© Hans EsveldtMV Pride of York – Past and Present

MV Pride of York

ex Norsea

© Hans Esveldt

© Hans Esveldt

Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1987 by Govan Shipbuilders Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland (Yard No. 265), for North Sea Ferries (P&O Group), Hull, England as a passenger car, and commercial vehicle roll-on roll-off ferry.

Technical Data

  • Length: 179,20m (overall) 169.50m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 25.40m (extreme)
  • Depth: 17.91m
  • Draught: 6.13m
  • Tonnage:  31,785 gross/16,793 -18,197 net/6,419 – 6,545 deadweight
  • Engines: Two 9-cylinder and two 6-cylinder Sulzer-Wartsila ZA40 diesels.
  • Power: 18,390kW/26,100HP
  • Speed:  19.0 knots
  • Capacity: 1,258 passengers, 850 cars
  • Call Sign: GIFR, C67QZ
  • IMO Number: 8501957
  • Port of Registry: Hull/UK, Nassau/Bahamas
  • Sister-Ship: Norsun


Current Location

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History

September 9th 1986: Launched and named by HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

Courtesy of Andrew Atkinson  Courtesy of Andrew Atkinson

Courtesy of Andrew Atkinson

May 2nd 1987: Delivered to North Sea Ferries (P&O Group), Hull, England.

© Patrick Hill  © Capt Jan Melchers

© Patrick Hill (left) © Capt Jan Melchers (right)

May 8th 1987: Services between Hull – Rotterdam.


Interiors Pride of Bruges/ Pride of York

© Andrew Atkinson  © Andrew Atkinson

© Andrew Atkinson  © Andrew Atkinson

© Andrew Atkinson  © Andrew Atkinson

© Andrew Atkinson  © Andrew Atkinson

© Andrew Atkinson  © Andrew Atkinson

© Andrew Atkinson  © Andrew Atkinson

© Andrew Atkinson  © Andrew Atkinson

© Andrew Atkinson


December 2001: Rebuilt/refit at Lloyd-Werft, Bremerhaven, Germany.

March 2002: Services between Hull – Zeebrugge.

August 14th 2002: Suffered a fire in the forward engine room. This was caused by ignition of thermal heating oil, which leaked during repairs.

September 2nd 2002: Her aft engine room suffered a fire whilst on passage from Hull-Zeebrugge. She was about 7 miles off the East Anglian coast. Fire was extinguished and no passengers were injured.

September 9th 2002: Returned to service.

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

© Leo Johannes

© Leo Johannes

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

January 22nd 2003: Renamed PRIDE OF YORK.

October 31st 2003: Registered to P&O North Sea Ferries Ltd, Hull, England.

© Rob De Visser  © Rob De Visser

© Rob De Visser

February 23rd 2008 – March 16th 2008: Services between Hull – Rotterdam.

March 17th 2014: Suffered a 20mm gash caused by metal protruding from the lock gate at King George Dock.

© Andreas Wörteler   © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

2015: Currently serving Hull – Zeebrugge.

April 27th April 2015 -May 2nd 2015: Used River Terminal 1 owing to the inner lock gates being replaced.

© Andrew Atkinson  © Andrew Atkinson

© Andrew Atkinson


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, Hans Esveldt, Rob De Visser, Leo Johannes, Patrick Hill, Capt Jan Melchers and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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