Norbay

Norbay

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.

Technical Data

IMO Number 9056595
Launched 13.11.1993
Completed 28.02.1994
Shipyard Van Der Giessen-de Noord N.V., Netherlands
Yard Number 962
Operator P&O Ferries
Usual route Liverpool – Dublin
Length overall 166,77 m (inc b.b.)
Breadth 23,4 m (extreme)
Depth 14.4m (moulded)
Draft 6.016m maximum
Gross Tonnage 17.464
Deadweight 6,722 tonnes
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
Speed 22 kn.
Passenger capacity 114
Vehicle capacity 156 x 12.5m trailers
Total lane metres 2.040 lm
Flag Bermuda (Hamilton)
Sister ships Norbank (1993)

Photographs

North Sea Ferries drawing of Norbay/Norbank.
North Sea Ferries drawing of Norbay/Norbank.
Norbay at Larne.  Copyright © Scott Mackey.
Norbay at Larne. Copyright © Scott Mackey.
Norbay at Larne.  Copyright © Scott Mackey.
Norbay at Larne. Copyright © Scott Mackey.
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