MV Star Fighter (1978)

MV Star Fighter is a freight ferry which was previously operated by TransEuropa Ferries but was laid up in April 2013 after TEF went bankrupt, she has since been sold and has been renamed the Ardenia. On the 27/09/2014 she was registered to Kosilio Shipping Co Ltd, Limassol, Cyprus and was then subsequently renamed MV Star Fighter along with her former fleet mate Larks which was renamed MV Lucky Star, she then departed Piraeus for Limassol in early November where she was laid up following her name change.[2] She was scrapped at Alang, India, in December 2016.[3]

Transeuropa ferry Gardenia leaving Ostend
  • Star Fighter (2014 onwards)
  • Ardenia (2014)
  • Gardenia (2002-2014)
  • European Endeavour (1987-2002)
  • European Enterprise (1978-1987)
  • Oilchart (2013-Present)
  • TransEuropa Ferries (2002-2013)
  • Abbey National Leasing (1991-2002)
  • P&O (1987-1991)
  • European Ferries (Townsend Thoresen) (1978-1987)
Port of registry: Limassol,  Cyprus
Route: 2002 - 2013: Ramsgate-Ostend
Builder: Schichau Unterweser AG, Germany
Yard number: 2275
Launched: 22 December 1977
Completed: 1977
In service: 1978
Out of service: April 2013
Status: Laid up in Limassol, Cyprus
General characteristics
Tonnage: 22,152 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 117.85 m (386.6 ft)
Beam: 20.27 m (66.5 ft)
Draught: 5.82 m (19.1 ft)
Propulsion: Two Stork Werkspoor 9TM410
Speed: 18.4 kn (34.1 km/h)


The ship was launched for Townsend Thoresen as the European Enterprise in 1978.[4] Townsend Thoresen was absorbed by P&O European Ferries in 1987 and the same year the vessel was renamed European Endeavour by the new owners. In 1996 P&O European Ferries transferred European Endeavour to P&O European Ferries Irish Sea operation. European Endeavour was sold to Transeuropa Ferries in July 2002 whilst laid up at Dunkirk and was renamed Gardenia for use on their Ostend Ramsgate freight service.[5] Following a refit her maiden voyage between Ostend and Ramsgate took place on 15 January 2003.[1]


  1. "Mv European Enterprise / European Endeavour / Gardenia". Archived from the original on 21 November 2008. Retrieved 17 Jan 2009.
  2. "Ardenia". Retrieved 18 January 2014. IMO: 7711139
  3. "MV European Enterprise - Past and Present". Retrieved 16 Dec 2016.
  4. "M/F Gardenia". Retrieved 17 Jan 2009.
  5. "Gardenia". Retrieved 17 Jan 2009.

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