Cargo VesselsPast and Present

MV Messina Strait – Past and Present

MV Messina Strait

ex Carla Pira, Carmel Bio-Top, Rio Yarkon

© Enrico Righetti

© Enrico Righetti

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2004 by Estaleiros Navais De Viana Do Castelo S.A. (Yard No 213) as a General Cargo ship

Technical Data

  • Cost New: $20m
  • Length: 176.33m (between perpendiculars), 185.91m (overall)
  • Breadth of hull: 25.14m
  • Depth: 13.4m
  • Draught: 9.3m
  • Tonnage: 18931 gross/8827 net/16494t deadweight
  • Engines: (1) 2T- 7 cylinder Sulzer diesel
  • Power: 16550kW/22486 bhp
  • Speed: 21 knots
  • Capacity: 460498 cu ft/ 270 FEU + 74 TEU or 630 TEU
  • Call Sign: A8CJ6 (Rio Yarkon), ZCDQ5 (Cala Pira), PJMP
  • IMO Number: 9267546
  • Registry: Liberia, Bermuda, Willemstad/Curacao
  • Sister Ship: Magellan Strait


2004: Completed as RIO YARKON and, together with her sister, immediately sold.

2004: Renamed CARMEL BIO-TOP. Owner; Rio Yarkon. Manager; Columbus Shipmanagement GmbH.

© Enrico Righetti   © Benoit Donne

© Enrico Righetti (left) and © Benoit Donne (right)

May 18th 2006: Owner; Furzehill Ltd.

October 2011: Renamed CALA PIRA.

May 17th 2013: Owner; Messina Strait Shipping Co Nv,Greece. Manager; Seatrade Management Co Ltd, Athens.

June 1st 2013: Renamed MESSINA STRAIT.

August 2017: Together with her sister MAGELLAN STRAIT (IMO 9267534) sold for scrap after only 13 years!

August 23rd 2017: Beached at Alang as SINA 

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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: Federico Bolognini, Benoit Donne, and Enrico Righetti for their assistance in compiling this feature.

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

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