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MV Zenith – Past and Present

IMO Number: 8918136

MV Singa

Ex TSM Singapore, The Zenith, Zenith

© Cees Bustraan

© Cees Bustraan

Steel twin screw ‘Horizon Class’ motor vessel built in 1992 by Meyer Werft GmbH, Papenburg, Germany (Yard No 620) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Celebrity Cruises

Technical Data

  • Length: 207.60 m (overall) 175.03 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 29.33 m
  • Depth: 24.10 m
  • Draught: 7.70 m
  • Tonnage: 47,413 gross/25,488 net/49151t deadweight
  • Engines: 2x MAN B&W Diesel 6L40/54 – 4 stroke single acting 6 cylinder 400 x 540 mm diesel engines
  • Power: 19.960 kW / 27.138 hp
  • Speed: 19.0 knots (service) 21.4 knots (max)
  • Passenger Decks: 9
  • Capacity: 1,774 – 1,875 passengers
  • Crew: 620
  • Call Sign: 9HXM8, 3EOW3, T8A373
  • IMO Number: 8918136
  • Official Number: 10497
  • Port of Registry: Monrovia/Liberia 🇱🇷, Nassau/Bahamas 🇧🇸, Valletta/Malta 🇲🇹, Panama 🇵🇦, Malakal Harbour/Palau 🇵🇼. 
  • Sister-Ship: Horizon (619)


November 1st 1989: Contract signed with Meyer Werft.

April 11th 1990: Keel laid.

October 31st 1991: Launched.

March 2nd 1992: Completed.

February 1992: Delivered to Celebrity Cruises, Monrovia, Liberia.

April 4th 1992: Maiden cruise from Florida.

2002: Transferred to Bahamas flag, home port – Nassau

© Brian Fisher © Brian Fisher  

© Brian Fisher

© Mikael Söderholm © Mikael Söderholm  

© Mikael Söderholm

2006: Acquired by Pullmantur Cruises by internal transfer from (Celebrity Cruises, another Royal Caribbean member). Refitted and not renamed.

June 11th 2007: Commenced service for Pullmantur Cruises.

© Franks Behrends © Franks Behrends © Franks Behrends

© Franks Behrends (Rhodes 07/07/2007)

July 28th 2008: Collided with AEGEAN PEARL in Piraeus.

© Aleksi Lindström

© Aleksi Lindström

May 10th 2009: Ran aground outside of Copenhagen. Re-floated herself and able to continue into port.

August 10th 2009: During welding work, a serious fire broke out aboard when she was docked in Stockholm. Two crew were taken to hospital and local fire-fighters attended the blaze to assist the crew. The ship had been completely evacuated.

© Gena Anfimov © Gena Anfimov  

© Gena Anfimov

August 19th 2009: Able to depart Stockholm.

© Franks Behrends © Franks Behrends  

© Franks Behrends (Istanbul 20/07/2012)

June 25th 2013: Under tow to Marghera, Italy, following an early morning engine room fire. The fire was put out quickly, with no reported injuries, however one of the ship’s engines was damaged. The cause of the problem was a fire in the ship’s engine room, which left the propulsion system inoperative. This then caused the ship to drift to a halt about 16 miles offshore. The fire was quickly extinguished and no one was injured in the incident. One week later she went to the S.Marco shipyard in the port of Trieste.

© Wil Weijsters © Wil Weijsters  

© Wil Weijsters (Katakolon, Greece 31/05/2013)

2014: To Paris-based Royal Caribbean subsidiary, CDF Croisières de France.

© Josep Pretel © Josep Pretel  

© Josep Pretel

© Juanfra Monzón © Juanfra Monzón  

© Juanfra Monzón

2016: It was announced that CDF Croisières de France brand would be discontinued in early 2017.

July 18th 2016: Registered Owner, RCL Zenith LLC, Valletta, Malta. 

© Cees Bustraan © Cees Bustraan © Cees Bustraan © Cees Bustraan

© Cees Bustraan (Willemstad,  August/September 2017)

May 1st 2018: Called at Dover,

September 12th 2018: Called at Dover.

© John Pegden

🆕 © John Pegden (Dover, 12/09/2018)

January 23rd 2020: Sold to Zenith Cruise Inc, Tokyo, Japan. 

March 2020: Renamed to THE ZENITH .

July 16th 2021: Laid up in Lavrio.

April 27th 2022: Sold to Trident Marine Shipping Inc, Majuro, Marshall Island. Renamed TSM SINGAPORE . 

June 28th 2022: Left Lavrio for the Suez Canal.

September 9th 2022: Registered to Virna Maritime Co, Majuro, Marshall Island. Renamed SINGA

September 23rd 2022: Arrived at Alang, India for scrapping.

September 29th 2022: Beached.


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: Gena Anfimov, Franks Behrends, Cees Bustraan, Brian Fisher, Aleksi Lindström, Juanfra Monzón, John Pegden, Josep Pretel, Mikael Söderholm and Wil Weijsters for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


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