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Photographer:Patalavaca [View profile]Title:BELLA DESGAGNÉSAdded:Mar 31, 2013
Captured:March 29, 2013IMO:9511519Hits:3,760
Location:Las Palmas, Canary Islands
Photo Category: Ferries
Pictured bunkering alongside at Las Palmas on Friday 29/03/2013.

After a protracted gestation period, the vessel is now on her way to her owners in Canada, and her first port of call will be Halifax, followed by a short shakedown and familiarity 'cruise' to her new schedule of ports, in which there will be offered ship visits in all ports of the Middle and Lower North Shore as well as in Port-Menier, and then will head to Sept-Iles where she is to be christened on April 15, 2013.

The vessel was contracted with Kraljevica Shipyard, Kraljevica, Croatia as their yard No. 555, in 2008.
Protracted financial problems at the Kraljevica shipyard & impending potential bankruptcy resulted in little work being carried out on the vessel in the latter stages of development in early 2012.
All work halted on the vessel when she was 92% complete.

As'Bella Desgagne' was to replace their aging vessel 'Nordik Express', & to prevent ongoing disruption to their own schedule, Desgagne negotiated with the Croatian Government & Kraljevica Shipyard to buy the incomplete vessel outright, 'as is, where is', to prevent being stuck in administrative and legal red tape should the shipyard go bankrupt, and that would have resulted in the stalling of all work for a minimum of 18 to 24 months, aside from any subsequent deterioration that it would have suffered during that time.
The vessel was initially (& immediately) towed from Kraljevica into international waters and thence to the Fincantieri shipyard, Monfalcone, Italy for a full assessment of the outstanding work required for completion.
In June 2012, the work was subsequently contracted to the Palumbo Shipyard, Naples, Italy.
An initial expectation of 5 months to complete the unfinished work was assessed, but this seems to have been unrealistic and/or fell by the wayside.
Only in the last week has the vessel completed trials and been accepted by the Desgagnes group.
She sailed from Naples on 22nd. March, arrived Las Palmas 29th March & sailed for Halifax on the same day.
Her ETA is 6th April 2013.

The ports she will service in her normal operating schedule are as follows:- from the main terminals of Rimouski, Sept-Îles, Havre-Saint-Pierre and Natashquan, and to the eight ports of the communities it serves:- Port-Menier, Kegaska, La Romaine, Harrington Harbour, Tête-à-la-Baleine, La Tabatière, Saint-Augustin and Blanc-Sablon.

Main dimensions:
Passengers 381
Containers 125 TEU
LOA 95.1 m
Breadth 19.35 m
Draught, design 4.42 m
Speed, service 15.0 knots
Passenger cabins 63
Ice class 1A

Information obtained from varied and many sources, including Desgagnes' own website, so I trust it is all accurate!

Regards, Rick
Vessel Identification
Name:Bella Desgagnes
Former name(s):
- Kraljevica 555 (Until 2012 Oct)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Ro-ro/passenger Ship
Gross tonnage:6,655 tons
Summer DWT:1,041 tons

Additional Information
Home port:Quebec
Class society:Lloyd's Shipping Register
Build year:2012
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Photo Comments (8)

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Patalavaca on Apr 01, 2013 17:26 (5 years ago)
Hi Jeff & Mick, thanks very much for the comments. Jeff, glad you enjoyed the read, she is unusual in design, history(already!) and operations.
Regards, Rick
Mick Warrick on Apr 01, 2013 15:57 (5 years ago)
Nice Pic, Rick
regards Mick
Jeff Thoreson on Apr 01, 2013 15:26 (5 years ago)
Very interesting read Rick. Thank you!
Marcel Giroux on Apr 01, 2013 13:18 (5 years ago)
A warm welcome home to this unusual and interesting lady.
Patalavaca on Apr 01, 2013 11:50 (5 years ago)
Thank you Ventuari for your kind comments.
It has just dawned on me that I doubt I will ever see this vessel again!
Regards, Rick
ventuari on Apr 01, 2013 09:28 (5 years ago)
Hi Rick.
Nice shot, and a very interesting data, information and research.
Best regards.
Patalavaca on Mar 31, 2013 20:37 (5 years ago)
Hi Magogman, and thank you for your comment.
Having read a little bit about her already chequered history beforehand, I hoped that a fuller explanation might be appreciated by anyone who sees the pics!
Regards, Rick
Magogman on Mar 31, 2013 20:23 (5 years ago)
Thanks for both the photos and the description of the events which delayed her building - much appreciated.
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