MS Hildasay

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MS Hildasay berthed at Lerwick
  • Leili (1999-2002)
  • Port Everglades Express (2002-2005)
  • RR Shield (2005-07)
  • Shield (2007 - 2010)
  • Hildasay (Since 2010)
  • Estonian Shipping Company, Tallinn (1999-2004)
  • Eesti Merelaevandus A/S, Tallinn (2004-05)
  • Elmira Shipping & Trading, Piraeus(2005-07)
  • Attica Enterprise, Piraeus (2007-08)
  • Seatruck Ferries Ltd Heysham (2008-)
  • Estonian Shipping Company, Tallinn (1999-2002)
  • Crowley Maritime (2002-04)
  • Norse Merchant Ferries (2004-05)
  • Irish Ferries (2005)
  • Norfolk Line (2006, 2008, 2009)
  • NorthLink Ferries (Since 2010)
Port of registry: Isle of Man Douglas
Route: Aberdeen- Lerwick (2010-)
Builder: Astilleros de Huelva SA, Huelva
Yard number: 572
Launched: November 1999
Out of service: August 2006 - September 2007
General characteristics
Length: 122.32 m (401 ft 4 in)
Beam: 19.80 m (65 ft 0 in)
Draught: 6.20 m (20 ft 4 in)
Ice class: Ice Class 1A
Installed power: Two Wärtsilä 9R32 diesel engines, 7,400 kilowatts (9,900 hp)
Speed: 17 knots (31 km/h)
Capacity: 12 passengers, 88 trailers

Hildasay is a 7,606 GT Ro-Ro ferry which was built by Astilleros de Huelva SA, Huelva, Spain in 1999 as Leili for the Estonian Shipping Company, Tallinn. During a charter to Crowley Maritime she was renamed Port Everglades Express, reverting to Leili when the charter ended. In 2005, she was sold to Greece and renamed RR Shield. In 2008, she was sold to Seatruck Ferries, Heysham and renamed Shield. In January 2010 she was chartered to NorthLink Ferries and renamed Hildasay.


Hildasay is a Ro-Ro ferry, she is 122.32 metres (401 ft 4 in) long, with a beam of 19.80 metres (65 ft 0 in) and a draught of 6.20 metres (20 ft 4 in). She has a total of 1,057 metres (1,156 yd) lane capacity, which means she can carry 88 trailers, with provision for 12 passengers. She is powered by two Wärtsilä 9R32 diesel engines, which produce a total of 7,400 kilowatts (9,900 hp), giving her a speed of 17 knots (31 km/h).[1]

Sister vessels[edit]


Varbola was built by Astilleros de Huelva, Huelva, Spain as yard number 572.[1] She was built for Estonian Shipping Company, Tallinn. Originally under the Estonian flag, she was reflagged to Cyprus in 2000. On 2 May 2002, she was chartered to Crowley Maritime, Jacksonville, Florida. Varbola was renamed Port Everglades Express for the duration of the charter. On 19 January 2004, she was sold to Eesti Merelaevandus A/S, Tallinn and reflagged to Estonia. In October 2004, the charter ended and she reverted to Leili.[1]

In October 2004, she was chartered to Norse Merchant Ferries for use on the Birkenhead - Dublin route. From 5–27 January 2005, Leili was chartered to Irish Ferries for use on the Pembroke - Rosslare routes. Following this, Leili was chartered to Norse Merchant Ferries for use on the Birkenhead - Dublin route, transferring to the Heysham - Dublin route in June 2005.[1]

In July 2005, Varbola was sold to Elmira Shipping & Trading, Piraeus and renamed RR Shield. She was reflagged to Malta. Norse Merchant Ferries was taken over by Norfolk Line in 2006. In August 2006 she was sent to Gdańsk Shipyard, Poland for a refit. In September 2007 she was sold to Attica Enterprise, Piraeus, and was renamed Shield in October 2007. On 1 October 2008 she was sold to Seatruck Ferries, remaining on charter to Norfolk Line.[1]

In December 2009, she was chartered to NorthLink Ferries as a replacement for their freighter Hascosay. She was named Hildasay in a ceremony in Lerwick on 10 February 2010.[2]

In 2012 she was again reflagged - this time to the Isle of Man.


  1. ^ a b c d e "M/S LEILI" (in Swedish). Fakta om Fartyg. Retrieved 24 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Freight Vessel Name Quest Turns Up Trumps". NorthLink Ferries. Retrieved 13 February 2010. 

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