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MV Princess Seaways – Past and Present

IMO Number: 8502391

MV Princess Seaways

ex Princess of Norway, Fjord Norway, Spir, Spirit of Tasmania, Peter Pan

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1986 at Schichau Seebeckwerft AG, Bremerhaven, Germany (Yard No 1058) as a passenger car and commercial vehicle trailer ferry

Technical Data

  • Length: 161.45 m (overall), 144 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 28.20 m (extreme), 27.6m (moulded)
  • Depth: 8.1m
  • Draught: 6.21 m (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 31,356 (1986)gross/16,200 (1986), 14,025(1993) net/3761 deadweight
  • Engines: Four MAK 8 M 552 diesels.
  • Power: 19600 kW/26,655 hp
  • Speed: 21.0 knots
  • Capacity: 1700 passengers 550 cars (1987) or 120 trailers.
  • Call Sign: DPPH, VLST, OXED2
  • IMO Number: 8502391
  • MMSI Number: 220489000
  • Official Number: 31381
  • Registry: Hamburg/Germany 🇩🇪, Devonport/Australia 🇦🇺, Bergen/Norway 🇳🇴, Copenhagen/Denmark 🇩🇰
  • Sister ships: Nils Holgersson (1059), Olau Hollandia (II)(1067) ,Olau Britannia (II)(1068)

Current AIS Location

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The first of a quartet of “Peter Pan” class built, at Schichau Seebeckwerft AG, Bremerhaven, between 1985 – 1989.

July 8th 1985: Keel struck.

November 30th 1985: Launched.

May 30th 1986: Delivered to TT-Line GmbH & Co, Hamburg, Germany.

© Andreas Wörteler © Capt Jan Melchers  

© Andreas Wörteler (Travemunde, May 1992)(Left) and © Capt Jan Melchers (Right)

June 2nd 1986: Commenced services between Travemünde – Trelleborg.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Travemunde 20/06/1989)

December 1990: Sold to Government Of State, Tasmania for delivery in September 1993.

August 31st 1993: Final day in service between Travemünde – Trelleborg.

September 1st 1993: Taken over by her new owners and refurbished/refitted at Lloyd Werft. Bremerhaven, Germany.

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Bremerhaven, 17/09/1993)

September 30th 1993: Officially renamed SPIRIT OF TASMANIA.

October 1st 1993: Trials.

October 1993: Left Germany for Australia.

November 12th 1993: Arrived in Devonport.

November 28th 1993: Commenced services between Devonport – Melbourne.

Andreas Wörteler Collection Nigel Thornton Collection  

Andreas Wörteler Collection (Left) and Nigel Thornton Collection (Right)

September 5th 1999: Suffered engine failure and repaired in Devonport.

September 21st 1999: Returned to service.

September 1st 2002: Final day in service and then laid up for sale.

September 7th 2002: Arrived Sydney for further lay up.

December 11th 2002: Sold to Kommandittselskapet Nordsjøferger K/S, Bergen, Norway for 260 million Krone.

December 24th 2002: Renamed SPIR. Left Sydney via Colombo – Suez for Frederikshavn.

Andreas Wörteler Collection

Andreas Wörteler Collection

January 28th 2003: Arrived at Örskov Yard, Frederikshavn refurbishment/refit costing 95 million Krone.

March 2003: Renamed FJORD NORWAY.

April 3rd 2003: Christened in Bergen.

April 8th 2003: Commenced service for Fjord Lines between Bergen – Haugesund – Egersund – Hanstholm.

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (Hanstholm, 22/08/2003)

December 21st 2003: Whilst leaving Hanstholm in strong winds a rope fowled a bow thruster. The vessel remained in port until a tug arrived to assist.

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Hanstholm, 26/06/2004)

November 3rd 2005: Trials between Bergen – Stavanger – Newcastle.

© Tim Vogel © Tim Vogel  

© Tim Vogel (Bergen, 21/07/2006)

November 17th 2005: Commenced services between Bergen – Stavanger – Newcastle.

© Ken Lubi

© Ken Lubi

September 6th 2006: Sold to DFDS A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark for delivery on October 16th .

October 12th 2006: Final service for Fjord Line.

October 14th 2006: Left Bergen for Frederikshavn.

October 15th 2006: Arrived Örskov, Frederikshavn.

October 16th 2006: Taken over by DFDS A/S and renamed PRINCESS OF NORWAY.

November 6th 2006: Left Frederikshavn for Bergen.

November 8th 2006: Arrived Bergen and christened.

November 9th 2006: Commenced services between Bergen – Stavanger – Newcastle.

© Willem Oldenburg © Willem Oldenburg  

© Willem Oldenburg (Ijmuiden, 24/02/2008)

December 30th 2006 – January 2nd 2007: Cruise between Bergen – Gothenburg – Bergen.

January 22nd 2007 – February 4th 2007: Refit at Örskov, Frederikshavn.

May 29th 2007: Services between Newcastle – IJmuiden.

© Andreas Wörteler © Andreas Wörteler  

© Andreas Wörteler

February 2011: Refit at Fayard, Odense.

February 17th 2011: Renamed PRINCESS SEAWAYS.

February 18th 2011: Suffered a small fire originating in insulation in the funnel. Extinguished with minor damage.

February 20th 2011: Left Odense for Frederikshavn.

February 21st 2011: Arrived in Fredrikshavn for inspection and repair of the fire damage.

© Andreas Wörteler © Andreas Wörteler  

© Andreas Wörteler

February 26th 2011: Returned to service between Newcastle – IJmuiden.

© Ken Lubi © Ken Lubi  

© Ken Lubi (Tyne, 27/02/2011)

February 2018: After refit in Amsterdam, emerged with new livery.

© Willem Oldenburg © Willem Oldenburg  

© Willem Oldenburg

© Willem Oldenburg (Ijmuiden, 13/02/2018)

February 4th 2019: Left Newcastle for Klaipeda.

February 9th 2019 – March 2019: Services Klaipeda – Karlshamn.

March 23rd 2019: Left Klaipeda for Ijmuiden.

March 27th 2019: Services Ijmuiden – Newcastle.

September 6th 2019: Announcement made that DFDS had purchased MOBY AKI and MOBY WONDER to replace the current vessels on the Newcastle – Amsterdam route.

“Moby will in turn acquire the two passenger ferries currently operating on the Amsterdam – Newcastle route: KING SEAWAYS and PRINCESS SEAWAYS…………”

“We expect to take over the new ferries during the second half of October. Therefore, DFDS will bareboat-charter KING SEAWAYS and PRINCESS SEAWAYS from Moby until January and February 2020, when the new ferries will be deployed.”

October 29th 2019: Agreement between DFDS and Moby cancelled.

January 2020: New livery on funnel

March 21st 2020: All sailings Newcastle – Amsterdam cancelled owing to COVID-19 pandemic. Vessel remained in Ijmuiden.

July 15th 2020: Reduced passenger capacity services resumed Amsterdam – Newcastle.

© Marcel and Ruud Coster © Marcel and Ruud Coster

© Marcel and Ruud Coster (Ijmuiden, 09/05/2021)

© Frank Behrends © Frank Behrends © Frank Behrends

© Frank Behrends (Ijmuiden, 18/04/2022)

January 15th 2023: Came off service at Ijmuiden and sailed to Gdansk for refit

January 18th 2023: Arrived Gdansk

February15th 2023: Left Gdansk for Ijmuiden

February 17th 2023: Arrived Ijmuiden.

February 18th 2023: Resumed service Ijmuiden – Tyne.

© Bernd Crause © Bernd Crause © Bernd Crause © Bernd Crause © Bernd Crause

                                                                                                           © Bernd Crause (Ijmuiden, 17/11/2023)

February 10th 2024: Came off service at Ijmuiden and sailed to Coenhaven (Amsterdam) for refit.

March 6th 2024: Left Coenhaven and sailed to Ijmuiden.

March 7th 2024: Resumed service Ijmuiden – Tyne.

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: Frank Behrends, Marcel and Ruud Coster, Bernd Crause, Frank Heine, Ken Lubi, Capt Jan Melchers, Willem Oldenburg, Tim Vogel and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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