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MV Wight Sky – Past and Present

MV Wight Sky

Wight Sky © Wightlink

Wight Sky © Wightlink (Kraljevica)

Steel twin ‘Voith Schneider’ motor vessel “W-Wight Class” built in 2008 by Brodogradiliste Shipyard, Kraljevica, Croatia (Yard No 551) as a Passenger/Ro-Ro Cargo Ship

Technical Data

  • Length: 62.4 m (overall) m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 16.1 m
  • Depth: 4.5 m
  • Draught: 2.3 m
  • Tonnage: 1546 gross/614 net/360 deadweight
  • Engines: 4 x 16 litre 6-cylinder Volvo D16MH diesels
  • Power: 2208 kW/HP
  • Propulsion: 2 x Voith Schneider 21 R5/135 propeller units
  • Speed: 12 knots
  • Capacity: 360 passengers/65 cars
  • Crew: 10
  • Call Sign: 2ABV8
  • IMO Number: 9446984
  • MMSI Number: 235064783
  • Official Number: 914857
  • Port of Registry: London/UK
  • Sister-Ship: Wight Light, Wight Sun

Current AIS Location

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August 13th 2007: Keel laid.

April 12th 2008: Launched.

© Chris Hunsicker  © Chris Hunsicker

© Chris Hunsicker

© Chris Hunsicker (Kraljevica, 12/04/2008)

September 2008: Delivered to Wightlink, London, England.

September 16th 2008: Left builders yard for England.

September 24th 2008: Called at Gibraltar.

© Danial Ferro

© Daniel Ferro (Gibraltar, 24/09/2008)

February 25th 2009: Commenced service between Lymington – Yarmouth.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (Yarmouth, 22/08/2009)

© Derek Sands

© Derek Sands (Yarmouth, 19/06/2011)

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer (Lymington, 07/06/2014)

October 2018: The Wight Sky was reportedly taken out of service to replace a fuel injector in one of the engines.

December 14th 2018: A fire broke out in the engine room after she docked at the ferry terminal of Lymington. All passengers and crew were disembarked without mishap. The Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service was alerted. Ferry traffic was disrupted. The fire was contained to the engine room and within three hours the fire was reported to be extinguished.

July 2019: Remains in service Lymington – Yarmouth.

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, Daniel Ferro, Derek Sands, Chris Hunsicker and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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