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MV Norland

ex Petrodvorets

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Steel single screw “Mercator” type motor vessel built in 1975 by VEB Warnowwerft Warnemünde, Warnemünde, East Germany (Yard No 345) as a General Cargo vessel

Technical Data

  • Length: 150.37 m (overall) 140.01 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 21.80 m
  • Depth: 13.59 m
  • Draught: 8.554 m
  • Tonnage: 7,299 gross/3,659 net/11350t deadweight
  • Engines: Oil 2SA 8 – cylinder Diesel Motorenwerk Rostock (DMR)-MAN K8Z 70/120E
  • Power: 8355 kW/2000 HP
  • Speed: 12 knots (service) 18.5 knots (max)
  • Capacity: Bale 17,037m³, Ins 587m³. 368 TEU. Fitted with a 60 ton Heavy Lift Derrick
  • Call Sign: USFK
  • IMO Number: 7507007
  • Official Number: M-31174
  • Port of Registry: Leningrad/USSR, Saint Petersburg/USSR, Cambodia
  • Sister-Ships : 21/17 USSR and 4 DSR


“The ships are mainly intended for the combined transport of general cargo and containers, as well as heavy goods, refrigerated cargo, sweet oil, but also bulk cargo.”

1975: Completed. Registered Owner; JSC Baltic Shipping Com Leningrad, USSR.

© Ted Drake  © Ted Drake

© Ted Drake

© Bob Scott   © Yvon Perchoc

© Bob Scott (left) and © Yvon Perchoc (right)

© Brian Fisher  © Ken Larwood

© Brian Fisher (left) and © Ken Larwood (right)

© Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn

1997: Sold to Northgate Shipping, London and renamed NORLAND.

© Joerg Seyler  © Joerg Seyler

© Joerg Seyler

© Joerg Seyler

February 26th 1998: To Indian breakers at Calcutta.

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: Brian Fisher, Ted Drake, Chris Howell, Pieter Inpyn, Ken Larwood, Yvon Perchoc, Bob Scott and Joerg Seyler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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