MV Ulysses (2000)

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Ulysses Arriving In Dublin.jpg
MV Ulysses approaching Dublin Port
Name: MS Ulysses
Owner: Irish Continental Group
Operator: Irish Ferries
Port of registry: Limassol,  Cyprus
Route: Dublin - Holyhead
Builder: Rauma shipyard
Cost: €400M
Yard number: 429
Laid down: 24 January 2000[1]
Launched: 1 September 2000[2]
Completed: 2001
Maiden voyage: March 2001
In service: March 2001
Identification: IMO number: 9214991
Status: In service
General characteristics
Tonnage: 50,938 GT
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)
Depth: 15.75m (moulded)
Decks: 12
Deck clearance: 5.0M or 2.7M + 2.1 with Plates in use.
Ice class: 1B
Installed power: 4x MaK 9 M 43
Propulsion: 2 x LIPS type 4C16 CP propellers
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h)
  • 2,000 passengers
  • 1,342 cars
  • 240 trucks
  • 4,101 lanemeters

MV Ulysses is a RORO car ferry currently owned and operated by Irish Ferries. The ship was launched on 1 September 2000[3] 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 22 February 2001, leaving under the command of Captain Peter Ferguson on 28 February and arriving in Dublin Bay at 07:00 on Sunday 4 March.[4] The naming ceremony was undertaken by swimmer Mairéad Berry.[5]

The vessel stands 12 decks (with five vehicle decks - this includes 2 'swing decks' called 'Plates' which are lowered to accommodate a higher number of 'low vehicles' (vehicles up to 2 meters high) - primarily used in holiday seasons when there are a much higher number of passenger vehicles.) 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 on board at below the Irish minimum wage.[6]

On-board Facilities (as built)[edit]

Deck 9[edit]

  • 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

Deck 10[edit]

  • Bridge
  • James Joyce Balcony Lounge
  • Passenger Cabins

Deck 11[edit]

  • Freight Drivers Club
  • Marino Casino
  • Martello Club Class Lounge
  • Sandycove Promenade Deck


  1. ^ "World's largest ferry launched". BBC News Online. BBC News. 1 September 2000. Retrieved March 28, 2006. 
  2. ^ "Gold Medal Winner Mairéad The 'Golden Godmother' To World's Largest Car Ferry 'Ulysses'". Irish Ferries. 2001. Archived from the original on March 16, 2006. Retrieved March 28, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Vessels - Stena Britannica". Stena Line. 2007. Archived from the original on May 20, 2007. Retrieved August 15, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Vessels - Stena Hollandica". Stena Line. 2007. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved August 15, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Irish Ferries dispute threatens ‘partnership’ process". Funferal. 2005. Retrieved February 24, 2015. 
  6. ^ Merrigan, Justin (2013). Irish Ferries: An Ambitious Voyage (1 ed.). Ferry Publications. p. 105-110. ISBN 978-1-906608-60-6. 

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