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MV GNV Cristal (ex Olau Hollandia (II)) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 8712518

MV GNV Cristal

ex SNAV Sardegna, Pride of Le Havre, Olau Hollandia (II)

© Ulrich Streich

© Ulrich Streich

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1989 at Schichau Seebeckwerft AG, Bremerhaven, Germany (Yard No 1067) as a passenger car and commercial vehicle trailer ferry for Olau Line, Hamburg, Germany

Technical Data

  • Length:¬†165.00 m (overall), 144 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth:¬†33.40m (extreme), 29.0m (moulded)
  • Depth:¬†18.93m.
  • Draught:¬†6.501m (maximum)
  • Tonnage:¬†33,336 gross/17,001 net/5120 deadweight
  • Engines:¬†Four Zgoda-Sulzer 8ZA40S diesels
  • Power:¬†19600 kW/26,646¬†hp
  • Speed:¬†21.0 knots (23 knots max)
  • Capacity:¬†1642 passengers 575 cars or 120¬†trailers.
  • Call Sign:¬†DNHO, MSTJ8, IBUB
  • IMO Number:¬†8712518
  • Official Number:¬†16100/725334
  • MMSI Number:¬†247163900
  • Registry: Hamburg/Germany 🇩🇪, Portsmouth/United Kingdom 🇬🇧, Napoli/Italy 🇮🇹
  • Sister ships:¬†Nils Holgersson (1059), Olau Britannia (II) (1068),¬†Peter Pan (1058)

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The second of a quartet of “Peter Pan” class built, at Schichau Seebeckwerft AG, Bremerhaven, between 1985 – 1989.

September 10th 1988: Keel struck.

February 25th 1989: Launched.

Courtesy of John Hendy  Courtesy of John Hendy

© Courtesy of John Hendy

Courtesy of John Hendy

Courtesy of John Hendy

Courtesy of John Hendy (Trials)

© Ulrich Streich  © Ulrich Streich

© Ulrich Streich

September 29th 1989: Delivered to Olau Line (U.K) Ltd. Co, Hamburg, Germany.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (River Elbe, Hamburg 01/10/1989)

© Courtesy of John Hendy  © Courtesy of John Hendy

Courtesy of John Hendy

© Courtesy of John Hendy

October 4th 1989: Commenced services between Sheerness – Vlissingen.

Courtesy of John Hendy  © Ted Ingham

© Courtesy of John Hendy (Left) and © Ted Ingham (Right)

© Capt Jan Melchers  © Ken Larwood

© Jan Melchers (Left) and © Ken Larwood (Right)

January 6th 1993: Registered to SCI Shipping, Luxemburg.

February 3rd 1993: After disputes with the German trade union, re-registered in Germany, the home port of Hamburg.

1994: After a dispute between the German seafarers’ union and the owners the services were considered unreliable and traffic figures dramatically reduced. Her owners had thoughts of putting the ship on Trelleborg – Travem√ľnde TT-Line, and move other vessels to Olau Line.¬†That would in turn transfer them to the Bahamas flag and not satisfy the German seafarers’ union. A further strike was declared which resulted in Olau closing the service and putting vessels out to charter.

May 15th 1994: Final day in service between Sheerness – Vlissingen.

May 1994: Registered to Island Shipping Ltd, Portsmouth, England (Management P&O European Ferries, Portsmouth).

June 3rd 1994: Renamed PRIDE OF LE HAVRE.

June 1994: Commenced services between Portsmouth – Cherbourg.

© Brian Fisher  © Ken Larwood

© Brian Fisher (Left) and © Ken Larwood (Right)

June 22nd 1994: Services between Portsmouth – Le Havre.

1999: Continued services between Portsmouth – Le-Havre but under P&O Portsmouth.

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March 18th 1999: Suffered a small engine-room fire and repaired in Southampton.

March 24th 1999: Returned to service after repairs.

© Frank Heine  © Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Le Havre, 18/06/2002)

October 15th 2002: Commenced services for P&O Ferries between Portsmouth – Cherbourg/Le Havre.

Courtesy of John Hendy  © Simonwp

© John Jones (Left) and © Simonwp (Right)

December 1st 2004 – January 16th 2005: Refit.

© Krispen Atkinson

© Krispen Atkinson

September 30th 2005: Final day in service between Portsmouth – Le Havre.

October 2nd 2005: Left Portsmouth for Falmouth.

October 2nd 2005: Laid up on the River Fal.

© Krispen Atkinson  © Krispen Atkinson

© Krispen Atkinson

© Krispen Atkinson

November 2005: Sold to SNAV, Italy.

© Krispen Atkinson  © Krispen Atkinson

© Krispen Atkinson  © Krispen Atkinson

© Krispen Atkinson

© Krispen Atkinson

December 8th 2005: Floated to Falmouth for refit prior to delivery.

December 30th 2005: Renamed SNAV SARDEGNA.

January 5th 2006: Left Falmouth for Naples.

© Enrico Righetti

© Enrico Righetti (Naples, 17/01/2006)

March 27th 2006: Registered to Sardegna Naviera SA, Naples, Italy.

May 2006: Commenced services between Civitavecchia – Palermo.

June 2006 РSeptember 30th 2006: In partnership with Moby Lines sailed between Civitavecchia  РOlbia.

2007: Commenced services between Olbia – Civitavecchia.

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Olbia, 27/07/2007)

October 1st 2010: Services between Naples – Palermo.

© Wil Weijsters  © Wil Weijsters

© Wil Weijsters (Naples, 12/11/2010)

May 2011: Registered to Snav Spa, Naples, Italy.

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Palermo, 03/08/2013)

August 2013: Continues services between Naples – Palermo – Sete – Barcelona.

© Josep Pretel  (Barcelona, 03/12/2015)

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine  (Sète, 28/07/2016)

April 1st 2017: Renamed GNV CRISTAL. 

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Palermo, 06/08/2017)

©  Gerolf Drebes

🆕 ¬©¬† Gerolf Drebes (Sete, 12/10/2021)

April 2022: Services Barcelona – Nador – Sete – Tangier.

October 7th 2022: Laid up in Naples

January 16th 2023: Arrived in Sete and sailed to Palermo.

January 18th 2023: Took up services Palermo – Naples.

May 2023: In service Rades (Tunis) – Genoa.

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: Krispen Atkinson, Gerolf Drebes, Brian Fisher, Frank Heine, John Hendy, Ted Ingham, John Jones, Ken Larwood, Captain Jan Melchers, Josep Pretel, Enrico Righetti, Simonwp, Robert J Smith, Ulrich Streich, Wil Weijsters and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature. A special thanks goes to John Hendy.

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

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