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MV Wight Sun – Past and Present

MV Wight Sun

© Derek Sands

© Derek Sands (Yarmouth, 19/07/2011)

Steel twin ‘Voith Schneider’ motor vessel “W-Wight Class” built in 2009 by Brodogradiliste Shipyard, Kraljevica, Croatia (Yard No 552) 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: 1495 gross/614 net/360 deadweight
  • Engines: 4 x 16 litre 6-cylinder Volvo D16MH diesels
  • Power: 2208 kW/HP
  • Speed: 12 knots
  • Propulsion: 2 x Voith Schneider 21 R5/135 propeller units
  • Capacity: 360 passengers/65 cars
  • Crew: 10
  • Call Sign: 2BBW9
  • IMO Number: 9490416
  • MMSI Number: 235064777
  • Official Number: 914851
  • Port of Registry: London/UK
  • Sister-Ship: Wight Light, Wight Sky

Current AIS Location

Please note that this specific vessels AIS position data may be over an hour old and that the vessels position will only be displayed when it is within range of the VesselFinder AIS system. The AIS transponder/ship position data featured on this page is intended for information purposes only and it is in no way related to the 'Safety of Navigation at Sea'. All the AIS ship position data featured within this article is provided by VesselFinder and we are therefore not responsible for its content or its accuracy.


© Chris Hunsicker  © Chris Hunsicker

© Chris Hunsicker

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

June 29th 2008: Launched.

© Wightlink

© Wightlink

April 2009: Wight Sun delivered to Wightlink, London, England.

© Daniel Ferro  © Daniel Ferro

© Daniel Ferro

© Daniel Ferro (Gibraltar, 07/04/2009)

April 14th 2009: Arrived in Lymington.

© Ray Goodfellow

May 25th 2009: Services between Lymington – Yarmouth.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

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

July 2015: Transferred to the Portsmouth to Fishbourne route as a relief ferry. The WIGHT LIGHT, which was the relief ferry after the ST HELEN was withdrawn from service, transferred back to the Lymington to Yarmouth route in its place.

Portsmouth, June 2017 © Ray Goodfellow

© Robert J Smith

 Portsmouth 10/08/2018 © Robert J Smith

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

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

One Comment

  1. Hi Nigel:

    Trying to leave comment again. Not at home so this is on my smartphone. The information & photography is always riveting. Where do you get all the facts from?
    Thanks so much,

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