EUROPEAN ENDEAVOUR (now FINBO CARGO)

European Endeavour moored on berth 21 with NORBAY on berth 19 & FREEWAY on berth 18, Dublin Port. Copyright © Robbie Cox.
European Endeavour moored on berth 21 with NORBAY on berth 19 & FREEWAY on berth 18, Dublin Port, 17.02.19. Copyright © Robbie Cox.
European Endeavour was a P&O Ferries Ro-Pax ferry which has operated on the Dublin to Liverpool route from May 2011 until April 2019. This profile contains details of her history, technical information, and photos.

Fast Facts

  • IMO Number: 9181106
  • Constructed by: Astilleros Espanoles, Sevilla [SP] #290
  • Also known as:
    EL GRECO / MIDNIGHT MERCHANT
  • Passenger capacity: 250 (max)
  • Vehicle Capacity: 2,000 lane metres
  • Current Operator: P&O Ferries
  • Usual Route: Dublin [IE] – Liverpool [GB]

EUROPEAN ENDEAVOUR was a P&O Ferries Ro-Pax ferry which has operated on the Dublin to Liverpool route since May 2011.  Prior to this, she served for the same company on the Dover to Calais route, and for Transmediterránea as EL GRECO.  She was originally delivered to Cenargo subsidiary Merchant Ferries as MIDNIGHT MERCHANT, but was immediately chartered to Norfolk Line for their new Dover to Dunkerque route, making her first revenue earning crossing in October 2000. On Monday 6th of May Eckerö Line confirmed that their parent company had signed a letter of intent to acquire EUROPEAN ENDEAVOUR for a new freight-orientated service between Helsinki and Tallinn to complement their existing service between the two ports using FINLANDIA. She will be renamed FINBO CARGO for this purpose.

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Technical Information

  • The following technical info is for when the vessel was in P&O Ferries service named EUROPEAN ENDEAVOUR, and may have changed during subsequent ownership.
Side profile drawing of EUROPEAN ENDEAVOUR. Copyright © Steven Tarbox.
Side profile drawing of EUROPEAN ENDEAVOUR. Copyright © Steven Tarbox.

Name (as-built)

EUROPEAN ENDEAVOUR
(MIDNIGHT MERCHANT)

IMO Number

9181106

Call Sign

C6ZG5

Classification

Lloyds

Original Naval Architect

Original Interior Architect (Outfitter)

Roger Simpson (outfitter unknown)

Constructed by

Astilleros Espanoles, Sevilla, Spain

Yard Number

290

Contract Price

USD 65m

Keel Laid

30 September 1998

Launched

 

Delivered

September 2000

Originally in Service

October 5th 2000 (Dover – Dunkerque)

Dimensions

Length Overall (between perpendiculars)

179.95m (168.7)

Beam

25m (24.3 moulded)

Draught

6.5

Total Number of Decks

10

Tonnage

Gross Tonnage

22,152

Net Tonnage

6,645

Deadweight

7,477

Capacities

Passengers

250 (max)

Crew

47

Vehicles

Up to 146* x 13m trailers
* this figure was the subject of a legal dispute between owners Cenargo and the shipyard with Cenargo claiming this figure was not achievable in practice.

Lane Metres

·      2000

Vehicle Decks (Free Height)

·      Upper Deck – 1,100lm (5.2m)

·      Main Deck – 900lm (5.2m)

Current Passenger Facilities

Number of Passenger Decks

2 (Deck 7/8)

Number of Passenger Cabin Decks

1 (Deck 8)

Number of Cabin Berths (number of cabins)

114 (57)

Passenger Facilities

Deck 7

Restaurant

Lounge Bar

Shop/Bureau de Change/Reception

Deck 8

Reclining Seat Lounge

Video Lounge

Equipment and Machinery

Main Propulsion Package

·       4 x Wartsila-NSD 9L38 Marine Diesel engines producing 5,940kW each at 600 rpm, coupled via Schelde gearboxes to

·       2 x 4.85m diameter Wartsila Wichman propellers turning at 138rpm

Total Max Main Engine Power

23,760kW

Aux Engines

2 x Wartsila 6L20 Marine Diesel engines producing 930kW each at 900 rpm

Thrusters

2 x Brunvoll 1,300kW bow thrusters

Rudders

2 x Becker high lift rudders

Stabilisers

Three passive flume tanks located beneath the main deck

Access Equipment

MacGregor

Vehicle Access

·      Twin level bow and stern loading
(N.B. the bow doors on the main deck were welded shut in 2014)

·      2 x hoistable 55 x 3.2m tilting ramps between the upper deck and main deck

·      13m (+2m flaps) x 17m Stern ramp

·       15m (+2m flaps) x 4.5m Bow Ramp (as built – no longer used)

Speed and Consumption

Trial Speed

24kts

Service Speed (design/usual)

22.5kts/-

Fuel Consumption at Design Speed (if known)

96t/24h

Current Status

Current Registered Owner

 

Current Operator

P&O Ferries

Current Route

Dublin to Liverpool

Current Flag (Port)

The Bahamas (Nassau)

Other Info

   Navigation and Communications system provided by Sperry

·      Since joining P&O’s Liverpool to Dublin route EUROPEAN ENDEAVOUR has been used almost exclusively as a stern loading vessel

As-built Sister Ships (current operator)

KAIRAHI (Interislander)

AQUARIUS BRAZIL (Equinox Offshore)

CIUDAD DE MAHON (Transmediterránea)

References and further reading

Designs 98, Shippax

Lloyds Register of Shipping Class Direct

 

EUROPEAN ENDEAVOUR seen unloading at Dublin, May 30th 2018. Copyright © Robbie Cox.
EUROPEAN ENDEAVOUR seen unloading at Dublin, May 30th 2018. Copyright © Robbie Cox.

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