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MV Bekaa – Cargo from the Past

IMO Number: 5293949

MV Bekaa

Ex Beyrouth, Rhodos


Rhodos – © DFDS

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1948 by Helsingør Skibsværft og Maskinbyggeri, Helsingør, Denmark (Yard No 285) as a General Cargo vessel.

Technical Data

  • Length: 100.97 m (overall) m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 13.24m
    Depth: 8.08 m
    Draught: 5.589 m
    Tonnage: 1852 gross/1237 net/2655t deadweight
    EnginesOil 2SA 8-cylinder B & W 8-50VF-90 diesel
    2387 kW/3200 bHP
    Speed: 16 knots (Max)
    Capacity: 12 passengers/G-4.692/B-4.358/Ins-893
    Call Sign: OYIM, ODLU
    IMO Number: 
  • Official Number: B1991
    Port of Registry: Copenhagen/Denmark, Beirut/Lebanon
    Sister Ships: Lemnos, Melos, Samos


November 27th 1946: Keel laid.

August 19th 1947: Launched.

September 14th 1948: Completed and trials.

September 21st 1948: Delivered to DFDS A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark as RHODOS.


Rhodos – © DFDS

September 21st 1948: Sailed from Copenhagen (via Aalborg) to Antwerp.

1948 – 1967: Services mainly between Copenhagen – Antwerp – Western Mediterranean/Levant

1958: First DFDS ship in service for Nordana Line.

1965: Sailed Copenhagen – North America.

1967: Sailed Copenhagen – South America.

May 12th 1967 – December 3rd 1967: Laid up in Copenhagen.

December 1967: Resumed service.

February 20th 1968: Laid up in Copenhagen.

March 20th 1968: Sold to Associated Levant Lines, renamed BEYROUTH. However, the name was immediately changed to BEKAA. Manager; T Gargour et Fils, Beirut, Lebanon.

© Malcolm Cranfield

Bekaa – © Malcolm Cranfield (Maassluis 09071968)

© Bob Scott

Bekaa – © Bob Scott (Rotterdam 11/07/1968)

© Peter Longhurst

Bekaa – © Peter Longhurst (Shoreham 1977)

© Gordon Wise

Bekaa – © Gordon Wise (Dover)

October 9th 1977: Arrived in Vigo from Beirut

November 22nd 1977: Arrived at San Esteban de Pravia for scrapping.

1978: Scrapped at Aviles Desquaces SA

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: Malcolm Cranfield, Peter Longhurst, Bob Scott and Gordon Wise for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


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