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Moby Line purchase controlling interest in St Peter Line.


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How did we miss this?

 

In November 2016 Moby purchased a controlling interest in Baltic carrier St Peter Line.

 

The DFDS chartered vessel Princess Maria has now been renamed Moby Dada and has been transferred to their Mediterranean fleet. The vessel now sails under the Italian flag although her port of registry remains Valetta in Malta.

 

There is still no word on which route she'll work, she is currently berthed in Genoa awaiting RINA classification.

 

Princess Anastasia will continue her round trip service visiting Helsinki, Stockholm, Tallinn & St Petersburg.

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I was just looking at the specs of Princess Anastasia... she has 834 cabins (Pont + a third again), 580 car capacity (just under Pont), casino, and THREE conference halls, but is only just under 38,000 GRT. How is that possible?! Her cabins must be tiny!

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Good spot jonno, and a good question! Not sure how we missed that. Have to confess I wasn't even aware that Princess Maria is still owned by DFDS!

 

Is Princess Anastasia still owned by Irish Continental?

 

Interesting one that Gareth. She was supposedly sold to SPL in 2010 for 37m but was then apparently resold to a company called Zatarga Ltd based in Dublin and the IOM.

 

Zatarga are owned by Irish Ferries.

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I was just looking at the specs of Princess Anastasia... she has 834 cabins (Pont + a third again), 580 car capacity (just under Pont), casino, and THREE conference halls, but is only just under 38,000 GRT. How is that possible?! Her cabins must be tiny!

 

 

PA and her sister were once the largest cruise ferries in the world and have cabins which are similar to Bretagne in size and style and just like Bretagne was given an AA 5 star rating. She used to tower over everything else at Portsmouth. Her deadweight is only 4000t so she's heavy internally displacing 37500t of water to keep her afloat.

 

I loved her when she started, before the mini cruise mayhem began to take it's toll...It was her limited vehicle decks which did for her, not enough freight capacity.

 

Mariella is in far better nick.

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Her deadweight is only 4000t so she's heavy internally displacing 37500t of water to keep her afloat.

 

 

The gross tonnage of the S P L PRINCESS ANASTASIA is 37,583, but this has nothing to do with displacement. Gross tonnage is derived from the volume of enclosed space, not the weight of the ship.

 

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The gross tonnage of the S P L PRINCESS ANASTASIA is 37,583, but this has nothing to do with displacement. Gross tonnage is derived from the volume of enclosed space, not the weight of the ship.

 

 

Yes, I was going to say, gross tonnage is essentially like the cubic footage of a house isn't it.

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Unlike Pont Aven, Princess Anatasia (ex PoB) has cabin berths below the car deck plus a sauna / gym area. Pont Aven meanwhile has an additional single height car deck. This may explain some of the differences in tonnage and pax capacity between the two.

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The gross tonnage of the S P L PRINCESS ANASTASIA is 37,583, but this has nothing to do with displacement. Gross tonnage is derived from the volume of enclosed space, not the weight of the ship.

 

 

Yeah your right Geoff, sorry.

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Both Moby Dada and Princess Anastasia are now registered in Italy.

 

I've also read in Shipping Today & Yesterday that Moby have bought both ships, PM for €22m & PA for €17m with the latter being chartered back to SPL.

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Great pic hhv... How about adding it to the Gallery with others of her over the years? There's a chance that she and others of her vintage who are still ruling the waves are older than some BFE members.

Good old Olympia, she's certainly proved her worth over the past 31 years. There's nothing like a youthful facelift. Well done Moby you've taken years off her.

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1 hour ago, jonno said:

Great pic hhv... How about adding it to the Gallery with others of her over the years? There's a chance that she and others of her vintage who are still ruling the waves are older than some BFE members.

Good old Olympia, she's certainly proved her worth over the past 31 years. There's nothing like a youthful facelift. Well done Moby you've taken years off her.

I was thinking this the other day, having seen the pictures of a refited Pont l'abbe, it looks like they've put a lot of effort and money into looking after their ships and it really does show.

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If you look at the current Moby fleet, out of the 22 vessels currently showing on the Ferry Site 18 are older than Bretagne, and a good few considerably older at that. Rather than heading to Turkey when BF finally hand over the keys I suggest she would make an ideal acquisition for a company like Moby, with another 15 years left in her at the very least.......xD

 

Chris

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1 hour ago, Fine Whine said:

If you look at the current Moby fleet, out of the 22 vessels currently showing on the Ferry Site 18 are older than Bretagne, and a good few considerably older at that. Rather than heading to Turkey when BF finally hand over the keys I suggest she would make an ideal acquisition for a company like Moby, with another 15 years left in her at the very least.......xD

 

Chris

Don't know if I could face the Bretagne being defaced with Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse all over her hull. 

I think Jadrolinija would give here a more suitable home without her losing her dignity and grace! 

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4 hours ago, Fine Whine said:

If you look at the current Moby fleet, out of the 22 vessels currently showing on the Ferry Site 18 are older than Bretagne, and a good few considerably older at that. Rather than heading to Turkey when BF finally hand over the keys I suggest she would make an ideal acquisition for a company like Moby, with another 15 years left in her at the very least.......xD

 

Chris

It's true there's no reason to think the Bretagne would go for scrap - handy sized with a good amount of overnight accommodation, one careful owner, not been too hard pushed, very strong hull, reputable-ish shipbuilder. As long as the plumbing's OK she could last for a couple more decades yet if she ends up with a careful operator.

Jadrolinija would be perfect :)

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Tirrenia are following Moby Line's eclectic exterior designs with the announcement that they are to use a Batman livery on their ships! The Sharden will be the first ship to undergo the transformation, with at least 6 of her fleetmates following suit.

Its certainly a bold and striking look! 

 

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