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MV Azteca – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7393171

MV Azteca

© Andreas Wörteler

Courtesy of  Andreas Wörteler

Twin screw motor vessel built in 1975 at Jos L Meyer Werft, Papenburg-Ems, Germany (Yard No. 575) as a passenger and vehicle roll-on/roll-off ferry

Technical Data

  • Length: 108.87m (overall), 96.70m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 17.58m (extreme), 17.20m (overall)
  • Depth: 11.0m.
  • Draught: 4.60m (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 6,823 gross/4,279 net/1125t deadweight
  • Engines: Two Klockner-Humboldt-Deutz SBV 12M 350 diesels. 
  • Power: 5884 kw/8000 bhp 
  • Speed: 17.5 knots
  • Capacity: 1200/696 passengers, 260
  • Call Sign: XCAQ
  • IMO Number: 7393171
  • Registry: Mazatlan/Mexico 🇲🇽, United Arab Emirates 🇦🇪
  • Sister-ships: Apollo (560) Viking 1 (562) Viking 3 (565) Diana (566) Viking 4 (570) Coromuel (568) Puerto Vallarta (571) Viking 5 (573)


Constructed between 1969 – 1974, the nine so-called ‘Papenburg Sisters’ were all built at Jos. L. Meyer Werft shipyard at Papenburg-Ems, West Germany. Three were supplied to Mexican Government for service in the Gulf of California. Their design and profile were almost identical to the others in the series except that on the boat deck a sun shelter was added at the stern.

November 29th 1974: Launched.

March 15th 1975: Delivered to  Caminos y Puentes Federales de Ingresos y Servicios Conexos, (Transbordadores) Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

April 24th 1975: Services between La Paz – Mazatlan.

1980: Services between Santa Rosalia – Guaymas.

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1984: Services between La Paz – Mazatlan.

September 20th 1989: Transferred to Sematur de California S.A. de C.V, Mexico.

© Frank Heine (Pichilingue, 13/04/2000)(Ferries- das Fährsschiffahrtsmagazin) (13/04/2000)

April 2004: Sold to Marwan Shipping &Trading, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates and renamed AJMAN 1.

July 2004: Sold for scrapping in Bangladesh.

September 28th 2004: Arrived Chittagong Roads, Bangladesh.

© Erik Nauclér © Erik Nauclér © Erik Nauclér © Erik Nauclér

© Erik Nauclér (Chittagong Roads 01/10/2004)

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: Erik Nauclér and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Special thanks also go to Frank Heine (@ Ferries- das Fährsschiffahrtsmagazin)

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



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