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MV Calibur – Past and Present

MV Amadeo I

Ex Calibur, Excalibur, Stena Mariner, Senator, Salah L, Stena Mariner, Mariner, Dana, Seaspeed Dana

© Simonwp

Calibur – © Simonwp (Kiel, 01/07/2008)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1976 by Trosvik Verksted A/S Brevik Norway. (Yard No 114) as a Ro/Ro Cargo ship 

Technical Data

  • Length: 132- 52 – 126.75 m (overall) 117.53 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 19.44 m
  • Depth: 13.70 m
  • Draught: 6.59 m
  • Tonnage: 3,338-3,642-9,737gross/1,332-1,535-2,921 net/5675 deadweight
  • Engines: 1 x 4SA 6-cylinder Sulzer-Hitachi 16 ZV 40/48 diesel
  • Power: 7758 kW/10400 bHP
  • Speed: 13.5 knots (service) 18.5 knots (max)
  • Capacity: 12 passengers, Trailer capacity: 82 – 300 TEU’s- Trailers: 106
  • Call Sign: SXBC, 9HED3,CBDO
  • IMO Number: 7427752
  • Official Number (LR 1978 –79): 2343
  • Port of Registry: Liberia/Monrovia, Andros/Greece, Valletta/Malta, Chile
  • Sister-Ships: Seaspeed Dora, Seaspeed Dima.


April 1st 1975: Keel laid.

January 1st 1976: Launched.

May 11th 1976: Delivered to Seaspeed Ferry Co Ltd ( Morland Navigation London), Piraeus, Greece.

1977: Chartered to Fred Olsen Seaspeed Ferries, Piraeus, Greece.

1977: Services between Felixstowe – Rotterdam – Beirut – Tartus – Damma – Jeddah.

1978: Registered to Seaspeed Ferries International Ltd, Monrovia, Liberia.

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Seaspeed Dana – © Simonwp (Immingham, 16/05/1978)

1979 -1982: Chartered to Roto Line for services between Felixstowe – Zeebrugge – Wallhamn.

1981: Sold to Kara Shipping Co Ltd, Valletta, Malta and renamed DANA.

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Dana – © Simonwp (Immingham, 08/091981)

1982: Chartered to Tor Line.

June 24th 1982 – August 30th 1982: Chartered to North Sea Ferries B.V., Rozenburg for services Rotterdam – Hull.

1982: Sold to in damaged condition to Stena Line Ab, Gothenburg and renamed MARINER.

December 29th 1982: Towed from Wallham to Drammen, Norway for repairs.

1983: Renamed STENA MARINER (Managed by Swedish Caledonian Marine Management Ltd). Saw service in the Caribbean.

© Ian G Hardie

Stena Mariner – © Ian G Hardie (Felixstowe, 1980’s)

1984: New manager OT-Shipping.

1985: Transferred to Stena Caribbean Line Ltd, Georgetown, Cayman Island.

November 1990: Transferred to Stena Mediterranen Ltd, Valletta, Malta.

November 1990: Chartered to Cotunav, Tunisia and renamed SALAH L.

November 28th 1993: Chartered to Olympic Ferries, Greece and renamed SENATOR.

September 1994: Renamed STENA MARINER.

April 18th 1995: Sold to Exxtor Ferries Ltd, Nassau, Bahamas and renamed EXCALIBUR. Service between Immingham – Rotterdam.

© Simonwp  © Simonwp

Excalibur – © Simonwp (Immingham, 19/07/1995)(Left) (Europoort, 01/11/1995)(Right)

July 1997: Sold to Kaliningrad Key Kine Ltd, Valletta, Malta and renamed CALIBUR.

September 2nd 1997: Services between Køge – Abenraa – Kaliningrad.

June 1998: Sold to V Ships Inc., Monte Carlo.

November 21st 2000 – December 2000: Chartered to Helsingborg-Lübeck Line Ab for services Helsingborg – Lübeck.

March 2001: Services Arhus – Moss.

May 2001: Chartered to Cotunav, Tunis, Tunisia  for services Tunis – Italy – France.

October 2002 – November 2002: Chartered to DFDS Tor Line for services Kiel – Riga.

June 23rd 2003 – August 26th 2003: Chartered to Color Line AS, Oslo, Norway for services between Kristiansand – Hirtshals.

September 2003: Chartered to Ferryways.

September 16th 2003: Arrived in Ostend.

September 2003: Ostend – Killingholme.

July 2005: En route from Ostend to Immingham suffered engine failure and had to be towed to Ostend.

July 28th 2005: Towed to Turkey for repairs.

© Michael Van Bosch

Calibur – © Michael Van Bosch (Ostend, 28/07/2005)

January 28th 2006: Arrived in Ostend and resumed service.

© Andreas Wörteler

Calibur – © Andreas Wörteler (Ostend, 17/10/2006)

June 2007: Ferryways went bankrupt.

© Simonwp

Calibur – © Simonwp (Immingham, 14/04/2007)

September 2007: Chartered to P&O, England for services Tilbury – Zeebrugge.

© Ken Smith  © Ken Smith

© Ken Smith

Calibur – © Ken Smith (Gravesend, 10/08/2007)(All)

© Simonwp

Calibur – © Simonwp (Gravesend, 10/10/2007)

© Cees de Bijl

Calibur – © Cees de Bijl (Europoort, 18/11/2007)

November 12th 2007: Services between Hull – Zeebrugge.

January 12th 2008: Services between Zeebrugge – Tilbury.

July 2008 – September 15th 2008: Services for Mann Lines between Killingholme – St Petersburg.

September 16th 2008: Services for Emroll Lines, Antwerp between Hamburg – Immingham – Antwerp – Piraeus – Alexandria – Limassol – Beirut – Tripoli – Lattakia – Mersin/ Iskerdun.

November 7th 2008: Sold to Ocengaz International SA, Panama and renamed AMADEO I.

2009: Services between Puerto Montt – Puerto Chacabuco/ Puerto Natales.

© Petermax

Amadeo I – © Petermax

January 2009: Registered to Nisa Navegacion SA, Valparaiso, Chile.

November 2012: Registered to Navimag Carga SA, Valparaiso, Chile.

August 18th 2014: Transiting from Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt, Chile when it when she grounded and partially sank in the Kirke Canal. All 17 passengers and 28 crew members were evacuated from the ship, but unfortunately the vessel could not be saved.

September 21st 2015: The Chilean Navy reported that the vessel was towed out to sea and scuttled in 2,700 meters of water about 43 miles (70 km) from Diego de Almagro Island.

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: Cees de Bijl, Michael Van Bosch, Ian G Hardie, Petermax, Simonwp, Ken Smith and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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