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Princess of Scandinavia
Ships and Harbours
No: 3442   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 2002   Manufacturer: Flender Werft AG, Germany   Country: Sweden
Princess of Scandinavia

This DFDS ferry is passing Vinga (and Trubadoren) on the way in to Gothenburg, having left Harwich (or Felixstowe) about 22 hours earlier. I used to travel on this and her identical sister ship every 6 weeks between the UK and Sweden around 1980.
Picture added on 03 January 2008
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The former Tor Scandinavia, built and delivered on April 12, 1976 by Lubecker Flender Werke, Lubeck, Germany, yard no. 608, to Tor line, Sweden. Tor Line was sold to DFDS Seaways in December 1981 and Tor Scandinavia’s home port changed from Gothenburg, Sweden to Esbjerg, Denmark. She was rebuilt at Blohm & Voss, Hamburg in early 1991 and then renamed Princess of Scandinavia. Side sponsons were added in January-March 1998 at Gdansk, Poland. She was repaired at Fredericia, Denmark after a fire on board on May 17/18 2002, then returned to normal traffic. She was laid up in Gothenburg in January 2004 where her interiors were updated, and again updated in January 2005. She was sold in November 2006 to Moby Line and now carries the name Moby Otta, having had her car capacity increased and cabins altered. She now operates in the Mediterranean with cartoon characters adorning both hull and funnel.
Original dimensions: 186.26 x 23.62 x 6.2 m, 15,673 GRT, 3,290 DWT.
After 1998 refit: 184.55 x 26.40 x 6.2 m, 21,545 GRT, 3,335 DWT.
Main engines: 4 x Pielstick 12PC3V diesels, total output 33,540 kW.
Speed: 27.2 knots (trials), 24.5 knots (service).

Added by Peter Langsdale on 21 April 2009.
From the vesseltracker web site on 30 September 2010:
"Two passengers aboard the "Moby Otta" died on Sep 26, 2010, when their car plunged into the harbour basin in Genova. The "Moby Otta" had started to move just in the moment when the couple from Stuttgart was passing the vehicle ramp. 40 cars had passed the ramp before without problems, but when the engines suddenly started, the vessel moved forward, and a gap opened. The car fell and sank eight metres deep on the bottom. The woman was trapped in the car, her husband could be recovered but had to be pronounced dead. Why the machines started running, was unclear. Investigations are going on."

Added by Peter Langsdale on 15 October 2010.
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