Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2020 by Flensburger Shiffbau-Gesellschaft, Flensburg, Germany (Yard No 774)(hull) and Fosen Ropax I AS (Yard No 93)(fitting out) as a Passenger vessel/ ferry
- Length: 187.40 m (overall) 176.9 m (between perpendiculars)
Breadth: 31.0 m
Depth: 9.60 m
Draught: 6.35 m
Tonnage: 43130 gross/21872 net/5911t deadweight
Engines: Four MaK multifuel (3 x W6L46DFA Wärtsila Dual Fuel (LNG and diesel)1 x 9832119 Wärtsila Dual Fuel (LNG and diesel) auxiliary engine
- Power: 29700 kW/HP
Speed: 22.0 knots
Capacity: 1800 passengers (max)/550cars – 2600 lane meters
Call Sign: 5BWW5
MMSI Number: 210329000
IMO Number: 9832119
DNV id Number: 43140
Port of Registry: Limassol/Cyprus 🇨🇾
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October 23rd 2020: Contract date.
August 23rd 2020: Keel laid.
December 14th 2018: Launched. Parts of the superstructure were built at Marine Projects Inc, Gdansk, Poland.
© Fabian Vornholt ( Flensburg, 15/03/2020)
© Frank Behrends (Flensburg, 08/09/2020)
© Fabian Vornholt (Flensburg, 25/10/2020)
May 23rd 2022: Completed. Was supposed to be delivered in 2019, but due to the yard’s poor finances, delivery was postponed.
June 18th 2020: Brittany Ferries cancelled the contract.
2020: Contract taken over by Siem Offshore AS.
October 25th 2020: Towed to Fosen Shipyard, Rissa, Norway for completion.
November 2nd 2020: Arrived at Fosen Yard near Trondheim, Norway.
February 3rd 2022: Trials.
March 15th 2023 – March 16th 2023: Moored in Gdańsk, at the Westerplatte level, in order to fill the tank with liquefied natural gas (the so-called LNG bunkering).
March 22nd 2022 – April 1st 2022: Further trials.
© Gerolf Drebes (Fosen Shipyard, 03/05/2022)
May 24th 2022: Handed over from the Fosen Yard AS to her owner and left Rissa for Gdynia.
May 26th 2022: Arrived Gdynia.
December 2022: Dry docked.
January 24th 2023 – February 11th 2023: In dry dock, then moored at the Nauta Gdynia.
February 28th 2023: Inspected by Balearia officials in Gydnia who announced the company had decided to charter the vessel on a 6 month contract, with options to purchase. Anticipated that she will operate between Melilla – Malaga.
March 1st 2023: Renamed RUSADIR in Gdynia.
March 23rd 2023: Sailed from Gdynia to Gdansk.
March 25th 2023: Left Gdansk (showing destination as Malaga eta 01/04/2023)
March 27th 2023 (19.40 hrs): Passed through the Dover Strait.
© Craig Nelson
March 31st 2023: Arrived Malaga.
April 3rd 2023: Took up service Malaga – Melilla.
© Richard Seville (Malaga, 05/06/2023)(Left) 🆕© Balearia (Right)
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: Frank Behrends, Dover Strait Shipping, Drebes, Craig Nelson, Richard Seville, Seven Yield and Fabian Vornholt for their assistance in producing this feature.
Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)