MV Italia Express
Norwave – © Patrick Hill (Hull, 30/06/1987)
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1966 by A.G.”Weser” Werk Seebeck, Bremerhaven, (Yard No 898) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo/Ferry
- Length: 108.82 m (overall) 97.34m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth: 19.26m
- Depth: 13.70m
- Draught: 4.979m
- Tonnage: 3540 gross/ 1544net/1914t deadweight
- Engines: Two 14-cylinder Smit & Bolnes diesels
- Power: 3879 kW/5200 bHP
- Speed: 15 knots
- Capacity: 235 passengers/70 cars/47 commercial trailers
- Call Sign: GRYM
- IMO Number: 6519455
- Official Number: 305799
- Port of Registry: Hull/UK, Piraeus/Greece
- Sister Ships: Norwind
July 2nd 1965: Launched
December 1965: Delivered to North Sea Ferries Ltd, Hull, England.
December 17th 1965: Commenced service between Hull – Rotterdam.
June 1974: Commenced service between Hull – Zeebrugge.
1978 (LR): Registered owner; North Sea Ferries Ltd. Registered manager; P&O Ferries.
© Simonwp (Hull, 10/05/1981)
September 11th 1983: While en-route between Hull and Zeebrugge vessel caught fire and had to be towed to Immingham.
September 1983: Towed to Amsterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij, Amsterdam, Holland for repairs.
November 11th 1983: Resumed in service.
© Simonwp (Hull, 06/05/1984)
© Corveleyn Roger (Hull, 01/11/1985)
© Robert J Smith (Zeebrugge, 09/08/1985)
May 23rd 1987: Sold to Ventouris Lines, Piraeus, Greece for delivery in July 1987.
© Corveleyn Roger (Zeebrugge, 11/06/1987) (Left) and © J K Byass (Right)
June 30th 1987: Final day in service between Hull – Zeebrugge.
June 30th 1987: Taken over by the new owner and renamed ITALIA EXPRESS. (Registered to Gitanic Shipping Co., Honduras).
July 2nd 1987: Left Zeebrugge for the Mediterranean.
1987: Commenced service between Patras – Corfu – Igoumenitsa – Bari.
March 24th 1988: Whilst being rebuilt at Drapetsona near Piraeus there was an unexplained explosion causing severe damage. Declared a total loss.
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: J K Byass, Patrick Hill, Corveleyn Roger, Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.