Ritan (ship)

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MS-Ritan kl.jpg
Ship data
flag FaroeseFaroe Islands Faroe Islands
Ship type Passenger ferry
Callsign XPWI
home port Tórshavn
Owner Føroya Landsstýri
Shipping company Strandfaraskip Landsins
Shipyard K. Hakvoort, Monnickendam
Build number 132
Launch June 1, 1971
Ship dimensions and crew
23.56 m ( Lüa )
19.99 m ( Lpp )
width 6.90 m
Draft Max. 4.75 m
measurement 80.80 GRT / 26.51 NRT
Machine system
machine 2 x Volvo Penta - Diesel engine
performanceTemplate: Infobox ship / maintenance / service format
562 kW (764 hp)
2 × Volvo Penta diesel generator
powerTemplate: Infobox ship / maintenance / service format
68.4 kW (93 hp)
propeller 2 × propellers
Transport capacities
Permitted number of passengers 125/100/75
Classifications DNV GL

The Ritan [ ɹiːtan ] ( Faroese rita = " Kittiwake ") is a small passenger ferry to the Faroe Islands , which several times a day from the port of Hvannasund ( Viðoy over the Fugloyarfjørður the islands) from Svínoy and Fugloy starts. All three islands belong to the North Islands . Until a few years ago, the Másin passenger ferry was on this route. It was taken out of service in 2010 and replaced by today's ferry.


The steel hull of the Ritan was built in Monnickendam in the Netherlands in 1971 . The launch took place on June 1st, the completion on October 1st, 1971. The 80.80 GRT measured ship can carry a maximum of 125 passengers. It is driven by two six - cylinder four - stroke diesel engines made by Volvo Penta of the type TAMD 122 A 86 7955, which act on two propellers via reduction gears. Two Volvo Penta diesel generators of the type D138-N MH (FE) and an emergency generator are available for power generation.

The ship is owned by the state and operated by the state shipping company Strandfaraskip Landsins .

Travel times and duration

The ferry route 58 Hvannasund - Svínoy - Kirkja - Hattarvík

The ferry leaves Hvannasund four times a day in summer and three times a day in winter. The ferry takes half an hour from Hvannasund to Svínoy, a quarter of an hour from Svínoy to Kirkja on Fugloy and 10 minutes from Kirkja to Hattarvík . On the way back, it takes half an hour each from Hattarvík to Svínoy and from Svínoy to Hvannasund.

As an alternative, helicopters are available for the islanders . Until the helicopter service was introduced in 1984, the previous Másin ferry was the only means of public transport for the residents of Svínoy and Fugloy. In order to improve the travel conditions, consideration has been given for some time to setting up a cable car connection between Viðoy, Svínoy and Fugloy, as tunneling is too expensive.

Picture gallery

Web links

Commons : Ritan  - collection of images, videos and audio files


  1. a b M / S Ritan - Tekniskar útgreiningar , SSL.fo
  2. a b Ferry line 58 - M / S Ritan (timetable), SSL.fo