MV Cenred

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Name: MV Cenred
Operator: Wightlink
Builder: Robb Caledon Shipbuilders, Dundee
Cost: £1.8 million
Yard number: 562[1]
Launched: 3 July 1973[1]
Completed: July 1973
In service: 1973
Out of service: March 2009
  • MMSI Number: 234509000[2]
  • IMO Number: 7324091[3]
  • Callsign: GUDR
Fate: Broken up May 2010
General characteristics
Class and type: Roll-on/roll-off Ferry
Tonnage: 761 GRT; 180 DWT[1]
Length: 58.00 m (190.3 ft)
Beam: 15.7 m (51.5 ft)[1]
Draught: 2.28 m (7.5 ft)
Propulsion: 2x 400bhp 6cyl Mirrlees Blackstone ERS6M turbocharged diesel engines driving Voith Schneider cycloidal propellers
Speed: 10.00 knots
  • 512 passengers
  • 58 cars

MV Cenred was one of Wightlink's 'C' class vehicle and passenger ferries on their route from Lymington to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight.


Cenred was built in 1973 for Sealink's Lymington to Yarmouth route by Robb Caledon Shipbuilders Ltd in Dundee, Scotland. The ship was named after Cenred of Wessex. She cost a total of £1.8 million to build and was one of three sister ships, the others being MV Caedmon and MV Cenwulf.[4] They all passed to Wightlink after the privatisation of Sealink in 1984. Cenred remained on the route for her whole life.

Laid up at Marchwood in 2009,[1], Cenred was sold for scrapping and moved to Harlingen, Netherlands in March 2010,[5] en route to Esbjerg in Denmark, in the hope of finding a new owner.[6] Along with her sister ships, Cenred was broken up at Esbjerg in May 2010.[2]


The car deck had ramps fore and aft, allowing full ro-ro operation. Passenger accommodation was above the car deck, with the bridge above that.


Cenred operated the Lymington to Yarmouth ferry service from 1973 to 2008. Along with the two other 'C' class ships owned by Wightlink she was withdrawn from service on introduction of the three new Wight-class ferries.[7] Cenred was brought back from retirement on 12 March 2009 when MV Wight Light required repairs to her hydraulic ramp.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d "7324091". Miramar Ship Index. Retrieved 12 April 2009. (subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ "Cenred". Vessel Tracker. Retrieved 12 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Ship Index: C". World Shipping Register. Retrieved 12 April 2009. 
  4. ^ "Our fleet today - Cenred". Wightlink. Archived from the original on 2008-09-23. Retrieved 16 January 2009. 
  5. ^ "AIS History of Cenred". ShipAIS. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "For Sale: 3 x river ferries still operational". Apollo Duck Boats Network. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  7. ^ Richard Wright (17 July 2008). "New ferry makes third ship for route". Isle of Wight County Press. Retrieved 29 March 2009. 
  8. ^ "Swan song for ferry after breakdown". Isle of Wight County Press. 13 March 2009. Retrieved 29 March 2009. 

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