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MV Pride of Rotterdam – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9208617

MV Pride of Rotterdam

ex Pride of Hull

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 2001 by Fincantieri-Cantieri Nav. Italiani S.p.A. (Breda), Venice, Italy (Yard No. 6065), for P&O North Sea Ferries, Rozenburg, Holland as a passenger car, and commercial vehicle roll-on roll-off ferry

Technical Data

  • Length: 215.44 m
  • Breadth: 31.50 m
  • Draught: 6.30 m
  • Tonnage: 59,925 gross/26,868 net/10100t deadweight
  • Engines: Four Wartsila 9L46C diesels
  • Power: 37,800 kW/HP
  • Speed: 22 knots
  • Capacity: 1,360 passengers, 250 cars (on car deck), 400 commercial trailers
  • Lane Metres: 3,300
  • Call Sign: PBAJ
  • IMO Number: 9208617
  • MMSI Number: 244980000
  • Port of Registry: Hull/United Kingdom , Nassau/Bahamas
  • Sister-Ship: Pride of Hull (6066)

Current AIS Location

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January 24th 1999: Ordered.

March 1st 2000: Her keel was struck her name was intended to be PRIDE OF HULL, but soon after building commenced she was named PRIDE OF ROTTERDAM.

September 29th 2000: Launched.

April 12th 2001: Delivered to P&O North Sea Ferries, Rozenburg, Holland. (Home port Rotterdam).

April 27th 2001: Christened by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

April 30th 2001: Commenced service between Rotterdam – Hull.

© Jörg Seyler © Jörg Seyler  

© Jörg Seyler

July 3rd 2001: Returned to builders for warranty service.

July 6th 2001: Resumed service.

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer

December 4th 2001 – December 14th 2001: Visited her builders yard in Holland.

October 15th 2002: Commenced service for P&O Ferries between Rotterdam – Hull.


© Aleksi Lindström

March 17th 2022: Instructed to come off service at Rotterdam as all British crews had been made redundant. 

March 26th 2022: Being “Multi-national” crew allowed to recommence service Hull – Rotterdam.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Europort, 07/06/2022)

June 2023: Still in service Rotterdam – Hull.

© Pieter Inpyn © Pieter Inpyn © Pieter Inpyn © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Hoek Van Holland, 17/06/2023)

January 11th 2024: Came off service at Hull and sailed to Klaipeda for refit.

February 6th 2024:


“We wish to advise the refit period for our Pride of Rotterdam vessel has been extended due to ongoing technical maintenance needs. It is our understanding at present the return date will now be Monday 19th February. The Norbank will therefore continue as refit relief until the return of the Pride of Rotterdam.
The result of this delay, coupled with our Norsky vessel also due for refit from the 7th February, will mean a revised schedule on our Zeebrugge ⇌ Tilbury service, and the unexpected and unfortunate circumstance that there will be no Zeebrugge ⇌ Teesport sailings until a relief vessel can be provided, and/or the return of the our Norsky vessel from refit.”.

February 15th 2024: Left Klaipeda for Rotterdam.

February 19th 2024: Re-introduced into service Rotterdam (Europort) – Hull.

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: Carsten Dettmer, Pieter Inpyn, Aleksi Lindström, Jörg Seyler, Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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