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SV Golden Horizon – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9793545

SV Golden Horizon

Ex Flying Clipper, Brodosplit 483

Golden Horizon – 🆕© Fotoflite (Ref No: 457359)

Steel five masted barque rigged tall ship built by Brodogradevna Industrija Split d.d. Split, Croatia in 2021 (Yard No 483) as a cruise ship.

Technical Data

  • Length: 162.115 m (overall) 128.7 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 18.717 m
    Depth: 12.4 m
    Draught: 6.4 m
    Tonnage: 8784 gross/2956 net/2120t deadweight
  • Sails: 42
  • Sail Area: 6347 m²
    Engines: 2 independent electric propulsion motors capable of operating for 400 hours without refuelling.
    Power: (1) 2500kW – (2) 1700kW/HP
    Speed: 16 – 20 knots (under sail) 17 knots (engine)
    Capacity: 330 passengers (max)
  • Crew: 139
    Call Sign: 
    MMSI Number: 238021000
  • IMO Number: 9793545
  • DNV id Number: 34731
  • Official Number: 1212
    Port of Registry: Split/Croatia

Current AIS Location

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Designed by Polish naval architect Zygmunt Choren, she is the largest sailing ship ever launched. Her design has been modelled on FRANCE II a famous French five-mast cargo windjammer built in 1911 (NB:  Star Clippers owner Michael Krafft previously had his flagship ROYAL CLIPPER built as a replica of another famous windjammer, the German PREUSSEN).

This is the first sailboat in the world with the “Safe Return to Port” security system. This arrangement denotes that all key equipment onboard have been duplicated, which is why there was the construction of two engine rooms with all devices to produce electricity, water, all fuel and lubricant systems. She is able to return to port from almost 2000 NM.

December 2nd 2014: Contract date. Ordered by Star Clippers Ltd, Sweden as FLYING CLIPPER.

December 9th 2015: Keel laid.

June 10th 2017: Launched.

© Sinisa Aljinovic © Sinisa Aljinovic © Sinisa Aljinovic

Flying Clipper – © Sinisa Aljinovic (, 10/06/2017)

© Sinisa Aljinovic © Sinisa Aljinovic

Flying Clipper – © Sinisa Aljinovic (, 15/06/2017)

June 1st 2021: Renamed GOLDEN HORIZON.

June 9th 2021: Completed. Due to a dispute with the shipyard, she was never delivered to Star Clippers. Instead, she was chartered by Tradewind Voyages. Registered Owner;  XB AHTS Hero Shipping Inc. Manager; Brodosplit-Plovidba D.O.O..

July 15th 2021: Called at Dover


Golden Horizon – © Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping)(Dover, 15/07/2021)

July 15th 2021: Passengers disembarked at Cruise Terminal 1. She then sailed to Eastern Arm (Dover)

Golden Horizon – © Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping)(Dover, 15/07/2021)

© Mike Jackson

Golden Horizon – © Mike Jackson ( Dover, 01/08/2021)

Media Report: 


“The Golden Horizon, a sail ship operating for Tradewind Voyages, has been arrested in Dover, UK, according to multiple reports, at the request of Star Clippers, a Monaco-based cruise operator. 

The ship had been originally designed and built at Brodosplit for Star Clippers, which did not take delivery of the vessel.

Court actions followed, awarding Star Clippers and Owner Mikael Kraft 13 million euro in damages, according to Croatian news reports.

Meanwhile the ship found a new home operating for start up company Tradewind Voyages.

“Star Clippers advised Brodosplit Group to settle its debt, after which the ship will be released immediately,” Star Clipper said, in a prepared statement.

The ship owner will need to pay roughly seven million euro to release the ship, according to one report.

According to other media reports out of Croatia, the ship is registered to XB Ahts Hero Shipping from the Marshall Islands, which lists its director as Vedrana Debeljak, sister of Tomislav Debeljak, owner of Brodosplit and DIV Group.”.

Cruise Industry News

July 16th 2021 (pm): Left Dover showing destination as Torbay.

© Craig Nelson © Craig Nelson © Craig Nelson © Craig Nelson

Golden Horizon – © Craig Nelson (Dover, 16/07/2021)

July 24th 2021: Due at Dover.

 August 9th 2022: News circulating indicates she has been advertised as “For Sale” @ € 118,000,000 m.

GRS Ferry+Cruise

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: Sinisa Aljinovic (, Craig Nelson and Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping) for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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