MV Hrossey

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NorthLink ferry Hrossey leaving Aberdeen Harbour (geograph 4347282).jpg
MV Hrossey leaving Aberdeen, 2015
History
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Name: MV Hrossey
Namesake: Old Norse name for Orkney, meaning Horse Island
Owner:
  • 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]
Identification:
Status: in service
General characteristics
Tonnage:
  • 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
Capacity:
  • 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.

History[edit]

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

Layout[edit]

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 Mitsubishi stabilisers.[1][6]

Service[edit]

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]

Footnotes[edit]

  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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