© Simonwp“New” MV Norrona – Past and Present

MV Logos Hope

Ex Norrona I, Norrona, Gustav Vasa.

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1973 by Werft Nobiskrug Rendsburg Germany (Yard No 678) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo/Ferry.

Technical Data

  • Length: 129.01 m (overall) 117.00 -118.54 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 21.04 m
    Depth: 12.50 m
    Draught: 4.900 m
    Tonnage: 7457 – 7838 – 12519 gross/4011 – 4211 net/1799 -1507 deadweight
    Engines: Four Oil SA 6 -cylinder Stork-Werkspoor 6TM410 diesels
    Power: 1194 kW/1600 bHP
    Speed: 22 knots
    Capacity: 1040 passengers/250 cars, 423 (as Logos Hope_
    Call Sign: SEBR, XPZG, 2HA2851
    IMO Number: 7302914
    LR Number (1978-79): 11327
    Port of Registry: Halstad/Sweden, Torshavn/Faeroes (Danish), Valletta/Malta

History

February 10th 1973: Launched.

May 12th 1973: Delivered to Lion Ferry Ab, Halmstad.

May 12th 1973: Chartered to Svenska Rederi Ab Öresund, Malmö for Öresundsbolaget routes between Malmö – Travemünde.

October 12th 1976: Öresundsbolaget and Trave Line join forces and are marketed under the name Saga Linjen for services between Helsingborg/Malmö – Travemünde.

1980: Saga Linjen and TT-Line join forces under the new name TT Saga Line. Commenced services between Malmö – Travemünde.

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Travemünde, June 1980)

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Travemünde, August 1980)

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Travemünde, June 1981)

1982: Supplemented summer sailing between Travemünde – Rönne.

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Travemünde, June 1982)

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Travemünde, 08/07/1982)

January 17th 1983: Commenced services between Trelleborg – Travemünde.

April 1st 1983: Sold to Smyril Line, Torshavn, Faroe Islands and renamed NORRÖNA.

April 1983: Rebuilt at Flensburger Schiffbaugesellschaft, Flensburg more cabins as well as having stabilisers fitted.

June 6th 1983 – September 18th 1983: Services between Torshavn – Lerwick – Bergen – Hanstholm – Seydisfjördur.

 © Frank Heine   © Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Hanstholm, July 1983)

October 14th 1983 – March 31st 1984: Services between Kiel – Korsör.

May 1984 – September 17th 1984: Services between Torshavn – Lerwick – Bergen – Hanstholm – Seydisfjördur.

September 19th 1984 – May 7th 1985: Chartered to TT-Line GmbH & Co, Hamburg for services between Travemünde – Trelleborg.

May 7th 1985 – September 1985: Services between Torshavn – Lerwick – Bergen – Hanstholm – Seydisfjördur.

September 1985 – April 1986: Laid up in Copenhagen.

April 27th 1986 – June 2nd 1986: Chartered to TT-Line GmbH & Co, Hamburg for services between Travemünde – Trelleborg.

June 1986 – September 1986: Services between Torshavn – Lerwick – Bergen – Hanstholm – Seydisfjördur.

September 1986 – May 1987: Laid up in Copenhagen.

May 1987 – September 1987: Services between Torshavn – Lerwick – Bergen – Hanstholm – Seydisfjördur.

© Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Bergen, 01/06/1987)

Dover Port News

Dover Port News

1987: Mini cruise from Wilhelmshaven to Southampton calling at Dover to give the passengers a day ashore. She became to first cruise ship to berth at (the new) Pier D.

© Ken Lubi

© Ken Lubi (Tyne, 24/10/1987)

May 1988: Chartered to Thematik Reisen GmbH, Hamburg for cruises between Hamburg – Klaipeda.

May 1988 – August 1988: Services between Torshavn – Lerwick – Bergen – Hanstholm – Seydisfjördur.

August 31st 1988 – October 29th 1988: Chartered to Larvik Line, Larvik for services between Larvik – Frederikshavn.

November 7th 1988 – November 28th 1988: Chartered to GT-Link for services between Gedser – Travemünde.

November 30th 1988 – April 1989: Laid up after inspection/refit at Flensburger Schiffbaugesellschaft, Flensburg.

April 1989 – August 1989: Services between Torshavn – Lerwick – Bergen – Hanstholm – Seydisfjördur.

September 4th 1989 – September 29th 1989: Chartered to Thematik Reisen GmbH, Hamburg for cruises From Hamburg around the UK/Kiel /Travemünde to the Baltic Sea.

October 11th 1989 – April 1990: Chartered to B&I Line Plc, Dublin, Ireland for services between Pembroke – Rosslare.

April 9th 1990: On a trip to Rosslare she suffered a fire in unused cabins beneath the car-deck. One crew member was killed. Taken out of service for repairs.

April 12th 1990: Returned to service.

May 1990 – September 1990: Services between Torshavn – Lerwick – Bergen – Hanstholm – Seydisfjördur.

October 1990: Chartered to RiNo Lines, Norrköping for fourteen days for services between Norrköping – Helsinki (Mondays – Thursdays) Norrköping – Riga (at weekends). Then laid up in Ålborg.

October 1990: Chartered to British Ministry of Defense for one trip between Harwich – Narvik.

November 1990 – January 3rd 1991: Chartered to Baltic Line fore services between Gdynia – Karlskrona.

January 1991 – April 1991: Laid up in Copenhagen.

May 1991 – September 1991: Services between Torshavn – Lerwick – Bergen – Hanstholm – Seydisfjördur.

September 1991 – May 1992: Laid up in Copenhagen.

May 1992 – September 1992: Services between Torshavn – Lerwick – Bergen – Hanstholm – Seydisfjördur.

September 1992 – May 1993: Laid up in Copenhagen.

May 29th 1993 – September 1993: Services between Seydisfjördur – Bergen – Torshavn – Esbjerg.

January 9th 1994 – January 25th 1994: Chartered to Sealink Stena Line for services between Fishguard – Rosslare.

January 26th 1994 – March 28th 1994: Chartered to Sealink Stena Line for services between Holyhead – Dun Laoghaire.

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Hoek Van Holland, 03/1994)

May 1994 – September 1994: Services between Seydisfjördur – Bergen – Torshavn – Esbjerg.

September 15th 1994 – November 4th 1994: Chartered to North Sea Baltic Ferries for services between Wismar – Newcastle under the banner “Wismar II”.

November 4th 1994: Laid up in Copenhagen.

January 4th 1995 – March 1995: Chartered to Stena Sealink Ltd for services between Stranraer – Larne.

© Aubrey Dale  © Aubrey Dale

© Aubrey Dale  © Aubrey Dale

© Aubrey Dale  © Aubrey Dale

© Aubrey Dale (All)

May 1995- September 1995: Services between Seydisfjördur – Bergen – Torshavn – Esbjerg.

September 1995 – May 1996: Laid up in Copenhagen.

May 1996 – September 1996: Services between Seydisfjördur – Bergen – Torshavn – Esbjerg.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Esbjerg, 01/08/1996)

September 1996 – April 1997: Laid up in Copenhagen.

April 1997: Chartered Fjord Line for three weeks. Services between Hanstholm – Egersund – Bergen.

May 1997 – September 1997: Services between Seydisfjördur – Bergen – Torshavn – Hanstholm.

© Robert J Smith

© Robert J Smith (London, 08/04/1998)

September 12th 1998 – May 14th 1999: Services between Hanstholm – Torshavn.

May 17th 1999 – September 8th 1999: Services between Seydisfjördur – Bergen – Torshavn – Lerwick – Hanstholm.

September 1999 – May 2000: Services between Hanstholm – Torshavn.

May 2000 – September 2000: Services between Seydisfjördur – Bergen – Torshavn – Lerwick – Hanstholm.

September 9th 2000 – October 2000: Rebuilt with stern sponsons at Fredericia Skibsværft A/S, Fredericia.

October 7th 2000 – May 18th 2001: Services between Hanstholm – Torshavn.

May 19th 2001 – September 2001: Services between Seydisfjördur – Bergen – Torshavn – Lerwick – Hanstholm.

September 2001 – May 2002: Services between Hanstholm – Torshavn.

© Frank Heine  © Frank Heine

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Hanstholm, 30/03/2001)

May 2002 – September 2002: Services between Seydisfjördur – Bergen – Torshavn – Lerwick – Hanstholm.

September 2002: Services between Hanstholm – Torshavn.

April 5th 2003: Renamed NORRONA I.

April 11th 2003: Final sailing, laid up in Esbjerg, and offered for sale.

© Frank Heine  © Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Esbjerg, 16/04/2003)

September 26th 2003: Left Esbjerg for Copenhagen.

September 27th 2003: Laid up at Færgehavn Nord, Copenhagen.

January 16th 2004: Left Copenhagen for Hanstholm.

January 17th 2004: Commenced services between Hanstholm – Torshavn – Lerwick – Hanstholm.

March 21st 2004: Laid up at Færgehavn Nord, Copenhagen.

March 31st 2004: Sold to Operation Mobilisation Logos Ltd., Valletta, Malta.

April 16th 2004: Transferred to her new owner.

May 1st 2004: Renamed LOGOS HOPE.

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine  © Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Copenhagen, 09/07/2004)

February 1st 2005: Left Copenhagen for Bijela-Shipyard, Montenegro.

February 2005: Disputes with the shipyard over cost led to her arriving in Valletta, Malta.

May 4th 2005: Moved from Valletta harbour to anchorage, where she was arrested.

June 11th 2005: Left Valletta for Trogir

June 15th 2005: Arrived Trogir, Croatia for rebuilding.

November 8th 2007: Left Trogir for Kiel.

November 26th 2007: Arrived at Kiel, for further outfitting.

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (Kiel, 10/05/2008)

May 29th 2008: Left Kiel for dry-docking at Öresundsvarvet, Landskrona.

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Kiel, 25/05/2008)

June 16th 2008: Left Landskrona for Køge, Danmark.

February 19th 2009: Left Köge for Gothenburg.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Gravesend, UK, 01/06/2009)

March 2012: Registered Owner, Doulos (Care of GBA Ships eV), Mosbach Germany.

© Cees Bustraan   © Cees Bustraan

© Cees Bustraan (Willemstad, 14/04/2017)


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 Bustraan, Aubrey Dale, Frank Heine, Pieter Inpyn, Ken Lubi, Simonwp, Rober J Smith and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


1 Comment

  1. I enjoyed the pleasure of being pilot on the Norrona in 1995 when she was on charter to Stena Sealink on the Stranraer / Larne service for a few weeks, when my own ship Stena Caledonia was in dry dock. A lovely ship with a friendly “Viking” crew of Faroese.

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