She is one of three vessels operating the Lymington - Yarmouth route which replaced older ferries as part of a £57m investment.
Designed by Naval Architect Hart Fenton she was constructed in Croatia at the Brodogradiliste Kraljevica shipyard whilst the interior ship design was undertaken by LAP Architects. Laid down on 13 August 2007 she was launched on 12 April 2008 and after sea trials entered service on 25 February 2009.
Designated an R-Class vessel she is 62.4m long with a 16.1m beam and 2.3m laden draft with a maximum displacement of 1494t and DWT of 330t. She has a total of 110m of vehicle lanes and can accommodate 65 cars or 28 freight vehicles over eight lanes and two car decks. In total there is capacity for 360 passengers.
She is powered by four Volvo D16MH (6-Cylinder engines) with propulsion provided by two Voith Schneider 21 R5/135 units giving a service speed of 11 knots.
Wightlink and its predecessors have been operating ferry services for over 160 years and now carry over 5,500,000 passengers, 1,200,000 cars and over 200,000 coaches and freight each year on its three routes across the Solent to the Isle of Wight.
MMSI - 235064783
REG - UK, London
IMO - 9446984
Call Sign - 2ABV8
Passenger / Ro-Ro cargo Ships
Built - Kraljevica SY, Kraljevica, HR
Yard No. 551
L 62.4m x W 16.1m
GT - 2,546
Year - 2008
Yarmouth, 31 October 2014