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Blue Star 1 (ΜΠΛΟΥ ΣΤΑΡ 1) Fast Facts

Current Name: Blue Star 1 (ΜΠΛΟΥ ΣΤΑΡ 1)Previous Names: N/A
Shipyard: van der Giessen -de Noord [NL], #979IMO Number: 9197105
Current Operator: Blue Star FerriesCurrent Route: Rosslare [IE] - Pembroke Dock [GB] (from April 2021)
Length Overall: 171.4mBeam: 26.2m
Passenger Capacity: 1,890 (for Blue Star Ferries) / 1,500 (for Irish Ferries)Vehicle Capacity: Approx. 1,745 lane metres of freight (4.9m free height) or 780 cars
Tonnage: 29,858 gtSister-ships: Blue Star 2

Overview of Blue Star 1

BLUE STAR 1 is an Attica Group-owned fast Ro-Pax ferry. She was delivered by Van der Giessen -de Noord in 2000 and has mainly operated for Blue Star Ferries on services within Greek waters and between Greece and Italy. She was originally ordered by Strintzis Lines as SUPERFERRY ATLANTIC.

An artists impression of BLUE STAR 1 as she was conceived when ordered. She would never wear this livery. Image: Van der Giessen-de Noord NV.
An artists impression of BLUE STAR 1 as she was conceived when ordered. She would never wear this livery. Image: Van der Giessen-de Noord NV.

Strintzis Lines was acquired by Attica enterprises during construction. As a direct result of this its services were rebranded as Blue Ferries (for existing older tonnage) and Blue Star Ferries (for new tonnage). The name of the new ship was thus changed to BLUE STAR 1.

A video of the construction of BLUE STAR 1 and BLUE STAR 2. © 2000 PKFV.

From April 6 2001, BLUE STAR 1 has served Irish Ferries’ Rosslare – Pembroke Dock route.

Design

The interior design of BLUE STAR 1 was also changed as a result of the new ownership. Previous plans by Claus P. Horn were replaced with a design by Attica’s favoured architect Apostolos Molindris & Associates (AM&A) just one month prior to the launch of the ship. AM&A was also responsible for the interior of most of Attica’s Superfast Ferries new-builds.

A cutaway drawing of BLUE STAR 1 as-built. Image: Van der Giessen-de Noord NV.
A cutaway drawing of BLUE STAR 1 as-built. Image: Van der Giessen-de Noord NV.

BLUE STAR 1 has a single sister-ship, BLUE STAR 2 (originally to be named SUPERFERRY PACIFIC). The sister-ships were the only fast Ro-Pax ferries to be built by Van der Giessen-de Noord. Their design, like most other VGN-built ferries, is an in-house yard design.

A stern view of BLUE STAR 1 taken at Heraklion showing her two large vehicle ramps to the main deck and the foot passenger ramp on the starboard side. Image © Gary Andrews.
A stern view of BLUE STAR 1 taken at Heraklion showing her two large vehicle ramps to the main deck and the foot passenger ramp on the starboard side. Image © Gary Andrews.

Previous Northern European service

Between January 2007 and September 2008, BLUE STAR 1 served Superfast Ferries’ Rosyth – Zeebrugge route. Apart from that spell, her entire operation career has been spent in The Mediterranean.

BLUE STAR 1 and her much smaller fleet-mate BLUE STAR PATMOS at Piraeus on March 20, 2015. Image: © Gary Andrews.
BLUE STAR 1 and her much smaller fleet-mate BLUE STAR PATMOS at Piraeus on March 20, 2015. Image: © Gary Andrews.

Irish Ferries

From early-March 2021, BLUE STAR 1 was strongly rumoured to have been chartered by Irish Ferries. On March 24, BLUE STAR 1 was photographed at Piraeus receiving Irish Ferries branding. Prior to her arrival at the Perama ship repair zone for maintenance work in early March she had been laid up since September 2020. The ship relocated to nearby Piraeus on March 20.

BLUE STAR 1 being repainted in Irish Ferries livery. Image: © Voyager ShipSpotting.
BLUE STAR 1 being repainted in Irish Ferries livery. Image: © Voyager ShipSpotting.

On March 26, 2021 Irish Ferries announced that BLUE STAR 1 would be introduced on the Rosslare – Pembroke Dock route during April. The ship replaces ISLE OF INISHMORE which is to be redeployed to a new Dover – Calais service. BLUE STAR 1 took over from ISLE OF INISHMORE on April 6, 2021.

Blue Star 1 Passenger Facilities

The public facilities are mainly housed on Deck 7. Deck 8 is mostly dedicated to cabins while Deck 9 is a crew deck.

BLUE STAR 1 deck arrangement side view. Image: Blue Star Ferries.
BLUE STAR 1 deck arrangement side view. Image: Blue Star Ferries. (Click to enlarge)

Public Deck (Deck 7)

BLUE STAR 1 Deck 7 layout plan. Image: Blue Star Ferries.
BLUE STAR 1 Deck 7 layout plan. Image: Blue Star Ferries. (Click to enlarge)
  • A la Carte Restaurant
  • Self-service Restaurant & Goodys Burger House
  • ‘Roma’ Cafe & Bar
  • 3 x Air Seat Lounges
  • Observation Lounge & Bar
  • Gift Shop
  • Flocafe Bar
  • Entrance Lounge
  • Yacht Club
  • Wi-fi
  • Reception Desk
  • Pursers Office

Cabin Deck (Deck 8)

BLUE STAR 1 Deck 8 layout plan. Image: Blue Star Ferries.
BLUE STAR 1 Deck 8 layout plan. Image: Blue Star Ferries. (Click to enlarge)

A total of 176 cabins are housed on Deck 8 according to Blue Star Ferries, including;

  • Luxury outside cabins
  • Standard outside cabins
  • Inside cabins
  • Cabins for persons with special needs
  • Pet friendly cabins

Additionally, the Atrium Bar is also on Deck 8.

Crew Deck (Deck 9)

  • Crew areas
  • First aid
  • Kennels
Official Blue Star Ferries “Welcome on board” BLUE STAR 1 video presentation

Blue Star 1 Technical Data

Side profile of BLUE STAR 1. Irish Ferries.
Side profile of BLUE STAR 1. Irish Ferries.
Blue Star 1 (ΜΠΛΟΥ ΣΤΑΡ 1)
IMO Number9197105

Callsign

SWET
Building YardVan der Giessen-de Noord NV, Krimpen aan den IJsell (near Rotterdam), The Netherlands
Hull Number#979
DesignVan der Giessen-de Noord
Interior Architect Apostolos Molindris & Associates (AM&A)
Contract Date July 1998
Keel Laid01 June 1999
LaunchedDecember 1999
Completion / Delivery
Hull Number#979

Certification

Lloyds Register of Shipping
Class NotationsLMC, UMS
100A1:ROLL-ON ROLL-OFF CARGO AND PASSENGER SHIP:LILI, SHIPRIGHT SCM, SHIPRIGHT (IHM-EU+)
Current Operator
To be chartered to Irish Ferries from April 2021
Vessel Management Blue Star Ferries SA
In service (Blue Star Ferries) June 2000 (Ancona - Brindisi - Patras)
Usual RouteRosslare – Pembroke Dock
Length Overall171.4 m
Length B.P.160.575 m
Beam26.2 m
Draught6.45 m

Gross Tonnage

29,858
Deadweight4,500
Number of Decks 10
Main PropulsionFour MAN B&W 8L58/64 marine Diesel engines, each producing 11,120 kW running at 428 rpm.
Each pair of engines drives a single KaMeWa 5.4m diameter propeller at 144 rpm via a two input one output reduction gearbox.

Two KaMeWa 1,200 kW transverse bow thrusters
Other MachineryThree MAN 6L28/32 auxiliary engines
Blohm + Voss fin stabilisers
Hamworthy KSE access equipment
Power (Max)44,480 kW (59,650 BHP)
Design Speed 27 kts

Passenger Capacity

1,890 (for Blue Star Ferries) / 1,500 (for Irish Ferries)
Crew 112*
(* figure quoted in Shippax Designs 00)
Passenger Cabins 192*
(* figure quoted by Blue Star Ferries. Additional cabins were added during 2007)

Vehicle capacity

780 cars or 1.718 lane meters*
(* figures quoted by Blue Star Ferries)
Lane Metre Breakdown
(as built)
Lower Hold (Deck 2): 100 cars (3.0m free height).

Main Deck (Deck 3): 850 lm approx. with 4.9m free height/

Upper Deck (Deck 5): 895 lm approx. with 4.9m free height.

1,745 freight lane metres total
Vehicle accessSingle-level-drive-through loading configuration with direct access via a single bow and dual stern doors on deck 3.

Tilting ramps between deck 3 and 5, and deck 3 and 2 allow all decks to be accessed via single-level shoreside facilities.

Flag state (port)

Greece (Piraeus)
As-built sister-shipsBlue Star 2
Technical data for Blue Star 1 (ΜΠΛΟΥ ΣΤΑΡ 1). These details are believed to be correct at the time of publication, but may be subject to change. Weights and dimensions are taken directly from Lloyds Register.
Painting continues on <a href=BLUE STAR 1 with further Irish Ferries branding applied to the ship during Monday March 22. Notably her funnel was painted green rather than white as used on the former
Painting continues on BLUE STAR 1 with further Irish Ferries branding applied to the ship during Monday March 22. Notably her funnel was painted green rather than white as used on the former OSCAR WILDE which had a similar livery. Image: © Voyager Shipspotting.

Steven Tarbox

Steven is a former retail professional and a ferry writer and photographer. He created NI Ferry Site as a web design project in 2014 to be a news and information source for everyone with an interest in ferries, with a particular focus on Northern Ireland. Steven is the editor of the website and looks after all of the technical aspects.
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