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MV Abu Karim I (ex Commodore Clipper -1991) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7120768

MV Abu Karim I

ex Hascosay, Sea Clipper, Transbaltica, Sea Clipper, Commodore Clipper, Euro Nor, Misida, Normandia, Juno

© Ivan Meshkov

© Ivan Meshkov (Suez, 09/05/2019)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1971 at Kristiansands Mek. Verk. A/S, Kristiansand, Norway (Yard No 217)  as a Passenger and RORO car/commercial vehicle ferry Finska Ångfartygs Ab, Helsinki, Finland.

Technical Data

  • Length: 42 m (overall) 106.89 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 16.06 m
  • Depth: 12.81 m
  • Draught: 5.950 m
  • Tonnage: 1951 – 2311 gross/848 net/4171t deadweight
  • Engines: 2 Oil 4SA 9ZH49 6 cylinder Pielstick diesels
  • Power: 6620 kW/9000bHP
  • Speed: 19.0 knots (max) 14 knots (service)
  • Capacity: 12 passengers, 30 x 12 metre trailers (Main), 15 x 12 metre trailers (Top), 38 cars (Lower), 636 lane metres/TEU 218
  • Call Sign: FNLG, LDBR3, VSRH4, OGYX
  • IMO Number: 7120768
  • Official Number:
  • Port of Registry: Helsinki/Finland 🇫🇮, Caen/France 🇫🇷, Unknown, Tallinn/Estonia 🇪🇪, Oslo/Norway 🇳🇴, Lerwick/UK 🇬🇧, Beirut/Lebanon 🇱🇧
  • Sister Ships: Holmia (216), Leo (218)


July 2nd 1971: Launched.

December 3rd 1971: Delivered as JUNO to Finska Ångfartygs Ab, Helsinki, Finland.

December 7th 1971: Services Finland – Lübeck.

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© Fotoflite (06/06/1978)

September 1978 – November 1978: Chartered to OY Bore Lines AB, Åbo for services Finland – Terneuzen – Rouen.

November 20th 1978 – December 3rd 1978: Chartered to North Sea Ferries B.V., Rozenburg for services Zeebrugge – Hull.

March 30th 1979: Sold to Compagnie Franco-Finlandaise (Société Navale Caennaise, Anct. B. Lemy & Cie), Caen, France and renamed NORMANDIA.

1979: Chartered to Brittany Ferries for services Roscoff/ St Malo – Cork.

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© Fotoflite (06/06/1980)

1982: Chartered to Sudcargo for services France – Algeria – Middle East.

November 1986: Sold to Misida Sea Co Ltd, Valletta, Malta (Godby Shipping AB, Godby, Finland) and renamed MISIDA.

November 1986: Left Marseilles.

November 1986: Chartered to Transfennica.

© Capt Jan Melchers

© Capt Jan Melchers (Baltic, 25/09/1989)

1990: Sold to A/S Christiania Eiendomsselskap (Euro Nord Line A/S, Tromsö), Oslo, Norway and renamed EURO NOR.

© Dirk Jankowsky

© Dirk Jankowsky (Bremerhaven, March 1990)

January 23rd 1991: Chartered to Commodore Ferries, Guernsey for services Guernsey – Jersey – Portsmouth. Renamed COMMODORE CLIPPER.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Portsmouth, 01/02/1991)

© Patrick Hill  © Patrick Hill

© Patrick Hill (St Helier, 20/08/1991)

© Fotoflite

© Fotoflite (Ray Goodfellow Collection)

December 30th 1994: Ran aground at Jersey and repaired in Newcastle.

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© Fotoflite (08/02/1995)

March 3rd 1996: Charter completed and made her final trip for Commodore Ferries.

May 1996: Chartered to Pandoro Ltd., Fleetwood for services Liverpool – Dublin.

October 1996: Chartered to Gulf Stream for services Lorient – Casablanca. Renamed SEA CLIPPER.

© Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Dunkerque, 01/05/1997)

May 13th 1997: Chartered to ScanFra Lines for services Wallhamn – Dunkerque.

October 10th 1997: Chartered to Amber Line A/S (Scandlines) for services Karlshamn – Liepaja.

January 1998: Chartered to Estonian Shipping Co, Tallinn, Estland (ESCO) and renamed TRANSBALTICA.

© Patrick Hill  Simonwp Collection

Hull, 10/01/1999 © Patrick Hill (left) and Simonwp Collection (Right)

February 1998: Services Tallinn – Kiel.

© Aleksi Lindström

© Aleksi Lindström (Helsinki, July 2000)

June 2001: Charter completed and renamed SEA CLIPPER.

July 2001: Chartered to Fjord Line for services Hanstholm – Bergen – Newcastle.

February 2002: Sold to NorthLink Orkney and Shetland Ferries Ltd., Aberdeen, Scotland.

February 2002: Arrived at Polish shipbuilders for refit. Renamed HASCOSAY.

May 8th 2002 – August 2002: Chartered to Caledonian MacBrayne for services between Ullapool – Stornoway.

October 1st 2002: NorthLink Ferries services between Aberdeen – Kirkwall – Stromness.

© Ken Lubi  © Ken Lubi

© Ken Lubi (Aberdeen, 25/09/2009)

February 2010: Laid up in Kirkwall.

March 2010: Sold to Lahham Livestock & Meat Trading Co, Beirut, Lebanon.

March 15th 2010: Left Kirkwall for Lebanon.

November 2010: Registered to Khalifeh Shipping Line Co, Beirut, Lebanon and renamed ABOU KARIM I.

2011: Converted to a livestock Carrier.

June 23rd 2015: Laid up in Beirut.

© Ivan Meshkov

© Ivan Meshkov (Suez, 09/05/2019)

August 4th 2021: While in Beirut suffered severe damage when 2.750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, which was being stored in a warehouse on the quayside after being taken off an impounded ship, exploded. She was so badly damaged that she later capsized and sank.

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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: Nigel Scutt (Fotoflite), Patrick Hill, Aleksi Lindström, Ken Lubi, Pieter Inpyn, Dirk Jankowsky, Capt Jan Melchers, Ivan Meshkov, Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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