MV Sardinia Vera
ex Corsica Vera, Marine Atlantica, Stena Nautica, Stena Atlantica
Sardinia Vera – © Simonwp (Newhaven, 01/06/2005)
Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Rickmers Werft. GmbH, Bremerhaven in 1974 (Yard No. 381) for Stena Ab, Goteborg as a roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry
- Length: 120.88m (overall), 107.02m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth: 19.51m (moulded)
- Draught: 5.90m (maximum)
- Depth: 12.35m
- Tonnage: 5,441 gross, 11,637 (1994), 12,107 (1998)/2,759 net/2,840 deadweight
- Engines: Two 12 cylinder Atlas-MAK diesels
- Power: 10,504 kW/14,080 bhp
- Speed: 20.25 knots/18.0 knots
- Capacity: 1,460 passengers 500 cars or 112 commercial trailers
- Call Sign: SEGT, IBWV
- IMO Number: 7360617
- MMSI Number: 247392000
- Registry: Gothenburg/Sweden 🇸🇪, Nassau/Bahamas 🇧🇸, Olbia/Italy 🇮🇹
- Sister Ships: Stena Normandica (380), Stena Nordica (382), Stena Nautica (379)
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“A unit in a series of four extremely load efficient short distance ferries, the so called Rickmers (Seabridge) design by Knud E. Hansen, which the Stena companies had built in Germany between 1974 and 1975”.
1974: Keel struck as STENA ATLANTICA.
December 18th 1974: Launched as STENA NAUTICA.
May 30th 1975: Delivered to Stena Line Ab, Göteborg.
May 30th 1975: Bareboat chartered to Marine Atlantic, Canada and immediately renamed MARINE ATLANTICA.
Marine Atlantica © K.H. Böttcher
June 1975: Commenced service between North Sydney – Port aux Basques/ Argentina.
Marine Atlantica – (Postcard)
October 1979: Sold to Roylease Ltd, Montreal, Canada. (Registered in the Bahamas, home port Nassau).
June 1986: Sold to Tourship Co S.A, Nassau, Bahamas.
October 15th 1986: Arrived in La Spezia, Italy.
1987: Registered to Medinvest S.A, Genoa, Italy. Renamed CORSICA VERA.
June 30th 1987: Sold to Nuova Trans Tirreno Express SrL, Olbia, Italy. Renamed SARDINIA VERA.
1987: Commenced service for Sardinia Ferries between Livorno – Golfo Aranci.
1996: Introduced between Civitavecchia – Golfo Aranci.
March 4th 2001: Bareboat chartered to Conseil Général de Seine Maritime, Dieppe, France.
March 2001: Arrived in Dieppe and laid up.
April 11th 2001: Introduced by Transmanche Ferries for services between Dieppe – Newhaven.
Sardinia Vera – © Andreas Wörteler
November 29th 2001: Dieppe/Newhaven vessel prevented from sailing under breach of safety regulations.
December 17th 2001: Prevention Order, listing 30 recorded deficiencies, lifted (Fire drill unsatisfactory, access allowed to car decks while the vessel at sea). Defects outstanding from previous inspection.
Sardinia Vera – © George Holland
February 1st 2002: Grounded on approach to Newhaven. Minor damage sustained, but re-floated and able to proceed into Newhaven harbour.
Accident date: 20/11/02
Ship grounded in the approach channel to Newhaven
The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has made recommendations to the port manager with reference to:
- The introduction of procedures to ensure that depths in the approach channel, and other areas prone to silting, are frequently monitored
- Increasing the frequency of dredging operations in the approach channel
- The adoption of measures to reduce silting
- The prompt dissemination of depth information
- The production of written operational procedures
Recommendations were also made to the ship manager regarding:
- The conducting of risk assessment of all ports visited by its ships
- Raising the awareness of the fact that the approach channel to Newhaven is prone to silting
- The provision of guidance on the use of voyage data recorders
- The need for periodic confirmation of the accuracy of GPS receivers fitted
January 11th 2005: Grounded whilst approaching Newhaven. No injuries and only minor damage. Vessel refloated and entered Newhaven.
Sardinia Vera – © George Holland
March 31st 2006: Completion of charter to Transmanche Ferries.
Sardinia Vera – © Andrew Gilbert (Last day @ Newhaven and final sailing)
April 6th 2006: Arrived Genoa.
May 27th 2006: Commenced service between Civitavecchia – Golfo Aranci.
November 13th 2007: Arrived in Piraeus.
November 19th 2007: Laid up in Keratsini.
March 21st 2008: Due to commence services for Kallisti Ferries, but legal argument prevented this and she was laid up in Piraeus.
June 25th 2008: Commenced service between Piraeus – Naxos – Ikaria – Fourni – Samos.
Sardinia Vera – © Aleksi Lindström (all)
July 2009: Taken out of service.
July 24th 2009: Towed to Savona for lay up.
June 24th 2010: Commenced services between Toulon/ Nice – Ile Rousse/ Calvi.
Summer 2012: Laid up in Vado Ligure due to a reduction in traffic.
January 2013: It was announced that the SARDINIA VERA would join the MEGA EXPRESS THREE on the Olbia – Golfo Aranci service.
Summer 2014: Served between Livorno and Golfo Aranci.
Sardinia Vera – © Nicolas Lévy
January 2017: Dry docking in Genoa.
January 25th 2017: Departed Genoa for Vado Ligure. She is due to service routes from Piombino to Porto-Vecchio, Bastia and Golfo Aranci this Summer.
January 26th 2017: It was announced that the Sardinia Vera had been chartered to the Spanish operator Balearia for 3 months to provide refit cover.
January 28th 2017: Departed Vado Ligure for Valencia, Spain.
Sardinia Vera – © Manuel Hernández Lafuente (Valencia)
February 1st 2017: Entered service for Balearia between Valencia and Mostaganem.
2017: Service routes from Piombino to Porto-Vecchio, Bastia and Golfo Aranci this Summer.
Sardinia Vera – © Carsten Dettmer (Livorno, 11/10/2020)
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