FerriesPast and PresentSally Line

MV Botnia Express – Past and Present

MV Jamaa II

ex Alandia, Polar Express, Botnia Express, Diana

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

Twin screw motor vessel built in 1972 at Jos L Meyer Werft, Papenburg-Ems, Germany (Yard No. 566) as a passenger and vehicle roll-on/roll-off ferry

Technical Data

  • Length: 108.70m/108.67m (overall), 96.70m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 17.2m/18.90m (extreme), 17.56m (overall)
  • Depth: 3.061m
  • Draught: 4.60m (maximum)
  • Height on vehicle deck: 4.20m
  • Tonnage: 4,152 – 6,850 gross/1,720 -2.373 net/1,110 -1,118 deadweight
  • Engines: Two Klöckner-Humboldt-Deutz SBV 12M 350 diesels.
  • Power:10.080 bhp/11.5600 bhp – 8,532kW/8,000 bhp – 5968kW
  • Speed: 18.5 knots
  • Capacity: 1,200/1,320 passengers, 265/220 cars or 32 x 12m haulage vehicles
  • Call Sign: SDXW, OIJJ, XUHL2
  • IMO number: 7224370
  • Registry: Slite/Sweden, Vasa/Finland, Eckerö/Finland, San Lorenzo/Honduras, Panama, Phnom Penh/Cambodia
  • Sister-ships: Apollo, Viking I, Viking 3, Viking 4, Viking 5, Azteca, Coromuel, Puerto Vallarta

Location Data

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August 28th 1972: Launched. Fourth sister in the series.

December 11th 1972: Delivered to joint company ownerships of Rederi Ab Volo, Rederi Ab Slite, Simsonship Ab, Ivar Sund Lidingö and Ab Nils Thorwaldsson Saltsjöbaden. C.B. Myrsten as the main owner.

December 13th 1972: Visited Slite.

December 14th 1972: Unveiled in Stockholm before taking up service.

December 15th 1972: Special cruise from Nybroplan in Stockholm. Guests included local entertainment “Festfolket” who, later, became more well known as “ABBA”.

December 17th 1972: In service for Viking Lines between Kapellskär – Mariehamn – Nådendal.

September 2nd 1973 – June 10th 1974: Services between Stockholm – Mariehamn – Nådendal/ Åbo.

June 11th 1974 – August 26th 1974: Services between Kapellskär – Mariehamn – Nådendal.

© Tapio Karvonen  © Tapio Karvonen

© Tapio Karvonen (both)

August 27th 1974 – June 1st 1975: Services between Stockholm – Mariehamn – Åbo.

June 2nd 1975 – September 4th 1975: Services between Kapellskär – Mariehamn – Nådendal.

September 5th 1975 – April 30th 1976: Services between Stockholm – Mariehamn – Åbo.

May 1st 1976: Commenced service between Kapellskär – Mariehamn – Nådendal.

July 4th 1978: Ran aground south of Mariehamn. Began leaking oil.

July 5th 1978: KAPELLA takes over her passenger service while TRAVETAL carries her freight.

July 6th 1978: Re-floated and goes to Finnboda yard for repairs.

July 15th 1978: Returns to service.

July 1978: Sold to Oy Vaasa-Umeå Ab, Vaasa, Finland for 42,6 million SEK with delivery in 1979.

April 26th 1979: Taken over by Oy Vaasa-Umeå Ab, Vaasa, Finland at Beckholmens Docks, Djurgården and renamed BOTNIA EXPRESS.

Bernt Anderson Collection

© Eric Hag

April 26th 1979: Chartered to Ab Myrsten, Slite.

April 26th 1979 – June 1979: Viking Lines services between Kapellskär – Mariehamn – Nådendal.

June 5th 1979 – June 6th 1979: Viking Lines services between Stockholm – Mariehamn – Åbo.

June 20th 1979: Oy Vasa – Umeå Ab:s services between Vasa – Sundsvall/Örnsköldsvik/Umea.

June 1979: Operations sold to Enso-Gutzeit Oy, Imatra, Finland. (Home port Vasa).

1980: Refits at Rauma-Repola, Nystad, Finland (including extending the aft lounge by 8m).

June 1st 1980: Company changes its name to Oy Vaasanlaivat-Vasabåtarna Ab, Vaasa, Finland.

July 7th 1982: Company sold to Rederi Ab Sally, Mariehamn, Finland.

February 25th 1985: Stuck in ice at Kvarken. Freed with the help of ice-breaker TARMO.

© Gena Amfimov

© Gena Amfimov

March 12th 1985: Stuck in ice outside Umeå.

© Pekka Karvonen

© Pekka Karvonen

February 1987: Company sold to Rederi Ab EffJohn Oy (Effoa, Johnson Line and Union Bank Of Finland).



December 21st 1988: Stuck in ice outside Vasa, and assisted by FENNIA.

January 1989: Chartered to Sally Line U.K for services between Ramsgate – Dunkerque.

© David Ingham  © David Ingham

© David Ingham

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

March 1989: Returned from charter.

February 27th 1989: Sold to Partrederi Botnia Express, Vasa, Finland.

© Pieter Inpyn

🆕© Pieter Inpyn (Vasa, 01/06/1989)

November 8th 1989: Chartered to Jakob Line, Jakobstad, Finland under the banner of “POLAR PRINCESS” operating between Skellefteå – Jakobstad.

March 6th 1990 – March 19th 1990: Service for Baltic Express Line between Helsingfors – Tallinn.

March 20th 1990: Left Helsingfors for Vasa.

© Frank Heine  © Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Holmsund, 13/07/1991)

December 27th 1991: Sold to Effdo 3 Oy, Vaasa, Finland.

February 28th 1992: Sold to Rederi Ab Eckerö, Mariehamn, Finland and renamed ALANDIA.

April 1992: Services between Grisslehamn – Eckerö.

April 1992 – June 1992: Chartered to Corona Line for services between Karlskrona – Gdynia.

June 12th 1992 – June 23rd 1992: Services between Grisslehamn – Eckerö.

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Grisslehamn, 01/06/1992)

August 24th 1992: Laid up in Mariehamn.

November 1992 – January 1993: Services between Grisslehamn – Eckerö.

January 1993 – February 18th 1993: Laid up.

February 19th 1993: Services between Grisslehamn – Eckerö.

February 1994: Laid up in Mariehamn.

June 10th 1994 – August 21st 1994: Services between Grisslehamn – Eckerö.

September 1994: Bareboat chartered to Eestin-Linjat for services between Helsingfors – Tallinn.

February 16th 1995: Took 88 Iranian refugees from Tallinn to Helsingfors.

June 9th 1995 – August 1995: Services between Grisslehamn – Eckerö.

September 1st 1995: Bareboat charter to Eestin-Linjat Ab Ltd, Mariehamn for services between Helsingfors – Tallinn.

January 1996 – June 1996: Laid up in Mariehamn (also served between Helsingfors – Tallinn).

June 14th 1996 – August 1996: Services between Grisslehamn – Eckerö.

August 1996: Laid up in Mariehamn.

June 13th 1997 – October 1997: Services between Grisslehamn – Eckerö.

October 1997 – December 1997: Services between Helsingfors – Tallinn.

February 9th 1998: Final day in service between Helsingfors – Tallinn.

February 13th 1998: Services between Grisslehamn – Eckerö.

September 1998 – May 2000: Laid up in Mariehamn, but made two trips with military equipment between Kapellskär – Mariehamn (in 1999).

May 2000 – December 2000: Services between Grisslehamn – Eckerö.

January 2001 – July 2001: Laid up.

March 2001 – April 2001: Rebuilt with stern sponsons at Alandia Yard, Mariehamn, Åland.

July 2001 – January 2003: Services between Grisslehamn – Eckerö.

January 2003: Laid up in Mariehamn.


© Aleksi Lindström (all)

April 2003 – December 2003: Services between Grisslehamn – Eckerö.

May 1st 2003 – May 5th 2003: Services between Helsingfors – Tallinn.

January 2004 – April 2004: Rebuilt at Baltic Repair Yard, Tallinn, Estonia.

October 5th 2004 – October 15th 2004: Services between Helsingfors – Tallinn.

November 26th 2004: Chartered to RG-Line, Vasa, Finland.

November 30th 2004 – December 8th 2004: Arrived at GV dock, Stockholm for refit after charter.

December 9th 2004: Left Holmsund for sea trials but between Holmsund and Vasa she grounded. Divers discovered damage to one of her propellers.

December 2004: Left Holmsund for repairs in Mariehamn.

December 2004: Repairs at Algots Yard, Mariehamn.

January 14th 2005: Sea trials after repairs, then laid-up.

February 2005: Chartered to RG-Line.

February 26th 2005 – March 9th 2005: Operated between Vasa – Umeå.

April 22nd 2005: Introduced between Eckerö – Grisslehamn.

May 23rd 2005: Ran aground near Eckerö, refloated without assistance.

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer

September 12th 2005: Left Mariehamn for Tallinn.

September 12th 2005: Commenced service between Tallinn – Helsingfors.

September 15th 2005: Left Tallinn for Mariehamn and regular services between Eckerö – Grisslehamn.

October 4th 2005 – October 13th 2005: Services between Tallinn – Helsingfors.

October 2005: Laid up in Mariehamn.

© Tim Vogel

© Tim Vogel (Mariehamn June 2006)

April 8th 2006: Sold for €2.1 million to Bayway Shipping Co, Majuro,  Marshall Island (Skarfia Shipping Co, Monrovia, Liberia).

May 4th 2006: Left Mariehamn for Stockholm.

May 5th 2006: Docked at GV dockyard, Beckholmen for alterations before delivery to her new owners.

May 16th 2006: Moved to Värtahamnen (Stockholm).

May 16th 2006: Delivered to her new owners and renamed JAMAA II.

May 22nd 2006: Left Stockholm for Greece.

© Micke Asklander

© Micke Asklander (passing Boda 22/05/2006, on here way to the Red Sea)

July 2nd 2006: Arrived in Jeddah.

© Federico Bolognini

© Federico Bolognini

July 30th 2006: Left Jeddah.

September 2006: Services between Jeddah – Suez.

© Bob Scott

© Bob Scott

July 2007: Registered to Yellow Star Nav, S.A. Monrovia, (Horizon Worldwide Trading, Athens, Greece) Liberia.

© Wil Weijsters  © Wil Weijsters

© Wil Weijsters

April 1st 2012: Panamanian registry.

February 1st 2014: Cambodian registry.

February 2016: Remains laid up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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: Gena Amfimov, Micke Asklander, Federico Bolognini, Carsten Dettmer, Frank Heine, Eric Hag, David Ingham, Pieter Inpyn, Tapio Karvonen, Ken Larwood, Aleksi Lindström, Bob Scott, Wil Weijsters and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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