MV Santa Rita
ex Juniper, Cap Benat
Juniper – Bernt Anderson Collection
Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1977 by Soc, Nouvelle de Atlantic & Ch, Du Havre, Le Havre, France (Yard No. 237),Cie. Maritime des Chargeurs Reunis S.A. (C.M.C.R.), France.
- 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
Juniper – © Simonwp (Arriving Gt Yarmouth, 01/06/1988)
Juniper – © Ken Larwood (Gt Yarmouth, March 1990)(all)
Juniper – © Pieter Inpyn (Scheveningen, 01/06/1992)
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.
Juniper – © Mark Leiper (Ramsgate)
Juniper – 🆕© Fotoflite
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.
Santa Rita – © Mikael Soderholm (Mazatlan, Mexico. October 2005) (all)
September 24th 2003: Ran aground near La Paz, Mexico.
2005: Registered owner Transportacion MTMA, California.
Santa Rita – © Captain Peter (both) (Balboa, 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.