MV Heros (3) – Salvage Tug

MV Kerveros

ex Scan Salvor, Polaris, Caribbean Wind, Wiros, Heros (3)

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1964 by F Schichau G.m.b.h, Bremerhaven (Yard No 1729) as a Tug/Salvage Ship

Technical Data

  • Length: 41.41 m (overall) 37.09 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 10.72 m
  • Depth: 4.75 m
  • Draught: 4.141 m
  • Tonnage: 479 gross/40 net/303 deadweight
  • Engines: 1 x 4SA 12-cylinder Klockner-Humboldt-Deutz SBYRM 350 diesel
  • Power: kW/3000 bhp
  • Bollard Pull: 34- 42t
  • Speed: 14  knots
  • Call Sign: DNHH (Heros) SW7182
  • IMO Number: 6508315
  • Official Number: 398996 (LR 1984-85)
  • Port of Registry: Hamburg/Fed Rep of Germany, Georgetown/Cayman Islands, Thessaloniki/Greece


January 1964: Completed as HEROS (3) for Bugsier Reederei und Bergungs AG, Hamburg

October 30th 1964: Delivered.

1960’s – 70’s: Stationed at Dover.

© Gordon Wise

© Gordon Wise

August 16th 1979: To Arne Avelin Bogserbats A/B, Stockholm and renamed WIROS.

1982: To Contrast Maritime Ltd., Georgetown and renamed CARIBBEAN WIND.

1985: To Polaris Towage Company Ltd., Valetta and renamed POLARIS.

1985: To Spector Navigation S.A. (Scantugs A/B), Panama and renamed SCAN SALVOR.

1988: To Carena Navigation S.A. Kingston and renamed KERVEROS.

1991: To Omega 2 Shipping Company/Nikolaos Zouros Shipping, Thessaloniki.

2004: To Nikolaos E. Zouros Shipping Co., Thessaloniki.

© Dimitris Mentakis  © Dimitris Mentakis

© Dimitris Mentakis

© Dimitris Mentakis  © George Gbidis

© Dimitris Mentakis (left) and © George Gbidis (right)

2017: Still active. Known to be based in Alexandropoulos instead of Thessaloniki.

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: George Gbidis, Dimitris Mentakis, Gordon Wise and Lars Johnson (Lars Johnson Tugs and Ice Breakers) for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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