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MV Merchant Victor – Past and Present

MV Tiger A

ex Sevenhill, Kibris Gunesi, Moondance, Merchant Victor, Emadala

© Fotoflite

© Fotoflite

Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1978 by Rickmers Werft, GmbH, Bremerhaven, Germany (Yard No. 395), for Emadala Shipping Co. Hamilton, Bermuda as a passenger and commercial vehicle ferry

Technical Data

  • Length: 112.32m (overall), 103.41m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth of hull: 19.51m (extreme) 17.51m (moulded)
  • Depth: 12.22m
  • Draught: 5.217m
  • Tonnage: 1,598 gross (1978), 5,881 (ITC 69)/640 – 1,764 net /3,046 deadweight (1978)
  • Engines: Two MaK 8M452AK diesels
  • Power: 6,000 bhp/4,413 kW
  • Speed: 16.0 knots
  • Capacity: 12 passengers, cars 40, TEU 140, Containers 140/20′
  • Call Sign: C6HL6, 5B7037, 3FZN
  • IMO Number: 7800112
  • Registry: Nassau/Bahamas, Panama
  • Sister Ships: Mashala, Salahala, Gabriele Wehr, Thomas Wehr

Location Data

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July 19th 1978: Launched.

November 7th 1978: Delivered to Emadala Shipping Co. Hamilton, Bermuda.

November 1978: Bareboat chartered to Gilnavi Societa di Navigazione per Azioni, Genoa, Italy. Commenced service between Genoa – Malta – Piraeus – Alexandria.

1987: Sold to Gilnavi Societa di Navigazione per Azioni, Genoa, Italy.

1990: Sold to Cenargo Ltd., Nassau, Bahamas. Renamed MERCHANT VICTOR.

© Capt Jan Melchers

© Capt Jan Melchers

1990: Commenced service for Merchant Ferries between Heysham – Warrenpoint.

June 1990 – August 1990: Bare-boat  to Schiaffino. Commenced service between Ostend – Ramsgate.

© Ted Ingham

© Ted Ingham

1991: Bareboat charter to Schiaffino. Commenced service between Ostend – Ramsgate.

© Ken Larwood   © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (all)

1992: Commenced service for Merchant Ferries between Heysham – Warrenpoint.

1993: Bare-boat chartered to Crowley Caribbean. Service in the Caribbean.

October 13th 1994 – August 31st 1995: Bareboat chartered to North Sea Ferries, Rozenburg. Operated between Hull – Zeebrugge.

  © Patrick Hill

© Urbain Ureel (Zeebrugge 20/10/1994) © Patrick Hill (Hull 09/12/1004)

November 1995 – June 1996: Bareboat chartered to P&O European Ferries Ltd., Felixstowe, England. Operated between Felixstowe – Zeebrugge.

© Tony Garner

© Tony Garner

July 1996: Bareboat chartered to Belfast Freight Ferries. Operated between Belfast – Heysham.

1996: At the completion of her charter she was laid-up in Liverpool.

March 15th 1997 – March 25th 1997: Bareboat chartered to Commodore Ferries. Operated between Portsmouth – Guernsey – Jersey.

April 1997: Bareboat chartered to Dart Line. Operated between Zeebrugge – Dartford.

April 1997: Bareboat chartered to Seatruck Ferries. Renamed MOONDANCE. Introduced between Heysham – Warrenpoint.

© Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd

November 1998: Sold to Seatruck Ferries, Nassau, Bahamas (Manager: Crescent Marine Ltd).

April 2008: Awaiting a refit in Birkenhead.

June 29th 2008: Involved in a grounding incident at Warrenpoint after an electrical failure put the controllable pitch propellers into full astern, which was a default setting. Suffered damage to her rudders and rudder stocks.

October 16th 2008: Returned to service Heysham and Warrenpoint.

February 2nd 2009:Redeployed to the newly opened Fredericia, Denmark to Moss Norway route.

February 10th 2009: Suspension of Fredericia-Moss service. Laid up in Denmark before returning to Liverpool where she was laid up in East Huskisson dock.

2010: Purchased by Starline Maritime in Cyprus and renamed KIBRIS GUNESI.

2012: Renamed SEVENHILL.

2015: Currently laid up in Samsun, Turkey.

July 7th 2017: Sold to Awesta Shipping Corp, Antalya, Turkey and renamed TIGER A.

February 2018: Currently in service between Samsun, Turkey and Tuapse, Russia.

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Tony Garner,Patrick Hill, Ted Ingham,Trevor Kidd, Ken Larwood, Capt Jan Melchers, Urbain Ureel and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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