© A G JonesMV Koning Albert, Past and Present

MV Koning Albert

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© A G Jones

Steel twin screw motor vessel, built and engined by Cockerill’s of Hoboken in 1947 (Yard No. 726) for the Belgian Marine Administration’s Ostend service.

Technical Data

  • Length on deck: 113.52m (372.6 ft)(overall)/108.6m (356.2 ft) (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth of hull: 14.97m (49.1 ft)(extreme)
  • Depth: 7.43m (24.4 ft) (moulded)
  • Draught: 3.81m (12.5 ft)(maximum)
  • Tonnage: 3,360.3,701 gross/1,671/1,788.2,342 net/464 deadweight
  • Engines: Two 12-cylinder Cockerill/Sulzer single acting two-stroke diesels each
  • Power: 8,500 hp/17000 bhp
  • Speed: 22 knots service, 24 knots (max), 25.5 knots (trial)
  • Capacity: 1600 passengers
  • Call Sign: ORAK (@ 1974)
  • ID Number: 5192937
  • Registry: Ostend
  • Sister ships: Prince Philippe I


July 11th 1947: Launched

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December 1947: Delivered to Regie voor Maritiem Transport, Ostend, Belgium

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December 11th 1947: Maiden voyage to Dover, then commenced service between Ostend – Dover

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Bernt Anderson Collection

June 16th 1964: Collided with the Norwegian tanker PROMETHEUS about half way to Ostend. Escorted back to Dover. Suffered severe bow damage.

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October 7th 1973: Laid up in reserve.

December 1976: Laid up.

April 24th 1977: Sold to Van Heyghen Freres, Ghent, Belgium.

May 23rd 1977: Arrived in Ghent.

June 5th 1978: Scrapping commenced.

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: Bernt Anderson and A G Jones for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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