© Ken LubiMV Princess Seaways, Past and Present

MV Princess Seaways

ex Princess of Norway, Fjord Norway, Spir, Spirit of Tasmania, Peter Pan

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1986 at Schichau Seebeckswerft AG, Bremerhaven, Germany (Yard No 1058) as a passenger car and commercial vehicle trailer ferry.

Technical Data

  • Length: 161.45 m (overall), 144 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 28.20 m (extreme), 27.6m (moulded)
    Depth: 8.1m
    Draught: 6.21 m (maximum)
    Tonnage: 31,356 (1986)gross/16,200 (1986), 14,025(1993) net/3761 deadweight
    Engines: Four MAK 8 M 552 diesels.
    Power: 19600 kW/26,655 hp
    Speed: 21.0 knots
    Capacity: 1700 passengers 550 cars (1987) or 120 trailers.
    Call Sign: DPPH, VLST, OXED2
    IMO Number: 8502391 Official Number: 31381
    Registry: Hamburg/Germany, Devonport/Tasmania, Bergen/Norway, Copenhagen/Denmark
    Sister ships: Nils Holgersson, Olau Hollandia (2), Olau Britannia(2)

Current Location

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History

July 8th 1985: Keel struck.

November 30th 1985: Launched.

May 30th 1986: Delivered to TT-Line GmbH & Co, Hamburg, Germany.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Capt Jan Melchers

© Andreas Wörteler (left) © Capt Jan Melchers (right)

June 2nd 1986: Commenced services between Travemünde – Trelleborg.

© Simonwp

 © Simonwp (Travemunde 20/06/1989)

December 1990: Sold to Government Of State, Tasmania for delivery in September 1993.

August 31st 1993: Final day in service between Travemünde – Trelleborg.

September 1st 1993: Taken over by her new owners and refurbished/refitted at Lloyd Werft. Bremerhaven, Germany.

September 30th 1993: Renamed SPIRIT OF TASMANIA.

October 1st 1993: Trials.

October 1993: Left Germany for Australia.

November 12th 1993: Arrived in Devonport.

November 28th 1993: Commenced services between Devonport – Melbourne.

Andreas Wörteler Collection  Nigel Thornton Collection

Andreas Wörteler Collection (left) Nigel Thornton Collection (right)

September 5th 1999: Suffered engine failure and repaired in Devonport.

September 21st 1999: Returned to service.

September 1st 2002: Final day in service and then laid up for sale.

September 7th 2002: Arrived Sydney for further lay up.

December 11th 2002: Sold to Kommandittselskapet Nordsjøferger K/S, Bergen, Norway for 260 million Krone.

December 24th 2002: Renamed SPIR. Left Sydney via Colombo – Suez for Frederikshavn.

Andreas Wörteler Collection

Andreas Wörteler Collection

January 28th 2003: Arrived at Örskov Yard, Frederikshavn refurbishment/refit costing 95 million Krone.

March 2003: Renamed FJORD NORWAY.

April 3rd 2003: Christened in Bergen.

April 8th 2003: Commenced service for Fjord Lines between Bergen – Haugesund – Egersund – Hanstholm.

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

December 21st 2003: Whilst leaving Hanstholm in strong winds a rope fowled a bow thruster. The vessel remained in port until a tug arrived to assist.

November 3rd 2005: Trials between Bergen – Stavanger – Newcastle.

© Tim Vogel  © Tim Vogel

© Tim Vogel

November 17th 2005: Commenced services between Bergen – Stavanger – Newcastle.

© Ken Lubi

© Ken Lubi

September 6th 2006: Sold to DFDS A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark for delivery on October 16th .

October 12th 2006: Final service for Fjord Line.

October 14th 2006: Left Bergen for Frederikshavn.

October 15th 2006: Arrived Örskov, Frederikshavn.

October 16th 2006: Taken over by DFDS A/S and renamed PRINCESS OF NORWAY.

November 6th 2006: Left Frederikshavn for Bergen.

November 8th 2006: Arrived Bergen and christened.

November 9th 2006: Commenced services between Bergen – Stavanger – Newcastle.

© Willem Oldenburg  © Willem Oldenburg

© Willem Oldenburg

December 30th 2006 – January 2nd 2007: Cruise between Bergen – Gothenburg – Bergen.

January 22nd 2007 – February 4th 2007: Refit at Örskov, Frederikshavn.

May 29th 2007: Services between Newcastle – IJmuiden.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

February 2011: Refit at Fayard, Odense.

February 17th 2011: Renamed PRINCESS SEAWAYS.

February 18th 2011: Suffered a small fire originating in insulation in the funnel. Extinguished with minor damage.

February 20th 2011: Left Odense for Frederikshavn.

February 21st 2011: Arrived in Fredrikshavn for inspection and repair of the fire damage.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

February 26th 2011: Returned to service between Newcastle – IJmuiden.

© Ken Lubi  © Ken Lubi

© Ken Lubi


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: Ken Lubi, Capt Jan Melchers, Willem Oldenburg, Tim Vogel and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.
Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)


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