The Jupiter was a cruiseferry owned and operated by Vietnamese Jupiter Cruises. The vessel operated cruises between Sihanoukville and the island of Phú Quốc. It sank November 2017 with no injuries, having been moored since 2010.
MS Jupiter at Melkoya, February 2006
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|Builder:||Dubegion-Normandie S.A. Nantes|
|Identification:||IMO number: 7360186|
|General characteristics (after 1988 rebuild)|
|Length:||153.30 m (502 ft 11 in)|
|Beam:||22.04 m (72 ft 4 in)|
|Draught:||5.86 m (19 ft 3 in)|
|Installed power:||4 x Pielstick 12 PC2-2V-400 diesels|
In 1981 the super ferries Silvia Regina and Finlandia entered service on the Helsinki – Stockholm route. The Wellamo was no longer required and was sold to DFDS. The vessel was renamed Dana Gloria and placed on the Esbjerg – Newcastle route.
Between 1984 and 1985 the Dana Gloria was chartered back to Silja Line. She was renamed Svea Corona and placed on the Stockholm – Mariehamn – Turku route. At the end of the charter the vessel returned to her previous name of Dana Gloria operating on the Copenhagen – Oslo route until the winter of 1988/89 when the vessel was stretched by 22.3 meters by Meyer Werft in Papenburg. She emerged from rebuilding as the King of Scandinavia.
In 1994 the King of Scandinavia was replaced on the Copenhagen – Oslo route by the Crown of Scandinavia. The King of Scandinavia was immediately purchased by Color Line, renamed Color Viking and entered service on the Bergen – Haugesund – Stavanger – Newcastle route.
In 1998 Color Line sold the Color Viking and the Norway – UK route to Norwegian ferry operator Fjord Line. The vessel was renamed Jupiter. She operated the route until November 2005, being replaced by the larger Fjord Norway.
On 4 November 2017, Jupiter sank off Binh Dinh, Vietnam. The vessel had been laid up since 2010 and was in very poor condition. It was unmanned and lacked maintenance. The vessels could no longer sail under its own power and broke its moorings during Typhoon Damrey. Tragically, the lives of seven crewmen went down with the vessel.
The Jupiter was the first of three identical ships built by the Dubegion-Normandie shipyard in the mid 70's.
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