MV Mega Express Four
Ex Spirit of Tasmania III, Superfast II
Mega Express Four © Carsten Dettmer (Bastia, 10/04/2015)
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1995 by Schichau Seebeckswerft, Bremerhaven (Yard No 1088) as a RoRo/Passenger Ship.
- Length: 173.50 m (overall) 158 m (between perpendiculars)
Breadth: 24.0 m
Depth: 8.8 m
Draught: 6.41 m
Tonnage: 23663 – 25750 gross/8870 – 11000 net/5717 – 4855t deadweight
Engines: 4 x Wärtsilä Sulzer 12ZAV40S diesels.
Speed: 27.9 knots (max)
Capacity: 1400 – 1965 passengers/830 – 550 cars/1850 – 1400 lane metres
Call Sign: SVSH, ICAI
MMSI Number: 247178700
- IMO Number: 9086590
- Italian Register Number: 84128
Port of Registry: Patras/Greece, Devonport/Australia, Genoa/Italy
Sister Ships: Superfast I
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November 6th 1993: Contract date.
August 22nd 1994: Keel laid.
January 14th 1995: Launched.
March 25th 1995: Christened.
May 31st 1995: Delivered to Superfast Ferries, Patras, Greece.
June 11th 1995: Services between Patras – Ancona.
April 10th 1998: Services between Patras – Igoumenitsa – Bari.
November 1999 – February 2000: Services between Patras – Igoumenitsa – Ancona as cover for the fire damaged SUPERFAST III.
Superfast III © Aleksi Lindström (Bari, July 2002)(Left)
July 7th 2003: Sold to TT-Line Pty Ltd. of Tasmania, Devonport, Australia.
September 2003: Arrived at Neorion Yard, Siros for refit.
September 30th 2003: Taken over by her new owners and renamed SPIRIT OF TASMANIA III.
October 2003: Left Neorion Yard for Australia.
October 25th 2002: Arrived Fremantle.
October 26th 2003: Left Fremantle for Hobart.
October 30th 2003: Arrived at Macquarie No 6 wharf, Hobart for rebuilding.
January 15th 2004: Services between Sydney – Devonport.
May 2nd 2004: Left Sydney for Devonport. She encountered heavy weather and winds were blowing over 50kns with a swell of 10m. On entering Banks Strait, off Gabo Island, she was struck by a huge wave struck the vessel, snapping a weld on the bottom of the upper loading door. It pushed the door back, bending it in. She arrived in Devonport eight hours late.
May 2nd 2004: Due to depart Devonport but delayed whilst repairs were made.
Spirit of Tasmania III © Raisuke Numata (Sydney, 26/09/2004)
June 5th 2006: Decision made to take her out of service in August.
July 2006: Sold to Forship SpA (Corsica Ferries), Genoa, Italy.
August 19th 2006: Left Devonport for the final northbound crossing to Sydney.
August 20th 2006: Arrived Sydney and entered the Garden Island dry dock in Sydney harbour to have a fin stabilizer re installed. The fin had been damaged by abandoned fishing equipment off Flinders Island in Bass Strait and removed at a dry docking in Brisbane a few months earlier.
August 27th 2006: Left Sydney for the final time.
August 28th 2006: Arrived Devonport the next day. She then relieved on the Melbourne Devonport route for a week, whilst SPIRIT OF TASMANIA I went to Sydney to be dry docked.
Spirit of Tasmania III © Glenn Towler (Devonport, 28/08/2006)
September 4th 2006: Left Devonport and headed to Melbourne, where she docked at Station pier.
September 6th 2006: In Melbourne, handed over to her new owners, Corsica Sardinia Ferries (management Tourship Italia). A flag changing ceremony was held.
September 2006: Renamed MEGA EXPRESS FOUR.
September 9th 2006: Left Australia for Europe.
Mega Express Four (Vado Ligure, 05/10/2006)
November 2006: Services Toulon – Bastia/ Ajaccio.
January 10th 2007: Arrived at Megatechnica, Perama for rebuilding.
April 29th 2007: Left Perama for Savona.
May 4th 2007: Services between Toulon/ Nice – Ile Rousse.
Mega Express Four © Nicolas Lévy (Ile Rousse, August 2015)
2020: Maintained services between Livorno – Toulon
Mega Express Four © Nicolas Lévy (Ajaccio, August 2020)
December 21st 2020: Sailed from Livorno to Genoa and laid up.
February 3rd 2021: Left Genoa for Vado Ligure.
February 3rd 2021: Arrived Vado Ligure.
February 7th 2021: Left Vado Ligure bound for Holyhead.
February 9th 2021: Announcement made that Irish Ferries had taken her on a short term charter.
February 12th 2021: Arrived in Holyhead for berthing trials.
February 12th 2021: Arrived Dublin for berthing trials.
Mega Express Four © Robbie Cox (Dublin, 12/02/2021)
February 15th 2021: Anticipated entry into service Dublin – Holyhead as refit cover for ULYSSES.
February 21st 2021: Sailed to Cherbourg then returned to Dublin.
February 22nd 2021: Sailed to Holyhead then took up service Holyhead – Dublin (Cherbourg at weekends).
🆕 Mega Express Four © Dogan (Cherbourg, 27/02/2021)
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: Robbie Cox, Carsten Dettmer, Dogan, Nicolas Lévy, Aleksi Lindström, Raisuke Numata, Glen Towler and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.
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