© Ken LarwoodMv Autoroute – Cargo from the Past

Mv Autoroute

© Patrick Hill

© Patrick Hill

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1979 by Mitsui Tamano Engineering & Shipbuilding, Japan (Yard No 1197) as a Vehicle Carrier.

Technical Data

  • Length: 99.9 m (overall) 94.0 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 17.40 m
    Depth: 14.61 m
    Draught: 4.12 m (summer)
    Tonnage: 2462 – 7114 gross/721 – 2134 net/1894t deadweight
    Engines: 1 x 4SA 6 cylinder Mitsui 6L.42M diesel
    Power: 3310 kW/4500 bHP
    Speed: 14.5 knots (service)
    Capacity: 670 – 695 import cars
    Call Sign: CBCL, CQSY
    IMO Number: 7822079 Official Number: 388175 (LR 1992 – 93)
    Port of Registry: London/United Kingdom, Grimstad/Norway, Madeira/Portugal


1970: A joint venture was formed between Höegh and Ugland which shaped Höegh-Ugland Auto Liners (HUAL).

July 1979: Launched.

October 1979: Completed.

© Phil English

© Phil English

@ 1984 – 85: Registered Owner; Ugland Brothers Ltd. Registered Manager; Aall Shipping Co. Ltd.

© Simonwp   © Ken Larwood

© Simonwp (left) © Ken Larwood (Ramsgate 1990)(right)

© Derek Sands

© Derek Sands

1990: United European Car Carriers was founded.

@ 1992: Registered Owner; Ugland Brothers Ltd. Registered Manager; United European Car Carriers (U.K.) Ltd.

© Ted Ingham   © Ted Ingham

© Ted Ingham   © Ted Ingham

© Ted Ingham (Ramsgate)(all)

March 2000: Leif Höegh & Co acquired the other 50% of HUAL and five years later it was renamed to Höegh Autoliners.

© Willem Oldenburg

© Willem Oldenburg

 © Hans Deijs   © Hans Deijs

© Hans Deijs

© Manuel Hernández Lafuente  © Manuel Hernández Lafuente

© Manuel Hernández Lafuente

August 17th 2009: Broken up in Aliaga.

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: Hans Deijs, Phil English, Manuel Hernández Lafuente, Patrick Hill, Ted Ingham, Willem Oldenburg and Derek Sands for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


  1. I have been trying to contact you for months. I’m writing a massive book. I invite you to Google me.

    All I would like to know is how long the 1950s passenger car ferries took to travel from the Hoek to Harwich. I’m quite certain it was more than todays 6 1/2 hrs, as the cars had to be lifted out via cranes. Thank you so very much. Caroline Wolter Hall, Keswick, ON. Canada

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