Saint class

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Saint class
St Catherine
St Catherine
Ship data
Ship type ferry
Shipping company Wightlink, Portsmouth
Shipyard Robb Caledon Shipbuilders , Leith
Cochrane Shipbuilders, Selby
Units built 4th
Ship dimensions and crew
77.05 m ( Lüa )
width 17.22 m
Side height 4.53 m
Draft Max. 2.48 m
measurement 2036 BRT / 856 NRT
2121 BRT
crew 10-12
Machine system
machine 3 × MAN - diesel engine
performanceTemplate: Infobox ship / maintenance / service format
1,876 kW (2,551 hp)
12.5 kn (23 km / h)
propeller 3 × Voith-Schneider propellers
Transport capacities
Load capacity 537 dw
Permitted number of passengers 1000
Vehicle capacity 142 cars
From 2001 onwards
Permitted number of passengers 771

The Saint class is a class of four ferries that were built for the British shipping company Sealink and are used by Sealink and later Wightlink in ferry services with the Isle of Wight .


Construction and use

The ferries were built in the early 1980s and between the late 1980s and early 1990s at two British shipyards . The first two ferries were built in the early 1980s at the Robb Caledon Shipbuilders yard in Leith , Edinburgh , for the British shipping company Sealink. The second ferry to sail as St Helen was the last ship launched before the shipyard closed in 1984. The ferries were put into service in July and November 1983 on the route between Portsmouth and Fishbourne on the Isle of Wight.

The shipyard for the two ferries built in the late 1980s and early 1990s was the Cochrane Shipbuilders in Selby . One of the ferries was delivered in 1987 to Sealink British Ferries, which had emerged from the shipping company Sealink, and the second to the shipping company Wightlink in 1990, to which Sea Containers had outsourced ferry operations to the Isle of Wight after Stena Line took over Sealink British Ferries . These ferries were also used on the route between Portsmouth and Fishbourne.

Three of the ferries were sold to the Italian shipping company Delcomar Compagnia di Navigazione in 2010, 2015 and 2019 . Delcomar operates the ships between Portovesme in Sardinia and Carloforte on the island of San Pietro and to Calasetta on the island of Sant'Antioco .


On July 18, 2014, the front of the height-adjustable decks on the starboard side crashed onto the main deck from a height of about two meters during the shutdown at Fishbourne after one of the wire ropes broke. A crew member who was on the deck and three motorists were treated in the hospital. Other drivers suffered minor injuries, some of which were treated on site. There were 181 passengers and eleven crew members on board.

In January 2017 , a fire broke out on board the St Faith , which was en route from Portsmouth to Fishbourne, which could be fought with on-board resources. At the time of the accident, there were 52 passengers and 13 crew members on board. There were no injuries.

Technical data and equipment

The ferries are three six-cylinder - MAN - Diesel engines driven. The engines, which were built at Harland & Wolff in Belfast , each work on a Voith-Schneider propeller , two of which are located at the stern and one at the bow .

The ships have a continuous vehicle deck, which is divided in the middle lengthways by stairwells, a passenger elevator and supply shafts. There are three car lanes on each side. The vehicle deck is loaded and unloaded via a foldable bow and stern ramp . To increase the capacity, the ships are equipped with four height-adjustable decks, two of which are attached to each side of the ship. There are also three car lanes on each of the height-adjustable decks. The two front decks are each 21.1 meters long and 6.89 meters wide, the two rear decks are each 19.9 meters long and 6.89 meters wide. They can each carry 20.25 t. There is space for 12 cars on the front, height-adjustable decks, and 15 cars on the rear. The individual decks can be used independently of one another. A total of 54 cars can be transported here. If the height-adjustable decks are not used, they are pulled up under the superstructure.

The deck superstructures build over the vehicle deck from around the first third of the ship's length. In the superstructure decks there are lounge rooms for the passengers on two decks. The bridge of the ships is placed on the front of the superstructure. As a closed bridge, it extends over the entire width of the ship and, to improve the overview, extends from the closed bridge cams a little beyond the width of the ship.


Saint class
Building name Shipyard
construction number
IMO number Launching
Later names and whereabouts
St Catherine Robb Caledon Shipbuilders
8120557 March 30, 1983
June 1983
July 3, 1983
2010: GB Conte
St Helen Robb Caledon Shipbuilders
8120569 September 15, 1983
November 24, 1983
November 30, 1983
2015: Anna Mur
St Cecilia Cochrane Shipbuilders
8518546 November 4th 1986
March 1987
March 27th 1987
2019: Nando Murrau
St Faith Cochrane Shipbuilders
8907228 February 28, 1990
July 1990
July 18, 1990

At Wightlink, the ships sail or sail under the flag of the United Kingdom with their home port in London .

The ferries sold to Delcomar sail under the Italian flag. Home port is Cagliari .


The St. Cecilia was 1989 location of the BBC -Kinderserie Grange Hill (Season 12, Episode 13).

Scenes from the French film Love Your Father (original title: Aime ton père ) , released in 2002, starring Gérard Depardieu were filmed on board the St Cecilia . For the filming, the ferry was given the colors of a fictional Swedish shipping company Norselink.

Web links

Commons : Saint class  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b St Catherine , Scottish Built Ships - The History of Shipbuilding in Scotland, Caledonian Maritime Research Trust. Retrieved July 13, 2020.
  2. ^ Henry Robb , Grace's Guide to British Industrial History. Retrieved July 13, 2020.
  3. ^ History ( Memento of February 21, 2009 in the Internet Archive ), Wightlink.
  4. Carloforte - Portovesme , Delcomar Compagnia di Navigazione. Retrieved July 13, 2020.
  5. Elly Yates-Roberts: Wightlink will bid farewell to St Cecilia in January 2019 , Cruise & Ferry, January 17, 2019. Retrieved July 13, 2020.
  6. Interim report on the investigation of the collapse of a mezzanine deck on board the roll-on roll-off passenger ferry St Helen, Fishbourne ferry terminal, Isle of Wighton 18 July 2014 , Marine Accident Investigation Branch , July 2015 (PDF, 189 kB ). Retrieved July 13, 2020.
  7. a b Report on the investigation of the collapse of a mezzanine deck on board the roll-on roll-off passenger ferry St Helen, Fishbourne Ferry Terminal, Isle of Wight on July 18, 2014 , Marine Accident Investigation Branch, Report No 1/2016 , February 2016 (PDF, 4 MB). Retrieved July 13, 2020.
  8. Wightlink ferry St Faith caught fire at Solent in UK , Maritime Herald, January 19, 2017. Retrieved July 13, 2020.
  9. ^ St Catherine ( Memento of May 15, 2009 on the Internet Archive ), Wightlink.
  10. ^ St Helen ( June 26, 2009 memento on the Internet Archive ), Wightlink.
  11. ^ St Cecilia ( memento June 26, 2009 in the Internet Archive ), Wightlink.
  12. ^ St Faith ( Memento of May 15, 2009 on the Internet Archive ), Wightlink.
  13. a b Wightlink’s St Cecilia calls it a day and retires to Sardinia with million miles on the clock , Seaview Ferries, January 22, 2019. Accessed July 13, 2020.
  14. ^ Grange Hill , YouTube video. Retrieved July 13, 2020.