MS Hamburg

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MS Hamburg
MS Hamburg as the Columbus visiting Cork Harbour
C Columbus visiting Cork Harbour
Name: 1997-2012: C. Columbus
from 2012: Hamburg[1]
Owner: Conti Holding GmbH & Co KG, Munich
Operator: 1997-2012: Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten GmbH, Hamburg
from 2012: Plantours & Partner GmbH, Bremen
Port of registry: 1996 onwards: Nassau,  Bahamas
Builder: MTW Schiffswerft GmbH, Wismar, Germany[1]
Yard number: 451[1]
Laid down: 5 September 1995[1]
Launched: 30 October 1996[1]
Completed: 17 June 1997[1]
In service: 1997–
Identification: IMO number: 9138329
Call sign: C6OX6[1]
MMSI number: 309908000[2]
Status: In service[2]
General characteristics [1]
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 15,067 GT
5,092 NT
1,378 DWT
Length: 144.13 m (472 ft 10 in)
Beam: 21.50 m (70 ft 6 in)
Draft: 5.15 m (16 ft 11 in)
Depth: 13.25 m (43 ft 6 in)
Decks: 6
Ice class: GL E2
Installed power: 4 × Wärtsilä 6L32 (4 × 2,640 kW)
Propulsion: Two controllable pitch propellers
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)
Crew: 170

MS Hamburg is a 15,000-ton, 420 passenger, luxury cruise ship owned by the Conti Group and is now operated by Plantours Kreuzfahrten. She was built in 1997, in Wismar, Germany. Her relative small size allows her to transit the Great Lakes in North America, where she cruised seasonally between 1997 and 2011, as well as other cruises worldwide as travelling the Mediterranean for cultural cruises with Martin Randall Travel, the north Atlantic and at Asia. Her crew consists of 170 members,[3] and her top speed is 16 knots.[4] She was previously known as Columbus for Hapag-Lloyd, she was since replaced by Columbus 2.[5]


MS Hamburg in Plantours livery.

In April 2015, the vessel suffered damage due to an oil leak. The following trips were canceled in Tanger.[6]

On 5 May 2015, a fishing net became tangled in the ship's propeller off the South East coast of England. The ship was diverted to Southampton to be inspected.

On 11 May 2015, the ship grounded on charted rocks near the New Rocks buoy in the Sound of Mull, Scotland. The official accident report states that Hamburg’s bridge team failed to apply Bridge Team Management tools effectively.[7]

The ship needed to be repaired at a shipyard in Belfast and at Bremerhaven and would be completed by 10 August 2015. To continue operations, Plantours chartered MS Deutschland[8][9]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Hamburg (93233)". DNV GL Vessel Register. Germanischer Lloyd. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Hamburg (9138329)"Free registration required. Equasis. French Ministry for Transport. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  3. ^ "MS Columbus Review". Euro Lloyd. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  4. ^ "MS Columbus Ship details" (PDF). Hapag-Lloyd. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "MS Hamburg had Motor problems: Current Trip cancelled". 2015-04-27. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  7. ^ { |Retrieved 2016-06-17}
  8. ^ "MS Deutschland in Service for PLANTOURS Kreuzfahrten" (PDF). May 2015. Retrieved 2015-05-31. [dead link]
  9. ^ "MS Deutschland goes successful at extension" (PDF). Plantours Kreuzfahrten. 2015-07-09.