Cargo from the PastPast and Present

MV Maracaibo Reefer – Cargo from the Past

Mv Corrado I

Ex Bolero Reefer, Maracaibo Reefer, Macedonian Reefer, Wild Mallard, Mataura

Steel single screw motor vessel “P & O Mataura Class” built in 1968 by Mitsui Zosen Yard Tamano, Japan (Yard No 786) as a Refrigerated Cargo vessel.

Technical Data

  • Length: 164.53 m (overall) 152.87 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 22.79 m
    Depth: 14.08 m
    Draught: 9.185 m
    Tonnage: 9504 – 8386 gross/4458 – 4598 net/11721 – 11919 deadweight
    Engines: Oil 2SA 9-cylinder B&W diesel engine
    Power: 15226 kW/20700 bHP
    Speed: 21 knots
    Capacity: 20,646 cubic metres (729,232 cubic feet) including 17,945 cubic metres (633,800 cubic feet) insulated and 306 cubic metres (7,283 cubic feet) liquid
    Call Sign: GWLH, SXAF, 3EYX6
    IMO Number: 6807242
  • Official Number: 335736 (Mataura)
    Port of Registry: London/United Kingdom, Piraeus/Greece, Panama
    Sister-Ship: Manapouri


December 18th 1967: Launched.

May 15th 1968: Delivered as MATAURA for The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company.

Courtesy of Chris Howell  Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell (London 1968, Right)

October 1st 1971: Management and operation transferred to P&O General Cargo Division.

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell  Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell (both)

March 23rd 1977: Ownership transferred to Federal Steam Navigation Company Ltd.

May 1977 – September 1977: Refrigerated capacity enhanced by Framnaes MAT A/S, Sandefjord, Norway.

August 30th 1977: Renamed WILD MALLARD for service with Lauritzen Peninsular Reefers A/S.

© Joer Seyler

© Joer Seyler

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell (Aukland 1978)

October 2nd 1981: Sold to Hampton Shipping Corp Monrovia, (Comninos Bros Shipping Co SA, Piraeus, managers) with a charter back to Lauritzen Peninsular Reefers A/S. Renamed MACEDONIAN REEFER.

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell

© Pieter Inpyn  © John Jones

© Pieter Inpyn (left) © John Jones (right)(Amsterdam1982)

May 28th 1985: Laid up at Setubal.

September 1987: Transferred to the National Renewal Cia Nav SA, Piraeus (Comninos Brothers Shipping Co SA, managers) registered at Panama and renamed MARACAIBO REEFER.

© Donaldb

© Donaldb (Pictured in Dover 1988)

1988: Sold to the Meadway Navigation Co Ltd, Panama (International Reefer Services SA, managers) and renamed BOLERO REEFER.

1996: Renamed CORRADO I.

June 26th 1998: Arrived at Alang, India, to be 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: Donaldb, Chris Howell, John Jones, Peter Inpyn and Joerg Seyler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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