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MV Sardinia Vera (Ex Stena Atlantica) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7360617

MV Sardinia Vera

ex Corsica Vera, Marine Atlantica, Stena Nautica, Stena Atlantica

© Simonwp

© 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

Technical Data

  • 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 ūüáłūüá™, Nassau/Bahamas ūüáßūüáł, Olbia/Italy ūüáģūüáĻ
  • Sister Ships: Stena Normandica (380),¬†Stena Nordica (382), Stena Nautica (379)


‚ÄúA 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‚ÄĚ.

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 Atlantic

© K.H. Böttcher

© K.H. Böttcher

June 1975: Commenced service between North Sydney – Port aux Basques/ Argentina.


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.

© Andreas Wörteler

© 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.


© 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

Action taken
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.


© George Holland

March 31st 2006: Completion of charter to Transmanche Ferries.


© 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.


© 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 РGolfo Aranci service.

Summer 2014: Served between Livorno and Golfo Aranci.

© Nicolas Lévy © Nicolas Lévy © Nicolas Lévy © Nicolas Lévy © Nicolas Lévy

© 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.

© Manuel Hernández Lafuente © Manuel Hernández Lafuente 

© 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.

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer (Livorno, 11/10/2020)

2022: In service from Livorno – Bastia.

© Nicolas Lévy © Nicolas Lévy © Nicolas Lévy © Nicolas Lévy

© Nicolas Lévy (Bastia, 23/07/2022)

2023: Remains in service from Livorno – Bastia.

© Nicolas Lévy © Nicolas Lévy © Nicolas Lévy © Nicolas Lévy © Nicolas Lévy

© Nicolas Lévy (Bastia, 23/07/2023)

September 1st 2023: Came off service in Livorno.

September 2nd 2023: Sailed to Genoa. for refit and lay up

November 8th 2023: Left Genoa.

November 9th 2023: Arrived Vado Ligure, Italy for further lay up.

February 9th 2024: Announcement made that she would be sold for scrap.

February 24th 2024: Sailed to Savona.

March 7th 2024: Returned to Vado Ligure and continued lay up.

April 26th 2024: Left Vado Ligure for Aliaga ( eta: 02/05/2024).

© Tomasello Letterio

© Tomasello Letterio (Messina, 29/04/2024)

May 2nd 2024: Arrived Aliaga.

May 4th 2024: Beached.

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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: Carsten Dettmer, Fotoflite, Andrew Gilbert, George Holland, Nicolas Lévy, Manuel Hernández Lafuente, Tomasello Letterio, Aleksi Lindström, Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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