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MV Mega Express Four – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9086590

MV Mega Express Four

Ex Spirit of Tasmania III, Superfast II

© Carsten Dettmer

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.

Technical Data

  • 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.
    Power: 34550kW/HP
    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

Location Data


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History

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.

© Raisuke Numata

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.

© Glenn Towler © Glenn Towler

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.

© Matteo Fasee

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. 

© Nicolas Lévy © Nicolas Lévy © Nicolas Lévy © Nicolas Lévy

Mega Express Four © Nicolas Lévy (Ile Rousse, August 2015)

2020: Maintained services between Livorno – Toulon

© Nicolas Lévy © Nicolas Lévy © Nicolas Lévy

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.

© Robbie Cox

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).

© Dogan © Dogan

🆕 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.

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

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