MV Hrossey

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NorthLink ferry Hrossey leaving Aberdeen Harbour (geograph 4347282).jpg
MV Hrossey leaving Aberdeen, 2015
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Name: MV Hrossey
Namesake: Old Norse name for Orkney, meaning Horse Island
  • 2002-2004: NorthLink Orkney & Shetland Ferries Limited
  • 2004-2012: RBS - RBSSAF (20) Limited
  • 2012-2018: previous owner renamed Northern Isles Ferries Limited
  • 2018-present: Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited
Operator: NorthLink Ferries
Port of registry: Kirkwall,[1] United Kingdom
Route: Aberdeen to Lerwick via Kirkwall
Builder: Aker Finnyards in Rauma, Finland
Cost: £35million
Yard number: NB439
Laid down: 1 December 2001
Christened: 28 September 2002 by Kirsten Kelday
In service: 1 October 2002[1]
Status: in service
General characteristics
  • 11,720 GT;
  • 1,831 t DWT
Displacement: 7,434 tonnes
Length: 125 m (410 ft)[1]
Beam: 20 m (66 ft)
Draught: 5.4 m (18 ft)
Decks: 8
Installed power: 4 x MAK 6M43 5400 KW each
Propulsion: 2x KaMeWa 4.1 meter controllable pitch propellers with 2 rudders.
Speed: 24 knots
  • 600 passengers (117 cabins);
  • 140 cars (650m)[1]
Crew: 33

MV Hrossey is a NorthLink Ferries vehicle and passenger ferry based in Aberdeen. With her sister ship, MV Hjaltland, she operates a daily ferry service between mainland Scotland and the northern archipelagos of Orkney and Shetland.


MV Hrossey and her sister ship, MV Hjaltland, were constructed in 2002 at Aker Finnyards in Finland.[1]

In 2013 following Serco being awarded the NorthLink ferries contract MV Hrossey had some changes as part of the rebranding, such as new “sleeping pods” and a new paint job.

MV Hrossey in 2007 Departing Kirkwall with old paint job


MV Hrossey carries passengers, cars, freight and livestock. There is a choice of restaurants, bars and lounges, children's play area and a cinema. The restaurants and lounges have a total seating capacity of 600. The original 100 cabins had a total of 300 beds.[3] All cabins are en-suite, most being two berth, with a number of four-berth cabins for families.[4] In April 2007, an additional accommodation module was fitted at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead, increasing her capacity to 356 berths.[5] The ship is fitted with lifts and was built to accommodate disabled passengers throughout. There are 10 officer and 27 crew cabins.[6]

Each pair of diesel engines drives a controllable-pitch propeller through a gearbox. There are two rudders, two 900 kW bow thrusters and two Mitsubishi stabilisers.[1][6]


MV Hrossey operates between Lerwick and Aberdeen, with a call at Kirkwall on some days. A walkway, built specifically for the current vessels, can take both foot and car passengers. She is also able to relieve on the Stromness to Scrabster crossing.

On 3 January 2015. Hrossey discovered the upturned hull of the Cypriot cargo ship Cemfjord in the Pentland Firth. A search was launched for her eight crew.[7]


  1. ^ "Hrossey". Marine Traffic. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  2. ^ "Hrossey". STX Europe. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Travel to, from and around the isles". The Shetland Times. 21 May 2010. Archived from the original on 3 January 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  4. ^ "North Link Hrossey Arrives on the Mersey". Irish Sea Shipping. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Passenger Ro-Ro Ferries for NorthLink" (PDF). STX Europe. Retrieved 25 July 2010.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Major search after boat overturns off north of Scotland". BBC News Online. Retrieved 3 January 2015.

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