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Nordic Ferry (now Stena Transporter)
Ships and Harbours
No: 3826   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 1979   Manufacturer: Hyundai Heavy Industries, South Korea   Country: High Seas
Nordic Ferry (now Stena Transporter)

Taken from one of the Tor Line ferries, Tor Britannia or Tor Scandinavia, in 1979 while passing in the middle of the North Sea.
Building year 1978/1980/1986/1995
Building yard Hyundai H.I., Ulsan, South Korea (#651)
Length 151.94 m Breadth 21.67 m/23.58 m
Draught 6.45 m/7,32 m GT 6,455/18,732/16,776
Machinery 2 x Pielstick 12PC2-5V-400, Speed 17 knots
Number of passengers 12/144/688/144
Lane metres 1,960
Port of registry London
Flag United Kingdom
Former names Flanders (2002) - Scandlines AB (S)
Flanders (2002) - Stena Line
Pride of Flanders (1992-2002) - P&O; North Sea Ferries
Nordic Ferry (1987-1992) - P&O; European Ferries
Nordic Ferry (1980-1987) - Townsend Thoresen European Ferries
Merzario Hispania (1978-1979) - Merzario Line
Merzario Espania (1978) - Merzario Line
Pride of Flanders was one of a class of 11 sister ships built by Hyundai in South Korea between 1977/78. They were built for Stena Line for charter or sale. Her first charter was as Merzario Hispania with Merzario Lines. In January 1980 she was chartered to Townsend Thoresen European Ferries, for Felixstowe-Europoort service as Nordic Ferry. In December 1980, Nordic Ferry was rebuilt with extra passenger and freight accommodation at Hapag Lloyd Werft, Bremerhaven, returning to Townsend Thoresen European Ferries in February 1981. In 1986, Nordic Ferry was converted into a fairly basic passenger ferry (cabins had minimal private facilities) by the addition of accommodation blocks on the upper freight deck. She transferred to the Felixstowe-Zeebrugge service, replacing two of the Super-Vikings which moved to Portsmouth. In 1987, the charter passed to P&O; European Ferries when P&O; acquired the Townsend Thoresen routes, and in 1992 she was renamed Pride of Flanders. In 1995, the Felixstowe-Zeebrugge service reverted to freight only, and Pride of Flanders had her passenger accommodation removed the following year at Harland & Wolff. She returned to service on the Felixstowe-Europoort service. In July 2002, Pride of Flanders was sold to Stena Line and temporarily renamed Flanders. The UK terminal was switched from Felixstowe to Harwich. Flanders was renamed Stena Transporter and was chartered to Scandlines for service between Trelleborg and Travem√ľnde from September to November 2002, after which she returned to Harwich-Europoort. From April to July 2003, Stena Transporter ran between Dublin and Holyhead.
Picture added on 25 February 2008
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you have missed out the most interesting part of this ship's history! her role in the task force sent to the Falklands in 1982, along with her sister and the Europic Ferry from the same port.

Added by Ian Bromley on 09 September 2008.
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