Past and PresentRegie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT)

MV Ijzer – Past and Present

IMO Number: 515849

MV Ijzer

Courtesy of Adriën Barbé

Ijzer – 🆕Courtesy of Adriën Barbé

Steel motor vessel built by Beliard, Creighton & Co. at Ostend in 1954,(Yard No 139) as a freight/cargo vessel for Ministerie van Verkeerswezen .

Technical Data

  • Length: 48.91m (overall)(1954), 66.91m (1973)/61.9m (1973) (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 12.07 m (extreme)(1954), 12.07m(1973)
  • Depth: 3.89m
  • Draught: 3.96m (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 1,171 gross , 1,179 (1974)/736 net, 622 (1967), 615 (1974)/457 deadweight, 400 (1967), 521 (1974)
  • Engines: One 8-cylinder, Soc, D’Electricite & De Mec diesel
  • Power: 1306kW (1750 bhp)
  • Speed: 15 knots
  • Call Sign: ORAO (1954 – 1973), ONIJ (1974)
  • IMO Number: 515849
  • Registry: Ostend (1954 – 1973), Antwerp (1974), Cyprus (1978), United Kingdom (1986 – 1988)

History

July 20th 1951: Ordered.

March 19th 1953: Launched.

June 10th 1954: Delivered to Bestuur van het Zeewezen, Ministerie van Communicatie, Oostende, Belgium (Directory of Inland Waterways, Ministry of Communications),  (Management Regie voor Maritiem Transport, Oostende, Belgium).

Courtesy of M Meyer Courtesy of M Meyer Courtesy of M Meyer

Ijzer – Courtesy of M Meyer

“A unique vessel for the line (Dover – Ostend) was brought into service during 1954.…. should the need ever arise, her huge bunker space allowed her to sail directly to the Belgian Congo – supposedly with Belgium’s gold reserves and national treasures. Her interior furnishings were completed to a very high order, the ship herself carrying a variety of cargo ranging from import and export cars and latterly containers. At Dover she normally occupied berth 4 on the Admiralty Pier (later the site of the vehicle ferry link span) during her twice weekly service between June and September……..”

Roy Thornton Collection Roy Thornton Collection

Ijzer – Roy Thornton Collection (both)

© Ted Ingham © Ted Ingham

Ijzer – © Ted Ingham (both)

© A G Jones

© A G Jones

1966 – 1967: Served briefly as a training ship for the Captains of the Belgian State ferries.

Courtesy of Julien Tahon

Ijzer – Courtesy of Julien Tahon

1972: With the increase in roll-on roll-off traffic, her services became superfluous. Sold to N.V. Fadimal, Ostend, Belgium.

© Adriën Barbé

Ijzer – 🆕 © Adriën Barbé (Early 1973. “Accompanied by the tugs “SEAGULL” (smallest) and “SEETIGER”. 

1973: Converted to transport livestock and was introduced between Yugoslavia and Beirut.

1978: Lengthened by 18m at Terneuzensche Scheepsbouw Maatschappij (TSM), Terneuzen, Holland together with NV Scheepswerven van Langerbrugge, Langerbrugge, Belgium, then sold to an unknown company in Lebanon and registered in Cyprus.

© Fotoflite

Ijzer – © Fotoflite, Nicolas Levy Collection

Ijzer – © Urbain Ureel (Ostend 20/05/1978)

© Fotoflite

Ijzer – © Fotoflite, Nicolas Levy Collection

August 1985: Sold to Indian Summer Shipping, Ltd (Management Proba Shipping, Ltd) Georgetown, Caymen Island.

1988: Sold to G. Kerkhof, Faandam Holland for breaking.

September 22nd 1988: She arrived in Gent, Belgium and then went on to Zaandam in Holland

September 23rd 1988: Arrived at Zaandam.

November 1988: Broken up.


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: Ted Ingham, A G Jones, Nicolas Levy, Julien Tahon, Urbain Ureel and Andreas Wörteler and for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

2 Comments

  1. De “IJZER” was built for the “Ministerie van verkeerswezen” Belgian gouvernement
    The “RMT” Regie voor Maritiem Transport was erected on the 01-jujy 1971.
    The RMT was also part of the Belgian gouvernement but got a different financial structure

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