MS Kaiarahi

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  • Dawn Merchant (1998-2005)
  • Europax Appia (2005-2006)
  • Pau Casals (2006-2008)
  • Ave Luebeck (2008-2009)
  • T-Rex (2009-2010)
  • Norman Trader (2010-2013)
  • Stena Alegra (2013-2015)
  • Kaiarahi (2015-)
  • Cenargo International Ltd (1998-2005)
  • Daybreak Shipping Ltd (2005-2013)
  • Stena RoRo (2013-)
  • Und RO-RO (1998-1999)
  • Norse Merchant Ferries (1998-2002 & 2005)
  • Norfolkline(2002-2005 & 2010)
  • Balearia (2006-2008)
  • Caronte & Tourist (2008)
  • T-Link Lines (2009)
  • Cotunav (2009-2010)
  • LD Lines (2010 & 2011)
  • P&O Ferries (2011)
  • Stena Line (2011 & 2013-)
  • Interislander (2015-)
Port of registry: London, United Kingdom
Builder: Astilleros Españoles S.A. (AESA) Seville, Spain.
Yard number: 287
Launched: February 1998
Maiden voyage: October 1998
Identification: 9147291
General characteristics
Tonnage: 22,152 GT
Length: 179.93 m (590.3 ft)
Beam: 25.24 m (82.8 ft)[1]
Draught: 6.5 m (21.3 ft)
Decks: 9
Installed power:
  • 4 Wärtsilä 9L38 engines each producing 5,940 kW (7,970 hp) @ 600rpm
  • with 2 Brunvoll 1,300 kW (1,700 hp) Bow thrusters
Propulsion: 2 Wärtsilä-Wichmann controllable pitch propellers
Speed: 22.5 knots (41.7 km/h; 25.9 mph)
  • 520 passengers and any combination of 5,100 tonnes of up to:
  • - 525 cars
  • - 108 semi trailers
  • - 65 trucks[2]

MS Kaiarahi is a RO-RO ferry owned by Stena RORO currently operating on the Wellington to Picton interisland route between the North and South islands of New Zealand.


Built as the Dawn Merchant for Cenargo International Ltd in 1998 and was launched in February 1998, that same year she was chartered to Und RORO for service in Turkey, In 1999 she was chartered to Norse Merchant Ferries and the Norfolkline is 2002, in 2005 she transferred back to Norse Merchant Ferries and was sold to Daybreak Shipping Ltd where she was renamed the Europax Appia, In 2006 she was chartered to Balearia where she was then renamed the Pau Casals and then in 2009 to T-Link Lines where she was renamed the T-Rex. In 2010 she was renamed the Norman Trader and chartered to LD Lines, she remained with them until the closure of the Dover to Boulogne route where she then transferred to other LD Lines routes until 2011 where she was chartered to both P&O Ferries and Stena Line and then she was laid up in the River Fal at Falmouth.

Sale to Stena Line[edit]

In May 2013 Stena Line announced that they were going to purchase the Norman Trader for their Gdynia to Karlskrona route, she headed by tow to Gdynia where she was refitted and renamed the Stena Alegra in June 2013, on the 8 July 2013 she started operating on the Gdynia to Karlskrona route.[citation needed] On 28 October, Stena Alegra was driven ashore at Karlskrona during the St Jude storm.[3]

Interislander charter[edit]

In November 2013 she was chartered by Interislander in New Zealand to operate on the WellingtonPicton route for six months. The charter was to assist the Interislander's two other ships (MV Kaitaki and DEV Arahura) with peak summer loadings while its third ship, DEV Aratere, was out of service for repairs after losing a propeller in early November.[4] During the charter, she suffered several mechanical problems, including an engine failure in Wellington Harbour, a six-metre gash in the hull during berthing difficulties, and the loss of part of a propeller blade, though she was repaired and put back into service shortly after these incidents.

On December 9, 2014, an announcement was made that she would again be chartered long term by Interislander to replace the aging Arahura, which had been in service since 1983 and was to retire in 2015. Before returning to New Zealand, she was refitted to better suit the Wellington to Picton route.[5][6] She has been named Kaiarahi.[7]


  1. ^ Ferry website - Kaiarahi
  2. ^ Interislander - Kaiarahi - Facts and Figures
  3. ^ "Stenabåt på grund i stormen". Goteborgs Posten (in Swedish). 28 October 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Donoghue, Tim (28 November 2013). "Aratere ferry replacement found - in Poland". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Donoghue, Tim (9 December 2014). "Stena Alegra ferry to replace Arahura". Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Problem-plagued Interislander ferry Arahura retired from service, 9 December 2014, retrieved 9 December 2014 
  7. ^

See also[edit]

MS European Endeavour - sister ship

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