MV Regina Seaways
© Gena Anfimov (Klaipeda, Lithuania 20/01/2020)
Steel twin screw “Coraggio Project” motor vessel built in 2010 by Nuovi Canterie Apuani, Marina di Carrara, Italy (Yard No 1244) as a Passenger/Ro-Ro Ship (vehicles) for Grimaldi Holding S.p.A. Palermo, Italy
- Length: 199.14 m (overall) 176.92 m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth: 26.6 m
- Depth: 9.6 m
- Draught: 6.4 m
- Tonnage: 25518 gross/ net/8500t deadweight
- Engines: 2 x Wärtsilä 12V46 diesel
- Power: 24000 kW/32616 bHP
- Speed: 24.0 knots (Service) 24.5 knots (Max)
- Capacity: 600 passengers/2593 lane meters/120 cars
- Call Sign: ICMO, LYTO
- MMSI Number: 277466000
- IMO Number: 9458535
- Italian Register Number: 85267
- Port of Registry: Genoa/Italy 🇮🇹, Klaipeda/Lithuania 🇱🇹
- Sister Ships: Coraggio (1237), Audacia (1238),Tenacia (1239), Superfast I (1240), Superfast II (1242), Lisco Maxima (1241), Forza (1243)
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June 27th 2007: Ordered.
The “Coraggio Project” is a series of eight large multi purpose roro ferries which were built for Grimaldi Holding S.p.A. Palermo, Italy and associated companies.
March 21st 2008: Keel struck.
© Nuovi Cantieri Apuania (10/07/2010)
August 13th 2010: Delivered as ENERGIA to Grimaldi Holdings SpA, Genoa, Italy (Grandi Navi Veloci SpA).
August 13th 2010: Laid up in Marina di Carrara.
August 2011: Chartered to DFDS Seaways (Management Norbulk Ship Management) for 38 months with purchase option.
September 2nd 2011: Left Marina di Carrara for Klaipeda.
September 22nd 2011: Renamed REGINA SEAWAYS.
September 2011: Services between Kiel – Klaipeda.
© Gena Anfimov (Klaipeda, 10/04/2012)
October 28th 2014: Services between Karlshamn – Klaipeda.
2015: Scrubber type: Multiple-inlet, hybrid (155,000 kg/h) fitted at Remontowa, Poland.
January 2016: Services between Kiel – Klaipeda.
December 2017: Arrived in Gdansk for dry-docking and maintenance.
January 2018: Resumed service.
© Carsten Dettmer (Klaipeda, 24/05/2018)
October 2nd 2018: Suffered an engine room explosion en route from Kiel to Klaipeda following an engine room explosion north of the Gdansk bight, 90 miles off the Polish coast. There were 335 people – 294 passengers and 41 crew members – on board. The ship was adrift half-way between Bornholm and the port of destination. There was no fire on board and no one was injured, but there was dense smoke in the engine room.. The crew brought the situation under control and started repairs. She was escorted by a Lithuanian auxiliary ship to Klaipeda in the evening.
October 3rd 2018: Towed to shipyard in Klaipeda.
October 14th 2018: After emergency repairs resumed service. As one of the Wärtsilä main engines was still not working, took up service between Klaipeda-Karlshamn at reduced speed.
© Fabian Vornholt (Kiel 14/02/2019)
© Fabian Vornholt (Kiel 27/03/2020)
September 2021: Still in service Kiel – Klaipeda.
September 27th 2021: Came off service at Klaipeda and sailed to Karlshamn,
September 28th 2021: Left Karlshamn for Dunkerque.
September 30th 2021: Arrived in Dunkerque. Anticipated that she would replace the chartered MV KERRY on the Dunkerque – Rosslare service.
© Julien Carpentier (Dunkerque, 30/09/2021)
© Nathan Burt (Dunkerque, 30/09/2021)
October 1st 2021: Took up service Dunkerque – Rosslare.
“DFDS to trial Rosslare-Dunkirk passenger service from 5th August”
A new passenger service between Ireland and France will launch from Friday 5th August on the company’s Rosslare-Dunkirk route.
Passenger travel will be introduced on a trial basis, as an addition to the existing freight service between the two ports. For the first time, DFDS will offer tourists a direct link between South-East Ireland and Northern France. The new service will be focussed on car and motorhome traffic at launch, with limited capacity to complement our freight traffic.
Crossings on the route will take 24-hours, with the overnight sailings providing an opportunity for customers to relax and recharge before driving on to their holiday destination. Against the backdrop of a looming summer of disruption at airports, the launch of the new route offers a stress-free alternative for holidaymakers looking to getaway. No luggage restrictions apply when you take your car to Europe by ferry.
There will be up to five sailings per week from Rosslare to Dunkirk and prices for a car and four passengers with a standard cabin onboard will start from €550, with all meals included.”
December 23rd 2022: Came off service at Rosslare and sailed to Gdansk.
December 27th 2022: Arrived Gdansk.
February 17th 2023: Left Gdansk for Dunkerque. Expected to take up service Dunkerque – Rosslare (replacing VISBORG).
February 21st 2023: Arrived in Dunkerque.
February 22nd 2023: Took up service Dunkerque – Rosslare.
© Stephen Brown (Rosslare, 25/06/2023)
August 18th 2023: Whilst conducting a routine crossing from Rosslare to Dunkerque the vessel encountered very heavy seas (estimated to be 7 metres compared to the forecasted 4 metres) and hurricane force winds (reported to be gusting to 87 knots at the time). The vessel sustained some hull damage plus damage to some interior fixtures and fittings (collapsed ceiling panels and light fittings). Following her return to Dunkerque she was withdrawn from service and transferred to the Damen shipyard at Dunkerque for a technical inspection by the classification society and temporary repairs were undertaken.
The Regina Seaways vessel withstood hurricane-force winds …
Dalia Bikauskaitė, “Western Express” in 2023 August 31 12:48 p.m
At least last Tuesday, the ferry “Regina Seaways” of the Danish company DFDS lituviškosios AB “DFDS Seaways”, located in Klaipėda, was not sailing on its usual route. It was undergoing repairs and awaiting temporary clearance from the classification society after it ran into gale-force winds in the Irish Sea.
Fortunately, neither the crew, nor the passengers, nor the cargo were injured. Regina Seaways, with a capacity of 2.3 km of cargo, started sailing between France and Ireland in 2021.
Vaidas Klumbys, head of public relations and communication for the Baltic countries of DFDS Seaways, explained that all the company’s ferries, including those going from Klaipėda to Kiel (Germany) and Karlshamn (Sweden), do not sail due to the forecast of very strong winds, and their trips are postponed. According to him, Regina Seaways got into the cyclone because the forecast did not indicate such a storm.
The ferry “Regina Seaways”, carrying the Lithuanian flag and our country’s crew, previously sailed from Klaipėda to Kiel, then to Karlshamn, and now plies the Atlantic Ocean between France and Ireland. He was sailing from the Irish port of Rosslare to the French port of Dunkirk when he got into a hurricane. The height of the waves in the sea was 6-7 meters, the wind speed was 35 m/s, with gusts up to 45 m/s. The people who were on board at the time were quite frightened.
According to V. Klumbis, it was very lucky that the ship sailed against the wave in such weather conditions. She reached Dunkirk, was inspected there, made another voyage, and then had some repairs done in a French port, and some defects caused by hurricane winds removed. As of last Tuesday, he was still waiting for confirmation from the classification society in Dunkirk that he could work temporarily.
According to V. Klumbis, Regina Seaways will have to be docked later for a more thorough inspection. A DFDS spokesman said that a similar incident happened 10-13 years ago when Victoria Seaways was hit by a major storm. That time even the front window of the bridge was broken. Shipping conditions are difficult “The Irish Sea is significantly more difficult to navigate. It is basically open and connects to the ocean. Sailing it is much more complicated, because the weather conditions are also fiercer, and the Baltic Sea is closed.
At sea, ships must meet certain requirements. If the forecast had indicated that there would be such high winds and waves, the captain would not have made the decision to sail. And with us in the Baltic Sea, when there are big storms, flights are canceled or delayed. Monitoring the forecast and looking for a “window” when the ship could leave. If the captains see that they will not be able to sail through a quieter corridor, then they adjust the departure time,” said V. Klumbys. The second captain of Regina Seaways, Žygintas Gineitis (not the one who got into the hurricane) has told how difficult the route of this ship, which sails around the clock, is. “You sail in the Atlantic Ocean, storms, rocking of the ship, tides, currents, a much higher intensity of shipping, it is more difficult to moor near the quay in the presence of currents, more complicated entry to ports, departures. The storms will start in November,” he said.
Source: Delfi (translated via Google)
September 1st 2023: Sailed to Klaipeda.
September 4th 2023: Arrived Klaipeda.
September 5th 2023: Took up services Klaipeda – Karlshamn.
© Gena Anfimov (Klaipeda, 09/09/2023)
October 3rd 2023: Taken out of service for technical repairs.
October 9th 2023: Resumed services Klaipeda – Karlshamn.
November 20th 2023: Services Klaipeda – Kiel.
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