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MV Penda – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7105029

MV Express

Ex Caribbean Express, Peveril, nf Jaguar, Penda, ASD Meteor, Holmia

© National Railway Museum/Science & Society Picture Library

© National Railway Museum/Science & Society Picture Library

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1972 at  Kristiansands Mek. Verk. A/S, Kristiansand, Norway (Yard No 216) for Ab Siljarederiet Oy, Turku, Finland as a Passenger and RORO car/commercial vehicle ferry.

Technical Data

  • Length: 106.31 m (overall) 94.90 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 16.06 m
    Depth: 6.03 m
    Draught: 4.98 m
    Tonnage: 1951 gross/683 net/1900t deadweight
    Engines: 2 Oil 4SA 6 cylinder Pielstick diesels
    6620 kW/8000 bHP
    Speed: 19.0 knots (max) 17 knots (service)
    Capacity: 12 passengers, 30 x 12 metre trailers (Main), 15 x 12 metre trailers (Top), 38 cars (Lower), 528 lane metres
    Call Sign: GUQN…..H3PT
    IMO Number: 7105029
  • Official Number: 362507
    Port of Registry:
    Turku/Finland 🇫🇮, Monrovia/Liberia 🇱🇷, Singapore 🇸🇬, Belfast/Northern Ireland , Douglas/Isle of Man 🇮🇲.. Panama City/Panama 🇵🇦
    Sister Ships: Juno (217), Leo (218)


April 21st 1969: Ordered.

January 9th 1971: Launched.

April 3rd 1971: Christened

April 3rd 1971: Proposed delivery Ab Siljarederiet Oy, Turku, Finland delayed owing to technical issues.

April 19th 1971: Delivered.


Bernt Anderson Collection Bernt Anderson Collection 

Bernt Anderson Collection

April 20th 1971: Arrived in Turku.

April 20th 1971: Services between Turku – Långnäs – Norrtälje.

May 7th 1971: Services between Nystad / Turku – Norrtälje. (one trip per week)

April 7th 1972: Owners changed name to Oy Silja Line Ab.

November 1972 –  December 1972: Chartered to DFDS A / S for services between Denmark – UK ..

December 29th 1972: Sold to International Chartering Cooperation, Singapore for delivery in February 1973.

February 6th 1973: Delivered to her new owners and renamed to ASD METEOR .

© Fotoflite (Ref: BW730696) © Robert Turkington

© Fotoflite (Ref: BW730696) (Left) © Robert Turkington (Belfast, 1973)Right)

February 25th 1973: Chartered to P&O Ferries. Operated between Heysham – Belfast.

1974: Registered under Meteor Reederei und Schiffsfahrts GmbH KG, Singapore.

February 18th 1975: Sold to P&O Ferries. Renamed PENDA and chartered to Sealink for 4½ years. Anticipated service between Heysham – Belfast.

October 13th 1975: Transferred to Hain-Nourse Ltd.

September 7th 1978: Transferred to P&O Normandy Ferries Ltd and operated by Belfast Steamship Co.


Courtesy of Jim Ashby


Sealink News (No 22, May 1978)

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Heysham, 01/06/1979)

January 1980: Introduced by Sealink between Stranraer – Larne.

April 1980: Charter to Sealink completed.

April 18th 1980: Commenced service between Southampton – Le Havre.

June 7th 1980: Overhauled in the drydock at Holyhead before being renamed nf JAGUAR.

Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

October 1980: Laid up for the winter in Liverpool.

May 15th 1981: Bareboat-chartered to Isle of Man Steam Packet Co, Douglas, Isle Of Man. Commenced service between Douglas – Heysham.

© Ian Collard © Brian Fisher

© Ian Collard (Left) © Brian Fisher (Irish Sea, August 1981)(Right)

November 1982: Sold to James Fisher and Sons Plc, Barrow. Still chartered to Isle Of Man Steam Packet (log term bare-boat charter terms over 10 years). Renamed PEVERIL.

© Aubrey Dale

© Aubrey Dale (Belfast, 1984)

April 14th 1985 – April 1986: Chartered to Belfast Freight Ferries

August 1986: Stranraer – Larne covering a breakdown with Sealink British FerriesST DAVID.

© Aubrey Dale

© Aubrey Dale (30/08/1986)

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood 

© Ken Larwood (Douglas, May 1987)

December 1992: Sold to Mannin Line Ltd (Isle of Man Steam Packet Co) Douglas, Isle Of Man.

Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

1997: Laid up in Bidston Dock, Birkenhead.

November 16th 1997  –  November 24th 1997: Chartered to Irish Ferries Plc, Dublin. Commenced service between  Rosslare – Pembroke Dock.

December 1st 1997: Laid up in Birkenhead.

January 13th 1998: Operated between Douglas – Heysham.

July 10th 1998: Final day in operation between Douglas – Heysham.

July 13th 1998: Laid up in Birkenhead.

September 2000: Sold to Marine Express Inc., Panama. Renamed CARIBBEAN EXPRESS.

September 27th 2000: Left Birkenhead.

September 2000: Suffered engine failure in the Bay of Biscay.

September 2000: Laid up in Santander, Spain waiting for spare parts.

2002: Detained in Sochi, Russia.

January 2003: Sold to Cadre shipping, Phnom Pehn, Cambodia and renamed EXPRESS.

January 2003: Services Trabzon – Sochi.

September 27th 2004: Sank in PPI Port, Kel. Tetandara, Ende Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.

2009: Salvaged.

April 2009: Sold to Indian breakers.

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: Ian Collard, Aubrey Dale, Brian Fisher, Fotoflite, Ken Larwood, Simonwp, Robert Turkington and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Special thanks to Jim Ashby

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


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