featured within this article is provided by VesselFinder and we are therefore not responsible for its content or its accuracy.
December 8th 1995: Keel struck.
October 4th 1996: Launched.
February 14th 1997: Delivered to Irish Ferries Ltd, Dublin, Ireland.
February 17th 1997: Arrived in Dublin.
March 2nd 1997: Commenced service between Dublin – Holyhead.
March 25th 2001: Completed sailings between Dublin – Holyhead.
March 2001: Refit at Appledore, Falmouth.
April 24th 2001: Laid up in Dublin.
May 16th 2001: Commenced services between Pembroke Dock – Rosslare.
January 22nd 2003 – March 13th 2003: Services between Dublin – Holyhead.
January 5th 2004 – January 20th 2004: Services between Dublin – Holyhead.
February 24th 2004: Off service owing to an industrial dispute between Irish Ferries and crew.
February 28th 2004: Returned to service.
January 5th 2005 – January 17th 2005: Services between Dublin – Holyhead.
November 24th 2005: Off service owing to an industrial dispute between Irish Ferries and crew.
December 14th 2005: Returned to service.
January 9th 2006 – January 28th 2006: Services between Dublin – Holyhead.
January 22th 2006: Upon leaving Dublin experienced problems with her bow door.
January 24th 2006: Arrived in Birkenhead for repairs.
February 10th 2006: Services between Rosslare – Pembroke Dock.
© Robert J Smith (Milford Haven, August 2007)
July 30th 2008: Pembroke Dock;
“Arrived in port, flames were briefly seen emitting from the starboard uptakes. On investigation, it was suspected that thermal oil was leaking into the thermal oil heater’s furnace from the heater coils. The thermal oil heater was turned off and its fuel supply isolated, and focus then shifted to switching the ship’s machinery fuel supply from heavy fuel oil to diesel.
A fire then broke out in the thermal oil heater and flames flashed out of the burner air intake igniting lagging and other materials in the engine room. This external fire was extinguished quickly, but the fire inside the heater furnace took much longer to completely extinguish as there was no means of closing off the air intake to the burner; there was no injection point into the furnace for an extinguishing medium; and the thermal oil in the coils could not be drained away as the heater was mounted horizontally.
The ship’s passengers were mustered during the emergency, but stayed on board as the fire was contained and under control very quickly.”
© Charlie Chambers (Rosslare, 15/03/2009)
© Carsten Dettmer (Rosslare, April 2017).
March 26th 2021: Irish Ferries announced
Irish Ferries, a subsidiary of Irish Continental Group plc (ICG), is pleased to announce a new service on the Dover – Calais route. This service is planned to start in June 2021, with the transfer of the ISLE OF INISHMORE to the route. Additional capacity will be added in the coming months.
April 6th 2021: Arrived in Rosslare and came off service.
April 6th 2021: Sailed to Brest for refit.
April 12th 2021: Refit complete and sailed North. Passed Dover to take on bunkers, from tanker WHITDAWN, at Falls Head Anchorage (North Foreland/Thames Estuary).
© Fotoflite (Courtesy of Dover Strait Shipping)
April 13th 2021: AIS showing destination as Odense (Denmark (eta: 15/05/2021)
April 15th 2021: Arrived Odense for remedial (cow-catcher, stern doors) work before taking up her new role.
© Poul Erik Olsen (Fayard, Odense 26/05/2021)
© Poul Erik Olsen (Fayard, Odense 08/06/2021)
© Peter Therkildsen (Odense, 16/06/2021)
June 16th 2021: Left Odense showing destination as Gothenburg and took on bunkers from AALBORG.
June 18th 2021: AIS now showing Dover “ETA: 2021-06-19 07:30 LT (UTC +1)”.
June 19th 2021: Arrived in Dover.
© Dover Strait Shipping (Dover, 19/06/2021)
June 19th 2021: Left Dover for Calais.
June 19th 2021: Arrived Calais for berthing trials.
© Julien Carpentier (Calais, 19/06/2021)
June 19th 2021: Returned to Dover and conducted various trials.
June 29th 2021: Entered full service Dover – Calais.
© Dover Strait Shipping (Dover, 29/06/2021)
© George Holland (30/10/2021)
© Dave Standen (Left) © Fotoflite (Right)
© Paul Cloke (All)
© Julien Carpentier (Calais, 26/03/2022)
April 27th 2022: Came off service at Calais and sailed to Dunkerque East for refit.
© Christophe De Langhe (Dunkerque, 27/04/2022)
© Julien Carpentier (Dunkerque, 27/04/2022)
May 14th 2022: Left Dunkerque and sailed to Calais to resume service.
© Cedric Hacke (Calais, 25/06/2022)
January 5th 2023: Came off service at Calais and sailed to Zeebrugge.
January 6th 2023: Arrived Zeebrugge for bunkers.
January 6th 2023: Left Zeebrugge for refit at Fayard, Odense.
January 8th 2023: Arrived Odense.
© Peter Therkildsen (Odense, 09/01/2023)
© Peter Therkildsen (Odense, 25/01/2023)(Showing scrubbers fitted)
February 18th 2023: Left Odense showing destination as Calais (eta 20/02/2023)
February 20th 2023: Arrived in Calais.
February 20th 2023: Resumed service Calais – Dover.
© Julien Carpentier (Calais, 21/02/2023)
🆕 © Darren Holdaway (Calais, 20/04/2023)
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: Julien Carpentier, Paul Cloke, Carsten Dettmer, Dover Strait Shipping, Fotoflite, Cedric Hacke, Darren Holdaway, George Holland, Christophe De Langhe, Erik Olsen, Dave Standen, Peter Therkildsen and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.