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MV MN Pelican – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9170999

MV MN Pelican

Ex Trans Botnia

© Carsten Dettmer

MN Pelican – © Carsten Dettmer (Olbia, 11/07/2015)

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1999 by Santierul Naval Galatz (Hull number: 908) Fosen Mekaniske Verksteder AS (Outfitting number: 64) as Roll-on / roll-off carrier.

Technical Data

  • Length: 154,50 m (overall) 142,60 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 22.74 m
  • Depth: 14.8 m
  • Draught: 6.963 m
  • Tonnage: 12076 gross/3623 net/8847t deadweight
  • Engines: 1 x Wärtsilä 16V46B 16 cylinder diesel
  • Power: 156000 kW/21200 bHP
  • Speed: 20 knots (Max)
  • Capacity: 12 passengers/1690 lane meters
  • Call Sign: LAJJ5, FMLR
  • MMSI Number: 228315700
  • IMO Number: 9170999
  • DNV iD Number: 19151
  • Port of Registry: Bergen/Norway 🇳🇴, Marseille/France 🇫🇷
  • Sister-Ship: United Carrier (906), United Express (905), United Trader (907)

Current AIS Location

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February 17th 1997: Contract date.

October 31st 1997: Keel struck.

June 26th 1998: Launched in Rumania and towed to Rissa, Norway for outfitting.

January 4th 1999: Delivered to SeaTrans ANS, Bergen, Norway.

January 1999: Chartered to Transfennica for services between Finland – Western Europe.

© Andreas Wörteler © Andreas Wörteler

Trans Botnia – © Andreas Wörteler (Cuxhaven)

© Simonwp

Trans Botnia – © Simonwp (Terneuzen, 01/03/2003)

January 22nd 2005: Services Hanko – Lubeck.

January 26th 2005: Services Hamina – Antwerp.

September 24th 2005 – October 10th 2005: Services Hanko – Lubeck.

January 2006: Services Raumo – Antwerp – Tilbury/ Raumo – Lubeck – Hanko.

© Simonwp

Trans Botnia – © Simonwp (Terneuzen, 01/06/2006)

2006 – January 2007: Services Raumo – Hanko – Antwerp.

June 2006 : Sold to Compania Maritime Nantes, Marseille for delivery in 2007.

Trans Botnia – © Marcus S (Kiel, 03/08/2006)

January 2007: Taken over by her new owners and renamed MN PELICAN.

March 19th 2007: Arrived in Lubeck and had a deck crane fitted.

© Dirk Jankowsky © Dirk Jankowsky © Dirk Jankowsky © Dirk Jankowsky

MN Pelican – © Dirk Jankowsky (Lubeck, 19/03/2007)

March 23rd 2007: Left Lubeck for La Rochelle.

January 2009: Chartered to Transfennica for services Lubeck – Hanko – Paldiski – Gdynia.

MN Pelican – © Aleksi Lindström (Hanko, 24/05/2009)

February 2016: Chartered to Brittany Ferries.

February 11th 2016: Services Bilbao – Poole.

July 18th 2017: Charter to Brittany Ferries extended by 2 years.

August 30th 2018: En-route from Poole to Bilbao, loaded with trailers along with a crew of 22 on board, suffered a problem with the oil cooling system. The Solent Coastguard was made aware of the incident at 10.30 p.m.. Repairs were completed on Aug 31st, and the ship berthed in Bilbao on Sep 1st.

May 11th 2021: A fuel injector pump broke down while the ship was en-route from Bilbao to Poole and needed a repair. After the ship was underway again the problem continued. The vessel proceeded 15 to 20 nautical miles offshore to conduct further investigations.

May 12th 2021: Arrived in Poole.

© George Holland © George Holland © George Holland

MN Pelican – © George Holland (Poole, 27/02/2021)

July 2022: Remains in service Poole – Bilbao.


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: Carsten Dettmer, George Holland, Dirk Jankowsky, Aleksi Lindström, Marcus S and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


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