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MV W.B. Yeats – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9809679

MV W.B. Yeats

© Robbie Cox

W B Yeats – © Robbie Cox (Dublin, 14/03/2019)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2018 by Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft mbH & Co. KG, Flensburg (Yard No 771) as a Roll on- Roll off/Passenger Ferry for the Irish Continental Group (Irish Ferries)

Technical Data

  • Length: 194.8 m (overall) 186.5 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 32.134 m
  • Depth: 10 m
  • Draught: 6.715 m
  • Tonnage: 51388 gross/26479 net/7859 deadweight
  • Engines: 4 Caterpillar 8M43C diesels
  • Power: 33600 kW/HP
  • Speed: 22.5 knots
  • Capacity: 1,800 passengers, 1,216 cars 0r 165 trucks (maximum)
  • Crew: 85
  • Call Sign: 5BXC4
  • IMO Number: 9809679
  • MMSI Number: 209146000
  • GNV GL ID Number: 37031
  • Port of Registry: Limassol/Cyprus 🇨🇾

Location Data

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May 27th 2016: Contract date.

September 11th 2017: Keel laid by which time the expected delivery had slipped to July 2018.


W B Yeats

January 19th 2018: Hull launched, but problems during “Fitting Out” led to a delayed entry into service, firstly to July then September 2018. Superstructure was built at Marine Projects Inc, Gdansk.


W B Yeats – © Fabian Vornholt (Flensburg, 19/01/2018)

W B Yeats – Naming ceremony and hull launch © inselvideo (YouTube)

W B Yeats – © Fabian Vornholt (Flensburg, 07/02/2018)


W B Yeats – © Fabian Vornholt (Flensburg, 08/02/2018)

August 2018: Delays expected to last until October 2018.

Gena Anfimov Gena Anfimov 

© Gena Anfimov © Gena Anfimov  

W B Yeats – © Gena Anfimov (Flensburg, August 2018)

October 17th 2018: Suspected sabotage of the vessel led to one of her four main engines overheating. Damage caused to the engine itself.

W B Yeats – © Fabian Vornholt (Flensburg, 07/11/2018)

December 12th 2018: Completed.

October 29th 2018: Trials.

December 12th 2018: Completed and delivered to Irish Ferries Ltd, Dublin, Ireland.

December 15th 2018: Left Flensburg for Cherbourg.

December 18th 2018: Arrived in Cherbourg for berthing trials.

December 19th 2018: Arrived in Rosslare for berthing trials.

December 20th 2018: Arrived in Dublin.

W B Yeats – Arrival Dublin/Youtube

January 22nd 2019: Maiden voyage Dublin – Holyhead.


W B Yeats – © Robbie Cox

January 22nd 2019: Struck the berth attempting to dock at Holyhead causing minor damage to the vessel and damage to the berth ramp.

© Maritime Photographic © Maritime Photographic © Maritime Photographic

W B Yeats – 🆕 © Maritime Photographic (17/02/2019)


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W B Yeats – 🆕 © Maritime Photographic

February 26th 2019: Officially intoduced into service Dublin – Cherbourg

March 2019: Services Dublin – Cherbourg.

© Robb Cox  © Robb Cox

W B Yeats – © Robb Cox (Dublin, 22/04/2019 (left) 26/06/2019 (right))

© Pieter Inpyn

W B Yeats – © Pieter Inpyn (Dublin, 10/09/2019)

October 12th 2019: Left Rosslare and sailed to Dunkerque.


W B Yeats – © Julien Carpentier (Dunkerque, 14/10/2019)

October 18th 2019: Left Dunkerque for Cherbourg.

October 18th 2019: Arrived Cherbourg.

October 19th 2019: Service Cherbourg – Dublin.

February 2020: Services Holyhead – Dublin.

January 5th 2021: Switched from the Dublin – Holyhead route to the Dublin – Cherbourg route.

© Yann Ferries

W B Yeats – © Yann Ferries (Cherbourg, 08/08/2021)

© Dogan © Dogan © Dogan

W B Yeats – © Dogan (Cherbourg for Dublin, 11/05/2021)

November 8th 2021: To Belfast for annual refit.

December 4th 2021: Left Belfast

December 4th 2021: Arrived Dublin.

December 4th 2021: Resumed Dublin – Cherbourg.

March 13th 2022: Left Dublin for Cherbourg. En-route encountered storm conditions with high seas. Suffered damage to her forward superstructure including loading door. Retuned to Dublin and discharged passengers before sailing to Belfast for repairs.

W B Yeats

March 13th 2022: Arrived Belfast.

© Stephen Brown © Stephen Brown © Stephen Brown © Stephen Brown

W B Yeats – 🆕 © Stephen Brown ( Belfast)

March 22nd 2022: Left Belfast for Dublin. 

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: inselvideo (YouTube), Gena Anfimov, Stephen Brown, Julien Carpentier, Robbie Cox, Dogan, Pieter Inpyn, Maritime Photographic, Fabian Vornholt, Andreas Wörteler and Yann Ferries for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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