MS Oslofjord (1949)

MS Oslofjord was a combined ocean liner/cruise ship built in 1949 by Netherlands Shipbuilding Company in Amsterdam, Netherlands for Norwegian America Line. As built she was 16,844 gross register tons, and could carry 620 passengers.

  • 1949–1969: Oslofjord
  • 1969 onwards: Fulvia
Port of registry: 1949–1970: Oslo.
Builder: Netherlands Shipbuilding Company
Launched: 1949
Identification: IMO number: 5266221
Fate: Sank 20 July 1970
General characteristics
Tonnage: 16,844 GRT
Length: 166.23 m (545 ft 4 in)
Beam: 22.03 m (72 ft 3 in)
Draught: 7.65 m (25 ft 1 in)
Installed power: 2 x Gebr. Stork & Co. diesel engines
Capacity: 625 passengers

In an incident that made international news, in January 1957, while in drydock in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA, the MS Oslofjord tipped over and crashed against another ship. Eight crew members were injured and two were hospitalized. Two-hundred other crew members were trapped inside the ship for more than an hour before being rescued.[1]

In 1967–1968 she was chartered to Greek Line and from 1968 onwards to Costa Crociere, who renamed her MS Fulvia in 1969.[2][3] Following an explosion in the engine room, the Fulvia caught fire near the Canary Isles on 19 July 1970, and had to be evacuated. She sank on 20 July 1970 while being towed to Tenerife.[2][4]


  1. "Oops—Norwegian Liner Is Tipped". Ukiah Daily Journal. January 10, 1957. p. 3 via
  2. Asklander, Micke. "M/S Oslofjord (1949)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 2008-02-29.
  3. Miller, William H. Jr. (1995). Pictorial Encyclopedia of Ocean Liners, 1860-1994. New York: Dover Publications. pp. 92. ISBN 978-0-486-28137-7.
  4. "OSLOFJORD - IMO 5266221 - - Ship Photos and Ship Tracker".

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