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MV Gubal Trader (Ex Sally Sun/Gute) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7802794

MV Gubal Trader

ex Gute, SeaWind II, Sally Sun, Gute

© Tim Becker

© Tim Becker (Travemunde, 13/01/2019)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1979 by Falkenbergs varv Ab Falkenberg (Yard No 175) as a RoRo Cargo ship for Rederi Ab Gotland, Visby

Technical Data

  • Length: 119.00m (overall) 110.01m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 16.90m
  • Depth: 11.46m
  • Draught: 4.025m
  • Tonnage: 1,595 – 6,643 – 7,616 gross/839 – 1,992 – 2,285 net/2,400 – 2,900 – 3,652t deadweight
  • Engines: 2Vee Oil 4SA B&W Alpha 12U28LU diesels
  • Power: 4678 kW/6360 bHP
  • Speed: 15.0 (Service) 16.25 (Max)knots
  • Capacity: Passengers 52 – 86 ,TEU 185/C RoRo Dk: 140 x 20ft – 45 x 20ft, Cars – 800, Lane Meters: 800 – 969
  • Call Sign: SGON, 5BQV5
  • MMSI Number: 210117000
  • IMO Number: 7802794
  • Port of Registry: Visby/Sweden 🇸🇪, Douglas/Isle of Man 🇮🇲, Nassau/Bahamas 🇧🇸, Visby/Sweden 🇸🇪, Limassol/Cyprus 🇨🇾

Current AIS Location

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February 1978: Ordered.

June 1978: Keel struck.

April 27th 1979: Launched and christened by godmother Maikki Helleberg.

June 14th 1979: Delivered to Rederi Ab Gotland, Visby.

June 1979: Commenced services between Oskarshamn – Visby – Nynashamn as a freight and dangerous goods RoRo vessel. She has a strengthened hull to withstand collision and hull damage.

© Capt Jan Melchers

© Capt Jan Melchers

September 1986 – April 1987: Services between Oskarshamn – Visby (Some cars and passengers with departures Monday to Wednesday).

January 1st 1988: Left Visby for Australia having been chartered for three years to Brambles Shipping, Australia.

January 1988: Transferred to Gotland Shipping Ltd, Douglas, Isle of Man for £1,850,500 GBP. Brambles Shipping had demanded British registry hence the transfer.

February 1988: Services between Melbourne – Burnie (Tasmania).

© Frank Holden  © Frank Holden

Andreas Wörteler Collection (© Frank Holden)

1991: One year extension to her charter.

January 1992: After her charter to Brambles Shipping, went to an Australian yard for refit and minor modifications. She was also repainted in Sally Lines before leaving Australian waters.

March 1992: Transferred to Gotland Shipping Ltd, Nassau, Bahamas and chartered to Sally Line Ltd, Ramsgate, England on a two year bareboat charter with a three year and purchase option. Services Ramsgate – Dunkerque.

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (Ramp modifications – Chatham, 10/04/1992)

© Fotoflite Image Ref: 129300

© Fotoflite

April 1992: Services Ramsgate – Dunkerque as SALLY SUN.

© Simonpwp

© Simonpwp (Ramsgate, 01/05/1992)

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (Both)

© Ted Ingham  © Ted Ingham

© Ted Ingham (Both)

1994: Vlissingen – Ramsgate.

October 1994: Services Vlissingen – Dartford.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Flushing, 01/04/1995)

April 28th 1995: Final service between Vlissingen – Dartford.


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April 29th 1995: Left Dartford for Turku where she was refitted.

May 1995: In Turku transferred to Rederi AB Gotland, Visby for 5,362,500 USD and renamed SEA WIND II.

May 3rd 1995: Chartered to Seawind Line, Stockholm for services Stockholm – Turku (Kapellskar – Turku during the summer).

© Andreas Spörri (Aaland Islands, 19/05/1996)

June 9th 1997 – January 5th 1998: Chartered to Nordic Trucker Line for services between Oxelosund – St Petersburg.

January 7th 1998 – May 20th 1998: Chartered to Seawind Line, Stockholm for services between Stockholm – Turku.

June 1st 1998: Renamed GUTE.

June 1st 1998 – August 1998: Destination Gotland services between Nynäshamn – Visby – Oskarshamn and then laid up.

August 29th 1998 – May 7th 1999: Chartered to Seawind Line, Stockholm for services between Stockholm – Turku.

1999 (Spring): Laid up in Kappelshamn.

June 1999 – August 1999: Destination Gotland services between Nynäshamn – Visby – Oskarshamn.

August 1999: Laid up in Kappelshamn.

September 7th 1999 – September 16th 1999: Destination Gotlands services as relief for  VISBY.

September 1999: Laid up in Kappelshamn.

January 2000: Chartered to for a short time to BornholmerFærgen, Ronne, Denmark.

January 15th 2000 – January 22nd 2000: Services between Ronne – Copenhagen.

2000 (Spring): Chartered to Valmet Oy, Nystad for the transport of  machinery and car  parts between Nystad – Travemunde.

May 2000 – August 2000: Destination Gotland services between Nynäshamn – Visby – Oskarshamn.

August 20th 2000: Six month charter to Polish Baltic Shipping Co, Świnoujście, Poland.

October 2nd 2000: Services between Swinoujscie – Trelleborg.

November 29th 2000: Owing to payment problems her charter was terminated.

November 30th 2000: Arrived in Visby for lay up.

December 2000: Made several trips carrying waste from the city of Gotland to Norrköping.

January 2001: Chartered to Amber Line for services between Karlshamn – Liepaja.

February 18th 2001 – April 30th 2001: Chartered to Botnia Link Ab for services Harnösand – Vaasa – Umea.

May 2001: Destinations Gotland services.

October 2001: Loaded in Halmstad, she was chartered for a single journey, transporting a Funfair to Hong Kong.

April 2002: Returned from charter.

April 2000: Destination Gotland services.

August 30th 2002: Left Visby for refit in Falkenberg.

September 10th 2002 – December 20th 2002: Chartered to Scandlines for services Karlshamn – Liepaja.

December 22nd 2002: Arrived Visby for lay up.

February 2003: Planned two month charter to SCF St Petersburg Line fell through owing to the withdrawal of the Russians.

February 11th 2003: Chartered to SOL who sub-chartered to the Ministry of Defence for one trip to Turkey.

February 12th 2003: Left Visby for Flushing.

March 2003: Returned from charter.

March 12th 2003 – April 12th 2003: Chartered to Color Line for services Larvik – Frederikshavn.

March 13th 2003: Returned to Visby and laid up.

May 5th 2003 – June 18th 2003: Chartered to Seawind Line, Stockholm for services Stockholm – Turku.

© Eerik Laine  © Eerik Laine

© Eerik Laine (Turku, 12/05/2003)

June 2003 – August 15th 2003: Destination Gotland services.

August 15th 2003: Left Visby for dry docking in Falkenberg and laid up.

September 8th 2003 – December 18th 2003: Chartered to Scandlines / Amber Line for services between Karlshamn – Liepaja.

December 19th 2003: Laid up in Visby.

January 29th 2004 – February 2004: Chartered to Destination Gotland for  services  Visby – Oskarshamn.

2004: Lengthened by 20.3 metres at Nauta Shiprepair, Gdynia – Poland

May 16th 2004: Left Gdynia.

May 17th 2004: Arrived Visby.

2004: Laid up in Kappelshamn.

September 2004: Chartered to Riga Sea Line, Riga, Latvia.

September 8th 2004: Services between Nynäshamn – Riga.

October 8th 2004: Arrived at Falkenbergs yard for engine repairs.

October 2004: Returned to service.

October 13th 2005: Charter completed she arrived in Visby where she was laid up.

January 4th 2006: Chartered to LISCO for services Karlshamn – Klaipeda.

© Eerik Laine  © Eerik Laine

© Eerik Laine (Turku, 22/05/2006)

May 2006 – August 2006: Chartered to Seawind Line, Stockholm for services Stockholm (Kapellskar) – Turku.

© Eerik Laine  © Eerik Laine

© Eerik Laine (Turku, 16/06/2006)

August 11th 2006: Arrived Slite.

October 26th 2006: Moved from Slite to Visby

November 8th 2006 – December 13th 2006: Destination Gotland services between Visby – Oskarshamn.

December 14th 2006: Arrived at Falkenbergs yard for refit.

January 10th 2007: Left Falkenberg for Visby.

January 11th 2007: Arrived Visby.

January 15th 2007: Destination Gotland services between Visby – Oskarshamn.

February 16th 2007: Left Visby for Falkenberg.

March 17th 2007: Left Falkenberg for Kapellskär.

March 2007: Chartered to Baltic Scandinavian Lines, Estonia for services Kapellskar – Paldiski.

September 19th 2007: Completion of charter.

September 20th 2007: Arrived Visby for lay up.

February 2008: Chartered to the Swedish armed forces for transportation of equipment to Chad.

February 23rd 2008: Left Visby for Hango, then to Norrköping and onwards to Doula, Cameroon.

March 21st 2008: Arrived Doula for unloading.

April 2008: Back in Sweden and laid up in Visby.

May 2008: Moved to Slite for further lay up.

September 2008: Chartered to Baltic Scandinavian Lines, Estonia.

September 27th 2008: Left Slite for Paldiski.

October 6th 2008: Services Harnosand – Kasko.

December 26th 2008 – January 26th 2009: Services Kapellskar – Paldiski.

January 2009: Services Harnosand – Kasko.

April 15th 2009: Final service between Harnosand – Kasko,  then left for Ornskoldsvik.

May 3rd 2009 – May 2009: Chartered for two weeks to RG-Line for services Vaasa – Umea.

May 2009: Laid up in Kappelshamn.

August 2nd 2009 – August 12th 2009: Destinations Gotland services Visby – Oskarshamn.

November 2009: Laid up in Kappelshamn.

January 5th 2011: Left Kappelshamn for Norrkoping and further lay up.

March 2013: Chartered to A/S Færgen, Denmark.

April 2nd 2013: Services between Ronne – Koge.

April 14th 2013: Charter completed and left Ronne for Norrkoping.

April 15th 2013: Arrived Norrköping for further lay up.

March 28th 2013: Chartered to A/S Færgen, Denmark.

March 29th 2015: Left Norrkoping for Ronne.

March 20th 2015 – May 2015: Services Ronne – Koge/ Ronne – Ystad.

May 2015: Laid up in Norrkoping.

February 17th 2016: Chartered to SOL/ Trans Procon. Left Norrkoping for Lulea.

February 19th 2016: Arrived Lulea.

February 20th 2016: Left Lulea for Hammarnesoden.

February 27th 2016: Arrived Hammarnesoden.

March 10th 2016 – March 16th 2016: Left Hammernesodden for Lulea.

March 16th 2016: Arrived Lulea.

March 17th 2016: Left Lulea for Paldiski.

March 19th 2016: Left Paldiski for Norrkoping.

April 17th 2016: Left Norrkoping for Landskrona.

May 2016: Chartered to the Danish Government for a single trip Denmark – Greenland.

©  Gena Anfimov  ©  Gena Anfimov

©  Gena Anfimov

July 2016 – August 2016: Destination Gotland service.

August 18th 2016: Laid up in Norrkoping.

October 2016 – March 2017: Chartered to Stena Line for services Gothenburg – Frederikshavn.

December 23rd 2016 – January 7th 2017: Laid up in Lysekil for Christmas and the New Year.

January 9th 2017 – March 3rd 2017: Chartered to Stena Line for services Gothenburg – Frederikshavn.

March 3rd 2017- March 4th 2017: Sailed from Gothenburg to Ronne.

March 2017 – April 2017: Chartered to A/S Færgen, Denmark.

April 2017: Laid up in Norrkoping.

May 22nd 2017: Sailed from Norrkoping to Gothenburg.

May 24th 2017 – June 9th 2017: Chartered to Stena Line for services between Gothenburg – Frederikshavn.

June 11th 2017: Returned to Norrkoping and laid up.

July 2017 – August 2017: Services for Destination Gotland.

August 28th 2017: Chartered to Stena Line for services between Karlskrona – Gdynia.

January 2018 – March 4th 2018: Services Gothenburg – Frederikshavn.

March 4th 2018: Left Gothenburg for Gdynia.

March 2018: Services between Gdynia – Karlskrona.

June 2018: Charter to Stena Line completed.

June 2018: Services for Destinations Gotland.

August 15th 2018: Left Visby for Norrkoping.

August 16th 2018: Arrived Norrkoping and laid up.

December 11th 2018: Left Norrkoping for Falkenberg.

December 28th 2018: Laid up in Uddevalla.

January 12th 2019: Left Uddevalla for Travemunde.

January 14th 2019 – January 24th 2019: Chartered to TT Line for services Trelleborg – Travemunde/ Rostock.

© Tim Becker  © Tim Becker

© Tim Becker (Travemunde, 13/01/2019)

January 25th 2019: Laid up in Uddevalla.

February 2019: Chartered to SOL Lines.

February 2019: Left Uddevalla, via Vlissingen, for Newcastle.

February 2019: Arrived in Newcastle.

March 14th 2019: Arrived in Uddevalla.

July 2019 – July 21st 2019: Chartered to TT Line for services between Trelleborg – Rostock – Travemunde.

July 21st 2019: Left Trelleborg for Uddevalla.

December 31st 2019: Laid up in Uddevalla.

June 2020: Remains in Uddevalla.

October 24th 2020: Arrived in Santander having been chartered to act as a logistics ship for the Spanish Army’s Operational Logistics Force as they participate in the NATO exercise Brilliant Jump II 20. She will carry various pieces of military equipment for the Spanish Infantry Battalion, who will be operating alongside Polish, Czech and Lithuanian troops.

October 24th 2020: Sailed from Santander.

October 31st 2020: Arrived in Klaipeda.

November 4th 2020: Arrived in Slite.

November 17th 2020: Left Slite.

November 18th 2020: Arrived Klaipeda.

November 18th 2020: Left Klaipeda on the final leg of her charter (showing destination as Santander).

November 22nd 2020: Transited the Dover Strait.

© Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping)

November 25th 2020: Arrived Santander the sailed to Santander Anchorage.

November 26th 2020: Left Santander Anchorage showing destination as Port Said, Egypt.

November 27th 2020: Reportedly sold to United Marine Egypt who operate the Safaga-Duba and Digna-Jeddah routes in the Red Sea.

December 6th 2020: Arrived Port Said.

December 7th 2020: Arrived Suez and anchored.

December 18th 2020: Taken over by her new owners and renamed GUBAL TRADER. Services Safaga – Duba and Digna – Jeddah.

January 27th 2022: To be long term chartered to Transmed for the transport of dangerous goods between Barcelona – Valencia and the Balearic Islands.

January 4th – January 15th 2022: Refit at Suez Shipyard

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January 27th 2022: Arrived in Barcelona

January 29th 2022: Maiden arrival in Palma De Mallorca.

February 4th 2022: Maiden arrival in Ibiza.

© Dogan

🆕© Dogan (Palma, 08/10/2022)

November 2023: Continues in service Barcelona – Valencia and the Balearic Islands

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, Tim Becker, Dogan, Dover Strait Shipping, Fotoflite, Ted Ingham, Ingvar, Eerik Laine, Ken Larwood, Capt Jan Melchers, Simonwp, Andreas Spörri and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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