RMS St Helena Review and Specifications
Specifications of RMS St Helena
|Year built||1989 / Age : 28|
|Flag state||United Kingdom|
|Builder||A&P-Appledore International Ltd (Aberdeen, Scotland)|
|Class||Royal Mail Ship / cargo passenger ship|
|Speed||14 kn / 26 kph / 16 mph|
|Length (LOA)||105 m / 344 ft|
|Beam (width)||19 m / 62 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||6767 gt|
|Passengers||128 - 155|
|Decks with cabins||3|
Review of RMS St Helena
RMS Saint Helena is one of the world's last still operational "Royal Mail Ships" (RMS). The registered in the UK vessel is an unique cargo-passenger ship, specifically built (in Aberdeen Scotland) to supply UK's St Helena Island. This remote island is located in the south Atlantic Ocean, approx 1200 ml (1900 km) off Africa's coast.
The ship departs once every 3 weeks from Cape Town South Africa, carrying passengers and supplies to Saint Helena Island before continuing to Ascension Island (to the north). Luxuries onboard are minimal. By the ship's schedule, passengers must stay on the island of St Helena for at least 8 nights. It’s obviously not for everyone, but remains an itinerary ("cruise") unlike any other.
However, that is set to change soon, when Saint Helena Island get its first international airport to offer direct flights from Britain and South Africa. This development will see the famous Royal Mail Ship retired and will change the island forever. According to the UK government estimates, up to 30,000 visitors per year could visit Saint Helena Island once air links are established.
The voyage (originally intended as the RMS St Helena's last one) began on June 16, 2016, from the UK and ended on July 15 in Cape Town. As part of this farewell sailing, Royal Mail organised letter exchange with pupils from St Helena Island and Cardiff. However, due to airport's postponed opening, the ship's schedule was extended as interim measure, running through July 2017.
RMS St Helena is equipped to transport a wide range of cargo, including liquids, in order to meet the needs of St Helena Island's population. She also has berths for a total of 128 passengers and guest facilities, including lounges, shop, swimming pool. RMS St Helena also has an onboard doctor and well-equipped medical facilities. The capacity of the vessel was extended in 2012 by additional 24 extra cabin berths and a gym.