© Rob De VisserMv Pride of Bruges – Past and Present

Mv Pride of Bruges

ex Norsun

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1987 by NKK, Tsurumi, Japan (Yard No. 1033 ), for North Sea Ferries (Nedlloyd), Rotterdam, Holland as a passenger and vehicle ferry.

Technical Data

  • Length: 179.35m (overall) 169.50m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 25.35m (extreme)
  • Depth: 17.91m
  • Draught: 6.187m
  • Tonnage:  31,598 gross/18,174 net/6,403 deadweight
  • Engines: Two 9-cylinder and two 6-cylinder Sulzer-Wartsila ZA40 diesels.
  • Power: 19,200kW/HP
  • Speed:  19.0 knots
  • Capacity: 1,250 passengers, 850 cars
  • Call Sign: PGJW
  • MMSI Number: 244387000
  • IMO Number: 8503797
  • LR Number: 175682
  • Port of Registry: Rotterdam/Netherlands
  • Sister-Ship: Norsea


Current Location

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History

August 29th 1986: Launched without ceremony.

March 31st 1987: Delivered to North Sea Ferries (Nedlloyd), Rotterdam, Holland.

© Patrick Hill

© Patrick Hill

April 2nd 1987: Left Yokohama, Japan carrying 800 Nissan export cars for Amsterdam.

May 12th 1987: Commenced services for North Sea Ferries between Rotterdam – Hull. Registered to Hollandse Vrachtvaart Maats. BV, Rotterdam, Holland.

© Capt Jan Melchers   Chantry Classic Postcard

© Capt Jan Melchers (left) Chantry Classic Postcard (right)

January 1st 1997: Registered to Norships CV, Rotterdam, Holland and commenced services for P&O North Sea Ferries between Rotterdam – Hull.

April 29th 2001: Final day in service between Rotterdam – Hull.

May 2001 – June 2001: Refit/rebuild at Lloyd Werft, Bremerhaven.

July 2nd 2001: Commenced services between Zeebrugge – Hull.

October 15th 2002: Commenced services for P&O Ferries between Zeebrugge – Hull.

© Leo Johannes  © Leo Johannes

© Leo Johannes (left) P&O North Sea Ferries Postcard (right)

January 15th 2003: Renamed PRIDE OF BRUGES.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

November 14th 2004 – November 25th 2004: Services between Rotterdam – Hull.

November 2004: Services between Zeebrugge – Hull.

© Rob De Visser  © Rob De Visser

© Rob De Visser

January 2007: Services between Rotterdam – Hull.

© Trevor Kidd  © Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd

  

© Paul Bilbrough

January 2007: Services between Zeebrugge – Hull.

© Cedric Hacke  © Cedric Hacke

© Cedric Hacke

© Andrew Atkinson  © Andrew Atkinson

Pride of Bruges/Pride of York together (December 2014)

© Andrew Atkinson  © Andrew Atkinson

© Andrew Atkinson

Departure (28/04/2015) © Andrew Atkinson

May 11th 2017: Taken out of service owing to “technical problems” (believed to be associated to gearbox)


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: Andrew Atkinson, Rob De Visser, Cedric Hacke, Trevor Kidd, Leo Johannes, Patrick Hill, Capt Jan Melchers, Paul Bilbrough and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


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