© Wil WeijstersMV Moby Aki – Past and Present

MV Moby Aki

© John Wilson

Moby Aki © John Wilson (25/09/2010)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2005 by Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani, Ancona, Italy (Yard No 6116) as a Passenger and Vehicle Ferry

Technical Data

  • Length: 174.99 m (overall) 162.85 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 27.60 m
  • Depth: 9.80 m
  • Draught: 7.0 m
  • Tonnage: 36284 gross/16500 net/5400 deadweight
  • Engines: 4 x Wartsila 12V46C diesels
  • Power: 50400 kW/HP
  • Speed: 29.5 knots (max)
  • Capacity: 2080 passengers/710 cars
  • Call Sign: IBVV
  • MMSI Number: 247132400
  • IMO Number: 9299393
  • Official Number:
  • Port of Registry: Napoli/Italy
  • Sister-Ships: Moby Freedom, Moby Wonder, Superstar

Current Location

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March 2nd 2003: Ordered.

April 7th 2004: Keel struck.

November 20th 2004: Launched.

May 12th 2005: Completed.

May 16th 2005: Delivered to Moby Spa, Naples, Italy.

May 18th 2005: Left Ancona for Livorno.

May 2005: Services between Livorno – Olbia.

© Carsten Dettmer  © Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer

© Eerik Laine  © Eerik Laine

© Eerik Laine (Olbia, 26/09/2019)

September 6th 2019: An announcement was made stating that the MOBY AKI had been sold, with her sister vessel the MOBY WONDER, to DFDS for North Sea service from Newcastle to Amsterdam to replace the KING SEAWAYS and the PRINCESS SEAWAYS.

“Moby will in turn acquire the two passenger ferries currently operating on the Amsterdam – Newcastle route: KING SEAWAYS and PRINCESS SEAWAYS

“We expect to take over the new ferries during the second half of October. Therefore, DFDS will bareboat-charter King Seaways and Princess Seaways from Moby until January and February 2020, when the new ferries will be deployed.”

“The ferries will fly the Danish flag, and I am also pleased to reveal that we will name the ferries AMSTERDAM SEAWAYS and NEWCASTLE SEAWAYS in respect of the two cities they will be linking”. (DFDS News)


Artists Impression © DFDS

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: DFDS, Carsten Dettmer, Eerik Laine, Wil Weijsters, John Wilson and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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