MV W.B. Yeats
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)
- 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 🇨🇾
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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.
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.
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.
W B Yeats – 🆕 © Maritime Photographic (17/02/2019)
W B Yeats – 🆕 © Maritime Photographic
February 26th 2019: Officially intoduced into service Dublin – Cherbourg
March 2019: Services Dublin – Cherbourg.
W B Yeats – © Robb Cox (Dublin, 22/04/2019 (left) 26/06/2019 (right))
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.
W B Yeats – 🆕 © Yann Ferries (Cherbourg, 08/08/2021)
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.
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