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MV Scandinavia (1974) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7368944

MV Alexandra T

ex Alexandra, Greenfield, Saturnus, Europa II, Atlas III, Raed B, Scandinavia

© Fotoflite

Scandinavia – © Fotoflite

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1974 by Trondheims Mekaniske Verksted, Trondheim, Norway (Yard No. 698), for Moltzau Line A/S, Gedser

Technical Data

  • Length: 110.00m /130.10m
  • Breadth of hull: 17.51m
  • Depth: 10.52m
  • Draught: 4.93m
  • Tonnage: 1,682 (1973), 2,169 (1978) 3,189 (1992) 8,739 (1994) gross/644 (1973), 2,621 (1976), 927 (1978) 1,775 (1992) net/2,870 (1973), 1,906 (1976) 4,471 (1992) deadweight.
  • Engines: 4 Nydqvist & Holm (Nohab) SF 112VS-F 2310 diesels
  • Power: 9,240bhp/6,797kW
  • Speed: 19 knots
  • Capacity: 100 passengers (1973), 500 (1976)/46 trailer (1973)/250 cars (1976
  • Lane Meters: 996
  • Call Sign: SKHN, SYBH, 9HSM2,H2Pl
  • IMO Number: 7368944
  • Registry: Malmo/Sweden 🇸🇪, Freetown/Sierra Leone 🇸🇱, Limassol/Cyprus 🇨🇾, Basseterre/ St Kitts and Nevis  🇰🇳,Greece 🇬🇷
  • Sister Ships: Falster (713)


May 1972: Ordered.

August 1972: Keel struck.

1973: Launched for Moltzau Line A/S, Gedser.

January 1st 1974: Sold to Rederi AB Nordö, Malmö.

© R Nerlich © R Nerlich  

Scandinavia – Bernt Anderson Collection (© R Nerlich)

January 12th 1974: Delivered to Rederi Ab Nordö, Malmö.

January 23rd 1974: Commenced service for Gedser-Travemünde whilst chartered to Ruten A/S, Gedser.

March 1974 – December 1974: Chartered to Townsend Thoresen U.K. Dover, England. Operated between Dover – Zeebrügge.



Scandinavia – © John Hendy

© David Ingham

Scandinavia – © David Ingham

December 1974: Commenced service for UK Scandinavian Express Line A/S, Malmö between Esbjerg and Great Yarmouth.

1975: Commenced service for Rederi AB Nordö between Malmö – Cuxhaven – Felixstowe – Jeddah.

1976: Took up a charter for a company between Felixstowe – Philadelphia – Lagos.

1976: Lengthened and rebuilt at Öresunds Yardt, Landskrona.

1977: Commenced service for Greece Syria Express Line between Volos – Tartous.

March 1980: Sold to Alvalid Compania Naviera SA ,Panama. Renamed RAED B and introduced between Volos – Tartous.

1983: Sold to Compania Armadora de South America, Limassol, Cyprus. Renamed ATLAS III and commenced service with Libra Maritimes.

Atlas III – © Jurgen Stein

1986: Laid up in Greece.

1986: Sold to Puma Lines Ltd, Limassol, Cyprus. Renamed EUROPA II and chartered to Hellenic Cypriot Mediterranean Lines.

1987: Commenced service between Trieste – Igoumenitsa – Patras.

Frank Heine Collection

Europa II – Frank Heine Collection (Patras, 12/09/1987)

June 1989: Chartered to Ventouris Ferries, Piraeus, Greece. Operated between Patras – Bari.

© Frank Heine © Frank Heine

Europa II – © Frank Heine (Igoumenitsa 25/07/1990)

1990: Sold to Shipall Marine Co Ltd, Limassol, Cyprus. Renamed SATURNUS.

1991: Introduced by Ventouris Ferries between Patras – Corfu – Igoumenitsa – Bari.

News Archive Jun. 23, 1992 9:21 AM ET
ATHENS, Greece (AP)  – A fire broke out aboard a ferry as it sailed off the Italian coast today, forcing the evacuation of its 266 passengers to nearby ships. No one was injured by the fire aboard the Cypriot car ferry Saturnus.

Three Greek car ferries picked up the passengers from lifeboats, the Merchant Marine Ministry said. The fire broke out in the engine room at 4:45 a.m. and was extinguished by the 50-member crew a short time later, according to the ministry and the shipping company, the Piraeus-based Ventouris Lines.

The ministry said the fire began as the ship sailed 24 miles north of the Italian town of Otranto. The ship had left the Italian city of Bari headed for the Ioanian island of Corfu and northern Greek city of Igoumenitsa.

The Saturnus was towed to Igoumenitsa after the fire destroyed its engines.


Saturnus – © Ton Grootenboer (Left) and © Capt Jan Melchers (Right)

1998: Laid up in Perama.

2000: Returned to commercial, traffic.

2002: Laid up.

July 2003: Sold for scrap to Alang, India renamed GREENFIELD for a short time. When she was about to depart for her final voyage she was stopped due to unpaid debts and the Indian crew abandoned the ship.

2005: Sold to Tsirikos Lines, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

July 1st  2005: Arrived in Drapetsona for repairs.


Greenfield – © Andreas Wörteler (Both) – (Left 07/07/2005 at Keratsini and Right 08/07/2005 at Piraeus)

2005: During trials she broke down and was laid up in Drapetsona.

Greenfield – © Aleksi Lindström

© Frank Heine

Greenfield – © Frank Heine (Keratsini, 31/07/2005)

July 2007: Sold to Blue Stream Shipping, Majuro, Marshall Island (Registered to St Kitts & Nevis flag, home port Basseterre) and renamed ALEXANDRA.


Greenfield – © Aleksi Lindström (Both)

August 2007: Refit/repairs.

November 6th 2007: Transferred to Greek flag, home port Piraeus and renamed ALEXANDRA T.


Alexandra T – © Aleksi Lindström (Both)

Alexandra T – © George Koutsoukis (Drapetsona 24/11/07)

2008: Commenced service between Piraeus – Chios – Mytilene/ Piraeus – Kalimnos – Kos – Rodos.


Alexandra T – © George Koutsoukis (Both)

© Frank Heine

Alexandra T – © Frank Heine (Keratsini, 30/07/2009)

2010: Laid up in Eleusis, Greece.

July 29th 2011: Towed from Eleusis to Aliaga for scrapping.

August 2nd 2011: Beached at Aliaga.

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Ton Grootenboer, Frank Heine, John Hendy, Ted Ingham, George Koutsoukis, Aleksi Lindström, Capt Jan Melchers, Jurgen Stein and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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