© Cees De BijlMV Nordborg – Past and Present

MV Indus

Ex Strada Corsara, Tor Hafnia, Dana Hafnia, Kettegat Syd, Dana Hafnia, Nordborg, Belinda, Linné, Linnea.

© Ted Ingham

Nordborg, (Outbound, The Thames) © Ted Ingham

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1979 by Ab Lödöse Varv, Lödöse. (Yard No 180) as a RoRo Cargo vessel.

Technical Data

  • Length: 161.37 m (overall) 152.51 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 18.04 m
    Depth: 13.37 m
    Draught: 6.716 m
    Tonnage: 5551 – 5326 – 11125 gross/2899 – 2700 net/9018 – 8538deadweight
    Engines: 2 Vee Oil SA 8-cylinder Zgoda-Sulzer 8 ZL40/48 diesels.
    Power: 7650 kW/10400 bHP
    Speed: 17.25 knots (max)
    Capacity: 12 passengers/120 trailers. B; 2825
    Call Sign: SFAB, OUVZ2, OUVZ6, V4JK2
    IMO Number: 7389194
    Official Number: 12495/D-33247
    Port of Registry: Skarhamn/Sweden, Esjberg/Denmark, Panama, Rungsted/Denmark, , Esjberg/Denmark, Cagliari/Italy, Basseterre/St Kitts Nevis
    Sister-Ship: Vallmo, Kaprifol


December 23rd 1977: Keel struck for the aft section.

April 25th 1978: Aft section launched.

April 27th 1978: Keel struck for the forward section.

September 7th 1978: Launched as LINNEA.

February 1st 1979: Delivered to AB Skärhamns Oljetransport (OT Rederiet) as LINNÉ.

February 1979: Commenced services for Roto Line between Wallhamn – Felixstove – Ghent – Oslo.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Immingham, 12/06/1979)

December 1979: Services for OT North Africa Line between Venice – Bari – Tripoli – Benghazi.

March 1980 – November 1980: Services for OT Africa Line between Felixstowe – Rotterdam – Zeebrugge – Le Havre – Bilbao – Dakar – Monrovia – Lagos – Warri – Tema – Abidjan.

November 28th 1980: Services for OT North Africa Line between Venice – Bari – Tripolis – Benghazi.

February 1982: The OT Group goes bankrupt and the bankruptcy trustee takes over responsibility for the vessels.

June 1982: Replaced charter vessel KAPRIFOL and she went to the Falkland Islands for a Norwegian construction company in collaboration with the British government.

November 1982: Chartered to Rederi Ab Nordö, Malmö as refit cover and sailed between Malmö – Travemünde.

February 19th 1983: Laid up in Rotterdam.

September 1983 – October 1983: Chartered to Roto line for services between Wallham – Esbjerg – Felixstowe.

October 1983: Laid up in Gothenburg.

November 19th 1983 – December 7th 1983: Chartered to Rederi Ab Nordö, Malmö for services between Malmö – Travemünde.

January 14th 1984 – May 31st 1984: Chartered to Rederi Ab Nordö, Malmö for services between Malmö – Travemünde.

© Yvon Perchoc

© Yvon Perchoc (01/01/1984)

September 1984: Chartered to DFDS A/S, Copenhagen.

August 4th 1985: Laid up in Gothenburg.

October 1985: Sold to Belinda Shipping S.A. Panama (K.I. Larsen, Copenhagen and renamed BELINDA.

1986 – 1987: Chartered to DFDS A/S Copnhagen for services between Harwich – Rotterdam.

© Simonwp  © Simonwp

© Simonwp (Rotterdam, 15/06/1986)(Left)(Felixstowe, 16/06/1986)(Right)

© Patrick Hill  © Patrick Hill

© Patrick Hill (Hull, 22/01/1987)

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Immingham, 16/07/1987)

1987: Registered to Kaprifol Shipping S.A. Panama.

September 10th 1987 – December 31st 1987: Chartered to Stena Line Ab, for services between Gothburg – Travemünde.

February 11th 1988 – February 23rd 1988: Chartered to Tor Line.

March 1988: Ten day charter to Ugland, Norway.

March 1988: Chartered to Kent Line for services between Dartford – Zeebrugge.

© Ted Ingham

© Ted Ingham (Inbound Purfleet)

March 31st 1988 – July 14th 1988: Chartered to Lineas Suardiaz.

July 14th 1988 – July 20th 1988: Chartered to Cobelfret.

July 29th 1988 – August 21st 1988: Chartered to Olau Line for services between Sheerness – Vlissingen.

August 22nd 1988 – April 14th 1989: Chartered to Kent Line for services between Dartford – Zeebrugge.

October 1988: Sold to Dannebrog Rederi A/S, Copenhagen and renamed NORDBORG.

1989: Chartered to Cobelfret for services between Antwerp – Harwich and Zeebrugge – Purfleet.

© Cees De Bijl  © Cees De Bijl

© Cees De Bijl (Dartford, 21/08/1989)(Left)(Zeebrugge, 22/08/1989)(Right)

December 31st 1989: Registered to Vendila Rederi A/S, Rungsted, Denmark.

April 1990: Chartered to Kent Line for services between Newcastle – Zeebrugge.

May 21st 1990 – August 30th 1991: Chartered to Olau Line for services between Sheerness – Vlissingen.

© Cees De Bijl  © Cees De Bijl

© Cees De Bijl (Vlissingen, 06/07/1990)

December 1990 – January 1991: Chartered to DFDS A/S for services between Harwich – Esbjerg/ Hamburg.

July 17th 1991: Registered to Dannebrog Rederi A/S, Rungsted, Denmark.

September 30th 1991 – October 4th 1991: Chartered to Lineas Maritimas Espanolas for a single journey between Le Havre – Setubal.

October 1991 – January 25th 1992: Chartered to Sudcargo for services between Marseille – Tunis.

January 4th 1992 – January 25th 1992: Services between Marseille – Morocco.

February 12th 1992 – February 16th 1992: Chartered to Lineas Maritimas Espanolas for a single journet between Barcelona – Livorno.

February 18th 1992 – May 1992: Chartered to Karageorgis Line, Greece for services between Patras – Ancona.

May 1992 – August 1992: Chartered for a round trip Mediterranean – Cambodia – Philippines – Mediterranean.

1992 – 1993: Registered owner; Vendila Rederi A/S, Manager; Holdingaktiselskabet Dannebrog.

1993 – October 1993: Chartered to Cobelfret for services between Antwerp – Harwich.

October 6th 1994: Sold to DFDS A/S Copenhagen, Denmark.

October 19th 1994: Delivered in Zeebrugge and renamed DANA HAFNIA.

October 12th 1994 – May 29th 1995: Tor Line services between Gothnburg – Immingham – Rotterdam – Ghent.

May 29th 1995 – July 18th 1995: Services between Esbjerg – Immingham.

July 19th 1995: Chartered by the British M.O.D. for a single journey.

May 28th 1995 – October 15th 1995: Services between Cuxhaven – Immingham.

October 16th 1995 – October 31st 1995: Chartered to Cobelfret for services between Immingham – Zeebrugge.

November 2nd 1995 – December 15th 1995: Served as a military transport ship.

December 19th 1995 – April 13th 1996: Services between Esbjerg – Harwich/ Immingham.

April 13th 1996 – June 3rd 1996: Chartered to the British M.O.D.

June 1996: Short charter contract to P&O European Ferries Ltd, Felixstowe for services between Felixstowe – Zeebrugge.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Immingham, 17/08/1996)

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Europoort, 11/06/1996)

June 1996 – September 6th 1998: Services between Cuxhaven – Immingham.

August 22nd 1997: For a short while operated services between Fredericia (Denmark) – Copenhagen – Klaipeda.

August 29th 1998 – December 12th 1998: Chartered to Cobelfret for services between Zeebrugge – Purfleet.

December 15th 1998: Services between Oslo – Herøya – Kristiansand – Rotterdam – Zeebrugge.

July 19th 1999 – August 9th 1999: Chartered to an unknown company for a single trip between Esbjerg – Thessaloniki – Rotterdam.

August 10th 1999 – September 12th 1999: Services between Oslo – Herøya – Kristiansand – Rotterdam – Zeebrugge.

August 27th 1999: Chartered to Århus-Kalundborg Linien A/S, Århus.

September 16th 1999: Delivered in Fredericia and renamed KATTEGAT SYD.

September 24th 1999: Services between Århus – Kalundborg.

October 29th 1999: Services cancelled as charterer went bankrupt and the vessel was laid up Aalbæk Bay.

November 3rd 1999: Laid up in Esbjerg.

November 30th 1999: Renamed DANA HAFNIA.

December 15th 1999: Services between Esbjerg – Harwich/ Immingham.

January 1st 2000 – March 4th 2000: Services between Oslo – Herøya – Kristiansand – Rotterdam – Felixstowe.

March 7th 2000 – August 10th 2000: Services between Gothenburg – Harwich.

July 31st 2000: Registered to DFDS Tor Line A/S, Gothenburg.

August 22nd 2000 – August 29th 2000: Chartered to Bornholmstraffiken for services between Ronne – Koge.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Kiel, 01/08/2000)

October 6th 2000 – November 20th 2000: Services between Gothenburg – Harwich.

November 23rd 2000 – December 28th 2000: Chartered to the Danish M.O.D. for a single journey between Esbjerg – Massawa – Fredericia.

December 29th 2000 – April 14th 2001: Services between Fredericia – Copenhagen – Klaipeda.

January 9th 2001: Registered to DFDS Tor Line A/S, Esbjerg, Denmark and renamed TOR HAFNIA.

March 16th 2001: Sold to Stradeblu S.rL. Cagliari, Italy.

April 23rd 2001: Left Gothenburg for Cagliari.

May 2nd 2001: Taken over by Stradeblu and renamed STRADA CORSARA.

May 26th 2001: Services between Voltri – Termini Imerese.

© Olav Kuhnke  © Olav Kuhnke

© Olav Kuhnke

April 2002: Services between Voltri – Cagliari – Termini Imerese.

2008 – 2009: Chartered to Ship Concept, Dubai for services between Middle East – India – China.

April 15th 2009: Services for Corsica & Sardinia Ferries between Livorno – Olbia.

October 2011: Laid up.

December 2011: Sold to Indian breakers and renamed INDUS.

January 20th 2012: Arrived at Alang for scrapping.

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: Cees De Bijl, Patrick Hill, Ted Ingham, Olav Kuhnke, Yvon Perchoc, Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Special thanks to Arjan Van Gelder.

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

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