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nf Panther – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7222839

MV Faye

ex St Sunniva, nf Panther, Lasse II, Lasse, Djursland

© JB Jensen

Djursland – © JB Jensen

Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Helsingør Skibsværft og Maskinbyggeri, Aktieselskab, Helsingor (Yard No 399) in 1972 as a Roll-on/Roll-off Passenger ship for Jydsk Færgefart A/S 

Technical Data

  • Length: 104.02m (341.3 ft) (overall), 91.04m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth of Hull: 18.92m (62.1 ft) (extreme)
  • Depth: 11.56m
  • Draught: 4.369m (14.3 ft) (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 4,044.92 (1985)  3,961 gross/1,441 net
  • Engines: Two 10-cylinder Helsingor Skibs. & Msk /B&W 10U45HU four-stroke single acting diesels
  • Power: 11,000 kW
  • Speed: 20 knots
  • Capacity: 1,000 passengers, 220 cars or combination of cars and freight vehicles
  • Number of Crew: 48 (1985)
  • Call Sign: OYPO, GBCB
  • IMO Number: 7222839
  • Official Number: 388170
  • Registry: Hundested/Denmark, Kalundborg/Denmark, London/United Kingdom, Aberdeen/United Kingdom, Dubai/United Arab Emirates , Takoradi/Ghana 
  • Sister Ship: Tiger


Djursland – M / S Museum of Maritime Affairs

June 28th 1972: Launched as DJURSLAND.

October 30th 1972: Delivered to Jydsk Færgefart A/S, Grenå, Denmark.

November 3rd 1972: Commenced service between Grenå – Hundested.

July 31st 1974: Final day in operation between Grenå – Hundested.

August 8th 1974: Commenced service between Juelsminde – Kalundborg. Renamed LASSE.

© Jan Vinther Christensen

Lasse – © Jan Vinther Christensen

1974: Renamed LASSE II.

© Jurgen Stein  © Simonwp

Lasse II – © Jurgen Stein (Left) and © Simonwp, at Grena 01/07/1979 (Right)

February 1st 1978 – December 31st 1978: Operated between Grenå – Hundested.

January 1979: Laid up at Kalundborg.

September 10th 1979: Sold to P&O Normandy Ferries Ltd., London. Rebuilt at Caillard S.A., Le Havre, France.

January 27th 1980: Redelivered after rebuild.

Roy Thornton Collection  Roy Thornton Collection

nf Panther – Roy Thornton Collection

February 7th 1980: Renamed nf PANTHER, by Madame Nicole Remoleux, wife of the president of the Boulogne Chamber of Commerce. Commenced service between Dover – Boulogne.

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

nf Panther – © Ken Larwood

© Derek Longly

nf Panther – © Derek Longly

December 31st 1980: Registered to P&O Steam Nav. Co., London.

Roy Thornton Collection  Roy Thornton Collection

nf Panther – Roy Thornton Collection (left) and © Fotoflite, Roy Thornton Collection (right)

© Fotoflite, Stéphane Poulain Collection

nf Panther – © Fotoflite, Stéphane Poulain Collection

© Stéphane Poulain Collection

nf Panther – © Stéphane Poulain Collection

© Fotoflite, Stéphane Poulain Collection  © A G Jones

nf Panther – © Juergen Stein (left) and © A G Jones (right)

© Ken Larwood

nf Panther – © Ken Larwood (Both)

March 1981: Refitted at Immingham.

© Simonwp

nf Panther – © Simonwp (Immingham 08/03/1981)

© Bob Scott

nf Panther –  🆕 © Bob Scott (Dover, 01/07/1984)

January 4th 1985: P&O Ferries Channel operations (ie Normandy Ferries) were sold to the European Ferries group then absorbed into the Townsend Thoresen fleet and painted in their livery (although wording on her hull was larger than that of her sister). Continued between Dover – Boulogne.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Immingham 09/05/1985)

© Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic)  © Ken Larwood

© Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic) (left) and © Ken Larwood (right)

© Brian Fisher  © Fotoflite, Stéphane Poulain Collection

nf Panther – © Brian Fisher (left) and © Fotoflite, Stéphane Poulain Collection (right)

© Mike Sartin  © Mike Sartin

nf Panther – © Mike Sartin

© Brian Fisher

nf Panther – © Brian Fisher

August 3rd 1986: Final trip between Dover – Boulogne. Thereafter laid up for sale Chatham.

March 16th 1987: Sold to P&O Ferries Ltd., London. Rebuilt at Hall Russell Shipyard.

March 27th 1987: Renamed ST SUNNIVA and entered service between Aberdeen – Lerwick.

© Simonwp

St Sunniva – © Simonwp (Glasgow 01/05/1987)

Roy Thornton Collection  © Sydney Sinclair

St Sunniva – Roy Thornton Collection (left) and © Sydney Sinclair (right)

© Simonwp

St Sunniva – © Simonwp (Aberdeen, June 1987)

1991:  Registered to P&O Scottish Ferries Ltd, Aberdeen, Scotland.

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

St Sunniva – © Ken Larwood

June 29th 1993: Suffered engine failure on arrival from Stromness and ran aground. Re-floated by a tug from Scapa Flow. Suffered minor hull damage and subsequently repaired.

Nigel Thornton Collection

St Sunniva – Nigel Thornton Collection

© Ted Ingham

© Ted Ingham

July 13th 1993: Returned to commercial traffic.

© Ken Lubi  © Sydney Sinclair

St Sunniva – © Ken Lubi ( 01/06/1996 )(Left) and © Sydney Sinclair (Right)

© Simonwp

St Sunniva – © Simonwp (Aberdeen, July 2001)

October 1st 2002: Final day in operation between Aberdeen – Lerwick.

© Willi Langes

St Sunniva – © Willi Langes

October 2002: Sold to Al Thuraya Marine Services Co. LLC., Dubai. and renamed FAYE

December 6th 2002: Arrived at Piraeus for rebuilding.

December 24th 2002: Departed for Dubai.

January 2003: Introduced between Port Rashid and Umm Qasr, Iraq.

© Simonwp

Faye – © Simonwp (Dubai, April 2004)

February 26th 2005: Arrived in Alang, India for scrapping.

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Micke Asklander (Faktaomfartyg), Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic), Brian Fisher, Ted Ingham, JB Jensen, A G Jones, Willi Langes, Ken Larwood, Derek Longly, Ken Lubi, Stéphane Poulain, Mike Sartin, Jurgen Stein, Sydney Sinclair, Jan Vinther Christensen, Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in compiling this feature.

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

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