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MV Gunesli (Ex Duke of Holland II) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 8012592

MV Gunesli

Ex Rike Ipekyolu, S.V. Duge, Maersk Friesland, Duke of Holland (II)

© Pieter Melissen

© Pieter Melissen

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1981 by Scheepswerf & Machinefabriek Amels B.V., Makkum, Friesland, Netherlands (Yard No 375) as a Passenger/Ro-Ro Ship (vehicles).

Technical Data

  • Length: 79.43 m (overall) 74.02 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 17.66 m
  • Depth: 10.83 m
  • Draught: 4.40 m (Max)
  • Tonnage: 1596 gross/657.0 net/2022 t deadweight
  • Engines: 2 x Oil, 4-stroke single acting Deutz SBV6M450 diesels
  • Power: 2935 kW/4800 bHP
  • Speed:  14.5 knots
  • Capacity: 36 passengers/53 trailers/693 lane metres
  • Call Sign: PDTM, PFSN, J8IK7, TCCR4
  • IMO Number: 8012592
  • Official Number: 16533 Z ROTT 1981
  • Port of Registry: Scheveningen /The Netherlands 🇳🇱, Kingstown / St. Vincent and Grenadines 🇻🇨, Istanbul / Turkey 🇹🇷


January 12th 1981: Keel struck.

August 28th 1981: Launched.

September 24th 1981: Dredging of the Channel between Makkum – Ilsselmeer took place in order that the vessel could be delivered.

October 2nd 1981: Delivered to Norfolk Line B.V. Scheveningen, Holland.

Edmund Ziegler Collection

Edmund Ziegler Collection

October 3rd 1981: Norfolk Line services Scheveningen – Norfolk.

© Michael Neidig

© Michael Neidig (Port of Scheveningen, 30/07/1982) 

© Robert J Smith

© Robert J Smith (Great Yarmouth, 12/08/1983)

© Simonwp © Fotoflite Ref 31186

© Simonwp (Great Yarmouth, July 1984) (Left) 🆕 © Fotoflite (Right)

March 1st 1985: Registered Owner: Norfolk Scheepvaartmaatschappii B.V..

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© Simonwp (Great Yarmouth, July 1987)(Left) 🆕 © Fotoflite (Right)

© Simonwp

© Simonwp ( Approaching Great Yarmouth, August 1989)

1990: Sold to Maersk A/S, Denmark and renamed MAERSK FRIESLAND.

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© Simonwp (Great Yarmouth, 01/03/1990) (Left) 🆕 © Fotoflite (Right)

© Patrick Hill © Bert Knorr

© Patrick Hill (Great Yarmouth, 19/08/1990) (Left) © Bert Knorr (Right)

February 1992 – April 1992: Chartered to British Channel Island Ferries for services Poole – Channel Islands.

June 1992 – August 1992: Chartered to EstLine for services Tallinn – Stockholm.

© Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Stockholm, June 1992)

March 22nd 1993 – March 31st 1993: Chartered to North Sea Ferries B.V., Rozenburg for service Rotterdam Hulll.

June 1993 – August 1993: Chartered to EstLine, Tallinn, Estland for services Tallinn – Stockholm.

1993: Sold to Adriatic RoRo Ltd, Kingstown, Cayman Island and renamed SV. DUJE.

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🆕 © Fotoflite

December 2003: Sold to Rize Ipekyolu Deniz, Turkey and renamed RIZE IPEKYOLU.

© Vladimir Knyaz

© Vladimir Knyaz (Odessa, 13/01/2008)

August 2008: Sold to Tam Denizcilik Liman, Istanbul, Turkey and renamed  ERDEMLER 8.

April 2013: Sold to Gunesli Denizcilik Iletisim, Istanbul, Turkey and renamed GÜNEŞLI.

January 31st 2015: Dragged her anchor and grounded on Bandirma Roads in the Marmara Sea. Drifted ashore in Tatlisu.

February 3rd 2015: Re-floated and anchored in Tatlisu Roads,

© David Dixon

© David Dixon (Kartal anchorage, Istanbul, 14/06/2015)

February 5th 2017: Arrived Ege GS, Aliaga, Turkey for scrapping. 

February 8th 2017: Beached.

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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: David Dixon, Fotoflite, Patrick Hill, Vladimir Knyaz, Pieter Melissen, Michael Neidig, Simonwp, Robert J Smith and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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