MV Mavi Marmara

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MV Mavi Marmara leaving Antalya for Gaza on May 22, 2010
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Name: MV Mavi Marmara
Owner: IHH (İnsani Yardım Vakfı)[1]
Operator: IHH (İnsani Yardım Vakfı)[1]
Builder: Türkiye Gemi Sanayi A.Ş.[2]
Yard number: 302[2]
Completed: November 9, 1994[3]
Homeport: Moroni, Comoros (2010). Previously Istanbul, Turkey
Identification: IMO number: 9005869[4]
General characteristics
Class and type: Passenger ship
Tonnage: 4,142 GT (gross tonnage)
Length: 93 m (305 ft)[4]
Beam: 20 m (66 ft)[4]
Draft: 4 m (13 ft)[5]
Installed power: 4,400 kW[3]
Propulsion: 2[3]
Speed: max. 9.9 knots (18.3 km/h; 11.4 mph)- avg. 7.2 knots (13.3 km/h; 8.3 mph)[5]
Capacity: 1,080 passengers[6]

MV Mavi Marmara (English: Blue Marmara, where MV = motor vessel) is a Comoros-flagged [7] passenger ship, which was formerly owned and operated by İDO Istanbul Fast Ferries Co. Inc. on the line Sarayburnu, Istanbul-Marmara Island-Avşa Island in the Sea of Marmara. Built at the Golden Gate Shipyard by Turkish Shipbuilding Co. in 1994, the ship has a capacity of 1,080 passengers.[6]

Gaza Freedom Flotilla

The ship was purchased in 2010 by an Turkish Islamic[8] charity IHH (İnsani Yardım Vakfı), the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedom and Humanitarian Relief, which engages in social and humanitarian activities in more than 100 countries. It joined a flotilla of ships operated by activist groups from 37 different countries with the intention of directly confronting the Gaza blockade and bringing in humanitarian aid and supplies. The IHH acquired the ship at a cost of $800,000, to be defrayed by public donations, as no shipowner was willing to risk their vessel on the journey.[1]

On 31 May 2010, while en route to Gaza, commandos from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) raided and seized the MV Mavi Marmara in international waters after communicating warnings that a naval blockade of the Gaza area was in force.[9] In the violent clash that followed, nine activists were killed, and several dozen activists and at least seven IDF soldiers were injured.[10]

The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that "the Mavi Marmara (passenger ship) did not carry any humanitarian aid, except for the passengers' personal belongings." [11]

Israel has found knives, bombs and metal and wood sticks in the ship.

Ship's registry

  • ex MS Beydağı[2]

Sister ships


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Turkish rights group's cargo ship to set sail with Gaza aid". Hürriyet. 13 May 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Mavi Marmara" (in Turkish). Tür Gemileri. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Detay Gemi Listesi" (in Turkish). Izmir Maritime Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 2010-05-31.  |
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "MS Mavi Marmara". Digital Seas. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "M/S Mavi Marmara" (in Turkish). Marine Traffic. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Mavi Marmara Yolcu Gemisi" (in Turkish). IDO. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  7. "İsrail ‘uluslararası suları’ kabul etti". 01 June 2010. 
  8. Said, Abdel-Moneim. "The meaning of Mavi Marmara." Al-Ahram Weekly. 10-16 June 2010. 11 June 2010.
  9. "Details emerge of bloodshed aboard Gaza-bound ship". 2 June 2010. Archived from the original on 6 June 2010. 
  10. "Deaths as Israeli forces storm Gaza aid ship". BBC News. 31 May 2010. 
  11. "Summary of equipment and aid aboard the Gaza flotilla". Israel MFA. 7 Jun 2010. 

External links

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