Knyaz Vladimir accidents and incidents

Knyaz Vladimir cruise ship

Former names
Roy Star, Royal Iris (Mano Cruises), MV Azur, MV Eagle, Prince Vladimir

Length (LOA)
142 m / 466 ft

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  • fire - 2018
  • propulsion/power loss – 2004
  • boat rescue - 2016 (Mersey Ferry cruise boat)

Previously, the vessel was operated under the names MV Eagle ferry (1971-1975 by Southern Ferries), MS Azur (1975-1987 by Nouvelle Compagnie de Paquebots), The Azur (1987-1994 by Chandris Lines), MS Eloise (1994-2004 by Festival Cruises), MS Royal Iris (2005-2014 by Mano Maritime), MS Roy Star (2014-2017 by Mano Maritime) and Knyaz Vladimir (since 2017 by Black Sea Cruises / Russia).

06 May 2018Fire Accident

On May 6, 2018, while berthed at Port Sochi (Russia), the ship suffered an engine room fire accident. There were no passengers on the vessel and no injuries among the crew were reported.

10 July 2016Boat Rescue

(Mano Maritime / MS Royal Iris) On July 10, 2016, the cruise ship was involved in the rescue operation after a Mersey Ferry boat ran aground before entering Eastham Lock (Eastham, Wirral, England). Following the accident, the ferry received hole in the hull started taking on water and had to be abandoned. The boat was operating a Manchester Ship Canal Cruise from Seacombe (Wirral). No injuries were reported.

A total of 69 ferry passengers and 5 crew were first helped on to a dredger (also used to pump water out of the boat) then loaded on the Royal Iris ship and disembarked at Queen Elizabeth II Dock (Eastham) at !1:30 pm. The rescue operation involved HM Coastguard, RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), MFRS (Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service), police and ambulances.

23 January 2004Propulsion / Power Loss

(Festival Cruises Azur) On January 23, 2004, the ship suffered engine problems while navigating in the Aegean Sea, off Antalya Turkey's coast (Eastern Mediterranean). As the propulsion was also affected, the vessel was not able to enter and dock in call port Antalya.

The accident resulted in reduced speed and itinerary changes - port stay in Rhodes was shortened, call port Piraeus-Athens was dropped, and the voyage ended in Ravenna instead of Venice.  The next scheduled cruise (January 27) was cancelled for repairs.

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