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MV Delft Seaways – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9293088

MV Delft Seaways

ex Maersk Delft, Maersk Dover

Norfolk Line

Maersk Delft – Maersk

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2005 by Samsung Heavy Industries, Geoje Korea (Yard No 1524) for A. P. Moller – Maersk (Norfolk Line)

Technical Data

  • Length: 186m
  • Breadth of hull: 28.4m
  • Draught: 6.75m (design)
  • Tonnage: 34,500 gross/10,300 net/6,160t deadweight
  • Engines: 4 x MAN B&W 8L48/60B diesels
  • Power/Propellers: 9600 kW each/2
  • Bow Thrusters: 3 x 1800 kW
  • Stern Thruster:1 x 1800 kW
  • Speed: 25 knots 
  • Capacity: 780 (1000@2008) passengers, 200 cars and up to 120 freight vehicles
  • Lane Metres: 2,000 (design)
  • Lane Width: 3.3m
  • Crew:70
  • Navigation Officers: European
  • Number of Decks: 2 trailer decks total 200m/1 car deck of 990m
  • Call Sign: MJYC9
  • MMSI Number: 235009590
  • IMO Number: 9293088
  • Registry: Dover/United Kingdom 🇬🇧
  • Sister Vessels: Dover Seaways (1574), Dunkerque Seaways (1523)

Location Data

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The second of a trio of Scandinavian designed “D Class” RoRo ferries built, between 2003 and 2006,  at the Samsung Shipyards in South Korea.

March 12th 2003: SAMSUNG 1524.

January 11th 2005: Originally to be named MAERSK DOVER.

July 11th 2005: MAERSK DELFT.

December 12th 2005: The MAERSK DELFT is expected to enter service on the Dover -Dunkerque route in mid-February.

December 27th 2005: “Had her sea trials put back until early January and the crew are not due to fly out to Korea until the end of January. Don’t expect her to be appearing over the horizon until the end of February the earliest.” (Yahoo)

February 8th 2006: Had an incident when, off Oman, when approached by a number of small fast which were believed to be pirates. These vessel dispersed when the ferry proceeded to increase speed to 28 knots.

February 13th 2006: According to Suez Canal daily traffic data, she transited the canal. She is likely to pass through the Strait of Gibraltar on Friday (17th) or Saturday (18th). Estimated arrival in Dover, February 20th.

© Ray Goodfellow © Ray Goodfellow © Ray Goodfellow © Ray Goodfellow

Maersk Delft – © Ray Goodfellow (Maiden arrival at Dover 20/02/2006)

February 20th 2006: Maiden Arrival at Dover. The weather in the port was terrible with a NE Gale force 8. The rumoured sail by with the Maersk Dunkerque did not materialise due to the Dunkerque suffering technical problems.

© Fotoflite from the Stéphane Poulain Collection © Fotoflite from the Stéphane Poulain Collection  

Maersk Delft – © Fotoflite from the Stéphane Poulain Collection

“The reason that the sat equipment looks different is because the Delft’s Sea Tel dome was blown off on the way from Korea.”

© Nigel Thornton © Nigel Thornton © Nigel Thornton © Nigel Thornton

Maersk Delft – Dover © Nigel Thornton

February 22nd 2006: “Naming ceremony is in Dunkirk on Saturday 25th Feb and she is due in service on or before 5th March.”

© Robert Fournier

Maersk Delft – © Robert Fournier (Dunkerque)

February 27th 2006: Maiden commercial sailing Dunkerque – Dover, early owing to breakdown of MAERSK DUNKERQUE and withdrawal of NORTHERN MERCHANT.

© Ray Goodfellow © Ray Goodfellow  

Maersk Delft – © Ray Goodfellow (Dover)

March 11th 2006: Berthed at the cruise terminal, Dover. Believed mechanical problems (engine room computer control).

March 12th 2006: Resumed service.

© Ray Goodfellow © Ray Goodfellow 

Maersk Delft – © Ray Goodfellow (Dover)

July 28th 2006: All 3 sisters running from 1200 today

© Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic) © Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic)  

Maersk Delft – © Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic)(Dover)

October 2006: In service between Dover and Dunkerque.

January 11th 2007: Departed for annual overhaul at the Scheldepoort Dockyard, Vlissingen (Flushing), Netherlands.

January 26th 2007: Departed the Scheldepoort Dockyard, Vlissingen (Flushing), Netherlands for Dover.

29th January 2007: Technical problems with the Maersk Delft this evening. The vessel was inward bound for Dover and had to drop anchor off the Eastern Entrance as a major power fault developed after a computer system crashed. The vessel was eventually towed to Number 1 berth by both the tugs as a dead ship.

© Ted Ingham

Maersk Delft – © Ted Ingham (Dover)

30th January 2007: Resumed service between Dover and Dunkerque.

Dover © Ray Goodfellow Dover © Ray Goodfellow  

Maersk Delft – © Ray Goodfellow (Dover)

20th February 2008: Returned from annual overhaul at ARNO, Dunkerque sporting the new Norfolk livery.

© Andreas Wörteler © Andreas Wörteler  

Maersk Delft – © Andreas Wörteler (Dunkerque)

March 2008: Passenger certificate raised to 1000.

January 12th 2009: To ARNO Dunkerque for refit.

© Robert Fournier

Maersk Delft – © Robert Fournier (ARNO Dunkerque)

January 21st 2009: Resumed service.

17th December 2009: Following months of speculation it was announced that DFDS A/S had acquired Norfolkline from A. P. Moller – Maersk for EUR 346 million subject to regulatory approval.

January 11th – January 16th 2010: Refit at ARNO, Dunkerque

January 17th 2010: Resumed service.

17th June 2010: DFDS’ acquisition of Norfolk Line was approved by the European Commission.

© Ed Connell © Ed Connell  

Maersk Delft – © Ed Connell (Rebranding underway 04/07/2010)

July 3rd 2010: Re-branding commenced. The shipping side will be known as DFDS Seaways and the trailer business will become DFDS Logistics. The ships will have a dark blue hull with DFDS Seaways emblazoned on the side, white superstructure, and a dark blue funnel with the DFDS white Maltese Cross in a circle. The ships will be renamed DUNKERQUE SEAWAYS, DELFT SEAWAYS and DOVER SEAWAYS in due course.

© Andreas Wörteler © Andreas Wörteler  

Maersk Delft – © Andreas Wörteler (Dunkerque)

© Simonwp

Maersk Delft – © Simonwp (Dover, August 2010)

August 3rd 2010:  Renamed DELFT SEAWAYS and DFDS funnel markings applied whilst alongside in the port of Dunkerque.   

© Ed Connell © Ed Connell © Ed Connell © Ed Connell

Delft Seaways – Dunkerque © Ed Connell


Delft Seaways – Dunkerque © Andreas Wörteler

January 10th 2011: Arrived at the ARNO shipyard in Dunkerque for her annual overhaul.

January 20th 2011: Returned to Dover and re-entered service sporting the new DFDS Seaways livery.

© Nigel Thornton © Nigel Thornton  

Delft Seaways – © Nigel Thornton

March 2012: Refit at ARNO Dunkerque and the installation of a Rolls Royce ‘Promas Lite’ system. This system consists of adaptations to the rudders and installation of new propellers which is said to offer significant fuel savings.

Late March 2012: Re-entered service.

© Ray Goodfellow © Ray Goodfellow  

Delft Seaways – © Ray Goodfellow

© Nigel Thornton © Nigel Thornton  

Delft Seaways – © Nigel Thornton

January 12th 2013: To ARNO, Dunkerque for refit.

January 15th 2013: Resumed service.


Delft Seaways – © Andreas Wörteler

January 15th 2014: Came off service and sailed to Vlissingen for refit.

January 16th 2014: Arrived Vlissingen.

January 22nd 2014: Completed refit and returned to service.

January 14th 2015: Came off service and sailed to Vlissingen for annual overhaul.

January 22nd 2015: Completed refit and returned to service Dover – Dunkerque.

Kind Permission of DFDS Seaways © Carsten Dettmer  

Delft Seaways – Kind permission of DFDS Seaways (left) © Carsten Dettmer (right)

January 14th 2016: Came off service for refit and sailed to Damen Yard, Dunkerque east.

January 24th 2016: Left Damen Yard and sailed to Dunkerque west to resume service.

January 24th 2016: Resumed service.

© Nigel Scutt © Nigel Scutt  

Delft Seaways – © Nigel Scutt (


Delft Seaways – © Simonwp

January 16th 2017: To Damen, Dunkerque for refit

© Nathan Burt © Nathan Burt  

© Nathan Burt © Nathan Burt  

© Nathan Burt © Nathan Burt  

Delft Seaways – at Damen Dunkerque © Nathan Burt

January 23rd 2017: Returned to service.

October 25th 2018: 


Award-winning ferry operator DFDS today announces the appointment of leading ferry and cruise ship design consultancy, SMC Design, to redevelop its catering outlets on board its Eastern Channel routes.

The redesign will commence when the first Dover-Dunkirk vessel enters dry-dock on 7 January 2019, with plans to complete the entirety of the fleet in just five weeks. The £1,800,000 investment, equating to £600K per ship, will see the relaxed food and beverage outlet revitalized to create the Lighthouse Café, a fresh and modern European coffee shop experience.

Steve Newbery, On-Board Commercial Director, at DFDS commented: “We’re delighted to be working with the prestigious SMC Design consultancy, on a project designed to offer a new, contemporary dining outlet for our passengers.

“The decision to revitalize the current catering concept on board our Eastern Channel routes follows passenger feedback, something we pride ourselves in listening and responding to. In an effort to boost passengers experience on-board, the Lighthouse Café will include a revised menu, recycling stations and a re-vamped children’s play area, all underpinned by a new and vibrant colour scheme.”

The project with SMC Design will continue over the next three-years and will expand to include a £180,000 investment and upgrade to the Horizon restaurants on-board the Dover-Calais fleet, with work commencing early 2019.

This re-design contributes to DFDS’ ongoing investment in its fleet which includes a chartered combined freight and passenger ferry (ro-pax) to be delivered in 2021 for deployment on the English Channel routes. This, in addition to the recent order of a freight ferry (ro-ro) new build, in August, and five previously ordered freight ferries, contributes to DFDS’ plans to increase operational efficiency in the route networks in northern Europe and the Mediterranean.

 © George Holland 

Delft Seaways – © Robert Fournier (Left) and © George Holland (Right)

January 23rd 2019: Came off service at Dunkerque (West) and sailed to Damen Dunkirk for refit


Delft Seaways – © Julien Carpentier

February 3rd 2019: Completed refit, sailed to Dunkerque (West) and resumed service.

February 17th 2020: Came off service at Dunkerque (West) and sailed to Damen Dunkerque (East) for refit.

DFDS reveals NEW Relax Lounge as part of a £3.9m refit investment

With many customers travelling long distances, the chance to relax is a very welcoming part of the customer experience. From today on, passengers can look forward to a peaceful and quiet journey in the new Relax Lounge. As shown on the picture below, the lounge has chairs built into an airline style pod for extra privacy, complimented by soft lighting for the perfect stress-free environment. While children can enjoy other activities and facilities on board, the Relax Lounge will only be accessible for passengers over 16.

The new fully refurbished Premium Lounge areas now have comfortable lounge furniture and modern décor to provide luxurious and peaceful surroundings. This private lounge is open 24 hours a day and is available for all ages. Passengers can enjoy complimentary glass of Prosecco, snacks and pastries, hot and cold refreshments and hot food available from the Premium Lounge menu.

With the success of the Horizon restaurant on the Dover to Calais routes, the refit also includes this restaurant being installed on all three ships on the Dover to Dunkirk route. Here guests can enjoy a selection of freshly cooked pizzas, pasta dishes and healthy salads.

Passengers will also benefit from new bathroom facilities throughout the ship and can now enjoy watching a spot of television in the Lighthouse Café, with newly installed TVs as an additional feature.

Steve Newbery, Onboard Commercial Director for BU Short Routes and Passenger at DFDS said: “This is a very exciting refit programme and continues on from last year’s successes with our Lighthouse Café. It also demonstrates our commitment to continuously improve the passenger experience. Dunkerque Seaways will be the first of the three ships on the Dover to Dunkirk route to receive a number of new looks as part of a £3.9m investment. The two other ships, Delft Seaways and Dover Seaways will be refitted from 1st March and the end of March respectively.

“We believe the improvements will help our passengers relax even more and give them the best possible start to their onward journeys. Many of the changes are in response to ideas and suggestions from our customers, so I am looking forward to the feedback from our passengers.”


February 2nd 2020: Refit complete. Sailed to Dunkerque (West) to resume service.

February 3rd 2020: Resumed service Dunkerque – Dover.

Refit 2020

© Steve Garner  © Steve Garner

© Steve Garner  © Steve Garner

© Steve Garner

Delft Seaways – © Steve Garner

Delft Seaways – © Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping)

Delft Seaways – © Julien Carpentier  (Dunkerque, 25/08/2020)

Delft Seaways – © Julien Carpentier  (Dunkerque, 15/12/2020)

Delft Seaways – © Julien Carpentier  (Dunkerque, 10/06/2021)

February 20th 2022: Came off service and left Dover for major refit at Fayard A/S in Odense.

February 21st 2022: Arrived at Fayard A/S in Odense.

© Peter Therkildsen

Delft Seaways – © Peter Therkildsen (Fayard A/S , 25/02/2022)

March 12th 2022: Refit complete, left Odense for Dover.

© Christian Høj Markvardsen © Christian Høj Markvardsen © Christian Høj Markvardsen © Christian Høj Markvardsen

Delft Seaways – 🆕 © Christian Høj Markvardsen (Odense, 12/03/2022)

March 13th 2022: Arrived in Dover.

March 14th 2022: Resumed service Dover – Dunkerque.

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Nathan Burt, Julien Carpentier, Ed Connell, Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic), Carsten Dettmer, DFDS, Robert Fournier, Steve Garner, George Holland, Ted Ingham, Christian Høj Markvardsen, Stéphane Poulain, Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping), Simonwp, Peter Therkildsen, Andreas Wörteler and Marine Traffic for their assistance in compiling this feature.

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

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