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MV Northern Franklin – Survey and Reseach vessel

IMO Number: 8301797

MV Northern Franklin

Ex Franklin

© Marcel and Ruud Coster

Northern Franklin – © Marcel and Ruud Coster (Ijmuiden, 18/04/2021)

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1985 by North Queensland Engineers & Agents Pty. Ltd. Cairns (Yard No 110) as a Survey and ROV vessel

Technical Data

  • Length: 55.61 m (overall) 48.60 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 11.99 m
    Depth: 6.30 m
    Draught: 4.2 m (max)
    Tonnage: 1178 gross/353 net/1218t deadweight
    Engines: 1 Vee Oil 4SA 12-cylinder Wärtsilä 12V22MD
    Power: 1590kW/2162 bHP
    Speed: 12 knots (Service) 13.5 knots (Max)
    Deck Equipment: A-Frames Stern: 8 mt/ Over-the-side: 2.8 mt (wire depending)/ Deck crane SWL: 2.7 mt
  • Work Spaces: Wet lab General purpose lab Chemistry lab Survey room Post-processing room Separate client office
  • Crew: 10
    Call Sign: VJJF, OZ2102, OZIH2
    MMSI Number: 219028268
  • IMO Number: 8301797
  • DNV id Number: 39746
  • Official Number: 851181
    Port of Registry:  Hobart/Australia, Cayman Islands, Sweden, Torshavn/Faroe Islands, Sweden, Torshavn/Faroe Islands, Aarhus/Denmark

Current AIS Location

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March 16th 1983: Ordered.

August 5th 1983: Keel laid.

October 21st 1984: Launched.

March 13th 1985: Completed as FRANKLIN.

“She had a very narrow and specific capability, and this proved to be limiting as the demands of gathering data from our vast marine estate increased during the 1990s.”

Served in Australia waters and in blue water research.

1992 (During): Registered Owner: Government of The Commonwealth of Australia (Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organization((CSRIO). Manager: Mcllwraith McEacharn Ltd & Associated Steamships Pty.Ltd

2002: Advertised for sale and a group of private investors bought her for the purpose of converting it into a private yacht and sailed her from Hobart, Tasmania to Sweden and then to a shipyard in Latvia.

2003: Sold to Sweden’s Tiger Marine Systems.

March 2004: Registered Owner: Franklin Ltd. Registered Manager: Dominion Marine Corporate Serv.

April 2005: Technical refit of the ship’s systems was started as well as the installation of various survey systems. She was operated under her own management.

June 1st 2005: Registered Owner: MMT Group AB

November 16th 2011: Registered Owner: MMT FO SP/F.

April 3rd 2012: Registered Owner: MidOcean AB.

© Erwin Willemse © Erwin Willemse © Erwin Willemse

Franklin – © Erwin Willemse (Ijmuiden, 13/05/2014)

January 11th 2016: Blyth Tyne, detained with fourteen deficiencies with grounds for detention

January 15th 2016: Released.

2018: Long-term agreement was entered into with Northern Survey.

May 31st 2018: Registered Owner: Northern Survey SF/F

February 2019: Registered Owner and Manager: Northern Survey APS, Hadsten, Denmark.

© Erwin Willemse © Erwin Willemse

Franklin – © Erwin Willemse (Ijmuiden, 21/06/2020)

April 1st 2021: Renamed NORTHERN FRANKLIN.

© Marcel and Ruud Coster © Marcel and Ruud Coster

Northern Franklin – © Marcel and Ruud Coster (Ijmuiden, 18/04/2021)

January 12th 2022: Arrived in Dover from Thyboron, Denmark.

Northern Franklin – © Dover Strait Shipping (Dover, 14/01/2022)

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: Marcel and Ruud Coster, Dover Strait Shipping and Erwin Willemse for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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