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MV GNV Aries (ex Pride of York) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 8501957

MV GNV Aries

ex Pride of York, Norsea

© Hans Esveldt

© Hans Esveldt

Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1987 by Govan Shipbuilders Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland (Yard No. 265), for North Sea Ferries (P&O Group), Hull, England as a passenger car, and commercial vehicle roll-on roll-off ferry.

Technical Data

  • Length:¬†179.20m (overall) 169.50m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth:¬†25.40m (extreme)
  • Depth:¬†17.91m
  • Draught:¬†6.13m
  • Tonnage:¬† 31,785 gross/16,793 -18,197 net/6,419 – 6,545 deadweight
  • Engines:¬†Two 9-cylinder and two 6-cylinder Sulzer-Wartsila ZA40 diesels.
  • Power: 18,390kW/26,100HP
  • Speed:¬† 19.0 knots
  • Capacity:¬†1,258 passengers, 850 cars
  • Call Sign: GIFR, C67QZ, ICGT
  • IMO Number: 8501957
  • Port of Registry: Hull/UK 🇬🇧, Nassau/Bahamas 🇧🇸, Naples/Italy 🇮🇹
  • Sister-Ship: Norsun (1033)

Current AIS Location

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September 9th 1986: Launched and named by HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

Courtesy of Andrew Atkinson  Courtesy of Andrew Atkinson  

Courtesy of Andrew Atkinson

May 2nd 1987: Delivered to North Sea Ferries (P&O Group), Hull, England.

© Patrick Hill  © Capt Jan Melchers  

© Patrick Hill (Left) © Capt Jan Melchers (Right)

May 8th 1987: Services between Hull – Rotterdam.

Interiors Pride of Bruges/ Pride of York

© Andrew Atkinson  © Andrew Atkinson

© Andrew Atkinson  © Andrew Atkinson

© Andrew Atkinson  © Andrew Atkinson

© Andrew Atkinson  © Andrew Atkinson

© Andrew Atkinson  © Andrew Atkinson

© Andrew Atkinson  © Andrew Atkinson

© Andrew Atkinson  © Andrew Atkinson

© Andrew Atkinson

December 2001: Rebuilt/refit at Lloyd-Werft, Bremerhaven, Germany.

March 2002: Services between Hull – Zeebrugge.

August 14th 2002: Suffered a fire in the forward engine room. This was caused by ignition of thermal heating oil, which leaked during repairs.

September 2nd 2002: Her aft engine room suffered a fire whilst on passage from Hull-Zeebrugge. She was about 7 miles off the East Anglian coast. Fire was extinguished and no passengers were injured.

September 9th 2002: Returned to service.

October 15th 2002: Commenced services for P&O Ferries between Hull – Zeebrugge.

© Leo Johannes

© Leo Johannes

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

January 22nd 2003: Renamed PRIDE OF YORK.

October 31st 2003: Registered to P&O North Sea Ferries Ltd, Hull, England.

© Rob De Visser  © Rob De Visser  

© Rob De Visser

February 23rd 2008 – March 16th 2008: Services between Hull – Rotterdam.

March 17th 2014: Suffered a 20mm gash caused by metal protruding from the lock gate at King George Dock.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler  

© Andreas Wörteler

2015: Currently serving Hull – Zeebrugge.

April 27th April 2015 -May 2nd 2015: Used River Terminal 1 owing to the inner lock gates being replaced.

© Andrew Atkinson  © Andrew Atkinson  

© Andrew Atkinson

September 30th 2020: Announcement made that the Hull – Zeebrugge route would be closed and the vessel disposed of.

December 9th 2020: Made her final sailing from Hull (to Rotterdam).

  © Andrew Atkinson

© Andrew Atkinson

December 10th 2020: Arrived in Rotterdam and laid up.

April 13th 2021: Reports circulating suggest she has been sold to to a subsidiary of MSC Group and that she will be chartered to MSC subsidiary Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV). It is anticipated she will be renamed GNV ARIES serving Barcelona-Mallorca & Valencia-Mallorca-Ibiza.

© Rob De Visser

April 17th 2021: Left Rotterdam for Naples.

© Dover Strait Shipping

April 24th 2021: Arrived in Naples.

Courtesy of Lawrence Sansens

Courtesy of Lawrence Sansens

June 5th 2021: Commenced service Naples – Palermo.

November 18th 2022: Having arrived at Naples taken out of service and sailed to Naples anchorage.

December 1st 2022: Arrived Naples.

December 6th 2022: Left Naples showing destination as Lamjane/Croatia.

December 9th 2022: Eta to Lamjane for “believed” winter lay up.

© Ralf Hobirk

© Ralf Hobirk (Nauta Lamjane Shipyard, Kali, Croatia, 22/02/2023)

February 23rd 2023: Arrived Zadar showing Naples as destination.

March 25th 2023: Services Naples – Palermo.

May 31st  2023: Suffered an engine room fire, no reported injuries and taken out of service for repairs.

November 6th 2023: Whilst en-route Naples – Palermo, suffered engine failure and returned to Naples.

November 8th 2023: Returned to service.

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: Andrew Atkinson, Hans Esveldt, Rob De Visser, Ralf Hobirk, Leo Johannes, Patrick Hill, Capt Jan Melchers, Lawrence Sansens, Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping) and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


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