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MV Translandia (Ex Rosebay) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7429229

MV Translandia

ex Transparaden, Eurocruiser, Eurostar, Rosebay, Transgermania

© Fotoflite

© Fotoflite

Twin screw motor vessel built in 1976 by J.J. Sietas Werft, Hamburg, Germany (Yard No. 792.) for Poseidon Schiffahrts, Lübeck. as a passenger and commercial vehicle ferry

Technical Data

  • Length: 135.49 m (overall), 119.93m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 21,7 m (extreme)
  • Depth: 14.76m
  • Draught: 6.1 m (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 13,867 (69), 5,631/4,110 net, 4,161 (69), 2,754/4,113t – 5233 deadweight
  • Engines: Two 4T 6-cylinder MAN diesels
  • Power: 9312 kW/12660 bhp
  • Speed: 16.8 knots, 19 knots
  • Capacity: 63 passengers, 1624m commercial freight
  • Call Sign: DKMN, OJJR, D6HL1
  • IMO Number: 7429229
  • Registry: Lubeck/Germany 🇩🇪, Limassol/Cyprus 🇨🇾, Eckero/Finland 🇫🇮, Nagu/Finland 🇫🇮, Moroni/Comoros 🇰🇲.


August 27th 1976: Launched.

October 30th 1976: Delivered to P/R Trans Germania, Lübeck.

November 4th 1976: Introduced between Central Europe and Finland.

June 10th 1978: On a trip between Hamina and Amsterdam ran aground near Bülk, in the Kiel Fjord. Her load was transferred to a barge, after which she re-floated.

© Michael Neidig

© Michael Neidig (Kiel Canal, 03/09/1978)

December 27th 1985: Registered to Poseidon Schiffahrt OHG, Lübeck.


© Andreas Wörteler (Both)

December 27th 1990: On a trip from Hull to Turku, Finland (via Helsinki) ran aground 52 miles before Turku.

January 1991 – April 1991: Repaired in Turku.

November 5th 1991 – May 1992: Chartered to Norse Irish Ferries, Belfast and used between Belfast and Liverpool.

June 1st 1992 – July 17th 1992: Chartered to Sea Wind Line and used between Turku and Stockholm.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Amsterdam, 01/06/1992)

May 31st 1993 – July 24th 1993: Chartered Sea Wind Line and used between Turku and Stockholm.

1993: Registered to Poseidon Schiffahrt AG, Limassol and renamed in ROSEBAY. 13700 GT.

© Dirk Jankowsky

© Dirk Jankowsky

August 1993: Chartered to Transeuropa Line, London.

August 4th 1993: Left Lübeck for overhaul.

1993: Used in the Adriatic.

July 4th 1994: Chartered to Stena BV, Hoek van Holland and used between Rotterdam and Harwich.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Rotterdam, 01/07/1994)


© Andreas Wörteler (Both)

Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

June 19th 1995: Used between Hoek van Holland and Harwich.

Andreas Wörteler Andreas Wörteler  

© Andreas Wörteler (Both)

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Felixstowe, 01/03/1996)

May 1997: Charter ended and final trip between Hoek van Holland and Harwich.

May 1997: Chartered to Sally Ferries and renamed EUROSTAR (registered for Odyssey Maritime Co. Ltd., Limassol).

© Ken Larwood   

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (All)

May 18th 1997: Commenced service between Ostend – Ramsgate.

August 16th 1997: Renamed to EUROCRUISER.

© Simonwp Nigel Thornton Collection

© Simonwp (Ostend, 01/08/1997)(Left) Nigel Thornton Collection (Right)


© Ton Grootenboer (Both)

© David Ingham

Courtesy of Ted Ingham

May 17th 1998: Last departure between Ostend and Ramsgate.

June 1998: Renamed ROSEBAY.

June 8th 1998: Chartered to Stena Line BV, Hoek van Holland and used between Hoek van Holland and Harwich.

© Simonwp  © Rob de Visser

© Simonwp (Harwich,  01/06/1999)(Left) 🆕 © Rob de Visser (Right)

October 8th 2000: Used between Hoek van Holland and Killingholme.

March 17th 2001: Last sailing between Killingholme and Hoek van Holland, then laid up in Rotterdam.

April 26th 2001: Sold to Rederi AB Engship, Nagu.

May 11th 2001: Handed over to her new owners in Dunkirk and renamed in TRANS PARADEN.

May 14th 2001: Chartered to Botnia link and used between Vaasa and Harnösand.

© Andreas Wörteler  

© Andreas Wörteler (Both)

November 20th 2002: Botnia Link logs for bankruptcy.

November 21st 2002: Arrived in Turku.

December 3rd 2002: Chartered to Latline (DFDS Tor Line) to be employed between Kiel and Riga.

© Capt Jan Melchers

© Capt Jan Melchers

January 3rd 2003 – June 23rd 2003: Used between Riga and Lübeck.

June 25th 2003: Sailed from Lübeck to Fredericia.

June 26th 2003: Used between Fredericia, Copenhagen and Klaipeda.

© Dirk Jankowsky © Dirk Jankowsky  

© Dirk Jankowsky (Both)

December 6th 2003: Chartered to Sovcomflot and used between Kiel and St. Petersburg.

February 2nd 2004: Sold to Eckerö Line.

April 27th 2004: Charter completed and made her final arrival in St. Petersburg.

May 4th 2004: Renamed TRANSLANDIA.

May 18th 2004: Used between Helsinki and Tallinn.


© Frank Lose (Helsinki, 26/04/2004)(Left) (Tallin, 23/06/2009)(Right)

© Micke Asklander

© Gerolf Drebes

January 2013: Sold to Cresta Group Ltd.

January 2013: Laid up in Paljassare (Tallinn) prior to being taken over by her new owners.

March 12th 2013: Cresta were unable to finance the purchase and she was therefore sold to Salem Al Makrani Cargo Co., Moroni.

March 19th 2013 – April 2nd 2013: Sailed from Paljassare, via Kiel-Canal and Ceuta to Mersin.

© Dirk Jankowsky © Dirk Jankowsky  

© Dirk Jankowsky ( Kiel Canal, 21/03/2013)

April 4th 2013: Used between Mersin and Port Said.

2013: Used between Al Adabiya and Saudi-Arabia.

May 24th 2014: Beached at Alang for breaking.


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: Micke Asklander, Gerolf Drebes, Fotoflite, Ton Grootenboer, Ted Ingham, Dirk Jankowsky, Ken Larwood, Frank Lose, Capt Jan Melchers, Michael Neidig, Simonwp, Rob de Visser and Andreas Wörteler.

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

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