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MV Sally Sun – Past and Present

MV Gute

ex Sea Wind II, Sally Sun, Gute

© Tim Becker

Gute – © Tim Becker (Travemunde, 13/01/2019)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1979 by Falkenbergs varv Ab Falkenberg (Yard No 175) as a RoRo Cargo ship for Rederi Ab Gotland, Visby

Technical Data

  • Length: 119.00m (overall) 110.01m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 16.90m
  • Depth: 11.46m
  • Draught: 4.025m
  • Tonnage: 1,595 – 6,643 – 7,616 gross/839 – 1,992 – 2,285 net/2,400 – 2,900 – 3,652t deadweight
  • Engines: 2Vee Oil 4SA B&W Alpha 12U28LU diesels
  • Power: 4678 kW/6360 bHP
  • Speed: 15.0 (Service) 16.25 (Max)knots
  • Capacity: Passengers 52 – 86 ,TEU 185/C RoRo Dk: 140 x 20ft – 45 x 20ft, Cars – 800, Lane Meters: 800 – 969
  • Call Sign: SGON
  • MMSI Number: 265365000
  • IMO Number: 7802794
  • Port of Registry: Visby/Sweden, Douglas/Isle of Man, Nassau/Bahamas, Visby/Sweden


Current Location

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History

February 1978: Ordered.

June 1978: Keel struck.

April 27th 1979: Launched and christened by godmother Maikki Helleberg.

June 14th 1979: Delivered to Rederi Ab Gotland, Visby.

June 1979: Commenced services between Oskarshamn – Visby – Nynashamn as a freight and dangerous goods RoRo vessel. She has a strengthened hull to withstand collision and hull damage.

© Capt Jan Melchers

Gute © Capt Jan Melchers

September 1986 – April 1987: Services between Oskarshamn – Visby (Some cars and passengers with departures Monday to Wednesday).

January 1st 1988: Left Visby for Australia having been chartered for three years to Brambles Shipping, Australia.

January 1988: Transferred to Gotland Shipping Ltd, Douglas, Isle of Man for £1,850,500 GBP. Brambles Shipping had demanded British registry hence the transfer.

February 1988: Services between Melbourne – Burnie (Tasmania).

© Frank Holden  © Frank Holden

Gute – Andreas Wörteler Collection (© Frank Holden)

1991: One year extension to her charter.

January 1992: After her charter to Brambles Shipping, went to an Australian yard for refit and minor modifications. She was also repainted in Sally Lines before leaving Australian waters.

March 1992: Transferred to Gotland Shipping Ltd, Nassau, Bahamas and chartered to Sally Line Ltd, Ramsgate, England on a two year bare-boat charter with a three year and purchase option. Services Ramsgate – Dunkerque.

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

Gute – © Ken Larwood (Ramp modifications – Chatham, 10/04/1992)

Gute

April 1992: Services Ramsgate – Dunkerque as SALLY SUN.

© Simonpwp

Sally Sun – © Simonpwp (Ramsgate, 01/05/1992)

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

Sally Sun – © Ken Larwood (Both)

© Ted Ingham  © Ted Ingham

Sally Sun – © Ted Ingham (Both)

1994: Vlissingen – Ramsgate.

October 1994: Services Vlissingen – Dartford.

© Simonwp

Sally Sun – © Simonwp (Flushing, 01/04/1995)

April 28th 1995: Final service between Vlissingen – Dartford.

 

April 29th 1995: Left Dartford for Turku where she was refitted.

May 1995: In Turku transferred to Rederi AB Gotland, Visby for 5,362,500 USD and renamed SEA WIND II.

May 3rd 1995: Chartered to Seawind Line, Stockholm for services Stockholm – Turku (Kapellskar – Turku during the summer).

© Andreas Spörri  (Aaland Islands, 19/05/1996)

June 9th 1997 – January 5th 1998: Chartered to Nordic Trucker Line for services between Oxelosund – St Petersburg.

January 7th 1998 – May 20th 1998: Chartered to Seawind Line, Stockholm for services between Stockholm – Turku.

June 1st 1998: Renamed GUTE.

June 1st 1998 – August 1998: Destination Gotland services between Nynashamn – Visby – Oskarshamn and then laid up.

August 29th 1998 – May 7th 1999: Chartered to Seawind Line, Stockholm for services between Stockholm – Turku.

1999 (Spring): Laid up in Kappelshamn.

June 1999 – August 1999: Destination Gotland services between Nynashamn – Visby – Oskarshamn.

August 1999: Laid up in Kappelshamn.

September 7th 1999 – September 16th 1999: Destination Gotlands services as relief for  VISBY.

September 1999: Laid up in Kappelshamn.

January 2000: Chartered to for a short time to BornholmerFærgen, Ronne, Denmark.

January 15th 2000 – January 22nd 2000: Services between Ronne – Copenhagen.

2000 (Spring): Chartered to Valmet Oy, Nystad for the transport of  machinery and car  parts between Nystad – Travemunde.

May 2000 – August 2000: Destination Gotland services between Nynashamn – Visby – Oskarshamn.

August 20th 2000: Six month charter to Polish Baltic Shipping Co, Swinoujscie, Poland.

October 2nd 2000: Services between Swinoujscie – Trelleborg.

November 29th 2000: Owing to payment problems her charter was terminated.

November 30th 2000: Arrived in Visby for lay up.

December 2000: Made several trips carrying waste from the city of Gotland to Norrköping.

January 2001: Chartered to Amber Line for services between Karlshamn – Liepaja.

February 18th 2001 – April 30th 2001: Chartered to Botnia Link Ab for services Harnösand – Vasa – Umea.

May 2001: Destinations Gotland services.

October 2001: Loaded in Halmstad, she was chartered for a single journey, transporting a Funfair to Hong Kong.

April 2002: Returned from charter.

April 2000: Destination Gotland services.

August 30th 2002: Left Visby for refit in Falkenberg.

September 10th 2002 – December 20th 2002: Chartered to Scandlines for services Karlshamn – Liepaja.

December 22nd 2002: Arrived Visby for lay up.

February 2003: Planned two month charter to SCF St Petersburg Line fell through owing to the withdrawal of the Russians.

February 11th 2003: Chartered to SOL who sub-chartered to the Ministry of Defence for one trip to Turkey.

February 12th 2003: Left Visby for Flushing.

March 2003: Returned from charter.

March 12th 2003 – April 12th 2003: Chartered to Color Line for services Larvik – Frederikshavn.

March 13th 2003: Returned to Visby and laid up.

May 5th 2003 – June 18th 2003: Chartered to Seawind Line, Stockholm for services Stockholm – Turku.

© Eerik Laine  © Eerik Laine

Gute – © Eerik Laine (Turku, 12/05/2003)

June 2003 – August 15th 2003: Destination Gotland services.

August 15th 2003: Left Visby for dry docking in Falkenberg and laid up.

September 8th 2003 – December 18th 2003: Chartered to Scandlines / Amber Line for services between Karlshamn – Liepaja.

December 19th 2003: Laid up in Visby.

January 29th 2004 – February 2004: Chartered to Destination Gotland for  services  Visby – Oskarshamn.

2004: Lengthened by 20.3 metres at Nauta Shiprepair, Gdynia – Poland

May 16th 2004: Left Gdynia.

May 17th 2004: Arrived Visby.

2004: Laid up in Kappelshamn.

September 2004: Chartered to Riga Sea Line, Riga, Latvia.

September 8th 2004: Services between Nynäshamn – Riga.

October 8th 2004: Arrived at Falkenbergs yard for engine repairs.

October 2004: Returned to service.

October 13th 2005: Charter completed she arrived in Visby where she was laid up.

January 4th 2006: Chartered to LISCO for services Karlshamn – Klaipeda.

© Eerik Laine  © Eerik Laine

Gute – © Eerik Laine (Turku, 22/05/2006)

May 2006 – August 2006: Chartered to Seawind Line, Stockholm for services Stockholm (Kapellskar) – Turku.

© Eerik Laine  © Eerik Laine

Gute – © Eerik Laine (Turku, 16/06/2006)

August 11th 2006: Arrived Slite.

October 26th 2006: Moved from Slite to Visby

November 8th 2006 – December 13th 2006: Destination Gotland services between Visby – Oskarshamn.

December 14th 2006: Arrived at Falkenbergs yard for refit.

January 10th 2007: Left Falkenberg for Visby.

January 11th 2007: Arrived Visby.

January 15th 2007: Destination Gotland services between Visby – Oskarshamn.

February 16th 2007: Left Visby for Falkenberg.

March 17th 2007: Left Falkenberg for Kapellskär.

March 2007: Chartered to Baltic Scandinavian Lines, Estonia for services Kapellskar – Paldiski.

September 19th 2007: Completion of charter.

September 20th 2007: Arrived Visby for lay up.

February 2008: Chartered to the Swedish armed forces for transportation of equipment to Chad.

February 23rd 2008: Left Visby for Hango, then to Norrköping and onwards to Doula, Cameroon.

March 21st 2008: Arrived Doula for inloading.

April 2008: Back in Sweden and laid up in Visby.

May 2008: Moved to Slite for further lay up.

September 2008: Chartered to Baltic Scandinavian Lines, Estonia.

September 27th 2008: Left Slite for Paldiski.

October 6th 2008: Services Harnosand – Kasko.

December 26th 2008 – January 26th 2009: Services Kapellskar – Paldiski.

January 2009: Services Harnosand – Kasko.

April 15th 2009: Final service between Harnosand – Kasko,  then left for Ornskoldsvik.

May 3rd 2009 – May 2009: Chartered for two weeks to RG-Line for services Vasa – Umea.

May 2009: Laid up in Kappelshamn.

August 2nd 2009 – August 12th 2009: Destinations Gotland services Visby – Oskarshamn.

November 2009: Laid up in Kappelshamn.

January 5th 2011: Left Kappelshamn for Norrkoping and further lay up.

March 2013: Chartered to A/S Færgen, Denmark.

April 2nd 2013: Services between Ronne – Koge.

April 14th 2013: Charter completed and left Ronne for Norrkoping.

April 15th 2013: Arrived Norrköping for further lay up.

March 28th 2013: Chartered to A/S Færgen, Denmark.

March 29th 2015: Left Norrkoping for Ronne.

March 20th 2015 – May 2015: Services Ronne – Koge/ Ronne – Ystad.

May 2015: Laid up in Norrkoping.

February 17th 2016: Chartered to SOL/ Transprocon. Left Norrkoping for Lulea.

February 19th 2016: Arrived Lulea.

February 20th 2016: Left Lulea for Hammarnesoden.

February 27th 2016: Arrived Hammarnesoden.

March 10th 2016 – March 16th 2016: Left Hammarnesodden for Lulea.

March 16th 2016: Arrived Lulea.

March 17th 2016: Left Lulea for Paldiski.

March 19th 2016: Left Paldiski for Norrkoping.

April 17th 2016: Left Norrkoping for Landskrona.

May 2016: Chartered to the Danish Government for a single trip Denmark – Greenland.

©  Gena Anfimov  ©  Gena Anfimov

Gute – ©  Gena Anfimov

July 2016 – August 2016: Destination Gotland service.

August 18th 2016: Laid up in Norrkoping.

October 2016 – March 2017: Chartered to Stena Line for services Gothenburg – Frederikshavn.

December 23rd 2016 – January 7th 2017: Laid up in Lysekil for Christmas and the New Year.

January 9th 2017 – March 3rd 2017: Chartered to Stena Line for services Gothenburg – Frederikshavn.

March 3rd 2017- March 4th 2017: Sailed fro Gothenburg to Ronne.

March 2017 – April 2017: Chartered to A/S Færgen, Denmark.

April 2017: Laid up in Norrkoping.

May 22nd 2017: Sailed from Norrkoping to Gothenburg.

May 24th 2017 – June 9th 2017: Chartered to Stena Line for services between Gothenburg – Frederikshavn.

June 11th 2017: Returned to Norrkoping and laid up.

July 2017 – August 2017: Services for Destination Gotland.

August 28th 2017: Chartered to Stena Line for services between Karlskrona – Gdynia.

January 2018 – March 4th 2018: Services Gothenburg – Frederikshavn.

March 4th 2018: Left Gothenburg for Gdynia.

March 2018: Services between Gdynia – Karlskrona.

June 2018: Charter to Stena Line completed.

June 2018: Services for Destinations Gotland.

August 15th 2018: Left Visby for Norrkoping.

August 16th 2018: Arrived Norrkoping and laid up.

December 11th 2018: Left Norrkoping for Falkenberg.

December 28th 2018: Laid up in Uddevalla.

January 12th 2019: Left Uddevalla mot Travemunde.

January 14th 2019 – January 24th 2019: Chartered to TT Line for services Trelleborg – Travemunde/ Rostock.

© Tim Becker  © Tim Becker

Gute – © Tim Becker (Travemunde, 13/01/2019)

January 25th 2019: Laid up in Uddevalla.

February 2019: Chartered to SOL Lines.

February 2019: Left Uddevalla, via Vlissingen, for Newcastle.

February 2019: Arrived in Newcastle.

March 14th 2019: Arrived in Uddevalla.

July 2019 – July 21st 2019: Chartered to TT Line for services between Trelleborg – Rostock – Travemunde.

July 21st 2019: Left Trelleborg for Uddevalla.

December 31st 2019: Laid up in Uddevalla.

June 2020: Remains in Uddevalla.


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: Gena Anfimov, Tim Becker, Ted Ingham, Ingvar, Eerik Laine, Ken Larwood, Capt Jan Melchers, Simonwp, Andreas Spörri and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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