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MV Felicity – Past and Present

MV Rigel II

ex Scandinavia, Visborg, Visby, Stena Felicity, Felicity, Visby

© Fotoflite

Felicity – © Fotoflite

Steel twin screw ”Visby Class” motor vessel built in 1980 by Öresundsvarvet, Landskrona (Yard No 278 ) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo Ferry

Technical Data

  • Length: 142.33 (overall) 132.00 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 24.52 m
  • Depth: 8.10 m
  • Draught: 5.70 m
  • Tonnage: 14932 – 15001 – 23775 – 23842 gross/8379 net/ 2840 – 2750- 2373.84t deadweight
  • Engines: 4 x B & W 8K45GFC GUC diesels
  • Power: 21478 kW/29200 bHP
  • Speed: 19.5 knots (service)
  • Capacity: 1142/2072/1832 passengers C.V’s + cars 36 + 180, cars only 515
  • Call Sign: SIJM, 5BGR4
  • MMSI Number: 209077000
  • Polish Ships Register Number: 103059 (current)
  • IMO Number: 7826788
  • Port of Registry: Visby/Sweden, Nassau/Bahamas, Limassol/Cyprus
  • Sister Ships: Gotland

Location Data

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October 1st 1979: Keel laid.

January 25th 1980: Launched as VISBY for Rederi AB Gotland at an original estimated cost of SEK 165 million which rose to SEK 400 million.

October 10th 1980: Delivered five months behind schedule with major deadweight problems. She was 800 tons heavier than expected increasing her draft and causing problems for her expected destinations.

October 22nd 1980: Entered service Between Gotland – Swedish mainland ports of Nynashamn and Oskarshamn, but after three weeks had be returned to her builders with major problems in her cooling system.

1980: Following repairs she was laid-up for the winter.

1981 (Summer): Resumed service Gotland – Nynäshamn/Oskarshamn

© Gordon Dalzell

© Gordon Dalzell (Visby, August 1982)

1987: The contract to run ferry services to Gotland was awarded to Gotlandslinjen who briefly chartered the vessel.

September 1987: Sealink British Ferries secure long charter of the vessel.

© Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Oskarshamn, June 1988)

December 31st 1989: Sailed from Sweden to Tilbury for a £2 million major refit.

January 6th 1990 (20.30 hrs): Delivered to Sealink UK Ltd and renamed FELICITY. Owing to a manning dispute her entry into service was delayed and she sailed to Dunkerque for lay up.

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

February 28th 1990: Left Dunkerque.

March 2nd 1990: Arrived Rosslare for berthing trials.

March 2nd 1990: Arrived Fishguard for berthing trials. She then went to lay-by in Fishguard for storing, training and installation of Catering vending equipment.

March 5th 1990: Entered service between Fishguard – Rosslare.

© Aubrey Dale  © Aubrey Dale

© Aubrey Dale (Rosslare 1990)

©  Brian Fisher  © Brian Fisher

©  Brian Fisher (Swansea, June 1990)

© Tony Garner

© Tony Garner (Fishguard, 03/06/1990)

1991: Stena full takeover of Sealink U.K. Ltd for a sum believed to be in the region of £259 million. The fleet’s livery was changed to reflect the fact. Renamed STENA FELICITY

Roy Thornton Collection  Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection  Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

© Aubrey Dale

© Aubrey Dale (Fishguard, 12/07/1992)

1993–1996: Stena Sealink Line livery

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (Fishguard, 15/05/1994)


© Bernd Crause (Fishguard, 15/05/1994)

December 31st,1995 (midnight): Stena Sealink Line ceased as a company name and all ships in the fleet adopted the trading name of Stena Line. The fleet was painted in the Scandinavian livery.

© Fotoflite

🆕 © Fotoflite

Nigel Thornton Collection  Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

1997: Charter ended and her place on the Fishguard route was taken by the KONINGIN BEATRIX.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (Bremerhaven, 17/08/1997)

1997: Following a rebuild in Germany, she re-entered Destination Gotland service under her original name of VISBY.

January 1st 1998: Services Visby – Nynäshamn.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Visby, 01/08/1999)

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (Nynäshamn, 24/06/2001)

January 13th 2003: Renamed VISBORG.

© Micke Asklander

© Micke Asklander

March 31st 2003: Laid up in Kappelshamn.

May 8th 2003: Laid up in Landskrona.

2003: Sold to Polferries and renamed SCANDINAVIA.

July 16th 2003: Service between Gdansk – Nynäshamn.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Gdansk, 01/08/2009)

© Carsten Dettmer  © Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer (Gdansk, 24/10/2013)

May 8th 2015: Final service between Nynäshamn – Gdansk.

2015: Sold to Ventouris Ferries and renamed to RIGEL II. Services Durres – Bari.

© Emmanuel. L. Stafrace  © Emmanuel. L. Stafrace

© Emmanuel. L. Stafrace (Valletta, 16/05/2016)

March 10th 2020: Arrived in Perama.

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: Micke Asklander, Bernd Crause, Aubrey Dale, Gordon Dalzell, Brian Fisher, Tony Garner, Pieter Inpyn, Simonwp, Emmanuel. L. Stafrace and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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