MS Norbay is a ro-ro freight vessel that is owned and operated by the British ferry company Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company. She was built by Van Der Giessen-de Noord N.V., Netherlands in 1994.
1993–1996: Nedlloyd1996–present: P&O North Sea Ferries
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|Route:||Liverpool – Dublin|
|Builder:||Van der Giessen de Noord|
|Length:||166.77 metres (547.1 ft)|
|Beam:||23.4 metres (77 ft)|
|Draft:||5.8 metres (19 ft)|
2 x Sulzer 9 ZA40S diesel engines and2 x Sulzer 8 ZA40S diesel engines producing 24,480kW in total
2 x controllable pitch propellers2 x transverse forward thrusters
|Speed:||22 knots (25 mph)|
|Capacity:||2,040 lanemetres; 114 passengers|
Norbay was built in Rotterdam in 1994 by Van Der Giessen-de Noord N.V. She was originally built for Nedlloyd to be placed on the Hull to Rotterdam route with 2040 lane metres of freight and a gross tonnage of 17,464.
However, in 1996 Norbay, while still retaining the same name, route and livery was bought by P&O North sea ferries.
In 2002, the Norsea and Norsun where replaced by the much larger Pride of Hull and Pride of Rotterdam and as a result, Norbay and Norbank became surplus to requirement and were removed from the Hull to Rotterdam route before being transferred to the Irish Sea and entering service on the Liverpool to Dublin route.
Due to restrictions on length at the P&O North Channel berths, Norbay has provided refit cover for both European Causeway and European Highlander in previous years as she is one of the few remaining P&O vessels which can fit within these restrictions. In 2017, the Dover based freighter, European Seaway provided refit relief instead, taking advantage of the fact that the now upgraded berth at Cairnryan can handle larger vessels.
The design on the Norbay and Norbank is an evolution of the design used for five freight ferries built by Finacantieri and Van der Giessen for Italy's Viamare sea motorway project. As they were designed freighter, Norbay and her sister do not have the passenger facilities of vessels on similar passenger routes, though the still have basic facilities for tourist passengers and the commercial drivers on their present route.