CTN Tanit ferry

Former name: MS Tanit

CTN Tanit ferry cruise ship

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COTUNAV (Ferries)

CTN Tanit ferry current position

CTN Tanit ferry current location is at West Mediterranean (coordinates 36.80748 N / 10.30423 E) cruising en route to TN LGN. The AIS position was reported 8 minutes ago.

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Specifications of CTN Tanit ferry

Year of build2012  /  Age: 12
Flag state Tunisia
BuilderDSME Daewoo Shipbuilding (Okpo, South Korea)
Classcruiseferry (Ro-Pax ship)
Ferry route / homeportsGenoa-La Goulette (Tunis)-Marseille
Building costTND 450 million (USD 310 million)
Engines (power)MAN (57.6 MW / 77243 hp)
Speed28 kn / 52 km/h / 32 mph
Length (LOA)212 m / 696 ft
Beam (width)30 m / 98 ft
Gross Tonnage52645 gt
Former namesMS Tanit
OwnerCOTUNAV (Compagnie Tunisienne de Navigation)
OperatorCTN Tunisia Ferries

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MS Tanit ferry is a Ro-Pax passenger vessel owned and operated by the Tunisian ferry company CTN-Compagnie Tunisienne de Navigation (aka COTUNAV). The ship has a max capacity of 3200 passengers and 1060 cars. The vessel was launched in 2012 and currently operates on the ferry routes Genoa-Tunis (Port La Goulette) (crossing time 19 hours) and Marseille-La Goulette (crossing time 20 hours).


As a cruise ferry, CTN Tanit has a total of 682 cabins. All staterooms are air-conditioned and with en-suite bathrooms. Cabins accommodate between 2 and 4 passengers and offer as standard amenities en-suite bathroom (WC-toilet, shower, washbasin, mirror, hairdryer, towels, toiletries, shavers-only electrical outlet), bedding sets (linens, duvets, pillows), mirrored vanity table (with chair, 1 power outlet), phone, full-length mirror. HDTVs are available only in 2-Bed and Deluxe cabins. Handicap cabins (for disabled passengers) are also available for booking. Room Service costs extra. Baby beds (cots) are provided complimentary upon request (subject to availability).

All passengers must vacate their staterooms 30 min prior to homeport arrival.

CTN Tanit ferry ship (COTUNAV)

Shipboard dining and entertainment options

As facilities, the CTN Tanit ferry offers:

  • Accommodation options - cabins, Lounge seats (standard and reserved / leather recliners), Lobby Bar seating. All lounges are fitted with large TVs.
  • Ship's dining options include La Rose Des Sables Restaurant (main dining room), Le Hafside Restaurant (self-service buffet, full menu, single courses, kids-vegetarian-healthy-halal meals, traditional Arabian dishes), Dar El Bey Restaurant (a la carte menu).
  • The ship has 5 Bars - Le Berbere (bar lounge), El Borj (mezzanine bar-cafeteria-patisserie / pastries, cakes, drinks, snacks, sandwiches), El Malouf (Maure Cafe), Assahria (nightclub bar) and Cercina (pool bar).
  • Family services - the company provides high chairs, cots, safety bars for cabins' bunk beds, baby changing rooms, kids menu, children activities (games, toys, drawing sets, board games), kids play area (ball pool).
  • Passengers with disabilities - disabled cabins (2-berth / for passengers with reduced mobility), adapted toilets (in all onboard communal areas), disabled lounge seats, safety anchorage points (for wheelchairs), lifts (passenger elevators connecting all decks).
  • Shopping Centre (Gifts and Travel Necessities Shop) is a combined boutique-general store selling duty-free alcohol and tobaccos, perfumes and cosmetics, toiletries, gifts and souvenirs, electronics, toys, local gourmet produce, drinks, snacks, sweets.

The cruise ship Tanit has on its Sun Deck a heated Swimming Pool flanked by four Jacuzzies (outdoor spa pools / whirlpool hot tubs). For transporting pets, the ship provides Pet Cages (upon booking, the pet cage type must be indicated). Passengers can also bring their own pet carriers. Valid health cards for pets are required. Under no circumstances, pets are allowed out of their cages/carriers during the crossing. During embarkation and debarkation, dogs must be leashed and muzzled. Passengers with pets always disembark last.

CTN Tanit ferry ship (COTUNAV)

All COTUNAV ships are equipped with CCTV cameras (with image recording), Infirmary (Hospital served by resident doctor and nurse), Public Restrooms, Baby Changing Rooms, Arcade Games Room, Meeting Room, Mosque (a dedicated facility for Muslim praying), Elevator (passenger lift). Smoking anywhere inside the ship is not permitted.

Car decks

All ferried vehicles must have documentation and valid insurance. Having the car's technical data sheet makes boarding checks easier. Upon booking, the vehicle's model, length and height must be specified. Car ferry passengers must arrive at the departure port 90 min prior to departure.

Follows a list of car decks related safety procedures:

  • Disabled passengers or those requiring specific assistance should visit the ship's Information Desk.
  • Apply handbrake and place the vehicle in park or 1st gear position. Switch off the ignition, alarm, electrical equipment, headlights. Gas cylinders, if any, must be switched off. Lock the vehicle.
  • From your vehicle take only valuables and essential hand baggage.
  • Make a note of your vehicle's location and garage deck number/stairway before leaving the car deck.
  • Access to the ship's vehicle (cargo) decks during the voyage is prohibited.
  • Smoking on vehicle decks, as well as in cabins and passenger lounges is forbidden.
  • Wait for the onboard announcement before returning to your vehicle.
  • In order to avoid air pollution, don't start the engine until instructed.

The shipowner CTN-Compagnie Tunisienne de Navigation (founded in 1959, headquartered in Tunis, Tunisia) is a ferry shipping company operating services between Tunisia and Italy (Genoa) and France (Marseille). Freight-only shipping services link Tunisia (La Goulette Port) with Italy (Livorno) and Spain (Barcelona). COTUNAV's current fleet includes the ships Tanit (2012-built, fleet's largest), sisterships Amilcar and Elyssa (2000-built), sisterships Salammbo and Ulysse (1997-built), and Carthage (1999).

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CTN Tanit is one of the world's largest car ferries - with the staggering cargo capacity of 1060 vehicles (5300 lanemeters) and passenger capacity 3200. The Car Deck (cargo deck) design is with two stern doors (aft) and one bow door/visor (forward). The ship was built for CTN (Compagnie Tunisienne de Navigation) and named after the Phoenician goddess Tanit. Tanit and her consort Baal-Hammon were the chief deities of Carthage - Phoenician state (7th-3rd centuries BC) and one of the largest trading ports in the Mediterranean. Baal was a weather god (sun god, fertility god) while Tanit (aka Tannou) was the Moon-goddess (equivalent to Ishtar/Astarte).

The vessel Tanit (DSME yard/hull number 7511) was ordered on July 29, 2010, launched (floated out from drydock) on November 26, 2011, and commissioned (delivered to the shipowner CTN) on May 29, 2012. The maiden voyage (repositioning from South Korea to Tunisia via Suez Canal) started on May 30th and ended on June 16th. The inaugural cruise (Tunis-Genoa) departed on June 21st.

The cruiseferry Tanit is Tunisia-flagged (MMSI 672748000) and registered in La Goulette. The ship is powered by four MAN marine diesel engines (model 12V48-60CR) with combined power output 57,6 MW. The propulsion system is based on two constant-speed CPPs (controllable pitch propellers).