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MV Del Monte Planter – Cargo from the Past

MV Centaurus

Ex Perseus, Planter, Del Monte Planter

© Ken Larwood

Del Monte Planter Р© Ken Larwood (Dover)

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

© Simonwp  © Simonwp

New” ¬© Simonwp (Both)

‚ÄúFlying 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.‚ÄĚ

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, Simonwp and Wil Weijsters for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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