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MV St Clair (1977) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 6504553

MV Nusa Pejuang

ex St Clair II, St Clair, Terje Vigen, SF Panther, Peter Pan

© Industrie- Photo Schilling

© Industrie- Photo Schilling

Steel twin screw motor vessel built 1965 in by Lubecker Flender-Werke, Lubeck, Germany (Yard No 550) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo/Ferry for the Travemunde-Trelleborg Linie GmbH (TT Line)

Technical Data

  • Length: 123.27 m (overall) 113.11 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 18.57 m
  • Depth: 10.60 m
  • Draught: 4.750 m
  • Tonnage: 4467 gross1890 net/1061t deadweight
  • Engines: Two Vee Oil 4SA Ottensener-Eisenwerk/Pielstick diesels
  • Power: 7414 kW/10080 bHP
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Capacity: 945 passengers/230 cars
  • Callsign: DKNU, GUBE
  • IMO Number: 6504553
  • Official Number: 361861
  • Port of Registry: Lubeck/Germany , Southampton/UK , Oslo/Norway , Aberdeen/UK , Port Kelang/Malaysia
  • Sister Ships: Nils Holgersson (562)


March 16th 1964: Keel laid.

October 30th 1964: Launched.

© Lubecker Flender-Werke

© Lubecker Flender-Werke

March 12th 1965: Delivered as PETER PAN for Partenreederei ms Peter Pan (Travemunde-Trelleborg Linie GmbH, managers). Commenced services for TT-Linie between Travemünde – Trelleborg.

© Wolfgang Fricke  © Wolfgang Fricke

© Wolfgang Fricke (Travemunde, 1969)

© Philippe P. Brébant

© Philippe P. Brébant (Le Havre, October 1974)

October 10th 1973: Sold to The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O Short Sea Shipping, managers) and renamed sf PANTHER.

Courtesy of Simonwp

Courtesy of Simonwp

November 17th 1973: Acted as a relief ship on Normandy Ferries’ Southampton/Le Havre route.

December 4th 1973: Ownership transferred to Southern Ferries Ltd.

December 22nd 1973: Service for Southern Ferries’ Southampton/San Sebastian service. She did two return crossings Southampton/Pasajes and two Southampton/Le Havre each week.

© Gordon Dalzell

© Gordon Dalzell (Southampton, July 1974)

November 1974: Entered Chantiers de Normandie, Le Havre, France. Fitted with Vosper-Thornycroft fin stabilisers. Engines converted to burn heavy fuel oil.

February 1975: Rebuild completed.

March 31st 1975: Management transferred to P&O Ferries Ltd.

November 15th 1975: Southampton/Pasajes route closed.

December 6th 1975: Renamed TERJE VIGEN for charter to Oslo-Aarhus Linie.

December 6th 1975: Services between Oslo – Århus.

March 30th 1977: Sold to North of Scotland, Orkney and Shetland Co, Aberdeen, Scotland and renamed ST CLAIR.

1977: Refitted at North East Coast Ship Repairers, South Shields.

© Kenneth Whyte

© Kenneth Whyte (South Shields)

April 4th 1977: Inaugurated Aberdeen/Lerwick roll-on/roll-off service on bareboat charter to Norwegian Shipping and Offshore Services. (The official opening was 10 days later).

October 30th 1978: Ownership transferred to P&O Ferries Ltd.

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher (Aberdeen, 1982)

May 5th 1983: Chartered for a trip to Gothenburg carrying football spectators.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Immingham, 16/02/1984)

1984: £2 million refit at Humber Graving Dock & Engineering, Immingham including substantial mechanical work and 23 new 2 or 4-berth cabins plus refurbishment of existing facilities.

© Gordon Dalzell

© Gordon Dalzell (Lerwick, 01/07/1984)

© Simonwp

© Simonwp

© Gordon Dalzell  © Gordon Dalzell

© Gordon Dalzell (Lerwick, 01/08/1984)

April 1985: Chartered for a trip to Harlingen.

May 1985: Management transferred to POETS Fleet Management Ltd.

May 1st 1987 – May 6th 1987: Chartered for one trip to Scheveningen.

September 4th 1987 – September 8th 1987: Chartered for one trip Aberdeen – Esbjerg.

January 1st 1989: Owners P&O Ferries Ltd renamed P&O Scottish Ferries Ltd.

May 5th 1989 – May 8th 1989: Chartered for trip Aberdeen – Bergen.

February 1992: Renamed ST CLAIR II.

February 27th 1992: Final day in service between Aberdeen – Lerwick.

February 28th 1992: Left Aberdeen for Middlesbrough for lay up and sale.

June 30th 1992: Sold to Perbadanan Nasional Shipping Line Bhd, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and renamed NUSA PEJUANG.

© Frank Föerst

© Frank Föerst

Ton Grootenboer's Collection

Ton Grootenboer’s Collection

December 1997: Sold to Indian shipbreakers.

January 9th 1998: Arrived at R.K. Engineering, Mumbai, India for demolition.

November 11th 1998: Demolition commenced.

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: Philippe P. Brébant, Gordon Dalzell, Brian Fisher, Frank Föerst, Wolfgang Fricke, Simonwp, Kenneth Whyte and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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