FerriesPast and PresentRegie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT)

MV Koning Albert, Past and Present

IMO Number: 5192937

MV Koning Albert

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Koning Albert – © A G Jones

Steel twin screw motor vessel, built and engined by Cockerill’s of Hoboken in 1947 (Yard No. 726) for the Belgian Marine Administration’s Ostend service.

Technical Data

  • Length on deck: 113.52m (372.6 ft)(overall)/108.6m (356.2 ft) (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth of hull: 14.97m (49.1 ft)(extreme)
  • Depth: 7.43m (24.4 ft) (moulded)
  • Draught: 3.81m (12.5 ft)(maximum)
  • Tonnage: 3,360.3,701 gross/1,671/1,788.2,342 net/464 deadweight
  • Engines: Two 12-cylinder Cockerill/Sulzer single acting two-stroke diesels each
  • Power: 8,500 hp/17000 bhp
  • Speed: 22 knots service, 24 knots (max), 25.5 knots (trial)
  • Capacity: 1600 passengers
  • Call Sign: ORAK (@ 1974)
  • IMO Number: 5192937
  • Registry: Ostend
  • Sister ships: Prince Philippe I

History

“One of two new passenger motor vessels. Both were similar to the three pre-war steamers in terms of conception, but had welded hull and looked more substantial due to their more enclosed passenger accommodation. As with their predecessors, they were fitted with three bridge houses, contrary to contemporary ferries which had only one.”.

Design work for the KONING ALBERT had already started during the German occupation.

June 11th 1946: Launched.

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🆕 Koning Albert – © Sky Photos

December 1947: Delivered to Regie voor Maritiem Transport, Ostend, Belgium.

December 11th 1947: Services Ostend – Dover.


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Koning Albert – Roy Thornton Collection (🆕 Postcards) (All)


December 1947: Delivered to Regie voor Maritiem Transport, Ostend, Belgium

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Koning Albert – © A G Jones (both)

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Koning Albert – Roy Thornton Collection

December 11th 1947: Maiden voyage to Dover, then commenced service between Ostend – Dover

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Koning Albert – Courtesy of Julien Tahon

June 16th 1964: Collided with the Norwegian tanker PROMETHEUS about half way to Ostend. Escorted back to Dover. Suffered severe bow damage.

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© A G Jones © A G Jones

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Koning Albert – © A G Jones (all)

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🆕 Koning Albert – © Sky Photos (Left) Courtesy of Julien Tahon (Right)

October 7th 1973: Laid up in reserve.

December 1976: Laid up.

April 24th 1977: Sold to Van Heyghen Freres, Ghent, Belgium.

May 23rd 1977: Arrived in Ghent.

June 5th 1978: Scrapping commenced.


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: A G Jones and Julien Tahon for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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