Cargo VesselsPast and Present

MV Merita – Past and Present

MV Merita

ex CIS Brovig, Gisela Bartels, Gracechurch Harp, Gisela Bartels

© Derek Sands

Merita Р© Derek Sands

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1985 by J J Sietas G,m,b.H. & Co. K G Schiffsw. Hamburg (Yard No 916) as a General Cargo ship

Technical Data

  • Length: 98.71m (overall) 92.26m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 15.70m
  • Depth: 8.01m
  • Draught: 5.722m
  • Tonnage: 3329 gross/ 1804net/4496t deadweight
  • Engines: Oil 4SA 6-cylinder Wartsila diesel
  • Power: 1055kW/1434bHP
  • Speed:¬† 14 knots
  • Capacity: Grain; 5.185/Bale; 5.091 ‚Äď Teu; 254 ‚Äď Containers: 254 x 20 ft
  • Call Sign:¬†DPGB, P3XA9, CQYA
  • MMSI Number:¬†255805880
  • IMO Number:¬†8422034
  • Port of Registry: Hamburg/Germany, Farsund/Norway, Limassol/Cyprus, Madeira/Portugal

Current AIS Location

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June 1st 1984: Keel laid.

1985: Launched as GISELA BARTELS

May 1st 1985: Completed.


1989: Renamed GISELA BARTELS. Registered owner; Jan Gerd Bartels. Registered manager; Partenreederei m.s. ‚ÄúGinisela Bartels‚ÄĚ.

April 1996: Renamed CIS BROVIG for CIS SGmbH ms “CIS BROVIG” KG,

© Simonwp  © Simonwp

© Simonwp (1996)(Both)

March 25th 1997: ‚ÄúCollided with the ORIENTAL BAY in the Elbe River. The CIS BROVIG had a steering failure. Both ships sailed to Hamburg, Germany, for repairs.‚ÄĚ.


© Aleksi Lindström (Kiel Canal, 18/07/2003)

2004: Long term charter contract (15 years) with Unifeeder was completed.

April 25th 2005: Renamed MERITA for Navi Shppg. Ltd., Cyprus

© Derek Sands  © Derek Sands

© Derek Sands (Rotterdam, 19/04/2008)

© Derek Sands  © Derek Sands

© Derek Sands (Hook of Holland, 20/06/2008)

March 2nd 2009: To Merita Shipping, Estonia.

January 9th 2014: ‚ÄúRan aground¬†while entering the port of Rostock, due to an engine failure. The strong west wind pushed the ship into the eastern embankment of the sea canal. Two tugs pulled off the vessel and towed it to port.‚ÄĚ.

April 14th 2020: Arrived in Dover from Paldiski South (Estonia).

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: Aleksi Lindström, Derek Sands and Simonwp for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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