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MV Seafreight Highway – Past and Present

MV Urd

ex Aktiv Marine, Nord Neptunis, Boyana, Seafreight Highway, Easy Rider

© Mike Sartin

© Mike Sartin

Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Nuovi Cantieri Apuania S.P.A. Marina di Carrara, Italy (Yard No. 2119) for Castello Hellas Shipping Co, Piraeus, Greece in 1981 as a commercial vehicle ferry

Technical Data

  • Length on deck: 150.81m (overall),171.05m (after lengthening)
  • Breadth of hull: 22.22m (extreme) 23.50m (after rebuild)
  • Draught: 6.01m (maximum), 5.27m ( after rebuild)
  • Tonnage: 5,072 gross, 5,765 (after rebuild 1), 11,030 (after rebuild 2) 13,144/ 2,342 net 3,309 (after rebuild)/6,235 deadweight, 6,235 (after rebuild 1) 4,562
  • Engines: Two 12-cylinder MWM TBD511V12 Diesels/Two Wartsila-Vasa 12 V32E diesels (after engine rebuild)
  • Power: 12,000 hk (1981)/13,380 bhp (after engine rebuild)
  • Speed: 19.0 knots/17.5 knots (after engine rebuild)
  • Capacity: 240 passengers, 600 (after rebuild, later re-classed to 105) 69 freight units/291 cars (after rebuild) 325 cars (after rebuild)
  • Call Sign: OUYL, VSBP6, OUYL2
  • IMO Number: 7826855
  • Official Number: 87 132
  • Registry: Piraeus/Greece, Hamilton/Bemuda, Aarhus/Denmark, Kalundborg/Denmark
  • Sister Ships: Lucky Rider

Current Location

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1979: Keel laid

July 12th 1980: Launched.

May 14th 1981: Delivered to Castello Hellas Shipping Co, Piraeus, Greece.

Bernt Anderson Collection

Bernt Anderson Collection

May 1981: Chartered to Siosa Line for two journeys between Genoa – Lagos.

Nigel Thornton Collection  Nigel Thornton Collection

New” Nigel Thornton Collection

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (King George Dock, Hull 15/05/1982)

April 29th 1982 – June 24th 1982: Chartered to North Sea Ferries B.V., Rozenburg. Operated between Rotterdam – Hull.

1982: Chartered to UMEF for services between Koper – Patras.

May 28th 1983: Arrested owing to unpaid accounts and laid up in Piraeus.

June 30th 1985: In Athens, sold to Sealink UK Line, Hamilton, Bermuda.

August 21st 1985 – September 10th 1985: Dry-docked at Karras Shipyard for initial repairs.

September 18th 1985 (week of): Trials undertaken, then laid up in Piraeus.

April 4th 1987: Renamed SEAFREIGHT HIGHWAY. Left Piraeus for CMR Marseille to be rebuilt at a cost of £750,000.

May 14th 1987: Left Marseille for England.

© Fotoflite  © Fotoflite

© Fotoflite (both)

May 25th 1987: Entered service Dover – Dunkerque.

© Mike Sartin  © Mike Sartin

© Mike Sartin (both)

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

© A G Jones  © Brian Fisher

© A G Jones (left) and © Brian Fisher (right)

June 23rd 1987: Commenced service between Dover – Zeebrügge.

October 16th 1987: Collided with the café at the end of the Prince of Wales Pier during the infamous 1987 Hurricane.

Dover Ferry Photos Archive  Dover Ferry Photos Archive

Dover Ferry Photos Archive

© Dennis Hopkins  Courtesy of Kim Bridgland

© Dennis Hopkins (Left) “New” Courtesy of Kim Bridgland (Right)

Courtesy of Kim Bridgland

New” Courtesy of Kim Bridgland

August 1988 – September 1988: Operated between Holyhead – Dun Laoghaire.

© Aubrey Dale

© Aubrey Dale

September 1988: Laid up on the river Fal.

1988: Sold to Mejdunaroden Automobile Transport (SMAT), Bourgas, Bulgaria and renamed BOYANA.

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine

June 1990: Sold to Nordström & Thulin, Stockholm. It was planned to rename her NORD NEPTUNUS, but this was legally action taken against her owners prevented this. She also suffered severe mechanical problems which required emergency repairs in Setubal. It then took some time to organise repair of the wrecked engines.

September 15th 1990: Left Setubal for Bremerhaven to undergo repairs.

November 30th 1990: Sold to Blaesbjerg Marine A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark. Renamed AKTIV MARINE.

November 1990: Arrived at the Polish yard of Seabow/Dora, Gdynia for rebuild to a car and passenger ferry.

1991: Chartered to DSB Ship-Division, Århus, Denmark, and renamed URD. During the spring introduced between Århus – Kalundborg.

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Aarhus 01/06/1993)

September 12th 1993: Collided with a breakwater in Aarhus, and repaired at Århus Værft.

September 17th 1993: Returned to service.

September 1997: Sold to Scandlines A/S, Copenhagen. (home port Kalundborg).

1998: Owing to ongoing mechanical problems had a complete engine change.

June 11th 1999: Final day in service, thereafter she went to Svendborg Varv for overhaul.

1999: Laid up in Nakskov.

August 1999: Introduced between Århus – Åbenrå – Klaipeda.

© Ingvar

© Ingvar (Århus 2000)

May 2001: Commenced service between Rostock – Liepaja.

September 29th 2001 – December 2001: Lengthened at Remontowa/Gdansk Shiprepair, Gdansk, Poland.

December 8th 2001: Redelivered to her owners.

December 19th 2001: Commenced service between Rostock – Liepaja.

October 11th 2005: Introduced between Rostock – Ventspils.

© Dirk Jankowsky  © Dirk Jankowsky

© Dirk Jankowsky (both)

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (both)

© Tim Becker

© Tim Becker

May 3rd 2012: Collision took place at Travemünde Skandinavienkai when TT-Line’s NILS HOLGERSSON ran into Scandlines’ URD for unknown reasons. No injuries. Both ferries remained in Travemünde.

May 9th 2012: Left Travemünde for repairs in Fayard, Denmark.

October 2012: Sold to SOL Dru A/S, Århus Danmark (Management Imperial Ship Management).

October 2012: Chartered to Stena Line for services between Travemünde – Liepaja.

© Tim Becker  © Tim Becker

© Tim Becker

August 15th 2013: Sold to Stena Line Baltic AS.

© Tim Becker  © Tim Becker

© Tim Becker

January 2016: Still in service for Stena Line operating between Travemünde and Liepaja.

January 2017: Returned from refit wearing the new corporate livery of Stena Line and resumed service between Travemünde and Liepaja.

© Tim Becker  © Tim Becker

© Tim Becker

December 11th 2017: Left Liepaja for Nynäshamn.

December 11th 2017 – December 13th 2017: Services between Nynäshamn – Ventspils.

December 13th 2017: Left Nynäshamn for Liepaja.

December 14th 2017: Services between Liepaja – Travemünde.

March 9th 2019: Arrived Remontowa, Gdansk for refit.

March 23rd 2019: Services between Liepaja – Travemünde.

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Bernt Anderson, Tim Becker, Kim Bridgland, Brian Fisher, Aubrey Dale, Frank Heine, Dennis Hopkins, Ingvar, Pieter Inpyn, Dirk Jankowsky, A G Jones, Ken Larwood, Mike Sartin, Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Special thanks go to the World Ship Society (East Kent Branch).

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

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