M/V Saint Patrick (2)

Saint Patrick (2)' official postcard.
M/V Saint Patrick (2). Ian BOYLE collection (Simplon Postcards).

Saint Patrick (2) was purchased in 1982 by Irish Continental Line in order to replace Saint Patrick (1) by a ship that has greater capacity during summers.


Technical Specifications of M/V Saint Patrick (2)
M/V Saint Patrick (2) (1982 - 1997)
The Ship
Launch 1973
Shipyard JJ Sietas KG Schiffswerft Gmbh
Cost (1982) $16 millions
Owner Irish Continental Group
Operator Irish Continental Line (Until 1987)
Irish Ferries (From 1987)
Routes Rosslare (IRL) | Cork (IRL) - Le Havre (FRA) | Cherbourg-en-Cotentin (FRA) | Roscoff (FRA)
IMO 7310260
Call Sign EIBL
Port of Registry Dublin, Ireland
Technical Specifications
Length 125.63m
Breadth 21.65m
Draught 5.27m
Gross Tonnage 7,210 GT (Until 1982)
7,984 GT (From 1982)
Net Tonnage 3,234 NT (Until 1982)
4,319 NT (From 1982)
Deadweight 1,893 DWT (Until 1982)
1,325 DWT (From 1982)
Engines specifications
Engines 2 engines Stork Werkspoor 16TM410 of 16 cylinders each
Power 15,445 kW
Maximum Speed 21.5 knots
Passengers & Cargo
Passengers 1,500 passengers (Until 1982)
1,612 passengers (From 1982)
Cabins 376 (1,146 berths)
Seats 319
Garage 120 cars and 35 lorries

Service History

The genesis as Aurella

Aurella was commissioned on 27th May 1972 to a German shipyard located in Hamburg for DM33 millions. Aurella was launched on 17th March 1973, before performing sea trials beginning on 23rd June.

Aurella was delivered to her Finnish owner, Oy SF-Line on 30th June 1973. She was introduced on Viking Line’ Nadendal – Mariahamn – Kappelskär on 3rd July. On 21st September 1973, Aurella suffered from an engine failure that left her without propulsion, and hence grounded on the Åland Islands. Sent on 10th October to Finnboda shipyard, Aurella resumed service after having been repaired on her route.

In September 1981, finding her redundant, Aurella’ owner laid up in Mariehamn, offering her for sale.

The arrival among Irish Continental Line's fleet

On 20th January 1982, Aurella was purchased for $16 millions by the Irish Continental Group and renamed Saint Patrick (2). She was then sent to Droogdok shipyard for refurbishment, including the addition of cabins instead of the seats lounges.

Saint Patrick (2) was introduced on 2nd June 1982 on the Rosslare – Le Havre service.

However, Saint Patrick (2) has been purchased only for service at summers with Irish Continental Line and therefore she has been chartered at winters to other operators. Hence, Saint Patrick (2) has been operated by North Sea Ferries between November 1982 and April 1983, with Saint Killian (2) serving alone the France – Ireland line. Until late-June, she was chartered to another Irish Continental Group’s subsidiary, Belfast Car Ferries, for service between Belfast and Liverpool.

During Winter 1983-1984, Saint Patrick (2) has been chartered to state-owned B&I Line for service between Rosslare and Pembroke Dock, and between Dublin and Liverpool | Holyhead. During Winter 1984-1985, she has been chartered to Belfast Car Ferries and to DFDS Seaways for their Hamburg – Harwich route. For Winter 1985-86, she sailed for DFDS Seaways and for Stena Line. During Winter 1987 - 1988, Saint Patrick (2) was chartered to Belfast Car Ferries.

Chartered to Sealink UK during winter 1989-1990, she has been operated on the Dover – Calais service between October 1989 and March 1990, after having been operated a few days on Sealink’s Cherbourg-en-Cotentin – Southampton service. The following winter, she also served from Dover, although she was chartered by P&O European Ferries.

During Winters 1992-93 to 1994-95, Saint-Patrick (2) was chartered to Tallink, whilst keep spending summers among Irish Ferries’ fleet between France and Ireland. From Summer 1995, Saint Patrick (2) has also served the Roscoff – Rosslare service.

In early-1995, waiting for the delivery of Isle of Innisfree (2), Saint Patrick (2) has served the Dublin – Holyhead route, before joining Saint Killian (2) on the Ireland – France service.

Following Normandy’s expected delivery for early-1997, which was to replace both Saint Killian (2) and Saint Patrick (2) on the Ireland – France service, and also due to strong competition that lead to a drop in Irish Ferries’ figures for the Ireland – France service, Saint Patrick (2) was laid-up in late 1997 and offered for sale.

Between Mediterranean and Canada

In 1998, Saint Patrick (2) was chartered to Hellenic Mediterranean Line for five years with a purchase option, and renamed Egnatia (2). She began service between Brindisi and Patras on 24th June. During Summer 2000, she was subchartered to Balear Express and operated as Ville de Sète, between Sète and Palmaune. In 2001, she came back to Ireland, subchartered to Swansea Cork Ferries as City of Cork.

Following Summer 2002, former-Saint Patrick (2) was sold to the Canadian company CTMA and renamed C.T.M.A. Vacancier. She was then introduced on their Montreal – Madeleine Islands service. During Winter 2002-2003, C.T.M.A. Vacancier benifitted from a major overhaul. Therefore, her engines were overhauled, whilst she has been partially rebuilt. For instance, her bridge wings were wrapped to ease operation at cold times when the ship is berthing.

Aboard Accommodations

Aboard Dining and Bar

  • Tara Bar - Bar ; Deck A ;
  • Normandy Grill - Pub ; Deck B ;
  • Viking Restaurant - À la carte restaurant ; Deck B ;
  • Tuskar Bar - Bar ; Deck B.

Aboard Shopping

  • Duty Free Shop.

Passengers Accommodations

  • 376 cabins with a total of 1,146 berths (Deck C and E) ;
  • 319 allocated seats.


  • Cinema ; Deck B ;
  • Night Club ; Deck A.

See Also


  • "Mv Saint Patrick II, Past and Present". In Dover Ferry Photos Forum, Goodfellow, R. ; Thornton N. ; Cloke P., 2015. [retrieved 30th August 2015]. Available at www.doverferryphotosforums.co.uk ;
  • "M/S Aurella (1973)". In Faktamom Fartyg, Tabort M., 2015. [retrieved 24th August 2016]. Available at www.faktaomfartyg.se ;
  • "M/F CTMA Vacancier". In The Ferry Site, Koefoed-Hansen, M., 2015. [retrieved 30th August 2015]. Available at www.ferry-site.dk ;
  • "Deckplans". In HHV Ferry, HHV Ferry, 2013. [retrieved 24th August 2015]. Available at www.hhvferry.com ;
  • "Irish Ferries Ship Postcards". In Simplon Postcards, Boyle, I., 2008. [retrieved 30th August 2015]. Available at www.simplonpc.co.uk.