The former St Columba was sold by Hellenic Seaways to Namma Shipping Lines on 2nd February 2007. The ship left Greece for the last time on 24th April 2007.


Through direct cross-marketing with sister-company Mawaddah International for Hotel and Umrah Services, Namma Shipping Lines provides passenger ship service between the Red Sea fronts of both Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The ship commenced operations on short distances such as Dhiba - Safaga and Jeddah –Portsudan. It would appear that most of 2010 was spent in lay up at Suez but a return to service seems to have been made late in that year.


Since then service for the ship appears to have been somewhat erratic and in January 2014 she was seen at anchor off Suez looking the worse for wear.



The Masarrah seen at anchor off Suez in January 2014. © Bob Scott.