© Ken LarwoodMV Avocado Carmel – Cargo from the Past

MV Carmel Topaz

Ex Avocado Carmel, Vendee, Zaida

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (Outbound from Dover, August 1990)

Steel single twin screw motor vessel built in 1972 by Swan Hunter and Tyne Shipbuilders, South Shields (Yard No 44) as a Refrigerated Cargo Ship

Technical Data

  • Length: 132.29m – 148.29m (1979)(overall) 122.56m – 137.93m (1979)(between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 19.54m
  • Depth: 11.74m
  • Draught: 7.341m
  • Tonnage:  6,088 – 8,100 gross/2,478 – 4,100 net/7004t – 6710t deadweight
  • Engines: One 2SA 6-cylinder Doxford & Sunderland Ltd, Sunderland diesel.
  • Power: 8827kW/12000H
  • Speed: 16.0 knots
  • Capacity: (1971)7,629m³ (1979)9,628m³/ 56 TEU/56 x 20’ C/Dk
  • Call Sign: GOZE, AXGI, C6OJ5
  • IMO Number: 7113064
  • Register Number: 343015 (1974 – 1975)
  • Port of Registry: London/UK, Ashdod/Israel, Bahamas
  • Sister Ship: Zira


June 24th 1971: Launched.

January 7th 1972: Completed to British India Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London

Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

1973: Transferred to P&O Group

Courtesy of Chris Howell  Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell (both)

1975: Managed by Moss Hutchinson; renamed VENDEE

© Mike Griffiths  Photoship

© Mike Griffiths (left) Photoship (right)

1979: Lengthened in Genoa, Italy

1983: Managed by P&O Ship Management Co, London

1986: Ofer Brothers (Ships) Ltd, Haifa, Israel; renamed AVOCADO CARMEL

© Patrick Hill

© Patrick Hill (Hull 10/09/1986)

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Immingham 18/08/1987)


Photoship (@ Dover)

1996: Ithaca Maritime Corp, Nassau; renamed CARMEL TOPAZ

May 12th 2004: Broken up at Alang, India

© Zahan

© Zahan

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: Mike Griffiths, Patrick Hill, Chris Howell, Ken Larwood, Simonwp and Zahan for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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