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MV Juniper – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7500712

MV Santa Rita

ex Juniper, Cap Benat

Bernt Anderson Collection

Bernt Anderson Collection

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1977 by (Yard No. 237),Cie. Maritime des Chargeurs Reunis S.A. (C.M.C.R.), France.

Technical Data

  • Length: 109.71m (overall), 98.86m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth of Hull: 17.53m(extreme), 17.51m (moulded)
  • Depth: 11.10m
  • Draft: 5.21m
  • Tonnage: 1,575 gross/779 net/2,700 deadweight
  • Engines: two 9-cylinder MaK diesels
  • Power: 4,855 kW/6,600 b.h.p.
  • Speed: 16.0 knots
  • Capacity: 12 passengers and 564m of cargo
  • Call Sign: FTQY, C4VY,XCCO4
  • IMO Number: 7500712
  • Registry: Marseille/France, Limassol/Cyprus, La Paz/Mexico
  • Sister Ships: Cap Lardier, Cap Taillat


January 21st 1977: Completed as CAP BENAT.

1977: Delivered to Cie. Maritime des Chargeurs Reunis S.A. (C.M.C.R.), France.

1986: Sold to Baron Shipping Co. Ltd., Limassol, Cyprus, renamed JUNIPER. Commenced service for Transeuropa Line in the Adriatic Sea.

July 29th 1990 – January 26th 1991: Chartered to Commodore Ferries. Operated between Portsmouth – Channel Islands.

1991 – December 22nd 1991: Chartered to Norfolk Line, Scheveningen, Holland for services between Scheveningen – Yarmouth

© Simonwp

🆕 © Simonwp (Arriving Gt Yarmouth)

© Fotoflite  

© Fotoflite



© Ken Larwood (all)

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn  

 © Pieter Inpyn

January 25th 1994 – June 11th 1994: Chartered to Commodore Ferries. Operated between Portsmouth – Channel Islands.

1992: Registered owner; Baron Shipping Co. Ltd. Manager; Dexterson Shipping Co. Ltd.

July 1994: Chartered to Irish Ferries. Operated between Rosslare and Cherbourg.

© John Hendy (Rosslare 1994)

November 1994: Chartered to Cotunav.

November 24th 1998: Arrived Ostend.

November 26th 1998 – April 26th 1999: Operated between Ostend – Ramsgate.

© Mark Leiper  © Mark Leiper  

© Mark Leiper

1999: Commenced service between Italy – Albania.

2003: Sold to Heino Winter GmBH & Co, Santa Rita, Mexico and managed by Scanwint Ship Management. Renamed SANTA RITA.


© Mikael Soderholm (all)

September 24th 2003: Ran aground near La Paz, Mexico.

2005: Registered owner Transportacion MTMA, California.


© Captain Peter (both) (Panama 2007)

2011: Broken Up.

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: John F Hendy, Pieter Inpyn, Mark Leiper, Captain Peter, Simonwp, Mikael Soderholm and Andreas Wörteler.

Special thanks go to Ken Larwood.

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

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