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MV Abulfeda, Cargo from the Past

MV Abulfeda

ex Araguaya

© Mike Griffiths

© Mike Griffiths

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1960 by Wartsila Kon Crichton-Vulcan, Turku (Yard No. 1078)

Technical Data

  • Length: 139.91m (overall) 130.31m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 17.66m
  • Depth: 11.76 m
  • Draught: 8.814m
  • Tonnage:  5,405 gross/2,294 net/7677 – 8266 deadweight
  • Engines: 2 SA 9-cylinder Sulzer diesel
  • Power: 4,634kW/6300HP
  • Speed: 16.0 knots
  • Capacity: 5 holds, Grain 405000, Bale 372000, Insulated 85916
  • Call Sign: OGCM, SUZW
  • IMO Number: 5021530
  • Official Number:
  • Port of Registry: Helsinki/Finland, Alexandria/Egypt


April 1st 1960: Launched.

October 1960: Completed as ARAGUAYA for Finland-Sydamerika Linjen Ab.

1967: Sold to Finska Angfartygs Ab

1976: Sold to Pan-Arab Sg Co and renamed ABULFEDA

© Simonwp   © Patrick Hill

© Simonwp (Immingham 14/06/1988) (left) and © Patrick Hill (19/06/1988) (right)

April – May 1990: Detained, at Dover, with a cargo of potatoes (infested with cockroaches) by Port Health Authority.

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher

© Mike Jackson  © Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson (all)

November 24th 1991: Broken up at Alang (Ganpatrai Jaigopal)

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: Brian Fisher, Mike Griffiths, Patrick Hill, Mike Jackson and Simonwp for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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