Originally built for what was then North Sea Ferries Hull to Rotterdam route, Norbay (and her sister Norbank) where two of the first of a new generation of ‘super freighters’ built in the 1990’s. Built by the Van der Geissen de Noord yard at Krimpen aan der IJssel (near Rotterdam) in 1993/94, both sisters regularly operate on the Dublin to Liverpool service. Due to restrictions on length at the P&O North Channel berths, Norbay provides refit cover for European Causeway and European Highlander (despite her low passenger capacity), as she is one of the few remaining P&O vessels which can fit within these restrictions.
Title image: Norbay departing Larne in her new livery. Copyright © Gary Andrews.
|Shipyard||Van Der Giessen-de Noord N.V., Netherlands|
|Usual route||Liverpool – Dublin|
|Length overall||166,77 m (inc b.b.)|
|Breadth||23,4 m (extreme)|
|Machinery||4 x Sulzer Diesel Engines (2 × 9 ZA40S + 2 × 8 ZA40S). Built by Zgoda SA, Swietochlowice, Poland.
2 x controllable pitch propellers and 2 transverse thrusters forward
|Total power||33,300 bhp/24,480 kW|
|Vehicle capacity||156 x 12.5m trailers|
|Total lane metres||2.040 lm|
|Sister ships||Norbank (1993)|