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MV Sea Ruby – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9006447

MV Sea Ruby

Ex Union Ruby, Hoo Larch

© Wil Weijsters

Sea Ruby – © Wil Weijsters (New Waterway,  03/03/2011)

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1992 by Yorkshire Dry Dock Co. Ltd, Hull (Yard No 327) as a Multi-purpose dry cargo ship – Fitted for the carriage of hazardous cargo.

Technical Data

  • Length: 77.80 m (overall) 72.3 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 11.0 m
    Depth: 5.10 m
    Draught: 4.02 m
    Tonnage: 1382 gross/794 net/2225t deadweight (Summer)
    Engines: 2 x Cummins KTA-19-M – 4 stroke 6cylinder diesels
    Power: 746kW/1014 bHP
    Speed: 8.5 knots (Laden), 9.0 knots (Ballast)
    Capacity: Bales: 2.810 m³ / 99.517 ft³/ Grain: 2.921 m³ / 103.119 ft³
  • Call Sign: MQDH6, ZCIX8, 8PAU2
    MMSI Number: 314498000 
  • IMO Number: 9006447
    Port of Registry: London/UK, George Town/Cayman Islands, Bridgetown/Barbados
    Sister Ships: Hoo Falcon, Eagle, Sea Kestrel

Current AIS Location

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January 14th 1992: Keel laid.

July 7th 1992: Launched.

November 1st 1992: Completed as HOO LARCH for J L Jacobs PLC. Manager;R Laphorn & Co.

© Capt Jan Melchers

Hoo Larch – © Capt Jan Melchers

July 15th 2003: Renamed UNION RUBY for Bue Marine Ltd. Manager: Union Transport Group.

© Dennis Farrar

Union Ruby – © Dennis Farrar (Courtesy of PWR)(Goole, 06/08/2003)

© Ted Ingham

Union Ruby – © Ted Ingham (Erith Oil Mills, 2004)

September 2004: Renamed SEA RUBY for Boddingtons Shipping Ltd. Blackbird House Little Bardfield, Braintree, United Kingdom.

© Ken Smith © Ken Smith

Sea Ruby – © Ken Smith (Gravesend, 19/03/2006)

© Wil Weijsters

Sea Ruby – © Wil Weijsters (Rotterdam, 14/05/2007)

© Wil Weijsters © Wil Weijsters

Sea Ruby – © Wil Weijsters (New Waterway,  11/10/2008)

December 3rd 2020: “En route” from Antwerp to Teesport, suffered a defective aqua master resulting in an engine failure in position 54 36 24 N, 001 09 48 W, on the river Tees. Assistance was provided by Tees Harbour tugs, and she was berthed in Teesport.

September 7th 2017: Registered Owner; GT Gillie & Blair, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Manager: Torbulk Ltd

August 3rd2021: Called at Dover.

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: Ted Ingham, Capt Jan Melchers, PWR, Ken Smith and Wil Weijsters for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


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