Cobelfret (CLdN)FerriesFerrywaysPast and Present

MV Humber Way – Past and Present

MV Gumel

ex Humber Way, Beatrixhaven, Endeavour, Marceline, Bassro Star, Marcel C, Ingar Express, Seaspeed Dora

Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1976 by Porsgrund Mekaniske Værksted, Porsgrund, Norway (Yard No 115) as a Ro/Ro Cargo ship 

Technical Data

  • Length: 113.52 m (overall) 117.71 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 19.02 m
  • Depth: 13.77 m
  • Draught: 6.579 m
  • Tonnage: 3,338 – 3,642 gross/1,495 – 2,121 net/5675 deadweight
  • Engines: 1 x 4SA 6-cylinder Sulzer-Hitachi 16 ZV 40/48 diesel
  • Power: 7758 kW/10400 HP
  • Speed: 13.5 knots (service) 18.5 knots (max)
  • Capacity: 12 passengers, Trailer capacity: Lower hold: 9 Units, Main deck: 33 Units, Weather deck: 35 Units. Car capacity: Lower hold: 65 Units, Main deck: 205 Units, Weather deck: 180 Units, Weather deck: 62 Units.
  • Call Sign: SYUX, ONBN, LARA2, 3FTA2
  • IMO Number: 7427764
  • Official Number: 114
  • Port of Registry: Andros/Greece, Antwerp/Belgium, Oslo/Norway, Nassau/Bahamas, Valletta/Malta, Panama City/Panama
  • Sister-Ships: Seaspeed Dana, Seaspeed Dima.


March 26th 1976: Launched.

October 1976: Delivered to Seaspeed Ferries International Ltd, Andros, Greece.

October 1976: Chartered to Fred Olsen Seaspeed Ferries, Piraeus, Greece for services between Felixstowe – Rotterdam – Beirut – Tartus – Dammam – Jeddah.

June 1st 1977: Capsized in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and declared a total loss.

September 17th 1977: Raised and re-floated.

October 26th 1977: Towed from Jeddah to Suez for the onward journey to Piraeus.

November 1977: Sold to Knut Holger Hermansson, Skärhamn, Sweden.

November 22nd 1977: Towed from Piraeus to Gothenburg.

January 12th 1978: Arrived in Gothenburg for repairs.

1978: Renamed INGER EXPRESS.

1978: Chartered to AG Ems, Germany, (Ems-Scan Line) for services between Gothenburg – Esbjerg – Eemshaven.

1979 – 1981: Chartered to Roto Line for services between Felixstowe – Zeebrugge – Wallhamn – Oslo.

1981: Sold to an unknown Argentinian company but, owing to the Falklands war, the sale was cancelled.

November 13th 1981: Sold to Cobelfret, S.A. Antwerp, Belgium.

November 23rd 1981: Renamed MARCEL C.

November 1981: Services between Zeebrugge – UK.

© Simonwp   © Simonwp

© Simonwp (Immingham, 05/04/1982))(Left) and (11/05/1982)(Right)

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Immingham, 11/09/1986)

© Patrick Hill

© Patrick Hill (21/05/1988)

1989: Sold to Bassro Star A/S, Nassau, Bahamas and renamed BASSRO STAR.

1989 – September 9th 1989: Services between Marseille – Gibraltar.

September 13th 1989: Chartered to Merchant Ferries for services between Heysham – Warrenpoint.

© Aubrey Dale

© Aubrey Dale

March 26th 1990 – September 24th 1990: Chartered to North Sea Ferries B.V., Rozenburg for services between Rotterdam – Hull.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Hull 16/06/1990)

1993: Chartered to Olympic Ferries for services between Patras – Igoumenitsa – Bari.

May 10th 1994: Chartered to Lett Line for services between Copenhagen – Liepaja (Latvia) via Århus at weekends.

1994: Sold to Exxtor Ferries, Nassau, Bahamas (Registered to Arcade Shipping A/S, Oslo, Norway) and renamed ENDEAVOUR.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

February 1995: Chartered to Cobelfret Ferries, Antwerp, Belgium for services between Zeebrugge – Dartford.

April 18th 1995: Services between Immingham – Rotterdam.

© Simonwp

🆕© Simonwp (Europoort, 01/08/1996)

December 1997: Sold to Cobelfret Ferries, Antwerp, Belgium and renamed MARCELINE. Commenced services between Immingham – Rotterdam.

© Simonwp

🆕© Simonwp (Europoort, 01/03/1998)

1998: Sold to West Mediterranean Ltd, Valletta, Malta (Van Uden Maritime, Holland) and renamed BEATRIXHAVEN.

© Simonwp  © Tim Becker

© Simonwp (Europoort, 01/08/1998) 🆕(Left)© Tim Becker (Lübeck, 02/12/2000)(Right)

November 21st 2000 – December 2000: Chartered to Helsingborg-Lübeck Line Ab for services between Helsingborg – Lübeck.

© Simonwp

🆕© Simonwp (Hamburg, 01/10/2001)

2001: Services between Europe – Eastern Mediterranean.

March 2003: Chartered to Ferryways, Belgium for services between Ostend – Killingholme (2 week period Ostend – Ipswich.)

July 2003: Renamed HUMBER WAY.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Immingham, 04/09/2005)

September 27th 2006: Collided with Port Traffic Control signals in Ostend and sustained hull damage.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

October 7th 2006: Again collided with Port Traffic Control signals in Ostend and sustained hull damage

© Sebastiaan Toufekoulas  © Sebastiaan Toufekoulas

© Sebastiaan Toufekoulas (Ostend, 24/01/2007)

June 13th 2007: Ferryways went bankrupt and she was laid up in Ostend.

July 2007: Arrived in Vlissingen for refit.

August 27th 2007 – September 15th 2007: Began services for Roroco/ Cobelfret between Ostend – Killingholme.

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

September 17th 2007 – October 29th 2007: Services between Ostend – Harwich.

© Derek Sands  © Derek Sands

© Derek Sands (Felixstowe, 17/10/2007)

October 30th 2007: Services between Ostend – Killingholme.

December 2007: Services between Ostend – Harwich.

December 22nd 2007: Chartered to RMR Shipping for services between Antwerp – Harwich – Lagos.

January 29th 2008: Sold to Gumel Shipping NV, Panama and renamed GUMEL.

August 2008: Services between for Emroll Lines, Antwerp, Belgium between Hamburg – Immingham – Antwerp – Piraeus – Alexandria – Limassol – Beirut – Tripoli – Lattakia – Mersin/ Iskenderun.

© Cees de Bijl  © Cees de Bijl

© Cees de Bijl (Antwerp 11/03/2009)

© Frank Foerst  © Gerolf Drebes

© Frank Foerst (left) and © Gerolf Drebes (right)

2011: Laid up Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.

May 18th 2011 – May 27th 2011: Sailed from Las Palmas to Aliaga, Turkey

June 1st 2011: Beached at Aliaga where scrapping commenced.

© Selim San  © Selim San

© Selim San

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: Tim Becker, Cees de Bijl, Aubrey Dale, Frank Foerst, Patrick Hill, Derek Sands, Selim San, Simonwp, Sebastiaan Toufekoulas and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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