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MV Botnia Seaways – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9192129

MV Botnia Seaways

Ex Tor Botnia, Finnmaster

© Simonwp

© 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

Technical Data

  • 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 (704), Finnkraft (703), Finnmaid (702)


Current AIS Location

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“One of a series of 4 “8050 DWT” 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.

© Henk Guddee © Henk Guddee © Henk Guddee

© Henk Guddee (Terneuzen, 23/02/2008)

March 17th 2008: Sold to DFDS Tor Line for delivery in 2009.

© 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.

© Cees De Bijl © Cees De Bijl © Cees De Bijl © Cees De Bijl

© 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.

© Gena Anfimov © Gena Anfimov © Gena Anfimov © Gena Anfimov

© 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)

© Pascal Bredel

© 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.

© Nicolas Lévy © Nicolas Lévy © Nicolas Lévy © Nicolas Lévy

© 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.

© Garrie Curtis  © Garrie Curtis

© Garrie Curtis (Sheerness, 10/03/2022)

March 11th 2022: Sailed to Calais for berthing trials.

© Julien Carpentier (Calais, 11/03/2022)

March 14th 2022: Maiden commercial sailing Calais – Sheerness.

June 16th 2022: Came off service at Sheerness and sailed to London Anchorage.

June 1th 2022: Arrived in Rotterdam.

June 19th 2022: Arrived in Tananger (Norway) the conducted limited round trips Rotterdam – Tanager – Sunndalsora – Rotterdam.

July 6th 2022: Arrived Sheerness and took up service Sheerness – Calais.

© Julien Carpentier

© Julien Carpentier (Calais, 15/03/2022)

© Julien Carpentier © Julien Carpentier © Julien Carpentier

© Julien Carpentier (Calais, 21/02/2023)

March 6th 2023: Came off service at Calais and sailed to Dunkerque (East).

March 6th 2023: Arrived Damen Yard, Dunkerque.

May 17th 2023: Came off service and sailed to Vlaardingen, The Netherlands.

May 19th 2023: Left Vlaardingen and sailed to Felixstowe.

May 20th 2023: Continued Felixstowe – Vlaardingen.

June 2nd 2023: Came off service at Vlaardingen and sailed to Sheerness.

June 3rd 2023: Arrived Sheerness and resumed service Sheerness – Calais (Freight Only).

© Stéphane Vancutsem

© Stéphane Vancutsem (Calais, 15/06/2023)

June 16th 2023: Announcement:

DFDS has announced that it will be launching a new unaccompanied freight service from Tilbury to Calais, replacing its existing Sheerness – Calais service.

The newly located service will start in late June 2023 and will offer one daily sailing in each direction six days a week. The dedicated Tilbury – Calais service will be operated by the BOTNIA SEAWAYS ship, with space for 115 unaccompanied units.


© Julien Carpentier © Julien Carpentier

© Julien Carpentier (Calais, 08/09/2023 (Left) Calais, 10/09/2023 (Right))

September 14th 2023: Came off service at Calais and sailed to Gdansk (eta 18/09/2023) for refit.

October 16th 2023: Refit complete, sailed from Gdansk to Calais.

October 19th 2023: Arrived Calais.

October 20th 2023: Resumed service Calais – Tilbury.

© Julien Carpentier

© Julien Carpentier (Calais, 2o/10/2023)

December 15th 2023: Came off service at Calais and sailed to Damen Yard, Dunkerque.

December 19th 2023: Left Dunkerque, sailed to Calais and resumed service Calais – Tilbury.

December 30th 2023: Left Calais for Klaipeda.

January 2nd 2024: Arrived Klaipeda.

January 7th 2024: Left Klaipeda.

January 8yh 2024: Arrived Koge (Denmark).

January 8th 2024: Services Koge – Fredericia – Klaipeda.

February 25th 2024: Came off service at Klaipeda and sailed to Gothenburg.

February 27th 2024: Arrived Gothenburg.

February 28th 2024: Took up services Gothenburg – Immingham.

© Simonwp

🆕 © Simonwp (Immingham Dock, 18/03/2024)

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, Stéphane Vancutsem and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


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