Norbank © Robert J Smith
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1993 by Van der Giessen-De Noord, Holland (Yard No 961) for North Sea Ferries, Hull, England
- Length: 166.7m (overall) m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth: 23.89 m
- Depth: m
- Draught: 6.01 m
- Tonnage: 17464 gross/5239 net/6791t deadweight
- Engines: Two 9-cylinder and Two 8-cylinder Sulzer – Zgoda diesels
- Power: 24500 kW/HP
- Speed: 23 knots (max)
- Capacity: 114 passengers/ 156 x 12m freight units/2040 lane metres
- Call Sign: PGIS
- IMO Number: 9056583
- Official Number: 18395ZR
- MMSI Number: 246213000
- Port of Registry: Hamilton/Bermuda, Rotterdam/Netherlands
- Sister-Ship: Norbay
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June 5th 1993: Launched.
© Simonwp (Rotterdam 01/08/1993)
Sea trials in the North Sea © Fotoflite, Ray Goodfellow Collection
October 29th 1993: Delivered to Noordzee Verdiensten B.V., Rotterdam, Holland.
October 31st 1993: Commenced service between Rotterdam – Hull.
© Bernd Crause (Europoort, 1994)
© Pieter Inpyn (Europoort 01/07/1995)
January 1st 1997: Registered to Norships CV, Rotterdam, Holland. Bareboat chartered to P&O Group, London, England, under the company name of P&O North Sea Ferries.
© Simonwp (Europoort 01/09/1998)
May 2001: Introduced into service between Rotterdam – Felixstowe.
December 2001: Last month on the Rotterdam – Felixstowe route.
July 7th 2002: Commenced service for P&O Irish Ferries between Liverpool – Dublin.
August 7th 2006: Called at Larne, Co Antrim for an underwater survey.
Larne 07/08/06 © Aubrey Dale
November 2009: Registered to P&O European Ferries Irish Sea, Dover, U.K.
© Leo Johannes (Dublin 07/07/2009)
© Robbie Cox ( Dublin 07/12/2011)
© Robbie Cox (Dublin 26/05/2014)
Seen wearing the revised P&O Ferries livery © Robbie Cox (Dublin 03/04/2015)
May 2018: Remains in service on the Irish Sea operating between Liverpool and Dublin.
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: Robbie Cox, Bernd Crause, Pieter Inpyn, Leo Johannes, Simonwp, Robert J Smith, Aubrey Dale and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.