© Nigel ScuttMV Delft Seaways – Past and Present

MV Delft Seaways

ex Maersk Delft, Maersk Dover

Norfolk Line

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2005 by Samsung Heavy Industries, Geoje Korea (Yard No 1524) for  A. P. Moller – Maersk (Norfolk Line).

Technical Data

  • Length: 186m
  • Breadth of hull: 28.4m
  • Draught: 6.75m (design)/Tonnage – 34,500 gross/10,300 net/6,160 deadweight
  • Engines: 4 x MAN B & W 8L48/60B diesels
  • Power/Propellers: 9600 kW each/2
  • Bow Thrusters: 3 x 1800 kW
  • Stern Thruster:1 x 1800 kW
  • Speed: 25 knots 
  • Capacity: 780 (1000@2008) passengers, 200 cars and up to 120 freight vehicles
  • Lane Metres: 2,000 (design)
  • Lane Width: 3.3m
  • Crew:70
  • Navigation Officers: European
  • Number of Decks: 2 trailer decks total 200m/1 car deck of 990m
  • Call Sign: MJYC9
  • MMSI Number: 235009590
  • IMO Number: 9293088
  • Registry: Dover/United Kingdom
  • Sister Vessels: Dover Seaways, Dunkerque Seaways

Current Location

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History

March 12th 2003: SAMSUNG 1524.

January 11th 2005: Originally to be named MAERSK DOVER.

July 11th 2005: MAERSK DELFT.

December 12th 2005: The MAERSK DELFT is expected to enter service on the Dover -Dunkerque route in mid-February.

December 27th 2005: “Had her sea trials put back until early January and the crew are not due to fly out to Korea until the end of January. Don’t expect her to be appearing over the horizon until the end of February the earliest.” (Yahoo)

February 8th 2006: Had an incident when, off Oman, when approached by a number of small fast which were believed to be pirates. These vessel dispersed when the ferry proceeded to increase speed to 28 knots.

February 13th 2006: According to Suez Canal daily traffic data, she transited the canal. She is likely to pass through the Strait of Gibraltar on Friday (17th) or Saturday (18th). Estimated arrival in Dover, February 20th.

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

Maiden arrival at Dover 20/02/06 © Ray Goodfellow

February 20th 2006: Maiden Arrival at Dover. The weather in the port was terrible with a NE Gale force 8. The rumoured sail by with the Maersk Dunkerque did not materialise due to the Dunkerque suffering technical problems.

© Fotoflite from the Stéphane Poulain Collection  © Fotoflite from the Stéphane Poulain Collection

© Fotoflite from the Stéphane Poulain Collection

“The reason that the sat equipment looks different is because the Delft’s Sea Tel dome was blown off on the way from Korea.”

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

Dover © Nigel Thornton

February 22nd 2006: “Naming ceremony is in Dunkirk on Saturday 25th Feb and she is due in service on or before 5th March.”

© Robert Fournier

Dunkerque © Robert Fournier

February 27th 2006: Maiden commercial sailing Dunkerque – Dover, early owing to breakdown of MAERSK DUNKERQUE and withdrawal of NORTHERN MERCHANT.

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

Dover © Ray Goodfellow

March 11th 2006: Berthed at the cruise terminal, Dover. Believed mechanical problems (engine room computer control).

March 12th 2006: Resumed service.

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

Dover © Ray Goodfellow

July 28th 2006: All 3 sisters running from 1200 today

© Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic)  © Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic)

Dover © Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic)

October 2006: In service between Dover and Dunkerque.

January 11th 2007: Departed for annual overhaul at the Scheldepoort Dockyard, Vlissingen (Flushing), Netherlands.

January 26th 2007: Departed the Scheldepoort Dockyard, Vlissingen (Flushing), Netherlands for Dover.

29th January 2007: Technical problems with the Maersk Delft this evening. The vessel was inward bound for Dover and had to drop anchor off the Eastern Entrance as a major power fault developed after a computer system crashed. The vessel was eventually towed to Number 1 berth by both the tugs as a dead ship.

© Ted Ingham

Dover © Ted Ingham

30th January 2007: Resumed service between Dover and Dunkerque.

Dover © Ray Goodfellow  Dover © Ray Goodfellow

Dover © Ray Goodfellow

20th February 2008: Returned from annual overhaul at ARNO, Dunkerque sporting the new Norfolk Line.com livery.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

Dunkerque © Andreas Wörteler

March 2008: Passenger certificate raised to 1000.

January 12th 2009: To ARNO Dunkerque for refit.

ARNO Dunkerque © Robert Fournier

January 21st 2009: Resumed service.

17th December 2009: Following months of speculation it was announced that DFDS A/S had acquired Norfolkline from A. P. Moller – Maersk for EUR 346 million subject to regulatory approval.

January 11th – January 16th 2010: Refit at ARNO, Dunkerque

January 17th 2010: Resumed service.

17th June 2010: DFDS’ acquisition of Norfolk Line was approved by the European Commission.

© Ed Connell  © Ed Connell

Rebranding of the Maersk Delft underway 4/07/10 © Ed Connell

July 3rd 2010: Re-branding commenced. The shipping side will be known as DFDS Seaways and the trailer business will become DFDS Logistics. The ships will have a dark blue hull with DFDS Seaways emblazoned on the side, white superstructure, and a dark blue funnel with the DFDS white Maltese Cross in a circle. The ships will be renamed DUNKERQUE SEAWAYS, DELFT SEAWAYS and DOVER SEAWAYS in due course.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

Dunkerque © Andreas Wörteler

August 3rd 2010:  Renamed `Delft Seaways’ and DFDS funnel markings applied whilst alongside in the port of Dunkerque.

© Ed Connell  © Ed Connell

© Ed Connell  © Ed Connell

Dunkerque © Ed Connell

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

Dunkerque © Andreas Wörteler

January 10th 2011: Arrived at the ARNO shipyard in Dunkerque for her annual overhaul.

January 20th 2011: Returned to Dover and re-entered service sporting the new DFDS Seaways livery.

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

March 2012: Refit at ARNO Dunkerque and the installation of a Rolls Royce ‘Promas Lite’ system. This system consists of adaptations to the rudders and installation of new propellers which is said to offer significant fuel savings.

Late March 2012: Re-entered service.

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

January 12th 2013: To ARNO, Dunkerque for refit.

January 15th 2013: Resumed service.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

January 15th 2014: Came off service and sailed to Vlissingen for refit.

January 16th 2014: Arrived Vlissingen.

January 22nd 2014: Completed refit and returned to service.

January 14th 2015: Came off service and sailed to Vlissingen for annual overhaul.

January 22nd 2015: Completed refit and returned to service Dover – Dunkerque.

Kind Permission of DFDS Seaways  © Carsten Dettmer

Kind permission of DFDS Seaways (left) © Carsten Dettmer (right)

January 14th 2016: Came off service for refit and sailed to Damen Yard, Dunkerque east.

January 24th 2016: Left Damen Yard and sailed to Dunkerque west to resume service.

January 24th 2016: Resumed service.

© Nigel Scutt   © Nigel Scutt

© Nigel Scutt (Dover-Marina.com)

 ©Simonwp

©Simonwp

January 16th 2017: To Damen, Dunkerque for refit

© Nathan Burt  © Nathan Burt

© Nathan Burt  © Nathan Burt

© Nathan Burt  © Nathan Burt

 © Nathan Burt

January 23rd 2017: Returned to service.


All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Nathan Burt, Ed Connell, Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic),Carsten Dettmer, Robert Fournier, Ted Ingham, Stéphane Poulain, Nigel Scutt (Dover-Marina.com) ,Andreas Wörteler and Marine Traffic for their assistance in compiling this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)


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