One of the Italian built ships that had an interesting shipping history so far is the 1998 built roll on roll off (RoRo) vessel MSC BRIDGE.
She was built in Italy by Esercizio Cantieri at Viareggio as STENA AUSONIA. Between 1998 and 2002 she was chartered to Britain’s Royal Fleet Auxiliary renamed RFA SEA CENTURION A 98 as a fast sealift military ship.
Below is her Welcome Aboard Leaflet during her naval service –
In December 2002 she was renamed as MONT VENTOUX, STENA FORWADER in August 2005 and the ARK FORWARDER in February 2007 running for Stena International BV.
As of 2014 she is serving the Genoa-Palermo route for Stena under a Cypriot flag, homeported in Limassol of which she was seen several times at Malta Freeport at Marsaxlokk Harbour.
Since May 2018 she was acquired by MSC Shipmanagement Ltd, Cyprus and later on that month by MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co and renamed as MSC BRIDGE still sporting blue hull and MSC Cargo funnel colours.
Since then she trades around the Mediterranean of which she also stops OPL Malta for uplifting bunkers.
Last Monday 8th May, she entered Grand Harbour, Malta bound to Palumbo Malta Shipyards.
She was secured at Parlatorio Wharf, until her drydock was being prepared.
She was drydocked at Dock 5 and emerged with the black hull like all MSC Cargo vessels.
During the middle of June she was shifted again to Parlatorio Wharf, this time wearing MSC Cargo full livery.