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MV Canabal – Cargo from the Past

MV Carib Sea

Ex Tamara I, Tamara, Canabal

© Patrick Hill

© Patrick Hill (12/04/1987)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1976 by Construcciones Rios, Vigo (Yard No 237) as a Vehicles Carrier

Technical Data

  • Length: 88.55m (overall) 90.02m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 16.29m
  • Depth: 14.15m
  • Draught: 4.401m
  • Tonnage:  1.323 gross/697 net/2232 deadweight
  • Engines: 4SA 8-cylinder Deutz diesel
  • Power: 2207kW/3,000 bhp
  • Speed: 14.0 knots
  • Capacity: 540 trade cars
  • Call Sign: EGZK, C6OU5
  • IMO Number: 7409102
  • Official Number: 259
  • Port of Registry: Vigo/Spain, Nassau/Bahamas
  • Sister Ship: Cobres


In 1970, a joint venture was formed between Höegh and Ugland which shaped Höegh-Ugland Auto Liners (HUAL).

1976: Launched as CANABAL

January 10th 1980: In collision with HENGIST which had initially stopped engines and was going astern. Minor damage was caused to both vessels.

Courtesy of Capt A Womar  Courtesy of Capt A Womar

Courtesy of Capt A Womar  Courtesy of Capt A Womar

Courtesy of Capt A Womar

© John Jones  Courtesy of Ted Ingham

© John Jones (06/07/1984) (left) Courtesy of Ted Ingham (right)

1984: Registered Owner; Naviera Joaquin Davila Y Compania S.A.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (18/06/1986)

© Frank Foerst  

© Frank Foerst (12/11/1989) (left) Photoship (right)

© Simonwp (18/06/1986)

🆕© Simonwp (01/07/1990)

1990: Company became United European Car Carriers (UECC)

Courtesy of Ted Ingham

Courtesy of Ted Ingham

March 1993: Renamed TAMARA.

December 1994: Renamed TAMARA I

June 1st 1997: Renamed CARIB SEA. Registered Owner; Joint Vessel, Norway. Registered Manager; Hoegh Fleet Services.

March 2000: Leif Höegh & Co acquired the other 50% of HUAL and five years later it was renamed to Höegh Autoliners.

May 10th 2001: Broken up at Alang

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: Frank Foesrt, Patrick Hill, Ted Ingham, John Jones and Simonwp for their assistance in producing this feature.

Special thanks go to Capt A. Womar.

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

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