MS ANT 1
|Port of registry:|
|Builder:||J. J. Sietas Shiffswerft, Hamburg|
|Laid down:||13 August 1974|
|Launched:||31 October 1974|
|Acquired:||24 January 1975|
|Status:||Scrapped in Aliağa in 2014|
|Length:||142.81 m (468 ft 6 in)|
|Beam:||22.02 m (72 ft 3 in)|
|Draught:||4.70 m (15 ft 5 in)|
|Installed power:||2 x Klöckner-Humboldt-Deutz 12M540|
On return from her B&I Line charter the Bison was rebuilt to meet the latest SOLAS requirements. This involved adding sponsons increasing the vessels breadth by 4 meters. Following this rebuilding the vessel's seakeeping was badly affected. To cure this the Bison was sent to Cammell Laird in 1995 to have additional weight in the form of an extra vehicle deck added to the stern.
In 1998 Pandoro merged with P&O European Ferries (Felixstowe Ltd.) to create P&O Irish Sea. The Bison was renamed European Pioneer.
In 2004 the ship passed into the hands of Stena Line. and was renamed Stena Pioneer.
In December 2010 the Stena Pioneer was laid up following the closure of the Fleetwood - Larne route. The Pioneer was sold to a Russian operator in June 2011 and renamed ANT 1.
Ant 1 & Ant 2 + Anna Marine (all the "Three Sisters") were Scrapped at Aliaga ship scrap Yards in February 2014.
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