MV San Guillermo
ex Marino, Picasso, Poker, Beaverdale, Wuppertal, Canaima, Wuppertal
© Derek Sands
Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1977 by Rickmers Werft, Bremerhaven, (Yard No 375) for J.A. Reinecke & Company, Germany as a passenger and commercial vehicle ferry
- Length: 116.31m (overall), 103.41m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth of Hull: 18.17m (extreme), 17.42m (registered)
- Depth: 10.83m
- Draught: 5.30m (maximum)
- Tonnage: 1,599 – 5,699 gross/738 – 1,700 net/2,840 – 2,670 deadweight
- Engines: Two 8-cylinder Atlas/MaK 6M281A diesels
- Power: 5073 kW/6,800 bhp
- Speed: 16.0 knots
- Capacity: 12 passengers, 65 commercial trailers, 780 lane metres
- Call Sign: DGWR, ISWS (Poker), XCAR9 (San Guillermo)
- IMO Number: 7636080
- MMSI Number: 345040013
- Registry: Hamburg, Cagliari, Mexico
- Sister ships: Fuldatal, Travetal, Wesertal
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In total, 4 sister ships built by Rickmers Werft, Bremerhaven for J.A. Reinecke & Company. These ships were named after municipalities in Germany and built for chartering to other operators.
August 12th 1977:Launched.
November 12th 1977: Delivered to J.A. Reinecke & Co, Lübeck, Germany as WUPPERTAL.
1978: Renamed CANAIMA for services between Miami – The Caribbean.
1979: Renamed WUPPERTAL.
March 4th 1979 – March 19th 1979: Chartered to North Sea Ferries B.V., Rozenburg for services between Rotterdam – Ipswich.
April 17th 1979 – June 26th 1979: Chartered to North Sea Ferries B.V., Rozenburg for services between Rotterdam – Ipswich.
March 15th 1981 – March 22nd 1981: Chartered to North Sea Ferries B.V., Rozenburg for services between Zeebrugge – Hull.
Wuppertal © Simonwp (06/11/1980)
1982: Registered to Partenreederei M/S Wuppertal, Lübeck, Germany.
1983 – April 1983: Chartered to Telje-Trave Lines (TT-Line, Stena och Johnsson) for services between Södertälje – Travemünde.
April 6th 1983 – April 18th 1984: Chartered to North Sea Ferries B.V., Rozenburg for services between Zeebrugge – Hull.
Wuppertal © Tim Webb (Hull 10/07/1983)
May 4th 1984 – August 2nd 1984: Chartered to North Sea Ferries B.V., Rozenburg for services between Zeebrugge – Hull.
September 3rd 1984 – September 19th 1984: Chartered to North Sea Ferries B.V., Rozenburg for services between Rotterdam – Middlesbrough.
September 21st 1984 – December 23rd 1985: Chartered to North Sea Ferries B.V., Rozenburg for services between Zeebrugge – Hull.
1986: Chartered to Olau Line for services Sheerness – Vlissingen
🆕 Wuppertal © Simonwp (10/06/1986)(Left) 🆕 © Leo Johannes (Right)
October 1986 – November 1986: Chartered to Schiaffino for services between Ostend – Ramsgate
Wuppertal © Ken Larwood
January 1987: Sold to Rollonoff Navigation Co. Ltd., Limassol, Cyprus. (J.A. Reinecke GmbH & Co.) Renamed BEAVERDALE.
December 1st 1987: Commenced services between Ostend – Ramsgate.
April 1987: Chartered to DFDS A/S, Copenhagen for services between Hamburg – Harwich.
Beaverdale Courtesy of Andreas Wörteler Collection
June 1987: Chartered to Brittany Ferries, Morlaix, France for services between Roscoff – Plymouth.
August 1987: Inaugural sailing between London – Esbjerg.
1988: Chartered to Norfolkline B.V., Scheveningen for services between Scheveningen – Great Yarmouth.
Beaverdale © Simonwp (Immingham Dec 1988)
January 1989 – May 1989: Chartered to Brittany Ferries, Morlaix, France for services between Roscoff – Plymouth.
May 1989 – May 7th 1991: Charted to North Sea Ferries B.V., Rozenburg for services between Rotterdam – Middlesbrough.
Beaverdale © Frank Heine (Zeebrugge 02/10/1990)
May 1991: Sold to Sea Containers Italia S.p.A. Italy renamed POKER for services between Livorno – Cagliari.
Poker © Frank Heine (Livorno, 25/071992)
1995: Chartered to Mannin Lines for services between Great Yarmouth – IJmuiden.
May 1995: Registered to Vessel Holdings 3 Ltd, Bridgetown, Bermuda and renamed PICASSO.
Picasso Bernt Anderson Collection
May 1995: Chartered to DFDS A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark and installed between Cuxhaven – Immingham.
Picasso © Simonwp (Immingham 15/07/1995)
June 30th 1995 – October 4th 1995: Chartered to Norfolk Line B.V., Scheveningen for services between Scheveningen – Felixstowe.
🆕 Picasso © Simonwp (Immingham, 01/07/1995)
October 1996: Registered to Hoverspeed (UK) Ltd., Georgetown, Cayman Island.
November 1st 1996: Commenced services for Hoverspeed – Falcon Seafreight between Folkestone – Boulogne.
Picasso © Mike Sartin
Picasso © Mike Jackson
Picasso © Mike Jackson (Sheltering at Dover, December 1996)
Picasso © Ken Larwood (Folkestone, March 1997)
Picasso © Pieter Inpyn (Boulogne, May 1997)
April 1998: Laid up in Liverpool.
February 1999: Chartered to Falcon Freight Distribution Services, Folkestone between Folkestone – Boulogne.
February 22nd 1992: On a journey to Folkestone suffered engine failure.
March 1999: Charter completed and then laid up in Liverpool.
July 2001: Sold to Aegean Carriers, Crete and renamed MARINO. Commenced services between Piraeus – Crete.
Marino © Frank Heine (Marseille, July 2002)
2002: Chartered for services between France and North Africa.
2002: Sold to Southern Star Shipping, Mexico and renamed SAN GUILLERMO.
2003: Commenced services in Mexico.
2012: Noted as still being in service, owned and managed by Transportacion Maritima De California La Paz, Mexico.
2015: Noted as being in San Guillermo, Mexico.
February 2018: Noted as still being in service in Mexico.
May 2019: Still in service as San Guillermo on the Pichilingue to Topolobampo (Mexico) freight route.
We would like to thank: Ken Larwood, Frank Heine, Pieter Inpyn, Mike Jackson, Mike Sartin, Derek Sands, Simonwp, Tim Webb and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature. All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for errors and omissions. A special thanks go to the World Ship Society, East Kent Branch.