MV Sinaloa Star
Twin screw motor vessel built in 1973 at Jos L Meyer Werft, Papenburg-Ems, Germany (Yard No. 568) as a passenger and vehicle roll-on/roll-off ferry
- Length: 108.87m (overall), 96.70m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth: 17.58m (extreme), 17.20m (overall)
- Depth: 11.0m.
- Draught: 4.60m (maximum)
- Tonnage: 7234 gross/4518 net/1210t deadweight
- Engines: Two Klockner-Humboldt-Deutz SBV 12M 350 diesels.
- Power: 5960 kw/8000 bhp
- Speed: 16 knots
- Capacity: 696 passengers, 225
- Call Sign: XCCO
- IMO Number: 7324833
- Registry: La Paz/Mexico, St Kitts & Nevis
- Sister-ships: Apollo (April 1970) Azteca (November 1974) Viking 1 (1970) Viking 3 (1971) Diana (1972) Viking 4 (March 1973) Puerto Vallarta (November 1973) Viking 5 (March 1974)
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.
July 14th 1973: Launched.
October 29th 1973: Delivered to Caminos y Puentes Federales de Ingresos y Servicios Conexos, La Paz, Mexico.
Coromuel – Courtesy of Andreas Wörteler
December 29th 1973: Services between La Paz – Mazatlan.
September 20th 1989: Registered to Grupo Sematur de California S.A, Mexico.
Coromuel – © Frank Heine (Pichilingue, 11 & 13/04/2000)(@ Ferries- das Fährsschiffahrtsmagazin)
April 20th 2004: Sold to Baja Ferries Sa De cv, La Paz, Mexico and renamed SINALOA STAR.
2004: Services Topolobanpo – La Paz.
Sinaloa Star – Courtesy of Bernt Anderson
June 6th 2008: Sold to Baltanas Shipping Ltd., London as SINALOA STAR (St Kitts & Nevis)
September 14th 2008: Arrived Alang, India.
September 18th 2008: Beached.
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: Andreas Wörteler for his 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)