MV Prinsessan Christina, Past and Present

10/10/2014: Page updated

MV Wind Solution

ex Palau, Commodore, Stena Prince, Lion Prince, Europafarjan I, Stena Nordica, Prinsessan Christina, Safe Christina, Prinsessan Christina

© Aalborg Værft

© Aalborg Værft

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1969 at Aalborg Værft, A/S, Ålborg, Denmark (Yard No 180) for Rederi AB, Goteborg Frederikshavn Linjen, Sweden (operating under the name of Sessan Linjen) as a passenger and vehicle ferry. 

Technical Data

  • Length: 123.45m (404.9 ft)(overall)
  • Breadth: 19.61m (64.4 ft) (extreme)
  • Depth: 12.6m (41.4 ft)
  • Draught: 5.25 m (16.1150 ft)(maximum)
  • Tonnage: 5,697 gross (1969), 5,926 (1992), 8,893 (2006)/2,823 net, 2,978 (1992)/1,819 deadweight 1,848, 1,845
  • Engines: Eight 12-cyl, Nohab diesels. Eight 12-cyl, Nohab-Polar SF 112 VS-e diesels
  • Power: 11,475kw.
  • Speed: Max 21.0. Service 18.0.
  • Capacity: 1400 passengers, 360 cars
  • Call Sign: SDGW, (Prinsessan Christina/Stena Nordica/Lion Prince), IBIZ (2006), 2ARO7 (Wind Solution)
  • IMO Number: 6918560
  • Registry: Gothenburg, Genoa/ Italy (2006), London
  • Sister Ship: Prinsess Desiree.

History

February 29th 1968: Date of building contract.

January 14th 1969: Keel laid.

May 9th 1969: Launched.

December 9th 1969: Delivered to Rederi Ab Göteborg -Frederikshavn Linjen, Gothenburg.

December 13th 1969: Introduced between Gothenburg and Frederikshavn.

Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

1974 : Ship tours between Gothenburg and Travemünde.

© Jürgen Stein

© Jürgen Stein

1976: Rebuilt.

October 1979: Sold to Consafe Ship Rederi Ab, Göteborg and chartered back to Rederi Ab Göteborg-Frederikshavn Linjen, Göteborg.

February 1981: Handed over to her new owners and renamed SAFE CHRISTINA then laid up.

Andreas Wörteler Collection

Andreas Wörteler Collection

August 24th 1981 – October 25th 1981: Chartered out to Sally Line and introduced between Ramsgate – Dunkerque.

© Ken Larwood © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (both)

© Tony Garner © Fotoflite

© Tony Garner (left) © Fotoflite (right)

January 17th 1982: Introduced by Vinga Line between Gothenburg  – Frederikshavn with freight only.

Andreas Wörteler Collection

Andreas Wörteler Collection

January 27th 1982: Sold to Stena Line Ab, Göteborg and renamed PRINSESSAN CHRISTINA.

Andreas Wörteler Collection

Andreas Wörteler Collection

February 1982: Commenced service with Stena Sessan Line between Gothenburg – Frederikshavn.

May 1983: Introduced between Moss – Frederikshavn – Gothenburg.

© Jürgen Stein

© Jürgen Stein

August 15th 1983: Renamed STENA NORDICA.

© Jürgen Stein

© Jürgen Stein

October 1984 – November 1984: Rebuilt at Cityvarvet, Gothenburg with 60 new cabins.

October 1985: Transferred to Lion Ferry and renamed EUROPAFÄRJAN I.

© Jürgen Stein

© Jürgen Stein

October 21st 1985: Commenced services between Helsingborg – Grenå.

1986: In the summer she operated between Varberg – Grenå – Helsingborg – Grenå.

March 30th 1987: Renamed LION PRINCE after refit.

© Jürgen Stein © Carsten Dettmer

© Jürgen Stein (left) © Carsten Dettmer (right)

September 1988: Introduced between Halmstad – Grenå.

1989: In the summer operated between Varberg – Grenå – Helsingborg – Grenå.

October 1989: Operated between Halmstad – Grenå.

January 27th 1991: Ran aground outside Grenå.

April 1994: Operated between Varberg – Grenå.

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

January 1998: When the Lion Ferry routes were incorporated into parent company Stena Line she was renamed STENA PRINCE.

© Ulrich Streich

© Ulrich Streich

February 1st 1999: Final day in service and lid up for sale.

March 1999: Sold to Freedom Ferries SrL, Naples, Italy (T.R.I.S) and renamed COMMODORE.

April 17th 1999: Left Varberg for Italy.

June 13th 1999: Introduced between Genoa – Paula (Sardinia) – Porto Vecchio (Corsica).

April 14th 2000: Introduced between Genoa – Porto Torres – Propriano.

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

2001: Operated between Genoa – Paula (Sardinia) – Porto Vecchio (Corsica).

December 2001: Introduced between Portoferraio – Piombino.

© Andreas Wörteler © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (both)

October 2002: Laid up in Genoa after T.R.I.S. went bankrupt.

2003: Sold to Enermar Trasporti Isole Sarde S.r.l., Genoa, Italy.

April 2003: Renamed PALAU.

April 11th 2003: Commenced services between Genoa – Palau.

© Ton Grootenboer

© Ton Grootenboer

November 2004: Chartered out for 3 months, with extension option, to D&P Cruises, S.p.A. Italy.

December 2004: Operated between Bari – Durazzo.

June 2005: Services between Genoa – Palau.

October 1st 2005: Sold to D&P Cruises, S.p.A. Italy for services between Bari – Durres.

June 15th 2007 – September 16th 2007: Service between Salerno – Olbia.

February 2008: Left Italy for Tallinn, Estonia for conversion to a hotel ship.

© Ulrich Streich

© Ulrich Streich

February 29th 2008: Went through the Kiel Canal, but stopped at Kiel owing to bad weather.

March 2nd 2008: Continued from Kiel to Tallinn where conversion was completed.

March 20th 2008: Arrived in Grimsby to act as a hotel ship for engineers constructing offshore wind farms, and had been surveyed to start the process for transferring her to the UK flag. The ship remained in port completing remedial work identified during survey.

April 2008: Sold to C-bed BV, Holland. (English flag, home port London). Renamed WIND SOLUTION.

June 5th 2008: Prepared to sail for the Lynn offshore wind farm for the first time. She had been issued with an Interim Safety Management System (SMS) Certificate, and had not yet developed full SMS procedures.
“At 0532, the pilot was on board, two tugs were in attendance and the crew went to stations. The master agreed to the pilot’s suggestion that the master would manoeuvre the ship off the berth and turn her, and then the pilot would take over to negotiate the locks and the river passage. During the process of letting go, sailing was temporarily delayed while it was confirmed that all passengers had boarded. Letting go having resumed, the pilot went inside the bridge to collect his radio, and on return to the bridge wing found the ship already moving off the quay.
The master manoeuvred the ship sideways parallel to the quay, and then began turning her to starboard. The pilot was stood forward of the engine control console, from where he could see the position of the engine and bow thrust controls. However, he could not monitor the amount of rudder applied, since the steering gear was operated by push button controls, and he was unable to see the rudder angle indicator.
No instructions had been given to the second officer stationed aft on the poop with respect to reporting clearing distances. However, since the poop was divided by the stern door, he had stationed an AB on the port side, with a VHF radio and instructions to call the bridge with distances off the quay if closing. As the turn progressed, and with the port quarter closing the quay, the AB called the bridge by VHF radio several times, counting down the distance. This was heard by the second officer on the starboard poop, but by no one on the bridge. The port quarter made contact, and scraped along the quay for approximately 30 metres, dislodging a set of quayside bollards, before the pilot, who had now taken control, manoeuvred the ship clear.
The ship then continued without further incident to the Bull anchorage for pilot disembarkation. The coxswain of the boat being used for pilot transfer reported to the pilot and master that he could see a hole in the ship’s port quarter. Having inspected the damage, the master decided to return to port for repairs.”

http://www.maib.gov.uk/publications/completed_preliminary_examinations/completed_preliminary_examinations_2008/wind_solution.cfm

January 2009: Arrived at Fredericia after rebuild.

© Dirk Jankowsky  © Dirk Jankowsky

 

© Dirk Jankowsky (both)

June 23rd 2010: Noted as being at the Greater Gabbard Anchorage, off Felixstowe and then operating in the North Sea.

October 10th 2014: Noted as being at anchor in Colwyn Bay 


We would like to thank: Carsten Dettmer, Tony Garner, Ton Grootenboer, Dirk Jankowsky, Ken Larwood, Jürgen Stein, Ulrich Streich, and Andreas Wörteler  their assistance in producing this feature. All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for errors and omissions.

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


2 Comments

  1. Currently, June 2013, anchored off Prestatyn, North Wales as hotel vessel for Gwynt y Mor windfarm.

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