MS Ulysses approaching Dublin Port
|Owner:||Irish Continental Group|
|Port of registry:||Limassol|
|Route:||Dublin - Holyhead|
|Laid down:||24th January 2000|
|Launched:||1st of September 2000|
|Maiden voyage:||March 2001|
|In service:||March 2001|
|Identification:||IMO number: 9214991|
|Length:||209.2 m (686.4 ft)|
|Beam:||31.84 m (104.5 ft)|
|Height:||51 m (167.3 ft)|
|Draught:||6.3 m (20.7 ft)|
|Installed power:||4x MaK 9 M 43|
|Propulsion:||2 x LIPS type 4C16 CP propellers|
|Speed:||22 knots (41 km/h)|
MS Ulysses is a RORO car ferry currently owned and operated by Irish Ferries. The ship was launched on the 1st of September 2000 at Aker Finnyards shipyard in Rauma, Finland and services the Dublin - Holyhead route. She was handed over to her owners ICG at the Rauma yard on the 22nd of February 2001, leaving under the command of Captain Peter Ferguson on the 28th of that month and arriving in Dublin Bay at 07:00 on Sunday the 4th of March. The naming ceremony was undertaken by swimmer Mairéad Berry.
The vessel stands 12 decks (with six vehicle decks) high, towering over other vessels at a height of 167 feet (51 metres) from keel to mast. When launched she was the world's largest car ferry in terms of vehicle capacity. (Color Line's sister ships Color Fantasy and Color Magic remain the largest ferries in terms of tonnage).
Ulysses can carry 2,000 passengers and crew, 1,342 cars and 240 trucks. She has 228 passenger berths. The interior of Ulysses is based on the novel Ulysses by Irish writer James Joyce. Along with the other vessels in the fleet, the Ulysses flags a Cypriot "flag of convenience", which has attracted criticism as this allows a non-EU crew to be employed onboard at below the Irish minimum wage.
On-board Facilities (as built)
- Boylan's Brasserie
- Bureau de change
- Cafe Lafayette
- Cyclops Family Entertainment
- Leopold Bloom's Bar
- Main Reception
- Ocean Lift
- Silly Milly's Fun House
- The Shop
- Volta Picture Theatre
- James Joyce Balcony Lounge
- Passenger Cabins
- Freight Drivers Club
- Marino Casino
- Martello Club Class Lounge
- Sandycove Promenade Deck
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