© Ken LarwoodMV Koningin Juliana – Past and Present

26/03/2017: Gallery updated - NT

MV Moby Prince

ex Koningin Juliana, Holland Trade Ship, Koningin Juliana

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1968 by Cammell Laird & Co Ltd, Birkenhead, England (Yard No 1331) for Stoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland, (SMZ), Hoek Van Holland as a passenger and vehicle ferry

Technical Data

  • Length: 131.02 m (overall) 116.29 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 20.48 m
  • Depth: 12.27 m
  • Draught: 4.998 m
  • Tonnage: 6682 gross/3475 net/1290 deadweight
  • Engines: Four SA 9-cylinder, M.A.N. Augsburg diesels
  • Power: 14592 kW/19560 bhp
  • Speed: 21 knots (max)
  • Capacity: 1200 passengers (maximum), 750 (normal service), 220 cars
  • Call Sign: PFKP
  • IMO Number: 6808806
  • Official Number:
  • Port of Registry: Hoek van Holland/Netherlands, Cagliari/Italy


April 1967: Keel struck.

February 2nd 1968: Launched.

June 13th 1968: Suffered a fire on board while fitting out.

September 7th 1968 – September 8th 1968: Berthing/Sea trials prior to delivery.

Courtesy of Terry Conybeare  Courtesy of Terry Conybeare

Courtesy of Terry Conybeare

October 11th 1968: Arrived at Hoek Van Holland for the first time, after which she sailed up the New Waterway to Rotterdam for an official inspection.

October 13th 1968: Cruised from the Parkkade into the North Sea with SMZ personnel aboard.

October 14th 1968: Delivered to Stoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland, (SMZ), Hoek Van Holland, Holland. HM Queen Juliana boarded the ship for another cruise into the North Sea.

© Steffen Weirauch  Roy Thornton Collection

© Steffen Weirauch (Roy Thornton Collection) (left) and Roy Thornton Collection (right)

October 17th 1968: Maiden voyage between Hoek Van Holland – Harwich.

© A G Jones

© A G Jones

Roy Thornton Collection  Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection  Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

November 1969: It was announced that British Rail’s Shipping and International Services Division (SISD) had adopted the new brand name Sealink and as a consequence all vessels were painted in the new house colours.

© Brian Fisher    © Mick Warwick

© Brian Fisher (left) and © Mick Warwick (right)

© Joerg Seyler

© Joerg Seyler

April 8th 1984: Laid up in Waalhaven, Rotterdam, Holland.

December 24th 1984: Sold to Mr Tromp Leiden, Holland, for conversion to an exhibition ship to promote Dutch exports. Was to be renamed TROMP, but renamed HOLLAND TRADE SHIP.

February 6th 1985: Moved to Amsterdam. Owned by Administatie-en Bemiddelingskantoor, Tromp, Kampen, Holland, renamed KONINGIN JULIANA.

Andreas Wörteler Collection  © Pieter Inpyn

Andreas Wörteler Collection (left) and © Pieter Inpyn (Right)

September 1985: Sold to Navigazione Arcipelago Maddalenino SpA, Naples, Italy

October 1985: Renamed MOBY PRINCE.

October 10th 1985: Left Amsterdam for Italy.

December 1985: Introduced by Moby between Naples and Cagliari.

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

Andreas Wörteler Collection  Andreas Wörteler Collection

Andreas Wörteler Collection

 © Carlo Martinelli

  © Carlo Martinelli

November 4th 1991: While on a voyage from Livorno to Olbia, she collided in Livorno roads with the 286-metre tanker AGIP ABRUZZO, which was carrying some 80,000 tonnes of naphtha. MOBY PRINCE exploded into flames when the naphtha ignited and 141 people lost their lives, only one survived. It was later revealed that during the collision MOBY PRINCE’S crew was watching a national football game on the TV and there was no one in the bridge, she was also moving at excess speed and no radar was switched on. The gutted wreck laid up in Leghorn.



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May 16th 1998: The wreck was then towed to Livorno where it sank, but was soon raised by SMIT Tak BV.

July 22nd 1998: The wreck arrived in tow in Aliaga, Turkey for demolition by Sok Gemi Sokum Ltd.

© Selim San

© Selim San

The AGIP ABRUZZO was first towed to Las Palmas and renamed ZEUS and then towed to Karachi, Pakistan for demolition.

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: Brian Fisher, Pieter Inpyn, A G Jones, Ken Larwood, Carlo Martinelli, Selim San, Joerg Seyler, Mick Warwick, Steffen Weirauch and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature. A special thanks goes to Terry Conybeare.

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

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