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MV Pointer – Past and Present

MV Kapetan Christos

ex Alastair, Fehim Bey, Zebbug, Pointer, Preseli, Antwerpen, Isartal

© Carsten Dettmer

Kapetan Christos – © Carsten Dettmer (Naxos, 13/08/2019)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1970 at Krögerwerft G.m.b.H., Rendsburg, Germany (Yard No 1356) as a RoRo Cargo ship

Technical Data

  • Length: 96.81 m (overall), 88.02m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 15.83m (extreme), 15.80m (moulded)
  • Depth: 10.32m
  • Draught: 4.198m (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 999 – 1206 gross/402 – 561 net/1181 – 1200t deadweight
  • Engines: 2 Oil 4SA 9 cylinder Atlas – MAK 9ZU451AK diesels
  • Power: 2984 kW/4000 bHP
  • Speed: 13.5 knots (service), 16.0 knots (max)
  • Capacity: 12 passengers, 410 lane metres of freight
  • Call Sign: DKCD,GIJN, 9H2311, 9H2311, SVA7366
  • MMSI Number: 241495000
  • IMO Number: 7026613
  • Official Number: 363274 (Pointer)
  • Registry: Lubeck/Germany, London/UK, Valletta/Malta, Giurgiulesti/Moldova, Greece
  • Sister-ship: Donautal, Neckartal, Thule

Location Data

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July 17th 1970: Launched as  ISARTAL.

October 31st 1970: Delivered to Transanglia Schiffahrts. GmbH (J.A. Reinecke), Hamburg, Germany. Commenced service under various charter agreements.

November 30th 1973: Renamed ANTWERPEN.

1974: Registered to Rollonoff Shipping Co. Ltd., London, England. Renamed PRESELI.

April 24th 1974: Chartered to British Transport Commission. Operated between Fishguard – Rosslare.

November 6th 1974: Sold to P&O Ferries, England. Chartered to British Rail.

November 16th 1974  – December 17th 1974: Operated between Stranraer – Larne.

December 13th 1976: Registered to Belfast Steamship Co. Ltd, Belfast.

April 6th 1977: Completion of charter to British Rail.

June 9th 1977: Renamed POINTER. Commenced service between Ardrossan – Belfast.

1978: Registered to P&O Ferries.



December 31st 1984: Registered to Poets Fleet Management Ltd.

December 18th 1985: Sold to Sea Malta Co. Ltd., Valletta, Malta. Renamed ZEBBUG.

December 27th 1985: Left Rotterdam for Malta.

1986: Commenced service between Malta – Italy.

© Emmanuel.L.Stafrace  © Emmanuel.L.Stafrace

© Emmanuel.L.Stafrace (Valletta, 23/02/1986)

© Gerolf Drebes

© Gerolf Drebes (Valletta, 26/11/2004)

October 2005: Reported that her owners were sold to Grimaldi, but the deal fell through.

December 12th 2005: Company went bankrupt and she was laid up in Valletta, Malta.

2006: Sold to Fergün Shipping Co, Ltd, Alaya, Turkey and renamed FEHIM BEY. Registered owner; Kucuk Shipping, Valletta, Malta.

2006: Services between Silifke – Girne.

August 2011 – October 2011: Services for the World Food Programme between Valletta – Benghazi – Misurata.

March 2012: Services in the Black Sea.

© Emmanuel.L.Stafrace

© Emmanuel.L.Stafrace (Valletta, 06/06/2012)

April 2013: Sold to Zammit Group, Valletta, Malta and renamed ALASTAIR. Registered owner; Alastair Shipp, Ltd, Giurgiulesti, Moldova.

April 2013: Chartered to MMSL for services between Valletta – Zuwara

© Emmanuel.L.Stafrace

© Emmanuel.L.Stafrace (Valletta, 11/04/2013)

August 2013: Sold to Novruz Shipping, Giurgiulesti, Moldova.

November 2016: Sold to Aigalis Shipping Co, Piraeus, Greece and renamed KAPETAN CHRISTOS.

© Dennis Mortimer

© Dennis Mortimer (Keratsini, Piraeus, 16/11/2016)

August 2019: “During manoeuvring operations… in the port of Serifos, Greece, the mobile part of the ramp collided with the port’s main pier lamp, causing damage to the base of the battery box and distortion to the lamp frame, although there was no damage to the ramp. The port of Serifos initially banned the ferry from leaving. After a certificate of inspection by the attending classification society was issued, the ferry was allowed to leave for Milos and Naxos port.

2020: Still operating in the Greek Islands.

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: Carsten Dettmer, Gerolf Drebes, Dennis Mortimer, Emmanuel.L.Stafrace and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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