Ex Vega, Europa, Atlas IV, Tarek B, Falster, Prince De Bretagne, Falster
Falster – Official (Gedser – Travemunde) Postcard
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1975 by Trondheims Mekaniske Verksted, Trondheim, Norway (Yard No. 713) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo ferry.
- Length: 109.70 – 130.26 m (overall) – 118.29m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth of hull: 17.51 – 18.93m
- Depth: 10.83m
- Draught: 4.93 – 5.201 – 4.312m
- Tonnage: 2116.32 – 2424 – 2308 – 8881gross/816 – 929 – 637 – 2264net/816.14 – 3163 – 837t (deadweight)
- Engines: 4 Vee Oil 4 SA 12-cylinder Nydqvist & Holm (Nohab) SF 112VS-F 2310 diesels
- Power: 6893 kW/ 9,240bhp
- Speed: 19 knots
- Capacity: 346 – 500 passengers/? – 250 cars
- Lane Meters: 996
- Call Sign: OXPB, SEGN……..H2PK
- IMO Number: 7382940
- Register Number: 11513
- Official Number (LR: 1992-93): 702090
- Registry: Gedser/Denmark 🇩🇰, Malmo/Sweden 🇸🇪, Panama 🇵🇦, Limassol/Cyprus 🇨🇾
- Sister Ships: Scandinavia (698)
1973: Ordered by GT-Ruten A/S, Gedser, Denmark for delivery in 1975.
1974: During construction contract take over by Rederi Ab Nordö.
July 11th 1974: Launched.
January 31st 1975: Delivered to Rederi Ab Nordö, Malmo.
February 7th 1975: Services Gedser – Travemunde.
Falstar – Andreas Wörteler Collection
April 1975: Chartered to NATO for a single trip Denmark – Bornholm.
April 1975: Chartered to Brittany Ferries, Morlaix, France and renamed PRINCE DE BRETAGNE.
April 1975 – October 1975: Services Plymouth – Roscoff.
Prince De Bretagne – Andreas Wörteler Collection
October 1975: Renamed FALSTER and chartered to GT-Ruten A/S, Gedser, Denmark for services Gedser – Travemunde.
1975: Chartered for one trip between Europe – USA – Nigeria carrying military equipment.
1976: Services Northern Europe – Jeddah.
February 1977: Arrived at Öresundsvarvet Landskrona to be lengthened by 21 metres.
February 16th 1977: Whilst in the floating dock the intention was to separate the vessel into two halves, tow the forward section out of the dock, insert a mid section, and then weld all sections together. However having been cut into two the forward section toppled over. Pontoon cranes and she was righted.
Falster – © Frank Heine Collection (Malmö, 17/02/2001)
Falster – © Varvhistoriska in Landskrona
1977: Services for Greece Syria Express Line (GSEL) Volos – Tartous.
February 15th 1980: Sold to Alwalid Compania Naviera S.A, Panama and renamed TAREK B.
1980: Services Volos – Tartous.
April 1983: Sold to Erissos Shipping Co Ltd, Limassol, Cyprus and renamed ATLAS IV.
1983: Services for Libra Maritime Insatt between Patras – Igoumenitsa – Bari.
Atlas IV – © Frank Heine Collection (Patras, 02/07/1984)
Atlas IV – Nigel Thornton Collection
Atls iv – © Simonwp (Gibraltar, 01/12/1985)
1986: Laid up in Greece.
1986: Sold to Corato Marine Co Ltd, Limassol, Cyprus and renamed EUROPA.
1986: Chartered to Hellenic Cypriot Mediterranean Lines for services Trieste – Igoumenitsa – Patras.
1989: Chartered to Ventouris Ferries for services Bari – Patras.
Europa – © Frank Heine (Igoumenitsa, 26/07/1990)
1990: Sold to Hobart Shipping Co Ltd, Limassol, Cyprus and renamed VEGA.
1990: Services for Ventouris Ferries between Bari – Patras.
Vega – © Frank Heine (Bari, 03/08/1996)
Vega – Postcards
Vega – © Matt Murtland (HHV Ferry) (Corfu, 1999)
March 9th 2001: Laid up at Eleusis Bay, Greece.
January 2004: Sold to Turkish breakers and renamed IVE.
January 17th 2004: Left Eleusis Bay for Aliaga.
January 19th 2004: Arrived Dantas A.S. Aliaga, Turkey for scrapping.
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: Frank Heine, Matt Murtland, Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.
Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)