MV Norstar

Norstar was a P&O roll-on/roll-off ferry operating between Kingston upon Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England and Rotterdam Europoort, Netherlands and later on the Hull-Zeebrugge, Belgium line.

Name: Norstar
Owner: Nedlloyd
Port of registry: Rotterdam,  Netherlands
Yard number: 973
Launched: 5 July 1974
In service: 1974
Out of service: 1996
Identification:IMO number7360710
Name: Norstar
Owner: P&O North Sea Ferries
Operator: P&O North Sea Ferries
Acquired: 1996
Out of service: 2001
Fate: sold
Name: SNAV Campania
Owner: SNAV Aliscafo
Operator: SNAV
Port of registry: Naples,  Italy
Route: Naples-Palermo
Acquired: 2001
Fate: Broken up in 2010
General characteristics
Class and type: RORO
Tonnage: 12,502 GRT
Length: 152.77 m (501.2 ft)
General characteristics after 1987 stretch
Tonnage: 26,919 GRT
Length: 173.29 m (568.5 ft)
Beam: 25.2 m (83 ft)
Draft: 6.02 m (19.8 ft)
Propulsion: Two SWD 16TM410
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h)


The 27,000 gross ton ferry was built in 1974 by AG Weser, Bremerhaven for Dutch North Sea Ferries partners Noordzee Veerdiensten N.V. Sistership Norland sailed under British flag and Norstar under the Dutch flag with (mainly) Dutch crew. The ship transferred to P&O North Sea Ferries in 1996.

On the UK side ferries needed to pass locks to berth in King George Dock, and both ships Norstar and Norland were designed as large as possible for the locks in 1974. From launch until 1987 she sailed the Hull-Rotterdam route and from 1987 until 2001 she sailed on the Hull-Zeebrugge route.

Norstar and Norland were replaced by Norsea and Norsun in 1987 on the Rotterdam route. Both ships were stretched and modernized by the original builder before entering service on the Zeebrugge route. The maximum dimensions to pass the locks allowed larger new ships for the Rotterdam route and also permitted the enlarging in 1987. An extra 20.25 metres was added in 1987, resulting in a length of 173.29 meters, 25.2 metres wide and a gross tonnage of 26,916 gross tons.[1]

In March 2000 Norstar suffered a major engine fire '.[2]

Norstar and sister ship Norland were sold to SNAV in Italy and sailing between Naples and Palermo as SNAV Campania.[3][4]

In 1987, Norstar was used for filming The Beiderbecke Tapes.

Norstar and her sister ship, Norland were broken up at Alang, India in Summer 2010.


  1. ^ Gross tonnage details from fleetpage Archived 2010-03-04 at the Wayback Machine on SNAV website, visited 17 November 2009
  2. ^ " | Pride of Hull | History". Retrieved 2016-10-26.
  3. ^ Shipdetails from: The Ferry Site database on 23 August 2008
  4. ^ Details from HHV Ferry Archived 2008-07-04 at the Wayback Machine website, visited 23 August 2008