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MV Spitsbergen – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9434060

MV Spitsbergen

Ex Norway Explorer, Atlantida

© Gerolf Drebes

Spitsbergen – © Gerolf Drebes (02/08/2016)

Steel twin Azimuth motor vessel built in 2009 by Estaleiros Navais de Viano do Costelo, Viana do Castelo, Portugal (Yard No 258) as Roll-On/Roll-Off carrier – Ferry.

Technical Data

  • Length: 97.53 – 100.54 m (overall) 89.43 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 18.0 – 22.27 m (Extreme)
  • Depth: 7.0 m
  • Draught: 5.0 – 5.30 m
  • Tonnage: 7925 – 7344 gross/2107 – 2345 net/800 – 687 t deadweight
  • Engines: 2 x ABC 16VDZC – 16 cylinder diesel engines/2 x ABC 8 VDZC – 8 cylinder diesel engines.
  • Power: 11236 kW/HP
  • Speed: 17.4 knots
  • Passenger Decks: 6
  • Capacity: 750 – 335 passengers/126 cars
  • Call Sign: CSKA, LAWD7, LEIF, LEIF3, LFEK, LFEK3
  • MMSI Number: 258157000
  • IMO Number: 9434060
  • Norwegian Ship Register Number: 00682
  • Port of Registry: Ponta Delgada/Portugal 🇵🇹, Tromsø/Norway 🇳🇴

Current AIS Location

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November 14th 2007: Keel laid.

March 5th 2008: Launched.

Atlandtida – © Angel L Godar Moreiro (Viana Dol Castela, 14/06/2009)

July 1st 2009: Completed as ATLANTIDA for delivery to Atlanticoline SA, Ponta Delgada, Portugal but Atlantico refused delivery because the ship failed to meet speed requirements.  So she laid-up for sale.

October 2014: Reported sale to Venezuelan Government the plan being to convert her with 156 berths to an expedition cruise ship for the Amazon River. These plans never materialised and, in early-2015, the ship was re-advertised for sale.

2014: Registered Owner: Douro Azul SA.

June 25th 2015: Sold to Hurtigruten A / S, Tromsö. Norway and renamed NORWAY EXPLORER .

July 1st 2015: Left Viana do Castelo for Landskrona.

July 6th 2015: Arrived Oresund Heavy Industries, Landskrona for conversion.

November 6th 2015: Left Landskrona for Fosen Yard, Rissa, Norway.

June 2016: Renamed SPITSBERGEN .

June 20th 2016: Left Rissa for Bergen.

June 21st 2016: Left Bergen for Kirkenes.

July 6th 2016: Christened in Svolvaer.

© Gerolf Drebes

Spitsbergen – © Gerolf Drebes (Alesund, 25/07/2016)

© Pieter Inpijn © Pieter Inpijn

Spitsbergen – © Pieter Inpijn (18/04/2017)

November 4th 2022: Provisionally due at Dover.


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: Gerolf Drebes Angel L Godar Moreiro and Pieter Inpijn for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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