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MV Buffalo – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7361582

MV Anna Marine

ex Stena Leader, European Leader, Buffalo

© W J Harvey

© W J Harvey, courtesy of  World Ship Society

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1975 at J J Sietas KG, Hamburg, Germany (Yard No 756) for Stena Line Gothenburg, but sold whilst on the stocks to P&O as a roll-on roll-off cargo/passenger vessel

Technical Data

  • Length: 125.02m (overall), 111.99m (between perpendiculars)(1975)/141.81m (overall),128.81m ((between perpendiculars)(1988)/157.36m (overall), 144.2m (between perpendiculars) (1998)
  • Breadth: 19.05m(1975)/19.44m (1988 -1998))
  • Depth: 11.99m
  • Draught: 3.785m(1975)/5.771m(1988)/5.3m (1998)
  • Tonnage: 3,483 gross (1975) 10.987 (1988)12,879 (1998)/1,171 net (1975) 3,296 (1988) 3,864 (1998)/5805t deadweight (1975), 4377 tonnes (1988)
  • Engines: 2 x 12 cylinder Kloeckner Humboldt Deutz 12M540 diesels Combined Engine
  • Power: 12000 bhp
  • Speed: 18.5 knots
  • Capacity: 12 passengers (1975),45 (1988), 80 passengers (1998)/1300 (4265′ 1″) (90 – 95 freight units depending on size)
  • Lane Metres: 1,608 (1998)
  • Call Sign: GUNG, ZCBF8, ERMW
  • IMO Number: 7361582.
  • Registry: London/ UK 🇬🇧, Hamilton/Bermuda 🇧🇲, Giurgiulești/Moldova 🇲🇩
  • Sister Ships: Bison (755), Union Melbourne (757)


January 6th 1975: Launched for Stena Ab, Göteborg. Sold whilst being built to P&O Ferries Ltd., London, England.

March 26th 1975: Delivered to P&O Ferries Ltd, London, England.

© John Clarkson

© John Clarkson, courtesy of World Ship Society

© John Morris © John Morris © John Morris © John Morris

© John Morris (@ Fleetwood)

April 1975: Commenced service between Fleetwood – Larne.

© Ian Collard

© Ian Collard

October 8th 1975: Registered to Hain Nourse Ltd, London, England. (Belfast Steamship Co Ltd, managers).

March 7th 1978: Registered to P&O Ferries Ltd, London, England.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (@ Larne)

November 1st 1979 – December 1st 1979: Bareboat chartered to Tor Line.

© Cees de Bijl © Cees de Bijl

 © Cees de Bijl

January 5th 1980 – January 26th 1980: Operated for P&O Normandy Ferries between Dover – Boulogne.

Nicolas Lévy Collection © Gordon Wise © Gordon Wise

Nicolas Lévy Collection (@ Boulogne) (as noted) and © Gordon Wise (Moored in The Camber, Dover) (as noted)

© John Hendy

🆕 © John Hendy (Dover, Eastern Arm 19/01/1980)

December 31st 1984: Registered Owner; Pandoro Ltd, Registered Manager;  POETS Fleet Management Ltd, London, England.

© Aubrey Dale © Paul T

© Aubrey Dale (Larne, February 1987)(Left) © Paul T (Right)

1988: Rebuilt and lengthened at Hall, Russell & Co, Aberdeen, Scotland.

Nigel Thornton Collection Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

© Aubrey Dale © Aubrey Dale

© Aubrey Dale (Dublin 05/05/1991) (Left) and (Larne 05/02/1993) (Right)

July 24th 1996: Commenced service between Fleetwood – Larne.

March 2nd 1997: Registered to P&O Ship Management, Hamilton, Bermuda.

Between April 20th 1998 – July 20th 1998: Lengthened with extra passenger accommodation at A&P Appledore, Falmouth.

August 1998: Officially renamed EUROPEAN LEADER. Commenced service for P&O European Ferries Irish Sea.

Nigel Thornton Collection

 Simplon, Nigel Thornton Collection

September 17th 2000: Suffered engine failure and ran aground near Liverpool. Re-floated and continued.

January 8th 2001: Commenced service between Fleetwood – Larne.

2004: Sold to Stena Line, London, England and registered to Stena Ropax.

© Trevor Kidd © Trevor Kidd  

© Trevor Kidd

April 25th 2004: Renamed STENA LEADER.

© Scott Mackey © Scott Mackey © Scott Mackey

© Scott Mackey

March 1st 2006: Entered NSL ‘wet basin’ Birkenhead for emergency repairs to the Stern Door which was damaged at Larne after the vessel was blown off the berth when the forward mooring ropes [140t break strain] parted in high winds. Work carried out by Scott Lithgow Shiprepairers a subsidiary of Northwestern Shiprepairers.

© Aubrey Dale

© Aubrey Dale

© Trevor Kidd © Trevor Kidd © Trevor Kidd 

© Trevor Kidd

2009: Registered Owner; Nevis Leasing Ltd./Registered Manager; Stena Line Ltd

© Scott Mackey

© Scott Mackey (Harland and Wolff, fresh from overhaul in 2010)

© Simonwp

 © Simonwp (Larne, August 2010)

December 17th 2010: Final day in service Larne – Fleetwood.

December 2010: Laid up at Albert Quay, Belfast.

© Aubrey Dale

© Aubrey Dale

© Scott Mackey © Scott Mackey

© Scott Mackey

May 2011: Sold to Stena Tulip Ltd, Hamilton, Bermuda

May 2011: Sold to an unknown Russian company.

June 2011: Renamed ANNA MARINE. Moldovan flag, home port of Giurgiulesti.

© Scott Mackey

© Scott Mackey

© Trevor Kidd © Trevor Kidd © Trevor Kidd © Trevor Kidd © Trevor Kidd © Trevor Kidd © Trevor Kidd © Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd (All)

June 18th 2011: Departed Belfast for Sevastopol.

© Yevgniy B © Yevgniy B © Yevgniy B

© Yevgniy B

February 27th 2012: “Made her maiden voyage from Port Zonguldak (Turkey) to Port Skadovsk (Ukraine), carrying 53 passengers and 52 trucks on board, as Turkish, Ukrainian, Iranian and Syrian cargoes were shipping to different final destinations located in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus.” (Anrusstrans)

June 8th 2012: “The ROPAX ferry “ANNA MARINE” (Master A.V. Lyakhov) put out from the Turkish port Mersin to call Saudi Arabian port Duba, sailing the route down the Suez Canal (Port-Said – Port Suez, Egypt). The vessel shipped 74 trucks, an automobile and 76 passengers. The vessel is projected to service the ferry line on a regular basis, shipping passengers, Ro-Ro and other types cargo from Turkey to Saudi Arabia.” (Anrusstrans)

© anrusstrans

October 14th 2012: “Last known” to be at Suez having travelled through the canal from Port Said.

February 10th 2014: Arrived at Aliaga for scrapping.

© Selim San

© Selim San

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: Yevgeniy B, Ian Collard, Aubrey Dale, John Hendy, Nicolas Lévy, John Morris, Selim San, Simonwp, Paul T, Gordon Wise and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature. A special thanks goes to Trevor Kidd and the World Ship Society (East Kent Branch).

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


  1. hi. I have really enjoyed this page and it was great to see all the photos of the ships. I’m sure it is an oversight on someone’s part but ‘Pandora’ should be ‘Pandoro’. P and O Roll On (roll off). I worked for them fo twenty one years and was on board the Bison, Buffalo, Puma and even the Ibex on some of her trips to Larne. I sh Memorable times for me with Pandoro. I shunted some of them and was often on board with fork-lifts, etc.
    Incidentally, my father worked there in Larne when it was called Northern Ireland Trailers.

  2. Thank you, I really find it interesting but sad to know what happened the ships I travelled on frequently between Larne and Fleetwood so many times in the nineties with all the other great friends in the trucking world that has now changed completely..Many’s a good night in the lounge of the “Buffalo” the “Bison” the “Navigator”

  3. I worked at Hall Russell when we lengthened this ship. We built the new mid body in Aberdeen then towed it down to Leith. Our dry-dock in Aberdeen was 112m long which was too small for the buffalo. We took her into the Leith dry-dock, cut her in half and flooded the dock. We then towed the forward half into the harbour, it looked really odd half a ship floating. We then pulled the new mid-body into the dock. I was in charge of it and was onboard with four Leith Dockers. I remember it taking longer than planned to winch it in, and the 4. 30 pm hooter went off, and I was stuck on her about 20ft away from the aft half with these 4 Dockers. We were stuck there until about 7. 20pm until the nightshift crane driver dropped the gangway, I got a hard time from the Dockers, escaping being thrown in the dock!

  4. My first trip to Larne was on the “Buffalo”..Had sticker in the rear cab window for years “Ride the Buffalo” !

    1. Feel free with the necessary credit.

      Only problem should be that the right click (save function) should be disabled?

      Which pic are you after?

      Nigel Thornton

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