MS European Mariner

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Name: Salahala 1978 - 1993
Merchant Valiant 1993 - 1995
Lion 1995 - 1998
European Highlander 1998 - 2001
European Mariner
Owner: Salahala Shipping Co. 1978 - 1990
Crescent Ship Management 1990 - 1995
Pandoro, Fleetwood 1995 -
Operator: Gilnavi Societa di Navigazione per Azoni, Genoa 1978 - 1990
Merchant Ferries 1990 - 1993
Pandoro, Fleetwood 1993 - 1998
P&O Irish Sea Ferries 1998 - 2002
Isle of Man Steam Packet Co. 2002
Seatruck Ferries 2002
Color Line 2002
Commodore Ferries 2002
Norse Island Ferries 2002 -
Builder: Rickmers Rhederei, Bremerhaven, Germany.
Yard number: 390
Launched: 25 October 1977
In service: January 1978
Homeport: Nassau Bahamas
Identification: IMO number: 7636092
Callsign C6HL7
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: ICE C
Tonnage: 5897 GRT
Length: 381 feet 6 inches (116.28 m)
Beam: 59 feet 9 inches (18.21 m)
Draught: 17 feet 9 inches (5.41 m)
Installed power: 2 x Krupp 8M452AK 8 cylinder diesel engines,
5,918 horsepower (4,413 kW)
Speed: 15.5 knots (28.7 km/h)
Capacity: 12 passengers,
2,795 feet (852 m) freight lanes, 53 trailers, 210 TEU.

The European Mariner is a ferry owned by Fleet department, P & O European Ferries (Irish Sea) Ltd.


European Mariner was launched in 1978 as Salahala for the Salahala Shipping Company. She was chartered by Gilvani for use on the Genoa - Malta - Pireus - Alexandria route. In 1990, she was sold to Crescent Shipping and renamed Merchant Valiant and put into service on the Warrenpoint - Heysham route.Merchant Valiant was replaced on this route by the Merchant Victor and was put into service on the Larne - Ardrossan route, replacing the Belard on that route. She was sold to Pandoro in 1995 and renamed Lion on 15 October 1995.[1] In January 1998, she was sold to P&O Irish Sea Ferries[2] and her name was changed to European Highlander. on 8 November 1999 she ran aground at Ardrossan. A new route was opened in 2001 running from Troon instead of Ardrossan, and European Highlander was renamed European Mariner on 30 June 2001 as the Highlander name was required for a new ship being introduced to the new route. European Mariner was replaced on the Larne - Troon route in January 2002 by the European Navigator. As she was spare, European Mariner spent time on charter to various shipping companies in 2002, including Color Line, Commodore Ferries, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, Norse Island Ferries and Seatruck Ferries. Ports and places visited during this time include Aberdeen, Barrow in Furness, the Channel Islands, Douglas, Fleetwood, Heysham, Hirtshals, Kristiansand, Portsmouth, the Shetland Islands, and Warrenpoint.[1] On 6 November 2002 a lorry was washed overboard in storm conditions whilst European Mariner was on the Aberdeen - Lerwick route and she diverted to Invergordon. On 2 December, she came to the aid of the Merchant Venture which suffered an engine failue during a gale. Merchant Venture was escorted to Lerwick.[3] In January 2003, European Mariner returned to service on the Larne - Troon route, replacing the European Navigator, which was uneconomic to operate on this route.[1]

In 2006, European Mariner suffered damage to one of her propellor shafts in an accident at Troon.[4] She ran for a few weeks on only one engine until repairs could be made at Birkenhead.[5] In 2007, European Mariner was chartered to transport blades for wind turbines from Esbjerg that were destined for use on the turbines being erected as part of the Scroby Sands wind farm.[4]


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