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MV Kerry – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9243447

MV Kerry

ex AF Michela, Stena Egeria, Hoa Sen, Vinashin Prince, Cartour

© Dogan

🆕 © Dogan (Palma, 11/10/2022)

Steel twin screw NAOS 172” motor vessel built in 2001 by Cantiere Navale Visentini di Visentini Francesco & C, Porto Viro yard, Italy (Yard No 196) as a Passenger Roll on – Roll off cargo ferry for Levantina Trasporti, Bari, Italy

Technical Data

  • Length: 186.46m (overall) 169,5m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 25.6m
  • Depth: 15.0m
  • Draught: 6.8m
  • Tonnage: 24418 gross / 7868 net / 7254t deadweight
  • Engines: 2 x 4T – 9 cylinder MAN/B&W 9L48/60B diesels
  • Power: 18900 kW/29348 HP
  • Speed: 24.0 knots
  • Capacity: 1000 passengers, 75 cars, 2030 lane metres (156 trailers)
  • Call Signs: 3WRN, 5BZF3
  • MMSI Number: 210772000
  • IMO Number: 9243447
  • Register Number: 78627
  • Ports of Registry: Reggio Calabria/Italy 🇮🇹, Vietnam 🇻🇳, Limassol/Cyprus 🇨🇾
  • Sister Ships: Partenope (193), Trinacria (194), Stena Forwarder (195)

Current AIS Location

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July 21st 2000: Keel struck.

April 8th 2001: Launched.

September 28th 2001: Delivered to Levantina Trasporti, Bari, Italy.

October 2001: Chartered to Caronte & Tourist, Italy for services between Messina – Salerno.

© Ivan Meshkov  © Ivan Meshkov

© Ivan Meshkov  © Ivan Meshkov

© Ivan Meshkov (Salerno, 06/04/2006)

© Wil Weijsters

© Wil Weijsters (Taormina, 26/06/2007)

October 9th 2007: Sold to Vinashin Ocean Shipping Co, Vietnam and renamed VINASHIN PRINCE.

© Tomasello Letterio

© Tomasello Letterio (Messina, October 2007)

December 2007: Renamed HOA SEN for services between Ho Chi Minh City – Hanang Bay.

May 2014: Sold to Stena RoRo Navigation Ltd, Clydebank, U.K and renamed STENA EGERIA.

© WTW @

© WTW @ (Yantai (China) and Pyeongtaek (South Korea) 18/06/2014)

July 2014: Chartered to Yantai Bohai International Ferry, China for services between Yantai – Pyeongtaek.

© WTW @

© WTW @ (Pyeongtaek 03/07/2014)

June 2017: Charter completed.

July 14th 2017: Left Yantai for Piraeus.

August 15th 2017: Arrived Perama.

© Petros Psarras

© Petros Psarras (Perama, 15/08/2017)

October 2017: Chartered to Adria Ferries.

October 10th 2017: Renamed AF MICHELA.

October 2017: Services between Durres – Ancona.

© Haddock

© Haddock

September 30th 2019: Charter completed.

October 2019: To be chartered for one year to Brittany Ferries. Services between Cork – Santander. Renamed KERRY

October 1st 2019: Arrived Rijeka for refit/re-branding.

October 8th 2019: Left Rijeka (Croatia)

October 14th 2019: In Gibraltar.

October 16th 2019: Arrived Santander.

© Prieto  © Prieto

© Prieto

© Prieto (Santander, 16/10/2019)

October 31st 2019: Inaugural sailing Santander – Cork.

February 28th 2020: Services between Rosslare – Bilbao.

October 29th 2020: Sailings diverted to Santander owing to industrial action at Bilbao.

November 4th 2020: Completed her final Brittany Ferries charter sailing and will be returned to Stena RoRo. Remains in Santander.

© Syzygy

© Syzygy (Santander, 11/07/2020)

November 19th 2020: Left Santander showing destination as Klaipeda (Lithuania).

November 24th 2020: Arrived Klaipeda having been chartered by DFDS to provide some additional sailings on the Klaipeda – Kiel route.

© Gena Anfimov  © Gena Anfimov

© Gena Anfimov (Klaipeda, 24/11/2020)

©  Tim Becker  ©  Tim Becker

© Tim Becker (inbound Kiel, 28/11/2020)

December 16th 2020: DFDS announcement;

Ferries in place for DFDS’ new Ireland – France freight route

The ferries VISBY, KERRY, and OPTIMA SEAWAYS are ready to welcome lorries and their drivers on the new Rosslare – Dunkerque freight route. From 2 January, the route will enable customers to keep their freight transport within the EU and avoid the customs formalities that will apply to transport passing via the UK.”………

“Visby and Kerry are chartered ships, including crews, and Optima Seaways is our own ferry, which currently operates between Sweden and Lithuania.”………

“ There will be six weekly departures from each port. The first departure will be on Saturday 2 January from Rosslare. Sailing time will be just under 24 hours.”……….

Source: DFDS

December 24th 2020: Left Klaipeda bound for Dunkerque.

December 27th 2020: Arrived at Dunkerque West.

© Simon Stapley  © Simon Stapley

© Simon Stapley  © Simon Stapley

© Simon Stapley  © Simon Stapley

© Simon Stapley (Dunkerque West, 27/12/2020)



© Julien Carpentier (Dunkerque West, 27/12/2020)

December 28th 2020: Left Dunkerque for Rosslare.

Ireland – France route ready

December 29th 2020

The three ships have arrived in Dunkerque for berth tests and supplies. First departure will be from Rosslare on 2 January.

DFDS’ new route between Ireland and France is getting ready for its first departure. In just a few days, on 2 January at 14:00 (Ire time), a fully booked Optima Seaways will set sail towards Dunkerque – only to be followed by an equally fully booked Kerry departing at 23:00 ex Rosslare on the same day, whilst Visby will depart from Dunkerque towards Rosslare at 23:00 CET.  It’s all happening on Saturday.

Kerry arrived in Dunkerque on 27 December and both Visby and Optima Seaways on 28th December for berth tests and the obligatory EU-inspection, that is to ensure that the ships comply with EU regulation before they are allowed to start operating.

Optima Seaways and Kerry are currently en-route to Rosslare in preparation and standby.

In addition to this, the ships were busy taking on stores, with catering supplies for a DFDS branded service and other supplies needed.

Source: DFDS

December 29th 2020: Arrived in Rosslare.

© Brian Cloney

© Brian Cloney (Rosslare, 29/12/2020)

January 2nd 2021: Inaugural sailing Rosslare – Dunkerque.

© Julien Carpentier (Dunlerque (West), 24/05/2021)

May 27th 2021: Arrived in Dunkerque (West) and came off service.

May 27th 2021: Sailed to Damen Yard, Dunkerque (East) for propeller repairs.

May 28th 2021: Work complete, sailed from Dunkerque (East) to Dunkerque (West).


© Julien Carpentier (Dunkerque (East), 28/05/2021)

May 28th 2021: Resumed service Dunkerque – Rosslare.

September 24th 2021: Final sailing Dunkerque – Rosslare.

September 25th 2021: Final sailing Rosslare – Dunkerque.

September 26th 2021: Arrived Dunkerque.

September 27th 2021: Left Dunkerque for Klaipeda.

September 29th 2021: Arrived in Klaipeda and took up service between Klaipeda – Karlshamn.

© Gena Anfimov © Gena Anfimov © Gena Anfimov

© Gena Anfimov (Klaipeda, 01/10/2021)

January 24th 2022: Left Klaipeda for Setubal (Portugal).

January 29th 2022: Arrived Setubal for refit ahead of being chartered to Balearia for services between Barcelona – Ibiza.

February 15th 2022: Left Setubal.

February 16th 2022: Arrived Valencia.

February 16th 2022: Commenced service Valencia – Ibiza.

February 17th 2022: Services Valencia – Ibiza – Palma de Mallorca – Barcelona.

© Alexander Portas

© Alexander Portas (Shipspotting) (Ibiza, 20/20/02/2022)

© Dogan © Dogan

🆕 © Dogan (Palma, 11/10/2022)

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: Gena Anfimov, Tim Becker, Brian Cloney, Dogan, Tomasello Letterio, Ivan Meshkov, Prieto, Petros Psarras, Simon Stapley, Julien Carpentier, Syzygy, Wil Weijsters, WTW ( and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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