MV Travemunde – Past and Present

MV Noor

ex Barakat, St Clair, Treg, Tregastel, Njegos, Travemunde

© Schichau Unterweser AG

© Schichau Unterweser AG

Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Schichau Unterweser AG, Bremerhaven in 1971 (Yard No 478) for Moltzau Line A/S, Gedser, Denmark, as a passenger, car and commercial vehicle roll-on roll-off ferry

Technical Data

  • Length: 118.01m (overall), 103.16m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 18.53m (extreme)
  • Depth: 6.51m
  • Draught: 5.02m (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 3,999 gross, 8,499/1,979 net, 3,507/1,524 deadweight, 947
  • Engines: Two 12-cylinder MAN V6V 40/54 diesels
  • Power: 9996kW (9857kW)/ 13,400 bhp
  • Speed: 20.75 knots
  • Capacity: 1500 passengers (later re-classed to 600)/370 cars (after rebuild 160) or 25 commercial trailers
  • Call Sign: DVZN (Travemunde),YUEL (Njegos), MPRL6 (St Clair),HZBR (Barakat, Noor), D6A2449
  • IMO Number: 7104441
  • Registry: Gedser, Bar (Yugoslavia), Aberdeen, Saudi Arabia, Comoros


April 23rd 1969: Ordered.

November 17th 1970: Keel struck.

March 9th 1971: Launched.

May 18th 1971: Sea trials.

May 19th 1971: Delivered to Moltzau Line A/S, Gedser, Denmark.

May 20th 1971: On the journey from the builders to Travemünde, she suffered major electrical problems and had to be repaired at Werft Nobiskrug, Rendsburg.

May 23rd 1971: Arrived at Travemünde.

May 25th 1971: Commenced service between Gedser – Travemünde.

© Jurgen Stein

© Jurgen Stein

1976: Registered to Gedser – Travemunde Ruteen A/S, Gedser.

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Travemunde 08/1980)

December 31st 1980: Sold to Prekookeanska Plovidba, Bar, Yugoslavia. Renamed NJEGOS.

January 1st 1981 – June 18th 1981: Bare-boat chartered to Gedser-Travemünde Ruten A/S, Gedser for further service between Gedser – Travemunde.

© Ulrich Streich  © Ulrich Streich

© Ulrich Streich

June 19th 1981: Final arrival in Travemunde.

June 24th 1981: Journey to the Mediterranean.

July 1981: In service between Bar – Bari.

May 1994 – July 1984: Chartered to Brittany Ferries SA, Roscoff, France. In service between Roscoff – St Malo – Portsmouth.

July 3rd 1984 – October 6th 1984: Chartered to Sally Line. In service between Ramsgate – Dunkerque.

© Ken Larwood  © Tony Garner

© Ken Larwood (left) © Tony Garner (right)

© Fotoflite

© Fotoflite

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Ramsgate 01/08/1984)

October 6th 1984: Laid up in Dunkerque.

© Jurgen Stein

© Jurgen Stein

1985: Chartered to Brittany Ferries SA, Roscoff, France for three years. Renamed TREGASTEL.

© Fotoflite  © Fotoflite

© Fotoflite (both)

May 1st 1985: Commenced service between Plymouth – Roscoff.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Portsmouth 01/02/1986)

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Roscoff 08/08/1986)

1987: Sold to Finouest (B.A.I.S.A.) Brittany Ferries (Bretagne-England-Ireland), Roscoff, France (Brittany Ferries). Rebuilt at HDW, Kiel, Germany, then Roscoff – Plymouth service.

July 18th 1989: Transferred to Truckline Ferries for service between Poole – Cherbourg.

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Roscoff 05/05/1989)

October 1989 – June 1990: Services between Caen – Portsmouth

July 7th 1990 – September 30th 1990: Cherbourg – Poole.

© Tony Garner  Andreas Wörteler Collection

© Tony Garner (left) and Andreas Wörteler Collection (right)

October 1990: Chartered by the French Government as a troop transport to the Persian Gulf.

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Cherbourg 27/05/1991)

September 29th 1991: Last service between Poole – Cherbourg.

October 7th 1991 – October 17th 1991: Services between Roscoff – Plymouth.

October 1991: Freight only between Portsmouth – Caen.

December 1991: Kept in reserve by Brittany Ferries , then laid up at Chatham.

January 3rd 1992: Sold to P&O Steam Nav. Co London. Renamed TREG.

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (both)

January 4th 1992: Arrived at Lloyd-Werft GmbH, Bremerhaven for rebuilding.

© Dirk Jankowsky  © Dirk Jankowsky

© Dirk Jankowsky (both)

March 6th 1992: To P&O Scottish Ferries, Aberdeen, Scotland and renamed ST CLAIR.

March 11th 1992: Commenced service between Aberdeen – Lerwick and other trips between Lerwick – Bergen.

May 14th 1992 – May 18th 1992: Exhibition ship in Stavanger.

© Tony Garner

©  Tony Garner

1993: Weekly services between Lerwick – Bergen

1995: Rebuilt at a cost of £1.2 million with side-sponsors adding 100 tons to her weight.

April 1995: Resumed in service.

August 24th 1997: Last trip Lerwick – Bergen.

October 1st 2002: Last day in service between Aberdeen – Lerwick then laid up at Leith.

© Willi Langes

© Willi Langes

October 24th 2002: Departed Leith

October 26th 2002: Arrived at Rotterdam.

© Ton Grootenboer

© Ton Grootenboer

November 1st 2002: Left Rotterdam for Saudi Arabia.

2002: Services in the Red Sea between Jeddah – Suakin.

May 4th 2004: Registered Owner; Baaboud Trading & Shipping

July 2011: Renamed NOOR quickly changing to NOOR 1 and last known as being in Jeddah (September 2011).

© Drago Krivokapic  © Drago Krivokapic

© Drago Krivokapic

2019: Still operating in Sudan as a pilgrim carrier

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: Tony Garner, Ton Grootenboer, Frank Heine, Dirk Jankowsky, Drago Krivokapic, Willi Langes, Ken Larwood, Simonwp, Jurgen Stein, Ulrich Streich and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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