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MV Dalriada – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7105081

MV Lampung

Ex Mesuji, Wolin, Sarmacja, Trailer, Trader, Stena Trader, Viking Trader, Dalriada, Stena Trailer

Nigel Thornton Collection

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1971 at Bröderne Lothes Skibsværft A/S Haugesund, Norway (Yard No 31) for Stena AB, Gothenburg as a passenger and RoRo Cargo Ferry.

Technical Data

  • Length: 106,90m (overall) 96,20m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth of Hull: 16,03m (extreme)
  • Depth: 11,61m
    Draught: 5,101 m (maximum)
    Tonnage: 1,599 gross/627 net/2540t deadweight
    Engines: Two 9-cyl, and two 8-cyl, S.C.S.A Wichmann Normo diesels
    Power: 3,376 kW/4590 bHP
    Speed: 17,0 knots
    Capacity: 12 passengers (drivers) , 45 lorries/70 (unaccompanied) cars/540 lane metres
    Call Sign: SDNI, OIPD, OUPD, C6KK3, YEZG
    IMO Number: 7105081
    Official Number: 1163 –  11212
    Registry: Gothenburg/Sweden 🇸🇪, Sockhlom/Sweden 🇸🇪, Hango/Finland 🇫🇮, Kalunborg/Demark 🇩🇰, Swinoujscie/Poland 🇵🇱, Jakarta/Indonesia 🇮🇩
    Sister Ships: Anderida (95), Stubbenkammer, Stena Carrier (Ulidia) (215)


The second of a fleet of ships ordered by Stena Line. Two others, ANDERIDA and  ULIDIA also served British Railways.”.

November 25th 1969: Keel struck.

February 27th 1971: Launched with the name STENA TRAILER.

June 12th 1972: Delivered to Stena Ab, Gothenburg.

June 12th 1972: Chartered then bare-boat chartered (sailing with British Transport Ship Management (Scotland) Ltd crew) to British Railways Board, London, England. Renamed DALRIADA.

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Nigel Thornton Collection (Left) © Fotoflite (Right)







Nigel Thornton Collection

June 24th 1971: Commenced service between Stranraer – Larne.

Courtesy of Stephen Brown

🆕 Courtesy of Stephen Brown (Larne, 10/04/1972)

1973: Sealink trading name painted on hulls

Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

1975: Both ANDERIDA and DALRIADA had new gearboxes fitted, the ANDERIDA had hers fitted at Dover and DALRIADA at Stephen’s Shipyard, Glasgow. The German supplier (Lohmann) admitted that cracks which appeared after delivery on seven ships should be replaced at no cost.

© Kenneth Whyte  © Kenneth Whyte © Kenneth Whyte

© Kenneth Whyte (All)

August 10th 1978: Final day operating between Stranraer – Larne.

1978 (autumn): Operated between Holyhead – Dun Laoghaire.

November 1978: Introduced between Heysham – Belfast.

November 9th 1979 – December 3rd 1979: Commenced service for Sealink Manx Line between Heysham – Douglas.

1980: Chartered to Townsend-Thoresen, European Ferries, Portsmouth. Renamed VIKING TRADER. Commenced services between Southampton – Cherbourg.

© Derek Longly

© Derek Longly (Southampton, 07/05/1980)

July 7th 1981: Chartered to Sealink UK Ltd for services between Portsmouth – Jersey – Guernsey.

October 31st 1981: Returned to Stena Line. and renamed STENA TRADER.

© Hans Deijs  

© Hans Deijs  (Gothenburg, 1981)

1981: Sold to Finska Företagsfinans Ab, Hangö, Finland. (Oy Hangö Shipsowners Ab Managers).

February 8th 1982 – February 23rd 1982: Chartered to North Sea Ferries B.V., Rozenburg., for services between Rotterdam – Hull.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (North Sea Ferries charter)

April 19th 1982 – April 23rd 1982: Chartered to North Sea Ferries B.V., Rozenburg. Operated between Zeebrügge – Hull.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Hull, 20/02/1982)

1982 – September 15th 1983: Commenced service for Stena Line between Göteborg – Travemünde.

September 1983 – April 21st 1984: Chartered to Norfolk Line, Scheveningen., for service between Scheveningen – Great Yarmouth.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Gt Yarmouth, 01/07/1994)

1984: Transferred to Oy Bore Line Ab, Stockholm.

June 11th 1985 – October 10th 1985: Chartered to Juelsminde-Kalundborg Linien A/S, operated between Juelsminde – Kalundborg.

November 15th 1985: Sold to Kalundborg Autotransport A/S, Kalundborg, Denmark and renamed TRADER. Commenced service between Kalundborg –


1985: Renamed TRAILER.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Kalundborg, 10/09/1985)

1986: Sold to Bent Orla Jorgensen, Kalundborg, Denmark. Quickly introduced into service between Kalundborg – Juelsminde.

October 30th 1990: Final day in service, thereafter laid-up in Kalundborg.

August 1991: Sold to Polska Skandynawia, Swinoujscie, Poland. (Registered to C.I. Vance Investment Ltd), renamed SARMACJA.

September 1991: Commenced service between Szczecin – Malmö – Karlshamn – Køge – Rønne.

September 1992: Sold to DIFKO, Denmark. Renamed WOLIN under the Polish ships register. Introduced by Pol-Dan Shipping between Nyborg – Swinoujscie.

March 1993: Chartered to Danske Statsbaner. Commenced service for Let Line A/S between Tuborg Havn – Karlskrona – Riga.

June 1993 – October 1993: Operations between Køge – Karlskrona – Riga.

September 1993: Sold to P.T. Jemla Ferry, Djakarta, Indonesia.

November 9th 1993: Renamed MESUJI.

1994: Renamed LAMPUNG.

Indonesian ferry catches fire, no one injured

People’s Daily 10:10 16/11/06
A shuttle ferry serving the busy Java-Sumatra route was completely on fire Thursday morning, but all 135 passengers and crew were evacuated safely.
All cargo and vehicles were burned out as firemen struggled to extinguish the fire on the J.L. Lampung ferry at the Merak Port on the western tip of Java island, reported the Detikcom news website.
“All passengers have been evacuated but vehicles were burned out,” port official Ade Syamsuri was quoted as saying. Firemen used another ship to approach the ferry in their efforts to put out the fire, he said.
The cause of the accident remains unknown.

Source: Xinhua

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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: Jim Ashby, Stephen Brown, Hans Deijs, Fotoflite, Derek Longly, Simonwp, Kenneth Whyte and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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