© Andreas WörtelerMV Ipswich Way – Past and Present

MV Istanbul N

ex Ipswich Way, Rodona, Balder Dona

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1980 by Karlskronavarvet AB, Karlskrona, Sweden (Yard No. 397), for Engström & Larson, Lysekil, Sweden as a passenger and commercial vehicle ferry

Technical Data

  • Length: 136.05 m (overall) 110.22 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 16.51 m
  • Depth: 11.41 m
  • Draught: 4.741 m
  • Tonnage:  1599 – 1582 – 5262 gross/669 – 833 net/4538 – 3085 – 4550 deadweight
  • Engines: Two 16-cylinder Nohab-Polar F216V-A diesels
  • Power: 2207kW/3000HP
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Capacity: 1,145 lane metres, 12 – 6 passengers (Bale 10500 cu.m, 332 TEU)
  • Call Sign: SHWB, HPHX, 9HIT9, TCWO4
  • IMO Number: 7816496
  • MMSI Number: 271040024
  • Port of Registry: Lysekil/Sweden, Panama, Valletta/Malta, Odessa/Ukraine, Istanbul/Turkey
  • Sister-Ship: Balder Press, Balder Print, Balder Vinga, Breant

Current Location

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June 20th 1979: Keel struck.

© Rickard Sahlsten

© Rickard Sahlsten (Andreas Wörteler Collection)

March 1980: Delivered to Engström & Larson, Lysekil, Sweden.

March 1980: Chartered for services in the Caribbean.

September 1982: Lengthened at Finnboda Varf, Nacka.

January 1984: Sold to Dag Engström Rederi A/B, Lysekil and renamed RODONA.

1987: Chartered to Cobelfret/Ford for services between Zeebrugge – Dagenham/Purfleet.

© Ted Ingham   © Ted Ingham

© Ted Ingham (Both)

© Pieter Inpyn   © Ken Smith

© Pieter Inpyn (Left) © Ken Smith (Right)

October 1999 – July 6th 2002: Chartered to P&O North Sea Ferries Ltd for services between Zeebrugge – Felixstowe.

© Tim Becker

© Tim Becker

July 2002: Chartered to Ferryways, Belgium for services between Ostend – Ipswich.

March 28th 2003: In thick fog she missed the harbour entrance of Ostend and collided with the pier. She was refloated soon after by the Belgian government tug ZEEHOND.


🆕 © Urbain Ureel

July 15th 2003: Sold to Ipswich Way, Ltd (Ferryways), Panama and renamed IPSWICH WAY. Operated services between Ostend – Ipswich.

© Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn

© Ken Smith  © Ken Smith

© Ken Smith

© Ken Smith

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

June 13th 2007: Ferryways went bankrupt and she was laid up in Ostend.

June 28th 2007: Registered to Management Roroco NV, Antwerp, Belgium.

July 9th 2007: Commenced services for Cobelfret Ferries between Ostend – Dartford.

© Ken Smith  © Ken Smith

© Ken Smith

January 23rd 2008: Registered to Roroco NV, Valletta, Malta.

May 2009: Sold to Hidiv Denizcilik Ltd Sti, Istanbul, Turkey (Istanbul Lines) and renamed ISTANBUL N.

© Evgeniy 

© Evgeniy (Shipspotting.com)

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Tim Becker, Evgeniy, Ted Ingham, Pieter Inpyn, Bram Provost, Ken Smith, Urbain Ureel and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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