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MV Oscar Wilde (Ex Star) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9364722

MV Oscar Wilde

Ex Star

© Luke Wilson

© Luke Wilson

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2007 by Aker Finnyards, Helsinki, Finland (Yard No 1356) as a Passenger ferry.

Technical Data

  • Length: 186 m (overall) 172.15 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 27.7 m
    Depth: 16 m
    Draught: 6.75 m
    Tonnage: 36249 gross/13316 net/4700 t deadweight
    Engines: (4) 4T – 12 cylinder Caterpillar-MaK 12M43C diesel engines
    Power: 48000 kW/65216 bHP
    Speed: 27.5 knots
    Capacity: 1900 passengers – 450 cars – 1981 lane meters
    Call Sign: ESCJ, C4TQ2
    MMSI Number: 209170000
    IMO Number: 9364722
    BV Register Number: 09072N
    Port of Registry: Tallinn/Estonia , Limassol/Cyprus
  • Half sisters: Côte Des Dunes (437), Côte Des Flandres (032)

Current AIS Location

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“The ships design is based heavily on  Côte Des Dunes (437) and Côte Des Flandres (032), being built on the same hull form as those two.”

August 1st 2005: Ordered by Tallink Group, Tallinn, Estonia.

May 30th 2006: Keel struck.

November 23rd 2006: Launched and christened.

November 25th 2006: Floated out.

©  Aleksi Lindström

©  Aleksi Lindström (Helsinki, 26/11/2006)

March 14th 2007 – March 17th 2007: Trials.

March 2007: Delivery delayed owing to technical problems.

© Aker

© Aker

©  Aleksi Lindström ©  Aleksi Lindström

©  Aleksi Lindström  (Helsinki, 18/03/2007)

April 10th 2007: Delivered to Tallink Group.

©  Aleksi Lindström ©  Aleksi Lindström

©  Aleksi Lindström  (Helsinki, 11/04/2007)

April 12th 2007: Commenced services Tallinn – Helsinki.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Helsinki, 01/08/2009)

© Marko Stampehl

© Marko Stampehl (Helinki, 22/07/2011)

December 12th 2013:

“An internal ramp collapsed onto the car deck underneath during loading operations in the west port of Helsinki. Four trucks that had been on the ramp fell partially down when it collapsed, but neither the drivers nor passengers were injured. One person was taken to hospital for checks. Several cars on the lower car deck were damaged and the ferry remained in port while rescue forces which were on scene. At 9 p.m. several cars were still trapped on the car deck behind the collapsed ramp.”.

December 13th 2013:

“Remained berthed at the Jätkäsaari Quay in Helsinki. The collapse of the ramp appears to have been caused by a failure of the hydraulics. The Maritime Safety Agency launched an investigation of the matter.”.

December 14th 2013: Returned to service with restricted capacity.

© Pieter Inpyn © Pieter Inpyn © Pieter Inpyn © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Helsinki, 10/10/2016)

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer (Tallinn, 12/07/2016)

2017: Rebuilt to facilitate two deck loading.

January 8th 2019 – January 21st 2019: Refit in Klaipeda, Lithuania.

March 18th 2020: Taken out of service owing to the Covid-19 outbreak.

March 19th 2020: Freight services between Tallinn/ Paldiski – Sassnitz for the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.

April 18th 2020: Left Mukran for Tallinn and onwards to Helsinki.

May 14th 2020: Extra services Helsinki – Tallinn.

October 29th 2020 – November 3rd 2020: Repairs to propeller shaft at Turku Shiprepair, Naantali then resumed service Tallinn – Helsinki.

March 27th 2022: Left Tallinn for refit in Gdansk.

March 28th 2022: Arrived Remontowa, Gdansk.

April 2022: Resumed service Helsinki – Tallinn.

© Fabian Vornholt 

© Fabian Vornholt  (Tallinn, 25/07/2022)

April 6th 2023:

“AS Tallink Group and Irish Continental Group plc signed a long-term bareboat charter agreement for chartering the shuttle vessel Star. The charter agreement for 20 months with the possibility to extend the charter by 2+2 years and purchase option.

The vessel, that has been operating on the Tallinn-Helsinki route since 2007, will start providing transport services between Ireland, the United Kingdom and France. She will be renamed OSCAR WILDE and will initially enter service on the Rosslare/Pembroke route in early June (2023).”.

May 5th 2023: Re-flagged and renamed OSCAR WILDE.

© Matrix Ship

© Matrix Ship

May 9th 2023: Left Tallinn for Cherbourg (eta 13/05/2023).

May 12th 2023: Passed through the Dover Strait.

© Julien Carpentier

© Julien Carpentier (Dover Strait, 12/05/2023)

May 13th 2023: Arrived Cherbourg for berthing trials.

May 13th 2023: Left Cherbourg and sailed to Rosslare (eta 14/05/2023).

May 14th 2023: Arrived Rosslare for berthing trials.

© The Coffee Dock © The Coffee Dock

© The Coffee Dock (FB page) (Rosslare, 14/05/2023)

May 14th 2023: Left Rosslare for Pembroke (eta 14/05/2023 15.00 hrs).

May 14th 2023: Arrived Pembroke for berthing trials

May 14th 2023: Left Pembroke for Rosslare.

May 15th 2023: Arrived Rosslare.

May 15th 2023: Left Rosslare for Belfast (eta 16/05/2023 03.30 hrs).

May 16th 2023: Arrived Belfast then sailed.

May 17th 2023: Arrived Belfast for dry-docking at Harland and Wolff.

© Stephen Brown © Stephen Brown

© Stephen Brown (Belfast, 17/05/2023)

© Matthew Wilson

© Matthew Wilson (Belfast, 22/05/2023)

© Luke Wilson © Luke Wilson

© Luke Wilson (Belfast, 22/05/2023)

© Stephen Brown  © Luke Wilson

© Stephen Brown (Belfast, 25/05/2023)(Left) © Luke Wilson (Belfast, 26/05/2023)(Right)

May 27th 2023: Shifted from the Building Dry Dock to the Ship Repair Quay, Belfast.

© Luke Wilson
© Luke Wilson (Belfast, 27/05/2023)

© Dover Ferry Photos Library © Dover Ferry Photos Library © Dover Ferry Photos Library © Dover Ferry Photos Library

© Luke Wilson © Luke Wilson © Luke Wilson

© Luke Wilson (Belfast, 28/05/2023)

© Dover Ferry Photos Library © Dover Ferry Photos Library © Dover Ferry Photos Library © Dover Ferry Photos Library © Dover Ferry Photos Library © Dover Ferry Photos Library

© Dover Ferry Photos Library (Belfast, 28/05/2023)

May 29th 2023: Arrived in Dublin for berthing trials.


© Gordon Hislip

© Gordon Hislip (Dublin, 29/05/2023)

May 29th 2023: Left Dublin.

May 29th 2023: Arrived Holyhead for berthing trials.

May 29th 2023: Left Holyhead for Rosslare.

May 30th 2023: Arrived Rosslare.

May 30th 2023: Inaugural service Rosslare – Pembroke Docks.

© Stephen Brown

© Stephen Brown (Belfast, 27/06/2023)

January 31st 2024: Came off service at Rosslare and sailed to Larne.

February 1st 2024: Arrived Larne for refit.

© Trevor Kidd © Trevor Kidd © Trevor Kidd © Trevor Kidd © Trevor Kidd                                                                                                                 © Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd (Larne, 01/02/2024)

February 9th 2024: Left Larne and sailed to Dublin. to take up services Dublin – Holyhead/Cherbourg.

© Trevor Kidd © Trevor Kidd © Trevor Kidd © Trevor Kidd © Trevor Kidd                 

© Trevor Kidd (Larne, 09/02/2024)

February 10th 2024: Arrived Dublin and took up services Dublin – Holyhead/Cherbourg.

February 26th 2024: Came off service at Dublin and sailed to Rosslare to act as, “three week”, relief for NORBAY , Rosslare – Pembroke.

February 26th 2024: Took up service Rosslare – Pembroke.

March 24th 2024: Came  off service at Pembroke and sailed to Dublin for services Dublin – Holyhead/Cherbourg.. 

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: Stephen Brown, Julien Carpentier, Carsten Dettmer, Gordon Hislip, Pieter Inpyn, Trevor Kidd,  Lindström,  Simonwp, Marko Stampehl,  Fabian Vornholt, Luke Wilson, Matthew Wilson and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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