|Owner:||North Sea Ferries|
|Operator:||North Sea Ferries|
|Out of service:||1996|
|Identification:||IMO number: 7333822|
|Owner:||P&O North Sea Ferries|
|Operator:||P&O North Sea Ferries|
|Out of service:||2002|
|Port of registry:||Naples, 22x20px Italy|
|Class and type:||RORO|
|Length:||152.77 metres (501.2 ft)|
|General characteristics after 1987 stretch|
|Length:||173.29 metres (568.5 ft)|
|Beam:||25.2 metres (83 ft)|
|Draft:||6.02 metres (19.8 ft)|
|Propulsion:||Two SWD 16TM410|
|Speed:||19 knots (35 km/h)|
The Norland was a P&O roll-on/roll-off ferry operating between Kingston upon Hull in Yorkshire, England and Rotterdam Europoort, Netherlands and then Zeebrugge, Belgium. The 27,000 tonne ferry was built in 1974 by AG Weser, Bremerhaven for Dutch North Sea Ferries partners Noordzee Veerdiensten N.V. Sistership MV Norstar sailed under Dutch flag and Norland under British flag and with (mainly) English crew. The ship transferred to P&O North Sea Ferries in 1996.
During the Falklands War, the Ministry of Defence requisitioned the Norland to be used as a troopship in the Task Force sent to retake the Falkland Islands from Argentina. Norland was among the ships to enter San Carlos Water during the amphibious landings of Royal Marines and Paratroopers. The ship survived attack from the Argentine Air Force and at the end of the war, repatriated the defeated Argentine troops back home alongside the SS Canberra.
In 2002, the Norland was sold to SNAV as the SNAV Sicilia for service between Naples and Palermo.
- ↑ Falkland-war details from British Units in the Falklands War website, visited 22 November 2009
- ↑ "The Ferry Site SNAV Sicilia". http://www.ferry-site.dk/ferry.php?id=7333822&lang=en. Retrieved 21 December 2009.