Cruise ShipsPast and Present

MV Kazakhstan – Past and Present

MV Delphin

ex Kazakhstan II, Belorussiya

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher

Steel twin screw motor (Belorussiya class sometimes also referred to as the Gruziya class) vessel built in 1975 by Oy Wartsila Ab. Abo, Finland (Yard No 1212) for Black Sea Shipping Co, Odessa, Soviet Union

Technical Data

  • Original Cost: $25 million
  • Length on deck: 156.24m (512.5 ft)(overall)
  • Breadth of hull: 22.02m (71.8 ft)(extreme)
  • Draught: 6.20m (20.3 ft)(maximum)
  • Tonnage: 16,331 gross, 13,251 (1980), 16,214 (1993)/,865 net (1993)/2,251 deadweight (1975), 2,697.70 (1993)
  • Engines: Two 18-cylinder Pielstick -Wartsila 18PC 2-2V diesels
  • Propulsion/Propellers: diesel (13,250kW)/2
  • Speed: 21.50 knots
  • Capacity: 505 passengers (1974), 650 (1986), 590 (1993), cars 256 (1974),0 (1986).
  • Passenger decks: 8
  • Crew: 191, (1975), 234
  • Call Sign: 9HVI4, C6VV2 (2006)
  • IMO: 7347536
  • Registry: Ukraine, Valletta/Malta, Nassau/Bahamas.


October 1st 1973: Keel laid.

March 6th 1974: Launched as the prototype of the class.

January 15th 1975: Delivered to Black Sea Shipping Co.

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher

February – May 1986: Refitted as a cruise ship at Lloyd Werft, Bremerhaven GmbH.

1991: Registered under the Ukrainian flag.

October 25th 1992: Rolled over in dry-dock in Singapore.

January 1993: Recovered and towed from dock to Bremerhaven.

© Robert J Smith  © Robert J Smith

© Robert J Smith (both)

May 17th 1993: Arrived at Lloyd-Werft, Bremerhaven for complete rebuild. Refitted and refurbished throughout (when she was named BELORUSSIYA). Her original car decks were converted into useful public rooms and additional cabins and the former car loading ramp on the vessel’s stern was “aesthetically modified” and the bow doors sealed.

December 1st 1993: Rebuild completed.

December 9th 1993: Renamed KAZAKHSTAN II.

December 12th 1993: Chartered to Delphin Seereisen, Offenbach and entered service cruising between Genoa and Africa.

June 1995: Registered to Lady Lou Shipping Co., Limassol

May 1996: Registered to Sea Delphin Shipping of Valletta, Malta and renamed DELPHIN.

© Jen Boldt

© Jens Boldt

©  Aleksi Lindström  ©  Aleksi Lindström

© Aleksi Lindström (both)

2003: Continued to cruise Europe, Mediterranean and Baltic with port of call being Dover.

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

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: Jens Boldt, Brian Fisher, Robert J Smith and Aleksi Lindström for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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