Mv 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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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)

May 2017: Received new livery and accommodation refit at Remontowa Shiprepair Yard.

© Cedrick Hacke  © Cedrick Hacke

🆕© Cedrick Hacke (Zeebrugge 12/05/2018)

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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