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MV Koningin Juliana – Past and Present

IMO Number: 6808806

MV Moby Prince

ex Koningin Juliana, Holland Trade Ship, Koningin Juliana

© Ken Larwood

Koningin Juliana  © Ken Larwood

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1968 by Cammell Laird & Co Ltd, Birkenhead, England (Yard No 1331) for Stoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland, (SMZ), Hoek Van Holland as a passenger and vehicle ferry

Technical Data

  • Length: 131.02 m (overall) 116.29 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 20.48 m
  • Depth: 12.27 m
  • Draught: 4.998 m
  • Tonnage: 6682 gross/3475 net/1290 deadweight
  • Engines: Four SA 9-cylinder, M.A.N. Augsburg diesels
  • Power: 14592 kW/19560 bhp
  • Speed: 21 knots (max)
  • Capacity: 1200 passengers (maximum), 750 (normal service), 220 cars
  • Call Sign: PFKP
  • IMO Number: 6808806
  • Official Number:
  • Port of Registry: Hoek van Holland/Netherlands, Cagliari/Italy


April 1967: Keel struck.

February 2nd 1968: Launched.

Koningin Juliana 

June 13th 1968: Suffered a fire on board while fitting out.

September 7th 1968 – September 8th 1968: Berthing/Sea trials prior to delivery.

Courtesy of Terry Conybeare  Courtesy of Terry Conybeare

Koningin Juliana – Courtesy of Terry Conybeare

October 11th 1968: Arrived at Hoek Van Holland for the first time, after which she sailed up the New Waterway to Rotterdam for an official inspection.

October 13th 1968: Cruised from the Parkkade into the North Sea with SMZ personnel aboard.

October 14th 1968: Delivered to Stoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland, (SMZ), Hoek Van Holland, Holland. HM Queen Juliana boarded the ship for another cruise into the North Sea.

© Steffen Weirauch Roy Thornton Collection  

Koningin Juliana – © Steffen Weirauch (Roy Thornton Collection) (Left) and Roy Thornton Collection (Right)

October 17th 1968: Maiden voyage between Hoek Van Holland – Harwich.

© Frank Haalmeijer

Koningin Juliana – © Frank Haalmeijer (Maiden arrival Harwich)

© A G Jones

Koningin Juliana – © A G Jones

Roy Thornton Collection Roy Thornton Collection  

Roy Thornton Collection Roy Thornton Collection  

Koningin Juliana – Roy Thornton Collection (Postcards)

© Wolfgang Fricke

Koningin Juliana – © Wolfgang Fricke (Harwich, 01/06/1974)

November 1969: It was announced that British Rail’s Shipping and International Services Division (SISD) had adopted the new brand name Sealink and as a consequence all vessels would be painted in the new house colours.

© Brian Fisher © Mick Warwick

Koningin Juliana – © Brian Fisher (Left) and © Mick Warwick (Right)

© Joerg Seyler © Derek Longly

Koningin Juliana – © Joerg Seyler (Left) and © Derek Longly (Right)

© Tim Webb © Simonwp

Koningin Juliana – © Tim Webb  (Harwich 13/04/1982)(Left) © Simonwp (Harwich, August 1983)(Right)

© Frank Haalmeijer

Koningin Juliana – © Frank Haalmeijer

April 8th 1984: Laid up in Waalhaven, Rotterdam, Holland.

© Frank Heine © Ken Larwood

Koningin Juliana – © Frank Heine (Rotterdam 27/07/1984)(Left) 🆕© Ken Larwood (Right)

December 24th 1984: Sold to Mr Tromp Leiden, Holland, for conversion to an exhibition ship to promote Dutch exports. Was to be renamed TROMP, but renamed HOLLAND TRADE SHIP.

February 6th 1985: Moved to Amsterdam. Owned by Administatie-en Bemiddelingskantoor, Tromp, Kampen, Holland, renamed KONINGIN JULIANA.

Andreas Wörteler Collection © Pieter Inpyn  

Koningin Juliana – Andreas Wörteler Collection (Left) and © Pieter Inpyn (Right)

September 1985: Sold to Navigazione Arcipelago Maddalenino SpA, Naples, Italy

October 1985: Renamed MOBY PRINCE.

October 10th 1985: Left Amsterdam for Italy.

December 1985: Introduced by Moby between Naples and Cagliari.

© Ken Larwood © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood © Ken Larwood

Moby Prince – 🆕© Ken Larwood (Bastia, June 1987)

Andreas Wörteler Collection Andreas Wörteler Collection  

Moby Prince – Andreas Wörteler Collection

© Carlo Martinelli

Moby Prince – © Carlo Martinelli

© Frank Heine © Frank Heine 

Moby Prince – © Frank Heine

November 10th 1991: While on a voyage from Livorno to Olbia, she collided in Livorno roads with the 286-metre tanker AGIP ABRUZZO, which was carrying some 2,700 tons of Iranian light crude oil . The impact caused some oil to spill into the sea and a large amount to be sprayed over the ferry.  A fire broke out, which set light to the oil both on the surface of the water and on the ferry itself.  Within moments, the MOBY PRINCE was engulfed in flames. 140 people lost their lives, only one survived. The gutted wreck was laid up in Leghorn.



Internet Sources

© Frank Heine © Frank Heine 

Moby Prince – © Frank Heine

May 16th 1998: The wreck was then towed to Livorno where it sank, but was soon raised by SMIT Tak BV.

July 22nd 1998: The wreck arrived in tow in Aliaga, Turkey for demolition by Sok Gemi Sokum Ltd.

© Selim San © Selim San

Moby Prince – © Selim San

The AGIP ABRUZZO was first towed to Las Palmas and renamed ZEUS and then towed to Karachi, Pakistan for demolition.

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: Brian Fisher, Wolfgang Fricke, Frank Haalmeijer, Frank Heine, Pieter Inpyn, A G Jones, Ken Larwood, Derek Longly, Carlo Martinelli, Selim San, Joerg Seyler, Simonwp, Mick Warwick, TimWebb, Steffen Weirauch and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Special thanks go to Terry Conybeare.

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

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