MV Wight Sky

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Wight Sky in 2016
History
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Name: MV Wight Sky
Owner: Wightlink
Operator: Wightlink
Port of registry: London,  United Kingdom
Route:

Lymington to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

Portsmouth~Fishbourne 2015 onwards

(Seasonal relief vessel when required)
Ordered: 12 March 2007
Builder: Kraljevica Shipyard, Kraljevica, Croatia
Yard number: 551
Laid down: 13 August 2007
Launched: 12 April 2008
In service: 25 February 2009
Identification:
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Wight class
Tonnage: 1500 GRT; 360 DWT[1]
Displacement: 1,495 Tonnes at Full Capacity
Length: 62.4 m (204.7 ft)
Beam: 16.1 m (52.8 ft)
Draught: 2.30 m (7.5 ft) at Full Capacity
Decks: Two Passenger and three Car Decks
Installed power: 4x 740bhp (552kw)Volvo D16MH 16 litre 6cyl diesels
Propulsion: 2 x Voith Schneider 21 R5/135 propeller units
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph)
Capacity: 360 Passengers, 65 Cars, 110m of Freight Traffic
Crew: Normally 10, can be as low as eight.

MV Wight Sky is a new design of roll-on/roll-off car and passenger ferry operating on Wightlink's Lymington to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight route.

History[edit]

MV Wight Sky was constructed at the Kraljevica shipyard in Croatia and launched on 12 April 2008.[2] After fitting out, she left Croatia on 15 September 2008 and arrived in Portsmouth on 2 October 2008.[3]

Design[edit]

MV Wight Sky, the second of three new vessels built for Wightlink, is a completely new design of vessel with more comfortable passenger facilities. The design by naval architects Hart Fenton & Company (now Houlder Ltd), utilises fixed and mobile mezzanine decks, complete disabled access and a larger cafe and sundeck area. There is a passenger lift between the car deck and passenger decks.

The new vessels do not have the additional third deck of the old C-class ferries, with the space incorporated into the passenger lounges. They are intended to last as long as the C-class vessels they replace.

Service[edit]

MV Wight Sky is in service on the Yarmouth - Lymington crossing, with her sister ships MV Wight Light and MV Wight Sun. The Wight class vessels should be able to run to the existing timetable, with a scheduled crossing time of 30 minutes and 15 minutes turnaround.

The three previous vessels that ran the Lymington to Yarmouth route were retired and initially stored at Portsmouth. 35-year-old MV Cenred was brought back into service on 12 March 2009, when MV Wight Light broke down and was taken out of service for repairs to her hydraulic ramp.[4]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Wight Sky". Vessel Assessment System. Retrieved 12 April 2009.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Wightlink Launches Second New Ship In Croatia". Wightlink. Archived from the original on 23 October 2008. Retrieved 29 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Captain's Log". Wightlink. Archived from the original on 3 April 2009. Retrieved 29 March 2009.
  4. ^ "Swan song for ferry after breakdown". Isle of Wight County Press. 13 March 2009. Retrieved 29 March 2009.