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MV Finlandia Seaways – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9198721

MV Finlandia Seaways

Ex Tor Finlandia, Finnreel, Finnmaid

© Gena Anfimov

 © Gena Anfimov (Klaipeda, 30/08/2020)

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2000 by Jinling Shipyard, Yanjiang Road 55#, Nanjing, Xiaguan District. China (Yard No 702) as a Roll-On/Roll-Off carrier

Technical Data

  • Length: 162.58 m (overall) m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 20.62 m
    Depth: 13.80 m
    Draught: 6.70 m
    Tonnage: 11530 gross/3459 net/8702t deadweight (Summer)
    Engines: 1 x MAN-B&W 12V48/60 – 4 stroke single acting 12 cylinder
    Power: 12.600 kW/17.131 bhp
    Speed:  20.0 knots (Service)
    Capacity: 12 passengers/391 x 20 ft containers/50 Reefer Plugs/1891 lane meters
    Call Sign: ZQFW2, LYTC, OZCL2
    MMSI Number: 219027995
  • IMO Number: 9198721
    Port of Registry: London/United Kingdom 🇬🇧, Klaipeda/Lithuania 🇱🇹, Copenhagen/Denmark 🇩🇰
    Sister Ships: Finnhawk (704), Finnkraft (703), Finnmaster (701)


Current AIS Location

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“One of a series of 4 “8050DWT” RoRo Paper/Trailer Carriers built between 2000 – 2001, for Nordic Forest, Sweden”

May 20th 1999: Keel laid.

October 28th 1999: Launched.

August 28th 2000: Completed as FINNMAID for Nordic Forest Terminals AB, London, England.

September 21st 2000: Arrived in Finland.

September 2000: Chartered to Finncarriers Oy AB, Helsinki, Finland and renamed FINNREEL.

September 26th 2000: Services between Helsinki – Rauma – Hull.

March 14th 2001: Following a technical fault, ran aground 2.5 nautical miles off Rauma. Repaired in Gothenburg.

May 13th 2005: Sold to Parline RoRo KS, Norway.

© Aleksi Lindström (Helsinki bound for Hull, 26/03/2007)

March 17th 2008: Sold to DFDS Tor Line.

January 23rd 2009: Final journey for Finnlines between Rauma – Hull.

January 2009: Registered to Tor Finlandia Shipping Ltd, Klaipeda, (DFDS Tor Line (Lisco), Lithuania and renamed TOR FINLANDIA.

© Cees De Bijl © Cees De Bijl © Cees De Bijl © Cees De Bijl

© Cees De Bijl (Rotterdam-Maasvlakte, 14/02/2009)

February 2009: Services Rotterdam – Immingham.

© Andreas Wörteler © Andreas Wörteler © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (Rotterdam, 09/10/2010)

November 27th 2012: Registered to Ab DFDS Seaways, Klaipeda, Lithuania.

December 20th 2012: Renamed FINLANDIA SEAWAYS.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Immingham, 18/06/2013)

2014: Services Rosyth – Zeebrugge

April 2014 – June 2014: Services Cuxhaven – Immingham

June 2014 – April 2018: Services  Rosyth – Zeebrugge

January 2016: Registered to DFDS Seaways Ab Lithuania, Klaipeda, Lithuania.

June 2016: Installation of an exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS) “Scrubber” which was retrofitted in the existing funnel.

April 16th 2018: Fire broke out in the engine room. An injured crew member was airlifted to hospital, where he was treated for injuries caused by smoke inhalation. She was towed to Immingham where the cargo was unloaded, then towed to Fayard, Odense for repair (engine replacement).

November 2018: Returned after repair.

November 13th 2018: Returned to service Cuxhaven – Immingham.

February 2019: Services Brevik – Halden – Frederikstad – Brevik – Immingham – Zeebrugge

© Gena Anfimov © Gena Anfimov © Gena Anfimov

 © Gena Anfimov (Klaipeda, 30/08/2020)

December 17th 2020: Registered to DFDS A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2020 – July 2020: Services Klaipeda – Kiel before returning to Cuxhaven services.

October 2020: Services Karlshamn – Klaipeda.

January 3rd 2023: Services Fredericia – Koge – Klaipeda.

June 2022: ARK Charter (Maritime transport of military materiel and equipment in connection with NATO preparedness)

March 13th 2023: Left Koge.

March 17th 2023: Arrived Sheerness.

March 17th 2023: Took up service Sheerness –  Calais.

© Julien Carpentier © Julien Carpentier © Julien Carpentier © Julien Carpentier

© Julien Carpentier (Calais, 17/03/2023)

May 2023: ARK Charter

August 2023: Services Immingham – Cuxhaven

September 12th 2023: Came off service at Cuxhaven

September 13th 2023: Sailed to Calais as relief for BOTNIA SEAWAYS.

September 14th 2023: Arrived Calais and took up service Calais – Tilbury.

© Julien Carpentier © Julien Carpentier © Julien Carpentier © Julien Carpentier © Julien Carpentier 

© Julien Carpentier (Calais, 29/09/2023)

October 20th 2023: Came off service at Calais. To be replaced by BOTNIA SEAWAYS (returned from refit)

October 22nd 2023: Left Calais for Rotterdam.

November 3rd 2023: Left Rotterdam.

November 7th 2023: Arrived Klaipeda to take up services  Klaipeda – Koge – Fredericia.

December 11th 2023: Came off service at Koge and, initially, showed destination as Calais.

December 14th 2023: News that she was to undertake berthing trials in Jersey

“The trial has been commissioned by the government as part of plans to make the island’s supply links more resilient.”


December 16th 2023: Called at St Helier, Jersey.

December 16th 2023: Called at St Peter Port, Guernsey.

© Tony Rive © Tony Rive© Tony Rive© Tony Rive

© Tony Rive (St Peter Port, 16/12/2023)

December 17th 2023: Arrived Dunkerque West.

January 26th 2024: Left Dunkerque for Klaipeda.

January 29th 2024: Arrived Klaipeda.

February 12th 2024: Arrived Emden.

February 16th 2024: Arrived Eemshaven

February 25th 2024: Left Eemshaven for Cuxhaven.

February 26th 2024: Arrived Cuxhaven.

March 4th 2024: Took up services Cuxhaven – Immingham.

March 18th 2024: Sailed to Narvik.

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: Gena Anfimov, Cees De Bijl, Julien Carpentier, Aleksi Lindström, Tony Rive, Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


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