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MV Arawak – Cargo from the Past

MV Altcar

ex Arawak

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1965 by Eriksbergs Mekaniska Verkstads AB, Gothenburg (Yard No 588) as Refrigerated Cargo/General Cargo ship

Technical Data

  • Length: 149.23m (overall) 137.45m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 18.98 m
  • Depth: 11.89m
  • Draught: 8.541m
  • Tonnage: 8,239 – 8,023 gross/4,337 – 4,291 net/8100 – 8230 deadweight
  • Engines: One B & W 7-7VT2BF-160 diesel
  • Power: 7460kW/10000bhp
  • Speed: 19.0 knots
  • Capacity: 370000 cu.ft (bale) 374510 cu.ft (insulated)
  • Number of Hatches: 4 (34’, 33’, 33’, 33’ x 18½) also side hatches.
  • Call Sign: SDHT
  • IMO Number: 6420329
  • Official Number: 10541
  • Port of Registry: Stockholm/Sweden, Bermuda
  • Sister-Ship: Antilope, Albany, Argonaut, Ariel


1964: Built as ’A’ Class ARAWAK at Eriksberg Mekaniska Verkstad A/B, Göteborg for Rederiet för m.s. “Arawak” (Salénrederierna A/B), Stockholm.

September 8th 1964: Launched.

February 18th 1965: Completed.

  Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell

1970: Converted with bulbous bow in Japan.

© Gordon Wise  © Gordon Wise

© Gordon Wise (Dover)

January 1st 1978: Saléninvest A/B, Stockholm became the sole owner.

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell

June 29th 1978: With the collapse of the Swedish shipping industry the Salén /Transatlantic partnership ended in 1978. Salén  took 100% ownership of the ship, then sold it to Dearfield Co Ltd (managed by Constantinos Torridakis under the Bermuda flag) and took back a charter, renaming the ship ALTCAR.

© Mac Mackay (Shipfax), Halifax, Nova Scotia

August 21st 1983:  Laid up in Brunei Bay, Borneo.

July 4th 1984: Arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan for demolition by Chien Yu Steel Industrial Co.

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: Chris Howell, Mac Mackay (Shipfax), Marc Piché and Gordon Wise for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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