was a P&O roll-on/roll-off ferry
operating between Kingston upon Hull
and then Zeebrugge
. The 27,000 tonne ferry was built in 1974
by AG Weser
for Dutch North Sea Ferries
partners Noordzee Veerdiensten N.V. Sistership 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.