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F/B Bridge

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Ancona, 22/08/2016 #17373

 

Ship

Bridge (2015)

Charter 11/2015-09/2017

Building Spec.

New South Wales Dockyard, Newcastle, Australia, 1976 N° 94

Call Sign

P3KD7

IMO Number

7356252

GRT

16.539

DWT

7.480

Dimensions

141,97 x 23,42 x 7,18

Engines

2 Kawasaki-MAN R9V 52/55 13.239 kW

Speed

19 knots

Passengers

850

Beds

204 in 69 cabins

Cars

650

Lane Metres

1.054

Sister Ships

 

Registry Port

Limassol

Flag

Cipro

Former Names/Own.

Bass Trader Australian National Line 05/1976-12/1996

Ionian Bridge Strintzis Lines 01/1997-12/1999

Blue Bridge Blue Star Ferries 01/2000-05/2004

Mercedes del Mar Iscomar Ferrys 05/2004-01/2010

Bridge European Sealines 01/2010-09/2017

New Names/Own.

Duba Bridge – Costavia Shipping 09/2017à

Charter a Balearia 06/2018-09/2018

Charter a Balearia 11/2018-02/2019

Line

 

The “Bass Trader” was ordered by Australian National Line to New South Wales dockyard of Newcastle, Australia, in the middle of the Seventies, aiming to replace the ro/pax service between Sydney and Devonport, Tasmania, by a pure ro/ro service. Delivered in 1976, the “Bass Trader” remained on Sydney-Tasmania run for twenty years, when Australian National Line, sold to the French company CMA CGM, abandoned the ro/ro business remaining only on container service, and the “Bass Trader” was sold to Strintzis Lines, which converted the ferry to a more modern ro/pax design as the “Ionian Bridge”, to serve Brindisi line. In 2000, after the takeover of the company by Attica Enterprises, the company was rebranded as “Blue Star Ferries”, and this ferry was renamed “Blue Bridge”, remaining on the same services as before until May 2004, when was sold to the Spanish company Iscomar. Renamed “Mercedes del Mar”, was deployed on Barcelona – Palma run for four years, when Iscomar found themselves in troubled waters and the services ceased due to financial difficulties, with the ferries moored in port and occupied by the unpaid crews. The lay-up of the “Mercedes del Mar” lasted until the beginning of 2010, when she found again the way to Greece, being bought by Arcoumanis family. From 2010, the ferry, back in blue livery and with “Bridge” name, started serving Italy – Greece and Italy – Albania services, mainly from Brindisi; at the end of 2015, Adria Ferries, which was searching a more freight-oriented vessel to serve Ancona – Durres service, chartered the “Bridge”, which stayed on Ancona – Durres line until mid September 2017; interestingly, the “Bridge”, during low season, was often engaged also on sub-charters to serve the Brindisi – Vlore line and the Porto EmpedocleLinosa – Lampedusa line. When back in Greece after the end of Adria Ferries charter, the “Bridge” was soon sold to Egyptian interests and renamed “Duba Bridge”. Even we’re used to see Egypt as the last spell of service for a ferry, the “Duba Bridge” returned to Europe on June 2018, chartered by Balearia to serve the Malaga – Melilla line and later the Denia – Sant Antoni line. Back to Egyptian owners in September, in November 2019 was again chartered by Balearia, this time for Almeria – Melilla and Almeria – Nador lines. During her last spell of Spanish service, the “Duba Bridge” was soon hit by mechanical troubles, which led the company to avoid renewing charter of the vessel.

 

Photo Gallery

 

 

William T. Barber

J.Y. Freeman

Collection

 

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL LINE – Bass Trader (1976-1996)

 

 

Igoumenitsa, 30/07/1997

Igoumenitsa, 25/08/1997

Michele Lulurgas

Y. Paze

 

STRINTZIS LINES – Ionian Bridge (1997-1999)

 

 

Igoumenitsa

Brindisi

Daniele Miglio

Frank Lose

 

BLUE STAR FERRIES – Blue Bridge (2000-2002)

 

 

Corfu, 16/04/2003

Corfu, 20/04/2003

Carsten Dettmer

Carsten Dettmer

 

BLUE STAR FERRIES – Blue Bridge (2002-2004)

 

 

Palma, 01/07/2004

Palma, 01/07/2004

Georges Pop

Georges Pop

 

ISCOMAR FERRYS – Mercedes del Mar (2004-2006)

 

 

Valencia, 07/08/2007

Valencia, 30/12/2009

Aratino

Carsten Dettmer

 

ISCOMAR FERRYS – Mercedes del Mar (2006-2010)

 

 

Corfu, 05/08/2010

Corfu, 05/08/2010

Michele Lulurgas

Michele Lulurgas

 

EUROPEAN SEAWAYS – Bridge (2010-2015)

 

 

Trieste, 06/03/2016

Trieste, 06/03/2016

Trieste, 06/03/2016

Ancona, 22/08/2016

Ancona, 22/08/2016

Ancona, 22/08/2016

Vladimir Knyaz

Vladimir Knyaz

Vladimir Knyaz

Michele Lulurgas

Michele Lulurgas

Michele Lulurgas

 

ADRIA FERRIES – Bridge (2015-2017)

 

 

Denia, 04/07/2018

Denia, 04/07/2018

Manuel Hernández Lafuente

Manuel Hernández Lafuente

 

BALEARIA – Duba Bridge (2018-19)

 

 

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