MV Niobe I
ex Nour I, Transcontainer I
Matt Murtland Collection
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1968 at Cons. Nav. & Ind. De la Mediterranean (CNIM), La Seyne , France (Yard No. 1381)as a passenger and train ferry for Societe Nationale de Chemins der Fer Francais (SNCF).
- Length: 104.20m (overall)
- Breadth: 18.70m (moulded)
- Draught: 5.20m (maximum)
- Tonnage: 2760 gross (1968), 2289 (1991)/759 net (1968)(1991)/1829 deadweight (1968)(1991)
- Engines: Two 8-cylinder MWM diesels
- Power: 4400bhp/ 3326kW
- Speed: 16 knots
- Capacity: 36 passengers (1968) 1,000 (1991), and 36 railway wagons
- Call sign: FNZN (1969 – 1986), 3ETZ8 (1991 – 1995)
- IMO Number: 6904478
- Registry: Dunkerque/France, Dieppe/France, Panama
November 30th 1968: Launched. Part container ship.
February 1969: Delivered to Societe Nationale de Chemins der Fer Francais (SNCF) and introduced into service between Dunkerque – Harwich.
March 11th 1969: Maiden voyage sailing halted by strike.
© Ted Ingham
March 13th 1969: First sailing to Harwich.
© Brian Fisher (left) © Fotoflite (right)
© Ken Larwood (left) Courtesy of Michael Woodland (right)
1972/1973: All vessels were painted in the new house colours “Sealink” being added.
© A G Jones (both)
Bernt Anderson Collection
October 24th 1974: Re-entered service (on Dunkirk – Dover or Dunkirk – Harwich) having been altered to a train ferry.
© Bob Scott
November 10th 1974 – January 8th 1975: Operated between Calais and Dover switching back to Dunkerque – Harwich immediately afterwards.
January 8th 1975: Inaugurated the new West Dunkirk (Gravelines) – Felixstowe 3 x weekly service.
January 9th 1978: Collided with STENA NORDICA, outside Felixstowe and was subsequently repaired in Dunkerque.
© Derek Sands
April 1984: Her loss making route was terminated.
© A G Jones
1984 : Laid up in Dunkerque
March 9th 1985: Covered the Dieppe – Portsmouth route until her last run in October.
February 1986 – July 1986: Returned to Dover – Dunkerque.
1986: Sold to Pireo Cia. Nav. S.A., Piraeus.
1987: Operated between Piraeus – Ravenna .
1991: Sold to Corporation Trans. S.A., Panama, and renamed NOUR I when she was rebuilt as a passenger ferry in Jordan.
Bernt Anderson Collection
1991: Introduced into service between Acaba and Nuwaiba.
1995: Sold again to Kassimeris Arab Bridge, Panama (registered to Seatower Shipping Co. Ltd., Panama) and renamed NIOBE I.
© Andreas Wörteler
December 1995: Sold to Rainbow Lines and rebuilt before serving between Otrantoi – Durres in 1996 then Brindisi – Durres and Igouenitsa in 1997.
1997: Laid up in Igoumenitsa before being introduced for Ikaria Lines between Brindsis – Otranto and Valona.
1998: Registered to Cascade Navigation Corp., Panama.
December 27th 2000: Reportedly arrived in Alang, India 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: Bernt Anderson, Brian Fisher, Ted Ingham, A G Jones, Ken Larwood, Matt Murtland, Derek Sands, Bob Scott, Michael Woodland and Andreas Wörteler.