© Ken LarwoodMV Del Monte Planter, Cargo from the Past

MV Centaurus

Ex Perseus, Planter, Del Monte Planter

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1989 by Astilleros Espanoles S.A. Sevilla (Yard No 270) as refrigerated cargo ship

Technical Data

  • Length: 141.0 m (overall) 130.0 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 22.32 m
  • Depth: 12.75 m
  • Draught: 9.214 m
  • Tonnage: 8,945 gross/4,306 net/9867t deadweight
  • Engines: 2 SA 6-cylinder B&W diesels
  • Power: 8711 kW/11942 HP
  • Speed: 20 knots
  • Capacity: 4 holds, TEU – 248, Insulated 10,706
  • Call Sign: ELIT7, C6XJ7
  • IMO Number: 8713574
  • Official Number: 8414
  • Port of Registry: Monrovia/Liberia, Nassau/Bahamas
  • Sister-Ship: Del Monte Harvester, Del Monte Packer, Del Monte Transporter


1989: Completed as DEL MONTE PLANTER

“Flying the flag of Liberia, the first four were named “Del Monte Planter”, “Del Monte Harvester”, “Del Monte Packer” and “Del Monte Transporter”; and the remaining three, the name “Del Monte Pride”, “Del Monte Quality” and “Del Monte Spirit”. They were delivered between September 1989 and May 1991. The vessels built in Cadiz went sailing with the names of “Del Monte Trader” and “Del Monte Consumer”. All were operated by the company Everett-Orient Line Inc.”

January 2000: Sold to Neutron and renamed PLANTER. Ship Manager; Norbulk Shipping UK Ltd.


© Aleksi Lindström

2005: Registered Owner; Merriot Nav Corp.

November 2008: Renamed PERSEUS. Ship Manager; Chartworld Shipping Corp

© Frank Foerst

© Frank Foerst

August 2009: Sold to Centaurus Shipping Corp and renamed CENTAURUS

© Wil Weijsters  © Wil Weijsters

© Wil Weijsters

© David Pratt   

© David Pratt (left) © Carlos Poveda (right)

May 6th 2012: Broken up in Changzhou/China.

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Frank Foerst, Aleksi Lindström, Carlos Poveda, David Pratt and Wil Weijsters for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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