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MV 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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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

September 30th 2020: Announcement made that the Hull – Zeebrugge route would be closed and the vessel disposed of.

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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