ALTAIR (ex BARI / WINNNER 9 / ISLA DE BOTAFOC / STENA CAMBRIA / ST ANSELM) imo: 7813937

ALTAIR was the name given to the former Ventouris Ferries vessel BARI prior to being scrapped.  The ship was originally built as ST ANSELM.  She was one of four ordered by Sealink from Harland & Wolff in Belfast and delivered in the early 1980’s.

When Sealink was taken over by Sea Containers, she remained with that company on its Dover – Calais route.  Following the arrival of the purpose re-built FANTASIA (later STENA FANTASIA) and the takeover of Sealink by Stena Line, ST ANSELM was transferred to the Holyhead – Dun Laoghaire route and renamed STENA CAMBRIA.

She remained on the Dun Laoghaire route until November 1995 when she was redeployed within the Stena Line fleet.  During 1999, STENA CAMBRIA was sold to UMAFISA who renamed her ISLA DE BOTAFOC for service in Spanish waters.

UMAFISA’s succesor company Balearia listed ISLA DE BOTFOC for sale in 2010.  Renamed WINNER 9, she was reportedly en-route to Aliaga for demolition when Ventouris purchased her for its Italy – Albania service.

Ventouris renamed the ship BARI after the Italian port she served.  She remained with the company until 2021 when she was sold for scrap having not been used all year after a downturn in traffic due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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