MS Mega Express Four

MS Mega Express Four is a fast ropax ferry owned by Corsica Ferries - Sardinia Ferries and operated on their routes from Nice and Toulon to Ile Rousse. She was built in 1995 by Schichau Seebeckwerft in Bremerhaven, Germany for Superfast Ferries as MS Superfast II. Between 2003 and 2006 she sailed for TT-Line (Australia) as MS Spirit of Tasmania III.[1][3]

Mega Express Four at Ajaccio
  • 1995–2003: Superfast II
  • 2003–2006: Spirit of Tasmania III
  • 2006 onwards: Mega Express Four
  • 1995–2003: Superfast Ferries
  • 2003–2006: TT-Line Pty. Ltd.
  • 2006 onwards: Corsica Ferries[1]
Port of registry:
Builder: Schichau Seebeckwerft, Bremerhaven, Germany
Yard number: 1088[1]
Launched: 14 January 1995[1]
Christened: 25 March 1995[1]
Acquired: 31 May 1995[1]
Out of service: 24 May 2017
Status: In service
General characteristics (as Superfast II)[1]
Class and type: Superfast I class fast ropax ferry
Length: 173.50 m (569 ft 3 in)
Beam: 24.00 m (79 ft)
Draught: 6.41 m (21 ft 0 in)
Installed power:
Speed: 27.9 knots (51.7 km/h; 32.1 mph) maximum speed
  • 1400 passengers
  • 686 berths
  • 830 cars
  • 1850 lanemeters
General characteristics (as Mega Express Four)[1]
Speed: 26 kn (48.15 km/h) service speed[2]
  • 1965 passengers
  • 909 berths
  • 550 cars
  • 1400 lanemeters
Notes: Otherwise the same as built

Concept and construction

Superfast II was the second ship built for Attica Group's subsidiary Superfast Ferries for their Adriatic Sea services from Patras to Ancona.[4] Her construction was identical to that of MS Superfast I.[1]

Service history

1995–2003: Superfast II

Superfast II entered service on 11 June 1995 on Superfast Ferries' PatrasAncona route.[1][3] In April 1998, following the delivery of the new MS Superfast IV,[5] Superfast II was transferred to the Patras—IgoumenitsaBari route. From October 1999 until January 2000 she returned to the Patras—Ancona route as a replacement for MS Superfast III that was undergoing repairs after an onboard fire. In July 2003 Superfast II was sold to TT-Line (Australia), with a delivery date set in September of the same year.[1][3] TT-Line (Australia) had already purchased Superfast III and Superfast IV the previous year, renaming them MS Spirit of Tasmania II and MS Spirit of Tasmania I, respectively.[6]

2003–2006: Spirit of Tasmania III

TT-Line took over their new ship on 30 September 2003 and renamed her Spirit of Tasmania III. She subsequently sailed to Hobart, Tasmania, where she was refitted for her new service. On 15 January 2004 she entered service on TT-Line's new SydneyDevonport route.[1][3] Passenger demand for the new service proved smaller than had been expected, and the low passenger numbers combined with rising fuel costs led to the Government of Tasmania's decision to terminate the service in August 2006. As a result, Spirit of Tasmania III was put up for sale.[7]

On 17 July 2006 Spirit of Tasmania III was sold to Mediterranean operator Corsica Sardinia Ferries for 65 million (A$111 million). The ship left on her final voyage for TT-Line on 27 August 2006.[8]

2006 onwards: Mega Express Four

Corsica Sardinia Ferries took over Spirit of Tasmania III on 5 September 2006 and renamed her Mega Express Four. She subsequently sailed from Australia to Europe. She entered service for her new owners in November of the same year.[1] Between January and April 2007 she was rebuilt at the Megatechnica shipyard in Perama, Greece with an expanded aft superstructure.[3][9] She returned to service on 4 May 2007.[1]

See also


  1. Asklander, Micke. "M/S Superfast II (1995)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 10 April 2008.
  2. "Mega Express Four technicals details". The Yellow Lines. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2008.
  3. "Mega Express Four history". The Yellow Lines. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2008.
  4. Asklander, Micke. "Superfast Ferries". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 10 April 2008.
  5. Asklander, Micke. "M/S Superfast IV (1998)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 10 April 2008.
  6. Boyle, Ian. "TT-Line-Tasmania". Simplon Postcards. Retrieved 10 April 2008.
  7. "Tassie scraps Sydney to Devonport ferry". The Age. 5 May 2006. Retrieved 14 January 2007.
  8. "Corsica snaps up Spirit of Tasmania III". Direct Ferries. 17 July 2006. Retrieved 14 January 2007.
  9. Asklander, Micke. "M/S Mega Express Four (1995): Ombyggnadsbilder". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 10 April 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2008.
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