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MV Puerto Vallarta – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7349596

MV Isla Venados

Ex Puerto Vallarta

Edmund Ziegler Collection

Twin screw motor vessel built in 1974 at Jos L Meyer Werft, Papenburg-Ems, Germany (Yard No. 571) as a passenger and vehicle roll-on/roll-off ferry

Technical Data

  • Length: 108.87m (overall), 96.70m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 17.58m (extreme), 17.20m (overall)
  • Depth: 11.0m.
  • Draught: 4.60m (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 7234 gross/4518 net/1210t deadweight
  • Engines: Two Klockner-Humboldt-Deutz SBV 12M 350 diesels.¬†
  • Power: 5960 kw/8000 bhp¬†
  • Speed: 18.5 knots (Max)
  • Capacity: 1200 – 600 ¬†passengers, 225
  • Call Sign: XCPV
  • IMO Number: 7349596
  • Registry: Cabo San Lucas/Mexico 🇲🇽
  • Sister-ships: Apollo (560), Viking I (562), Viking 3 (565), Diana (566), Viking 4 (570), Coromuel (568), Viking 5 (573), Azteca (575)


Constructed between 1969 ‚Äď 1974, the nine so-called ‚ÄėPapenburg Sisters‚Äô were all built at Jos. L. Meyer Werft shipyard at Papenburg-Ems, West Germany. Three were supplied to Mexican Government for service in the Gulf of California. Their design and profile were almost identical to the others in the series except that on the boat deck a sun shelter was added at the stern.

June 8th 1973: Keel struck.

November 24th 1973: Launched.

February 27th 1974: Delivered to Caminos y Puentes Federales de Ingresos y Servicios Conexos, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.


May 11th 1974: Services between Cabo San Lucas – Puerto Vallarta.

1987: Services between La Paz – Puerto Vallarta.

September 20th 1989: Registered to Grupo Sematur de California S.A., Mexico.

© Philippe P. Brébant

© Philippe P. Brébant (Mazatlan, Mexique,18/11/1989)

© Frank Heine (Pichilingue, 14/04/2000) (@ Ferries- das Fährsschiffahrtsmagazin)

December 5th 2003: Registered Owner; Mexico Govt S.A. de C.V. Manager; Grupo Sematur de California S.A., Mexico.

October 2005: Taken out of service and laid up in Mazatlan.

© Mikael Söderholm

© Mikael Söderholm (Mazatlan, Mexico, October 2005)

October 9th 2008: Whilst laid up suffered a fire on board.

2010: Renamed ISLA VENADOS. 

2010: Broken up in Mazatlan, Mexico.

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: Philippe P. Brébant, Mikael Söderholm and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Special thanks also go to Frank Heine (@ Ferries- das Fährsschiffahrtsmagazin)

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


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