MS Pride of Rotterdam

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Pride of Rotterdam
Pride of Rotterdam
NamePride of Rotterdam
OperatorP&O-house flag.svg P&O Ferries
Port of registryRotterdam Netherlands
BuilderFincantieri, Italy
Yard number6065
Laid down1 March 1999
Launched29 September 2000
Christened20 April 2001
Acquired12 April 2001
Maiden voyage20 April 2001
Statusin active service
General characteristics
Class and typeRoll-On Roll-Off Cargo and Passenger
Displacement25,113 long tons (25,516 t)
Length215.44 m (706 ft 10 in)
Beam31.85 m (104 ft 6 in)
Draught6.04 m (19 ft 10 in)
Propulsion4 × Wärtsilä 9L46C engines, 37,800 kW (50,700 hp)
Speed22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
  • 1,360 passengers
  • 530 cabins (incl. 6 suites, 9 deluxe, 5 family and 6 disabled cabins)
  • 250 vehicles

MS Pride of Rotterdam is a Dutch registered passenger and cargo roll-on/roll-off ship/cruiseferry,[1] in service with P&O North Sea Ferries on the Hull - Rotterdam route.[2] The cruiseferry was also featured in the video game Ship Simulator Extremes.


Pride of Rotterdam is 215.05 m (705 ft 7 in) long with a beam of 31.85 m (104 ft 6 in) and a draught of 6.04 m (19 ft 10 in). She is powered by four Wärtsilä 9L46C diesel engines which have a total power output of 37,800 kilowatts (50,700 hp). These can propel her at 22 knots (41 km/h).[2]

Pride of Rotterdam can carry 1,370 passengers. She has 3,300 metres (3,600 yd) of lane capacity, and can carry 250 cars and 400 trailers.[2] Cars are driven in through an entrance in the ship's side and stored separately from trailers, which are loaded from the rear.[3] Pride of Rotterdam can store 400 m3 of drinking water.


Pride Of Rotterdam docked in Hull, to the right the Pride Of Bruges can be seen.
Pride of Rotterdam's passenger decks can be seen in this picture.

The ship's keel was laid on 1 March 1999. The ship was built as yard number 6065. She was originally to have been named Pride of Hull, but this was changed to Pride of Rotterdam before her launch on 29 September 2000.[2] Pride of Rotterdam was officially handed over to P&O North Sea Ferries on 12 April 2001 in Venice, Italy.[4] She was christened on 27 April 2001 by Queen Beatrix and entered service on 30 April 2001 on the Hull - Rotterdam route.[2]

Pride of Rotterdam is owned by Hampton Shipping BV, managed by P&O North Sea Ferries and classed by Lloyd's Register.[1] The ship has a capacity of 59,925 GT and 10,100 DWT.[1] She is allocated the IMO Number 9208617, MMSI Number 244980000 and uses the callsign PBAJ.[5] Her port of registry is Rotterdam.[4]

Both Pride of Rotterdam and Pride of Hull are too wide to pass through the lock at Hull. Associated British Ports built a new terminal at Hull to accommodate the passengers using these two ferries. The Rotterdam Terminal was built at a cost of £14,300,000.[6]

On 21 November 2005, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the Hull - Rotterdam route, Pride of Rotterdam sailed from Rotterdam to Hull with the Dutch band BZN performing on board. The return sailing on 22 November also saw BZN performing.[7] On 3 December 2008, a crew member was lost overboard in the North Sea off the east coast of the United Kingdom. A search was initiated involving eight lifeboats and helicopters from RAF Leconfield and Wattisham. The search was called off but the missing crew member was not found.[8]


Pride of Rotterdam has 12 decks.

In popular culture[edit]

The ship is featured in the VSTEP game Ship Simulator 2008 and Ship Simulator Extremes enabling gamers to sail the ship in a number of different environments around the world including the Solent and the Port of Rotterdam.

It also appears in the popular book Eddie Burns' Lethal List 2013.

Sister Ships[edit]

Pride of Rotterdam has one sister ship:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Pride of Rotterdam (9208617)". Equasis. French Ministry for Transport. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e "M/S PRIDE OF ROTTERDAM" (in Swedish). Fakta om Fartyg. Retrieved 5 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Pride of Rotterdam - Passenger Ferry". Net Resources International. Retrieved 5 July 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Official handover cruiseferry "Pride of Rotterdam" to P&O North Sea Ferries". Onlineferries. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  5. ^ "Pride Of Rotterdam (IMO: 9208617)". Vesseltracker. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  6. ^ "NEW PASSENGER TERMINAL FOR ASSOCIATED BRITISH PORTS' PORT OF HULL". Associated British Ports. 1 May 2001. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  7. ^ "Ferry 'Cross the North Sea". BBC Humber. 23 November 2005. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  8. ^ "P&O Worker Search Is Called Off". Sky News. 3 December 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2010.

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Preceded by World's Largest Cruiseferry
With: MS Pride of Hull (2001-2004)
Succeeded by