MS Pride of Hull

MS Pride of Hull is a Bahamas registered passenger and cargo roll-on/roll-off ship in service with P&O North Sea Ferries on the Hull - Rotterdam route.[4]

The Pride of Hull
Name: Pride of Hull
Owner: P&O North Sea Ferries[1]
Operator: P&O Ferries[1]
Port of registry: Nassau,  Bahamas[2]
Route: HullRotterdam[1]
Ordered: 24 January 1999
Builder: Fincantieri, Italy[1]
Yard number: 6066[1]
Launched: 11 April 2001[3]
Christened: 30 November 2001 by Cherie Blair[3]
Acquired: 16 November 2001[3]
In service: 2 December 2001[3]
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Roll-On Roll-Off Cargo and Passenger[1]
Displacement: 25,113 long tons (25,516 t)
Length: 215.44 m (706 ft 10 in)
Beam: 31.85 m (104 ft 6 in)
Draught: 6.04 m (19 ft 10 in)
Decks: 12
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)[1]
  • 1,360 passengers
  • 530 cabins (incl. 6 suites, 9 deluxe, 5 family and 6 disabled cabins)
  • 250 vehicles[5]


Pride of Hull was designed as two ships in one, both a car ferry and a cargo transporter, with three large freight decks, loaded by a single stern door and a car deck, on deck 7, loaded via a side ramp. She is 215.05 m (705 ft 7 in) long with a beam of 31.85 m (104 ft 6 in) and a draught of 6.04 m (19 ft 10 in). She is powered by four Wärtsilä 9L46C diesel engines which have a total power output of 37,800 kilowatts (50,700 hp) which can propel her at 22 knots (41 km/h). She has two bow thrusters, two stabilisers and twin rudders. With Mampaey quick release disc type towing hook.


Pride of Hull was originally ordered as Pride of Rotterdam, along with a sister ship Pride of Hull on 24 January 1999 from Fincantieri, Italy to replace the aging Norsea and Norsun which had been operating the Hull - Rotterdam route since 1987. On 11 March 2001, Norstar suffered a major engine room fire and was subsequently withdrawn from service upon arrival at Zeebrugge. As a result of this, the MS Norsun was required to go into refit early for subsequent transfer to the Kingston upon Hull - Zeebrugge as had been planned. The Hull - Rotterdam route operated with one British and one Dutch crew, the Dutch crew being assigned to Pride of Rotterdam and the British to Pride of Hull, as a result, in March 2001, with Pride of Hull having already been completed the names of the two vessels were swapped so that she could enter service as Pride of Rotterdam with the Dutch crew.

The newly renamed Pride of Hull was launched on 11 April 2001,[3] finally being delivered to P&O Ferries on 16 November 2001.[3] She was christened by Cherie Blair[3] in Hull on 30 November 2001,[3] entering service on 2 December 2001.[3] Upon entering service she was the joint title holder of the World's Largest Cruiseferry with her sister, the Pride of Rotterdam

Engine room fire

On 10 December 2008, Pride of Hull suffered a minor engine room fire whilst en route to Kingston upon Hull.[3]

Sister ships

Pride of Hull has one sister ship:


  1. Koefoed-Hansen, Michael. "M/F Pride of Hull". The Ferry Site. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  2. "Prise of Hull". Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  3. "Pride of Hull - History". P&O Ferries Unofficial Guide. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  4. "Ship AIS Pride of Hull". Ship AIS. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  5. "P&O Ship Information". Retrieved 10 October 2011.

Preceded by
MS Silja Europa
World's Largest Cruiseferry
With: MS Pride of Rotterdam (2001-2004)
Succeeded by
MS Color Fantasy
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