FerriesMoby LinesPast and Present

MV Moby Wonder – Past and Present

MV Moby Wonder

© Carsten Dettmer

Moby Wonder © Carsten Dettmer

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2001 by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Heavy Machinery Ltd., Okpo, South Korea (Yard No 7605) as a Passenger and Vehicle Ferry

Technical Data

  • Length: 174 m (overall) 162.1 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 27.6 m
  • Depth: 9.8 m
  • Draught: 7.0 m
  • Tonnage:¬†36093 gross/16235 net/5529 deadweight
  • Engines:¬†4 x Wartsila 12V46 diesels
  • Power: 51470 kW/HP
  • Speed: 27.0 knots (max)
  • Capacity:¬†1880 passengers/ 665 cars
  • Call Sign:¬†IBUR
  • IMO Number: 9214367
  • Official Number:
  • Port of Registry:¬†Napoli/Italy
  • Sister-Ships: Moby Aki, Moby Freedom, Superstar

Current AIS Location

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October 13th 2000: Launched.

May 15th 2001: Delivered to Nav. Arcipelago Maddalenino Spa, Naples, Italy.

© Carlo Martinelli  © Gerolf Drebes

© Carlo Martinelli (Genoa, 15/07/2001) and © Gerolf Drebes (Olbia, 18/03/2004).

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

May 30th 2001: Moby Lines services between Genoa/ Civitavecchia/ Livorno – Olbia.

© Eerik Laine  © Eerik Laine

© Eerik Laine

© Eerik Laine (Olbia, 18/06/2019)

September 6th 2019: An announcement was made stating that the MOBY WONDER had been sold, with her sister vessel the MOBY AKI, to DFDS for North Sea service from Newcastle to Amsterdam to replace the KING SEAWAYS and the PRINCESS SEAWAYS.

“Moby will in turn acquire the two passenger ferries currently operating on the Amsterdam ‚Äď Newcastle route: KING SEAWAYS and PRINCESS SEAWAYS

“We expect to take over the new ferries during the second half of October. Therefore, DFDS will bareboat-charter King Seaways and Princess Seaways from Moby until January and February 2020, when the new ferries will be deployed.”

“The ferries will fly the Danish flag, and I am also pleased to reveal that we will name the ferries AMSTERDAM SEAWAYS and NEWCASTLE SEAWAYS in respect of the two cities they will be linking”. (DFDS News)


Artists Impression © DFDS

October 1st 2019: Arrived at shipyards in Genoa.

October 29th 2019: The agreement signed between DFDS A/S and Moby Spa for the acquisition of the MOBY WONDER and MOBY AKI for the Newcastle-Amsterdam service was cancelled.


On 6 September 2019, DFDS entered into an agreement with the Italian ferry company Moby to acquire two ferries, Moby Wonder and Moby Aki, for deployment on the Amsterdam-Newcastle route. Moby would in turn acquire the two passenger ferries currently operating on Amsterdam-Newcastle, King Seaways and Princess Seaways.

The agreement was expected to be completed in the second half of October 2019 but Moby has unfortunately not been able to meet the delivery terms of the agreement. The agreement has therefore been cancelled.

DFDS will continue to explore solutions for a renewal of the ferries on the Amsterdam-Newcastle route in line with the fourth pillar of the WIN23 strategy: Creating more value for passengers.

Revised outlook 2019

The full-year outlook for Special items is decreased to DKK -30m from previously DKK 70m as the latter included an expected accounting profit of around DKK 100m from the sale of two ferries.

The investment outlook for 2019 is reduced to around DKK 2.8bn from previously DKK 3.4bn as the investment in the renewal, net of proceeds from the sale of two ferries, was expected to amount to around DKK 1.0bn of which DKK 650m was expected to be paid in 2019. The remaining DKK 350m was expected to be paid in 2020.

Source: DFDS A/S

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: DFDS, Carsten Dettmer, Gerolf Drebes, Eerik Laine, Carlo Martinelli and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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