MV Botnia Seaways
Ex Tor Botnia, Finnmaster
Finnmaster – © Simonwp (Hull, 06/08/2005)
Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2000 by Jinling Shipyard, Nanjing, China (Yard No 701) as a RoRo Cargo Ship
- Length: 162.582 m (overall) 148.82 m (between perpendiculars)
Breadth: 20.62 m
Depth: 13.8 m
Draught: 6.70 m (Summer)
Tonnage:11530 gross/3459 net/8699t deadweight (Summer)
Engines: 1 x MAN-B&W 12V48/60 – 12 cylinder diesel.
Power: 12608kW/17130 bHP
Speed: 20 knots
Capacity: 12 passengers/1891 lane meters/391 x 20 ft containers/50 reefer plugs
Call Sign: MZCY9, LYTB
MMSI Number: 277399000
- IMO Number: 9192129
Port of Registry: London/UK 🇬🇧, Klaipeda/Lithuania 🇱🇹, Cyprus 🇨🇾, Klaipeda/Lithuania🇱🇹
Sister Ships: Finnhawk, Finnkraft, Finnmaid
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“One of a series of 4 “8050DWT” RoRo Paper/Trailer Carriers built between 2000 – 2001, for Nordic Forest, Sweden”
March 31st 1999: Keel struck.
September 30th 1999: Launched as FINNMASTER.
May 31st 2000: Delivered to Nordic Holdings Ltd, London, England for charter to Finnlines Oy.
June 2nd 2000: Left Chinese shipyard for the Baltic.
June 30th 2000: Finncarriers services between Rauma – Hull.
March 13th 2005: Sold to Parline RoRo KS, Norway.
December 14th 2006: En-route from Hull – Helsinki suffered engine problems and went to Visby for repairs.
December 15th 2006: Resumed the journey to Helsinki.
Finnmaster – © Henk Guddee (Terneuzen, 23/02/2008)
March 17th 2008: Sold to DFDS Tor Line for delivery in 2009.
Finnmaster – © Aleksi Lindström (Rendsberg, 11/07/2008)
October 7th 2008: Broke down in the Kiel Canal.
October 8th 2008: Towed to Holtenau, Kiel for repairs.
January 22nd 2009: Taken over by DFDS Tor Line and registered to Tor Botnia Shipping Ltd, Limassol, Cyprus. Renamed TOR BOTNIA.
January 25th 2009: Left Kiel for Rotterdam.
January 26th 2009: Services Rotterdam – Immingham.
Tor Botnia – © Cees De Bijl (Maasvlakte-Beerkanaal, 26/01/2009)
January 8th 2011: Services Kiel – Karlshamn – St Petersburg.
August 28th 2011: Transferred to Ab DFDS Seaways, Klaipeda, Lithuania.
January 7th 2013: Renamed BOTNIA SEAWAYS.
Botnia Seaways – © Gena Anfimov (Port of Klaipeda, 21/02/2013)
April 2013: Services Fredericia – Copenhagen – Klaipeda.
June 15th 2014: Services Travemunde – Klaipeda.
2017 (Early): Commenced services between Marseille – La Goulette (Tunisia)
Botnia Seaways – © Pascal Bredel (Marseille, 07/09/2017)
November 23rd 2017: “At Rades port area, Republic of Tunisia, while discharging containers from the weather deck of berthed ship BOTNIA SEAWAYS a crewman was crushed between trailers on the weather deck. He was seriously injured and later died in hospital. No damage to ship and environment was sustained.”
April 16th 2018: Suffered a main engine failure that caused serious structural damage to the engine and a fire in the engine room.
August 16th 2018 – August 25th 2018: Taken out of service and had all of her main engine connecting rods replaced. During the initial inspection of the small ends, the attending LR surveyor identified heat marks on the inner edge of one of the small ends. MAN specialists examined the marks and concluded that they were not caused during engine operation. MAN’s assessment was that the localised heat marks had been caused by the application of intensive heat from something like a gas welding torch.”.
August 26th 2018: Resumed service Marseille – La Goulette.
Botnia Seaways – © Nicolas Lévy (Marseille, 12/07/2020)
August 9th 2021: Came off service at Marseilles and sailed to Klaipeda.
September 2021: Resumed service Klaipeda – Kiel – Karlshamn.
February 7th 2022: Announcement made that the suspended unaccompanied Calais – Sheerness would resume using BOTNIA SEAWAYS.
March 7th 2022: Came off service at Karlshamn and sailed to Sheerness.
March 10th 2022: Arrived in Sheerness for berthing trials.
Botnia Seaways – 🆕 © Garrie Curtis (Sheerness, 10/03/2022)
March 11th 2022: Sailed to Calais for berthing trials.
Botnia Seaways – 🆕 © Julien Carpentier (Calais, 11/03/2022)
March 14th 2022: Maiden commercial sailing Calais – Sheerness.
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 Anfimov, Cees De Bijl, Pascal Bredel, Julien Carpentier, Garrie Curtis, Henk Guddee, Nicolas Lévy, Aleksi Lindström, Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.
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