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MV Le Boreal – Past and Present

MV Le Boreal

© Gerolf Drebes

Le Boreal Р© Gerolf Drebes (Copenhagen, 14/05/2012)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2010 by Fincantieri Cantieri Navali SpA,, Ancona, Italy. (Yard No 6192 ) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship

Technical Data

  • Original Cost: $100 million
  • Length: 142.10 m (overall) 126.2 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 18.0 m
  • Depth: 20.4 m
  • Draught: 4.80 m
  • Tonnage: 10944 gross/34270 net/1400t deadweight
  • Engines:¬†2 x W√§rtsil√§ 8L20 diesel
  • Power: 4600 kW/6250 bHP
  • Speed: 16.0 knots (service) 17.4 knots (max)
  • Passenger Decks: 6
  • Capacity: 264
  • Crew: 140
  • Call Sign: FLSY
  • MMSI Number: 578000500
  • IMO Number: 9502506
  • Register Number: 10917T
  • Port of Registry: Wallis & Futuna/France
  • Sister Ships: L‚ÄôAustral, Le Soleal, Le Lyrial

Current AIS Location

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April 22nd 2010: Delivered to Compagnie Des Îles du Ponant, Mata-Utu, France.

May 6th 2010: Maiden cruise from Marseille.


© Aleksi Lindström (Rendsburg, 02/07/2010)

January 18th 2015: Near the Falkland Islands a fire broke out in the engine room.¬†‚Äú. The ship reported suffering a major engine room fire, which caused the loss of all power and left the ship drifting. A north-westerly gale placed the ship in real danger of grounding on Cape Dolphin, East Falkland. The captain ordered the ship, with 347 passengers and crew, to be abandoned.‚ÄĚ. Passengers were evacuated and she was later towed to Punta Arenas, Falkland Islands.

Internet Source

© Cosco Heavy Transport

January 16th 2016: Loaded aboard the heavy lifting vessel KANG SHENG KOU for transport to Genoa and repair.


MV Kang Sheng Kou Р© Aleksi Lindström

February 24th 2016: Arrived in Genoa where the ship was unloaded and towed to shipyards for repair. Repair work was scheduled to finish in May 2016.

May 24th 2016: Resumed service.

© Erwin Willemse  © Erwin Willemse

© Erwin Willemse (Velsen-Zuid 04/06/2018)

May 18th 2020: 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: Gerolf Drebes, Aleksi Lindström, Simonwp, Erwin Willemse and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

One Comment

  1. Thank you Nigel. I have in my book how fire is the biggest threat to ship. I used that to prove how easily a swimming pool could be put in the 1940 -1950s immigrant ships. Everything MS Fairsea needed for its mechanical and plumbing system, including the drains, pump motor, pipes and valves were already running to every single part of the ship. The hose was simply connected to a water tap, and the pool itself was built over the top of the aft cargo hold.

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