© SimonwpMV King Seaways, Past and Present

MV King Seaways

ex King of Scandinavia, Val De Loire, Nils Holgersson

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1987 as NILS HOLGERSSON at Schichau Seebeckswerft AG, Bremerhaven, Germany (Yard No 1059) for Wallenius Safe Felicia Ab, Trelleborg as a passenger car and commercial vehicle trailer ferry.

Technical Data

  • Cost New: £70,000,000
  • Length: 161.45 m (overall), 144.02m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 32.01 m (extreme)
  • Depth: 18.50m
  • Draught: 6.20 m (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 31,360 (1987), 31,395 (1993) gross/16,200 (1987), 13,212 (1993) net/4,160 (1987), 4,110 (1993) deadweight
  • Engines: Four MAK 8 M 552 diesels.
  • Power: 19570 kW.
  • Speed: 21.0 knots
  • Capacity: 1800 passengers (1987) 2280 (1993), 550 cars (1987), 570 (1993), or 120 trailers.
  • Call Sign: SLVI, FNVA, OVOL2
  • IMO Number: 8502406
  • Registry: Trelleborg/Sweden, Morlaix/France, Copenhagen/Denmark
  • Sister ships: Peter Pan, Olau Hollandia (2), Olau Britannia (2)


Current Location

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History

August 16th 1986: Launched to Ab Swedcarrier, Trelleborg.

February 20th 1987: Sold to Wallenius Line and delivered to Wallenius Safe Felicia Ab, Trelleborg, then bare-boat chartered to Swedcarrier, Trelleborg.

June 26th 1987: Introduced by TT Line between Trelleborg and Travemunde. The company then changed name to Wallenius Ferry Ab.

© Simonwp  © Dirk Jankowsky

© Simonwp (left) © Dirk Jankowsky (right)

January 1st 1992: Chartered to Rederi Ab Gotland, Visby.

February 1992: Sold to SweFerry Ab, Trelleborg in February. She continued all this time on the same route.

December 21st 1992: Last day on that route.

January 1993: Sold to Bretagne Angleterre Irlande SA, Roscoff, Frankrike (Brittany Ferries) and renamed VAL DE LOIRE. Overhauled at Flender Werft, Lübeck.

Dirk Jankowsy Collection

Dirk Jankowsky Collection

January 1993: Arrived at INMA, La Spezia, Italy and was extensively rebuilt.

May 1993: Left Italy for Plymouth via Santander.

June 4th 1993: Arrived in Plymouth.

June 9th 1993: Introduced between Plymouth – Santander and Roscoff – Cork/Plymouth.

© Andreas Wörteler   © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

© Tony Garner

© Tony Garner

February 2005: Refit at Remontowa, Gdansk, Poland.

February 17th 2005: Left Remontowa.

2005: Services between St Malo – Portsmouth/ Cherbourg – Portsmouth.

© Jakub Bogucki

© Jakub Bogucki

November 25th 2005: Sold to DFDS A/S, Copenhagen for deliver in 2006.

February 19th 2006: Final day in service between Caen – Portsmouth.

2006: Renamed KING OF SCANDINAVIA.

March 2nd 2006: Arrived IJmuiden

March 11th 2006: Commenced services between IJmuiden – Newcastle.

© Andreas Wörteler   © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

January 4th 2007 – January 16th  2007: Refit at Ørskov, Frederikshavn.

February 28th 2007: In heavy seas, collided with the quay in Ijmuiden. Damaged her stern, but after the repair, returned to service.

© Willem Oldenburg  © Willem Oldenburg

© Willem Oldenburg

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer

February 22nd 2008: “Broke free from her moorings at North Shields during high winds, drifting across the River Tyne and colliding with an oil rig moored on the opposite bank. There were no passengers on board at the time of the incident. Sailings were suspended while repairs were carried out”. (Source: BBC News)

© Henk Bos

IJmuiden, 16/02/2011 © Henk Bos

January 27th 2011: Renamed KING SEAWAYS at the Fayard, Odense Shipyard, Denmark.

© Andreas Wörteler   © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

December 28th 2013: A fire broke out on board. The fire broke out in a cabin at around 10.45pm GMT but was extinguished within 15 minutes, according to a spokesman for DFDS. RAF helicopters from Leconfield near Hull, and Boulmer, Northumberland were scrambled to the vessel along with two RNLI lifeboats from Bridlington and Filey. Four crew members and two passengers had to be winched off the ferry, which was heading to Amsterdam from North Shields, after they inhaled smoke when the fire broke out 30 miles off the Humberside coast. The six people were taken to Scarborough Hospital by RAF helicopter but are not thought to be in a serious condition. A 26-year-old Sunderland man was arrested on suspicion of arson after the fire alert. Northumbria Police said they had also arrested a 28-year-old man, also from Sunderland, on suspicion of affray.

© Gena Amfimov  © Gena Amfimov

© Gena Amfimov (Gdansk January 2014)

© Simonwp

© Simonwp


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: Gena Amfimov, Jakub Bogucki, Carsten Dettmer, Tony Garner, Dirk Jankowsky, Willem Oldenburg, Simonwp, Henk Bos and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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