MV St Clare

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Name: MV St Clare
Operator: Wightlink
Route: Portsmouth to Fishbourne
General characteristics
Tonnage: 5359 ton
Length: 86.0 m (282.2 ft)
Beam: 18.0 m (59.1 ft)
Draught: 2.6 m (8 ft 6.4 in)
Decks: 6, including 3 vehicle decks
Speed: 13 knots
Capacity: 878 passengers, 186 cars

MV St Clare is a ship currently sailing on the Portsmouth to Fishbourne route operated by Wightlink. Built in Gdansk in 2001, she was the newest ship in the fleet until the MV Wight Light and MV Wight Sky entered service in 2008.[1] From her introduction in 2001 until January 2004, St Clare was the longest ship regularly crossing between the Isle of Wight and the British mainland, but was overtaken by Red Funnel's Red Osprey following that vessel's stretching. She is still the broadest vessel (longest beam) serving the island.

St Clare is Wightlink's flagship and also the biggest ship in Wightlink's fleet, able to hold 878 passengers and 186 cars across 3 vehicle decks[1] compared to all other vessels operating on the Portsmouth to Fishbourne route which carry 771 passengers and 142 cars.[2]

Her service speed is 13 knots and weighs 5359 gross tons, with a length of 86 metres, beam of 18 metres and loaded draught of 2.6 metres.[1] The ship has a double end design, where the ship can travel in both directions, so that when it arrives, the vehicles are always facing the correct direction for disembarkation, so does not have to turn around before docking.[3]

Facilities on board include a café, bar, lifts, TVs in seating areas, a shop and toilets.[1]


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