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MV Norbay – Past and Present

MV Norbay

© Robbie Cox

© Robbie Cox

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1994 by Van der Giessen-De Noord, Holland (Yard No 962) for North Sea Ferries, Hull, England

Technical Data

  • Length: 166.7m (overall) m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 23.40 m
  • Depth: m
  • Draught: 5.80 m
  • Tonnage: 17464 gross/5239 net/6722t deadweight
  • Engines: Two 9-cylinder and Two 8-cylinder Sulzer – Zgoda diesels
  • Power: 24320 kW/HP
  • Speed: 23 knots (max)
  • Capacity: 114 passengers/ 156 x 12m freight units/2040 lane metres
  • Call Sign: MSLN2, ZCDD8
  • IMO Number: 9056595
  • Official Number: 723652
  • Port of Registry: Hull/United Kingdom, Hamilton/Bermuda
  • Sister-Ship: Norbank

Location Data

Please note that this vessels AIS transponder and position data may be over an hour old and that this specific vessels position will only be displayed when it is within range of the MarineTraffic AIS system. The AIS transponder/ship position data featured on this page is intended for information purposes only and it is no way related to the safety of navigation at sea. All the AIS ship position data featured within this website is provided by marinetraffic.com and we are therefore not responsible for the content or the accuracy of this data


November 13th 1993: Launched.

February 1994: Delivered to North Sea Ferries, Hull, England.

February 28th 1994: Commenced service between Hull – Rotterdam.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

1996: Transferred to P&O North Sea Ferries.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Europoort 01/05/1998)

December 2001: Transferred to Bermuda flag, home port of Hamilton.

© Leo Johannes

© Leo Johannes (Liverpool 14/03/2001)

January 7th 2002: Commenced service for P&O Irish Ferries between Liverpool – Dublin.

© Gary Andrews (Larne on 16/04/2006 for an underwater hull inspection)

© Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Dublin 14/09/2012)

© Robert J Smith

© Robert J Smith (Liverpool 28/10/2014)

May 2018: Remains in service Liverpool – Dublin.

© Robbie Cox   © Robbie Cox

© Robbie Cox (Dublin 05/02/2018)

© Robert Foy   © Robert Foy

© Robert Foy

🆕 © Robert Foy (Liverpool, 09/06/2020)

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: Gary Andrews, Robbie Cox, Robert Foy, Pieter Inpyn, Leo Johannes, Simonwp, Robert J Smith and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


  1. Oh – these are really “spot on” sensational photos and information. The page looks clean, crisp, inviting and professional. Well done Nigel.

    1. Caroline,

      Thanks for your continued “glowing” comments.

      I just do the research.

      It is the site owner/technician, Ray Goodfellow, and the many contibutors who make this site possible.

      The praise should go to them

      Best wishes
      Nigel T

  2. Thank you very much for this page. I spent 4 years on that ship with Tony Cooperwhite and Andy Saville. Beautifull ship, pefectly mantained to a really high standard. Left in 2005 against my will and warms my heart to see that she keeps going strong and in the same route 15 years later.

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