05 January 2013

Color Magic in Kiel, 3 June 2011

Continuing the "post stuff from the archives because there are no newer photos" -phase of the winter, I came across this hidden gem of sorts: the Color Magic, photographed on the last day of my 2011 MSC Poesia cruise to Iceland (for those interested, there is also a trip report available at MaritimeMatters here). Why I never posted these images back in 2011 is a mystery to me, but perhaps it's better late than never.

Also, as you may or may not have noticed, Kships now has a new, lighter look. Unlike the old look, this one should also work fine on mobile devices (and if it doesn't, please tell me. I don't have mobile interweb device or a tablet computer so I never actually view this place with anything else than a traditional tabletop or a laptop).

Color Magic

IMO 9349863
Built 2007, Aker Finnyards Turku New Shipyard (hull), Aker Finnyards Rauma shipyard (outfitting), Finland
Tonnage 75 027 GT
Length 223,75 m
Width 35,00 m
Draught 6,80 m
2 750 passengers
2 669 berths
550 cars
1 265 lane metres
4 Wärtsilä diesels, combined 31 200 kW
2 propellers
3 bow thrusters
2 stern thrusters
Speed 22 knots

The Color Magic is, of course, the largest ferry in the world. For some additional details about her (as well as further images), see this older entry. The photographs below show the Color Magic arriving in Kiel from Oslo in the morning of 3 June 2011, photographed from the deck of the MSC Poesia. Click on the images to see them in larger size.

It's coming straight at us! And showing how the Color Fantasy -sisters owe the older Silja Serenade -sisters even in fairly basic things like the way the superstructure is slightly narrower than the hull.
Zoom out and take a photo from a higher angle and even a giant like the Color Magic can appear small.
Turning in the Kiel Fjord in order to reverse into the quay. In the background the left is the (then-)DFDS LISCO ferry Kaunas.
Next time we probably return to more recent photos in the form of the Silja Festival's new year's cruise visit on 7 January.

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