MV Straitsman (2005)

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  • 2005–10: MS Dueodde
  • 2010 onwards: MV Straitsman
Operator: Strait Shipping
Port of registry: Wellington,  New Zealand
Route: Wellington–Picton
Builder: Volharding Shipyards [nl], Netherlands
Yard number: 703
In service: 2005
Identification:IMO number9323704
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Type: ROPAX ferry
Tonnage: 13,906 GT
Length: 124.9 m (409 ft 9 in)
Beam: 23.4 m (76 ft 9 in)
Draft: 5.6 m (18 ft 4 in)
Decks: 10
Installed power:
  • 2 × MaK 9M32 diesel engines
  • 4,320 kW each at 600 rpm
Speed: 18.8 knots (34.8 km/h; 21.6 mph)
  • 400 passengers
  • 1,248 m (4,094 ft) lane for vehicles

MV Straitsman is a roll-on/roll-off ferry in service for StraitNZ in New Zealand. Under the Bluebridge brand, it operates two return crossings per day between Wellington and Picton, linking the North and South Islands of New Zealand.

The ferry entered service with Bornholmertrafikken in 2005 as MS Dueodde. Alongside sister ship MS Hammerodde, she operated routes linking Bornholm with the Danish mainland. It entered service with Strait Shipping in 2010, and was renamed Straitsman in recognition of Strait Shipping's first vessel, which was in service for 11 years from when the company first launched in 1992.


In July 2016, a tug and B-train trailer unit aboard the Straitsman snapped its lashings and fell overboard off the coast of Island Bay.[1]


  1. ^ Sharpe, Marty; Livingston, Tommy (18 July 2016). "Trailer unit goes overboard after breaking free on Bluebridge Straitsman ferry". Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2017.

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