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.
- 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: 9AA7492
MMSI Number: 238021000
- IMO Number: 9793545
- DNV id Number: 34731
- Official Number: 1212
Port of Registry: Split/Croatia
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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.
Flying Clipper – © Sinisa Aljinovic (Shipspotting.com)(Split, 10/06/2017)
Flying Clipper – © Sinisa Aljinovic (Shipspotting.com)(Split, 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)
“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.”.
July 16th 2021 (pm): Left Dover showing destination as Torbay.
Golden Horizon – 🆕© Craig Nelson (Dover, 16/07/2021)
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