DFDSFerriesPast and PresentRederi AB Gotland (Destination Gotland)

MV Visborg – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9223784

MV Visborg

Ex Visby (2003)

© Carsten Dettmer

Visby – © Carsten Dettmer (Nynashamn, 26/07/2017)

Steel ‘SF 1500 Class’ twin screw motor vessel built in 2003 by Guangzhou Shipyard International Co. Ltd, Guangzhou, China (Yard No 9130004) as a Passenger/Ro-Ro Cargo Ship for Rederi AB Gotland (Destination Gotland)

Technical Data

  • Length: 195.80 m (overall) 176 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 25.0 m
  • Depth: 9.3 m
  • Draught: 6.60 m
  • Tonnage: 29746 gross/9505 net/4730t deadweight
  • Engines: 4 x Wärtsilä 12V46C diesels
  • Power: 50400 kW/HP
  • Speed: 28.5 knots (max)
  • Capacity: 1500 passengers/500 cars/1600 lane meters
  • Call Sign: SGPH, 9HA5499
  • MMSI Number: 229455000
  • IMO Number: 9223784
  • DNV GL id Number: 34860
  • Port of Registry: Visby/Sweden, Valletta/Malta
  • Sister Ships: Drotten (ex Gotland)

Location Data

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June 24th 1999: Contract date.

November 8th 2000: Keel laid.

July 3rd 2001: Launched.

Visby – Deck Plan (Destination Gotland)

January 27th 2003: Completed, christened and delivered to Rederi Ab Gotland, Visby.

January 28th 2003: Left China for Visby.

February 25th 2003: Arrived at Blohm & Voss, Hamburg for stabilizer adjustment.

February 26th 2003: Left Blohm & Voss for Visby.

February 28th 2003: Maiden arrival at Visby.

© John Wilson

Visby – © John Wilson

March 2nd 2003: Open to viewing in Visby.

March 8th 2003 – March 9th 2003: Visited by special guests in Stockholm.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

Visby – © Andreas Wörteler (Nynashamn, 24/07/04)

March 21st 2003: Arrived in Visby.

March 26th 2003: Trials to Oskarshamn.

March 28th 2003: In service for Destination Gotland between Visby – Oskarshamn / Nynäshamn.

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April 11th 2003 – April 12th 2003: With a Destination Gotland “PR exhibition” aboard visited Stockholm.

January 26th 2004 – February 6th 2004: Öresundsvarvet, Landskrona for warranty inspection and reinforcement of the ship’s rudder.

April 19th 2004 – April 30th 2004: Öresundsvarvet, Landskrona for reinforcement of her rudder.

© Simonwp

Visby – © Simonwp (Oskarshamn, 01/08/2006)

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Visby – © Simonwp (Nynashamn, 01/07/2009)

© Carsten Dettmer

Visby – © Carsten Dettmer (Nynashamn, 26/07/2017)

December 16th 2020: DFDS announcement;

Ferries in place for DFDS’ new Ireland – France freight route”

The ferries VISBY, KERRY, and OPTIMA SEAWAYS are ready to welcome lorries and their drivers on the new Rosslare – Dunkerque freight route. From 2 January, the route will enable customers to keep their freight transport within the EU and avoid the customs formalities that will apply to transport passing via the UK.”………

“Visby and Kerry are chartered ships, including crews, and Optima Seaways is our own ferry, which currently operates between Sweden and Lithuania.”………

“ There will be six weekly departures from each port. The first departure will be on Saturday 2 January from Rosslare. Sailing time will be just under 24 hours.”……….

Source: DFDS

December 25th 2020: Sailed from Visby to Skagen Anchorage.

December 28th 2020: Arrived in Dunkerque West.

© Simon Stapley

Visby – © Simon Stapley (Dunkerque West, 29/12/2020)


Visby – © Julien Carpentier (Dunkerque West, 29/12/2020)

Visborg – © Julien Carpentier (Dunkerque, 01/02/2022)

Visborg – 🆕 © Julien Carpentier (Dunkerque, 03/03/2022)

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: Stephen Brown, Julien Carpentier, Brian Cloney, Carsten Dettmer, FOREward Thinking, Simonwp, Simon Stapley and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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