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MV Pelagos – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9136034

MV Pelagos

Ex Liverpool Seaways, Liverpool Viking, Lagan Viking

© Gena Anfimov

© Gena Anfimov (Klaipeda, 02/09/2020)

Steel twin screw “NAOS 109” motor vessel built in 1997 by Cantieri Navale “Visentini” di Visentini Francesco & C., Donada, Italy (Yard No 182) as a Ro-Pax Cargo Ship.

Technical Data

  • Length: 186.0 m (overall) 169.50 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 25.60 m
    Depth: m
    Draught: 6.50 m (max)
    Tonnage: 21856 gross/6580 net/7115t deadweight
    Engines: Two Wärtsilä 8R46 diesels.
  • Power: 15600 kW/HP
    Speed: 24.0 knots (max)
    Capacity: Total 2450 lm/Cars 200/Passengers 340
    Call Sign: MEEJ7, LYTK, FRLH, FMMQ
    MMSI Number:
  • IMO Number: 9136034
    Port of Registry: Bari/Italy 🇮🇹, Belfast/UK 🇬🇧, Limassol/Cyprus 🇨🇾, Klaipeda/Lithuania 🇱🇹, Marseille/France 🇫🇷
    Sister Ships: Mersey Viking (180)

Current AIS Location

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March 12th 1996: Keel struck.

October 29th 1997: Delivered to Levantina Trasporti S.r.l., Bari, Italy.

October 1997: Chartered to Irish Ferries, Belfast.

November 16th 1997: Arrived Belfast.

November 16th 1997: Services between Belfast – Liverpool.

© Simonwp © Scott Mackey

© Simonwp (Liverpool, 01/04/1998)(Left) © Scott Mackey (Right)

March 2001: Registered to Belfast Freight Ferries, Bari, Italy.

April 2002: Operations for Norse Merchant Ferries.

June 17th 2002: Services between Birkenhead – Belfast.

June 30th 2004: Registered to Belfast Freight Ferries, Belfast, Northern Ireland. 

January 19th 2005: Renamed LIVERPOOL VIKING.

December 10th 2006: Services for Norfolk Line between Liverpool – Dublin.

© Malcolm Cranfield

© Malcolm Cranfield (Mersey, 18/02/2005)

© Malcolm Cranfield

© Malcolm Cranfield (Mersey, 03/08/2006)

© Scott Mackey © Scott Mackey

© Scott Mackey

© Eerik Laine  © Barry Graham

© Eerik Laine (Dublin, 04/03/2008) © Barry Graham (Birkenhead, 04/03/2009)

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Dublin, 01/07/2010)

July 12th 2010: Sale of Norfolklines to DFDS Seaways.

August 27th 2010: Renamed LIVERPOOL SEAWAYS.

January 30th 2011: Final service between Liverpool – Dublin.

January 31st 2011: Left Dublin for Kiel via Immingham

February 4th 2011: Arrived Kiel.

February 2001: Registered to Mare Blue Shipping Ltd, Cyprus (Management; Ab DFDS Seaways). 

February 6th 2011: Arrived Klaipeda.

March 1st 2011: Services between Karlshamn – Klaipeda.

© Dirk Jankowsky © Dirk Jankowsky

© Dirk Jankowsky (Karlshamn, 12/07/2011)

January 18th 2012: Failed safety checks in Karlshamn and forbidden to sail. Once rectified, continued service.

January 9th 2014: Chartered to Navirail for services between Hanko – Paldiski.

© Aleksi Lindström (Hanko, 27/03/2014)

January 9th 2015: DFDS services between Paldiski – Kapellskär.

September 2nd 2015: In severe weather, holed her starboard side, when she collided with a pontoon as she was docking.

September 4th 2015: Left Kapellskär for repairs in Klaipeda.

September 11th 2015: Returned to service.

September 2nd 2019: Sold to La Meridionale, France for delivery in May 2020.

December 21st 2019: Final service between Kapellskär – Paldiski.

January 2020: Commenced services between Klaipeda – Karlshamn.

February 10th 2020: Refit at Lindö, Odense.

March 13th 2020: Left Lindö, Odense for Klaipeda.

March 14th 2020: Services between Klaipeda – Karlshamn.

© Gena Anfimov © Gena Anfimov © Gena Anfimov © Gena Anfimov

© Gena Anfimov (Klaipeda, 16/03/2020)

May 1st 2020 – May 3rd 2020: Services between Klaipeda – Kiel.

May 5th 2020: Transferred to La Meridionale, Marseille, France.

May 5th 2020: Laid up in Klaipeda.

July 1st 2020: Renamed PELAGOS.

September 2nd 2020: Left Klaipeda for Le Havre.

© Gena Anfimov © Gena Anfimov © Gena Anfimov

© Gena Anfimov (Klaipeda, 02/09/2020)

September 5th 2020: Arrived Le Havre.

© Nicolas Lévy © Nicolas Lévy © Nicolas Lévy © Nicolas Lévy © Nicolas Lévy

© Nicolas Lévy (Le Havre, 13/09/2020)

October 6th 2020: Left Le Havre for Vigo.

October 12th 2020: Arrived Marseille for trials.

November 2020: Services between Marseille – Tangier.

March 13th 2021: Left Marseille, reported destination Dunkerque (eta 18/03/2021). Expected to replace DROTTEN Rosslare – Dunkerque service.

March 18th 2021: Arrived Dunkerque.

© Juilien Carpentier (Dunkerque, 18/03/2021)

March 24th 2921: With the release of DROTTEN, took up service Dunkerque – Rosslare.

March 25th 2021: Maiden arrival Rosslare

© Brian Boyce (Rosslare, 25/03/2021)

May 28th 2021: Quoted as being “not up to expectations for the route”, charter complete and came off service at Rosslare.

May 28th 2021: Sailed from Rosslare showing destination as Gibraltar.

June 3rd 2021: Arrived in Ajaccio (France).

June 4th 2021: Arrived in Marseille.

June 2021: Took up services between Marseille – Tanger Med.

© Juan G Mata

© Juan G Mata (Tanger Med, 25/06/2022)

September 12th 2022: Came off service at Tanger Med and sailed to Santander for refit.

September 15th 2022: Arrived Santander.

October 25th 2022: Services Barcelona – Tanger.

February 2023: Announcement made:

La Méridionale is to end the Barcelona-Tanger route which began in November. The PELAGOS will make the final trip from Barcelona on 9 February and, after a car transport charter and relief duties, will be sold.

Le Marin


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: Gena Anfimov, Julien Carpentier, Malcolm Cranfield, Barry Graham, Dirk Jankowsky, Eerik Laine, Aleksi Lindström, Scott Mackey, Juan G Mata, Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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