MS Color Viking

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MS Color Viking
  • 1985—1991: Peder Paars
  • 1991—2000: Stena Invicta
  • 2000 onwards: Color Viking[1]
Port of registry:
Route: Strömstad—Sandefjord (as of 2008)
Ordered: September 1983[2]
Builder: Nakskov Skibsværft, Nakskov, Denmark[1]
Yard number: 233[1]
Laid down: 1985-05-04[2]
Launched: 1984-11-21[1]
Acquired: 1985-10-18[1]
In service: 1985-11-19[1]
Identification: IMO number: 8317942[1]
Status: In service
General characteristics (as built, 1985)[1]
Type: Ropax ferry
Length: 134.02 m (439 ft 8 in)
Beam: 24.61 m (80 ft 9 in)
Draught: 5.65 m (18 ft 6 in)
Installed power:
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph) maximum[3]
  • 2,000 passengers
  • 148 berths
  • 370 cars
General characteristics (after 1991 rebuild)[1]
Length: 137.00 m (449 ft 6 in)
Beam: 24.61 m (80 ft 9 in)
Draught: 5.65 m (18 ft 6 in)
  • 1,460 passengers[5]
  • 148 berths
  • 340 cars[5]
  • 510 lane metres[4]

MS Color Viking is a ferry owned by the Norway-based Color Line, operated on their service between Sandefjord and Strömstad. She was built in 1985 as MS Peder Paars by Nakskov Skibsværft, Nakskov, Denmark for DSB Færger (the ferry division of the Danish State Railways). Between 1991 and 2000 she sailed as MS Stena Invicta for Sealink Stena Line and Stena Line. In 1998 she was chartered to Silja Line under the marketing name MS Wasa Jubilee. In May 2000 the Stena Invicta started operating for Color Line and received her current name.[1]

Color Viking is certified for 2000 passengers and 370 cars.[citation needed]

Concept and construction[edit]

In September 1983 DSB Færger ordered two relatively large ferries for service on the intra-Denmark ÅrhusKalundborg route from the Nakskov Skibsværft in Nakskov, Denmark.[1][2] Although ordered by the ferry division of the Danish State Railways, the ships did not have the facilities for transporting trains, but were constructed to transport road freight and passengers.[1] Both ships were named after characters from the works of Ludvig Holberg, a Norwegian-born writer considered to be the father of modern Danish literature. First of the ships, delivered in 1985, was named MS Peder Paars after the poem Peder Paars. The second, delivered a years later, was named MS Niels Klim after the protagonist in Niels Klim's Underground Travels.

Service history[edit]

The Peder Paars was delivered to DSB Færger on 1985-10-18, but it was not until a month later that she entered service on the Århus—Kalundborg route. Århus was also her port of registry at the time. She and her sister remained in service for five years, until in October 1990 both ships were sold to Stena Line, to be delivered in May 1991. On 1991-05-19 both the Peder Paars and Niels Klim were withdrawn from service,[1][6] replaced by the notably smaller second-hand ferries MS Ask and MS Urd.[7][8] The following day the Peder Paars was renamed Stena Invicta and sailed to the Schichau-Seebeckswerft shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany for rebuilding for service in the English Channel for Stena Line's subsidiary Sealink Stena Line. For this purpose the ship was re-registered in the United Kingdom, with Dover as her homeport. On 1991-08-08 the Stena Invicta entered service on the DoverCalais route.[1]

Following the formation of P&O Stena Line,[3] the Stena Invicta was laid up on 1998-02-18. In April of the same year she was chartered to Silja Line, Finland for the duration of the 1998 northern hemisphere summer season. Her registered name remained Stena Invicta, but in Silja Line marketing the ship was referred to with the name Wasa Jubilee in honour of the 50th anniversary of ferry operations from Vaasa, Finland. The marketing name Wasa Jubilee was also painted in large letters on the ship's side, alongside the company name. The ship stayed in Vaasa—Umeå service for Silja Line from 1998-04-20 until 1998-09-15.[2] The following month the Stena Invicta arrived in Zeebrugge, where she was laid up. In November 1999 her registered owners were changed from Stena Line to P&O Stena Line. In December she was chartered to Stena Line U.K., entering service on the HolyheadDún Laoghaire route on 1999-12-12. At the end of February 2000 her route was changed to FishguardRosslare, but she was withdrawn from service already on 2000-03-20.[1]

In April 2000 the Stena Invicta was chartered to the Norway-based Color Line, with a purchase option included in the charter agreement. The ship was re-registered at Nassau, Bahamas, rebuilt at Drammen, Norway and renamed Color Viking. On 2000-06-14 the ship entered service on Color Line's SandefjordStrömstad service. In May of the following year Color Line utilized their purchase option on the ship. She was subsequently re-registered in Norway, with Sandefjord as her homeport.[1]


Restaurants & Cafés[edit]

  • Bohuslän à la carte
  • Oslofjord Buffetrestaurant
  • Balder Coffee Shop
  • Resö Cafeteria


  • Kid's Corner

Bars, Nightclubs & Entertainment[edit]

  • Åtte Glass
  • Svenner Bar


  • Tax Free Supermarket
  • Color Shop
  • Perfume Shop
  • Food Shop


  • Color Conference Center
  • Exhibition Center


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Asklander, Micke. "M/S Peder Paars (1985)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  2. ^ a b c d Herrgård, Kenneth (2007-03-06). "M/S Wasa Jubilee". www.vasabå (in Swedish). Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  3. ^ a b c Koefoed-Hansen, Michael. "M/F Color Viking". The Ferry Site. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  4. ^ a b c Malmberg, Thure; Stampehl, Marko (2007). Siljan viisi vuosikymmentä (in Finnish and English). Espoo: Frenckellin Kirjapaino Oy. p. 310. ISBN 978-951-98405-7-4. 
  5. ^ a b "Our fleet - M/S Color Viking". Color Line. Archived from the original on 2007-07-29. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  6. ^ Asklander, Micke. "M/S Niels Klim (1986)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  7. ^ Asklander, Micke. "M/S Easy Rider (1981)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  8. ^ Asklander, Micke. "M/S Lucky Rider (1982)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 2008-07-05. 

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