© Ted InghamMv Olivia – Cargo from the Past

MV City of Sidon

ex Mirvat I, Olivia, Lux Rover, Carbosco

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher (July 1984)

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1982 by Sociedad Metalúrgica Duro Felguera Gijón, Spain (Yard No 0159) as a Vehicles Carrier Roll-On/Roll-Off Cargo

Technical Data

  • Length: 109.51 m (overall) 101.53 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 16.50 m
  • Depth: 11.50 m
  • Draught: 3.97 m
  • Tonnage: 1484 – 6461 gross/540 – 1938 net/2053 deadweight
  • Engines: 1 x Bazan/MAN Cartagena – 4 stroke 6 cylinder 400 x 540 diesel engine
  • Power: 2760 kW/3750 HP
  • Speed:  14.6 knots
  • Cargo Holds: 1 x 15.829 m³
  • Capacity: 750 cars
  • Call Sign: EAHN (Carbosco) C6HH2 (Olivia), H8BG (City of Sidon)
  • IMO Number: 7925273 Official Number:
  • Port of Registry: Gijon/Spain, Vanuatu, Nassau/Bahamas, Lebanon, Panama
  • Sister Ship: Simbad


June 4th 1981: Launched.

January 1982: Completed as CARBOSCO. Registered Owner; Internacional Roll On- Roll Off S.A. (Interoll S.A.)

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher (April 1987)

1987: Renamed LUX ROVER.

© Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (May 1st 1988)

1989: Renamed OLIVIA. Registered Owner; Ledel Finance, Republic of Panama. Registered Manager; V. Ships Switzerland. Monaco. Used to import cars from Calais via Sheerness/Ramsgate.

© Ted Ingham  © Ted Ingham

© Ted Ingham

 © Henk Guddee

© Henk Guddee

🆕© Urbain Ureel (Calais 18/07/1999)

© Ted Ingham

© Ted Ingham

© Simonwp  © Leo Johannes

© Simonwp (left) and © Leo Johannes (right)

November 1st 2009: Renamed MIRVAT I. Registered Owner/Manager; MNL RoRo Services.

© Ron van de Velde

2010: Detained in Mersin (Turkey).

November 1st 2011: Renamed CITY OF SIDON.

November 7th 2011: Registered Owner; Saida Maritime Ltd, Care of Abou Merhi Lines SAL , 3rd Floor, Atrium Building, BP 175016, Weygand Street, Beirut, Lebanon.. Registered Manager; Abou Merhi Lines SAL, 3rd Floor, Atrium Building, BP 175016, Weygand Street, Beirut, Lebanon.


© Aleksi Lindström

© Jens Boldt  © Jens Boldt

© Jens Boldt

© Jens Boldt

November 27th 2014: Scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey.

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: Jens Boldt, Brian Fisher, Henk Guddee, Ted Ingham, Pieter Inpyn, Leo Johannes, Aleksi Lindström, Ron van de Velde, Simonwp and Urbain Ureel for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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