MV Strofades IV
ex Sea Angel, Sea Witch, Roseanne, Faroy, Reina Del Cantábrico, Salah Labiad, Reina Del Cantábrico
© Bram Provost
Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Hijos de J, Barreras S.A. Vigo Spain, (Yard No. 1461) in 1982 for Compania Naviera Astur SA, Gijon, Spain as a passenger and roll-on roll-off cargo ship
- Length: 112.81m (overall), 108.90m (moulded)
- Breadth of hull: 18.67m (extreme), 18.36m (moulded)
- Depth: 13.21m
- Draught: 6.357m (maximum)
- Decks: 3
- Tonnage: 2,720-2,516 gross/1,295-1,450 net/4,600-4,106 deadweight
- Engines: Two Deutz SBV12M549 diesels
- Power: 8,826 kW
- Speed: 16.0 knots
- Capacity: 12 passengers, 78 lorries
- Call Sign: EADU,P3KX3, 9HVB7
- IMO Number: 8012152
- Registry: Vigo/Spain, Limassol, Valletta
- Sister Ship: Reina Del Atlantico
July 1st 1980: Keel struck.
May 5th 1981: Launched as REINA DEL CANTABRICO.
November 12th 1982: Delivered to Compania Naviera Astur SA, Gijon, Spain.
1983: Chartered to Matina Line for services between Europe – West Africa.
1983: Renamed SALAH LABIAD. Registered Owner: Compania Naviera Astur-Andaluza S.A.
1985: Reverted to her original name REINA DEL CANTABRICO.
© Ken Larwood (Tilbury February 1985) (Left) and © Brian Fisher (Right)
1987: Sold to Technical Offshore Services Monrovia, Liberia and renamed FAROY.
© Ken Larwood (Tilbury 10/05/1987)
1987: Chartered to Elbe-Humber-Roline and introduced between Immingham – Cuxhaven.
© Pieter Inpyn (01/01/1987)
© Simonwp (Immingham 14/04/1988)
© Frank Foerst (15/05/1988)
© Tony Garner (07/05/1989)(left) and © Derek Sands (08/04/1989) (right)
September 1989: Sold to Denval Marine, Limassol, Cyprus (Registered to Chartwell Nav. Co. Ltd., Limassol, Cyprus) and renamed ROSEANNE.
September 19th 1989: Chartered to P&O European Ferries Ltd., Felixstowe for services between Felixstowe – Rotterdam.
© Ken Larwood (October 1989, Felixstowe)(Left) 🆕© Simonwp (Felixstowe 01/10/1989)(Right)
1990: Service between Cairnryan – Larne.
© Aubrey Dale (all)
April 1991 – September 6th 1991: Chartered to Dublin Ferries for services between Dublin – Liverpool.
© Aubrey Dale (Dublin 15/08/1991)
September 30th 1991 – October 13th 1991: Chartered to North Sea Ferries B.V., Rozenburg for services between Rotterdam – Hull.
October 1991: Chartered to Norfolk Line, Scheveningen for services between Great Yarmouth – Scheveningen.
March 1st 1992: Services between Scheveningen – Felixstowe.
© Ken Smith
© Pieter Inpyn (01/07/1992)
© Pieter Inpyn (Scheveningen 01/08/1995)
June 8th 1996: Charter to Norfolk Line completed.
September 1996: Chartered to Suardiaz Shipping Ltd.
June 23rd 1997: Chartered to P&O North Sea Ferries for services between Rotterdam – Hull together with Rotterdam – Middlesbrough.
July 1997: Chartered to Suardiaz Shipping Ltd.
© John Hendy (Southampton Water July 1998)
January 17th 2000: TransEuropa Freight services between Ostend – Ramsgate.
Tropic Postcard, Nigel Thornton Collection (left) © Matt Murtland (right)
© Ken Larwood (Ramsgate, November 2001)
February 2003: Chartered to the Dutch armed forces for a trip between Vlissingen – Turkey.
2003: Chartered to Suardiaz Shipping Ltd.
2003: Laid up in Ostend.
March 2004: Sold to Skouze & Akti Miaouli, Piraeus, Greece and renamed SEA WITCH.
March 2004: Left Ostend for Antwerp.
March 2004: Left Antwerp for Syria.
2004: Services between Syria – Greece.
© Matt Murtland (both)
September 2005: Chartered to Nel Lines, Greece for services between Piraeus – Chios – Lesvos.
November 2005: Sold to Sea Witch Maritime Ltd, Piraeus, Greece and renamed SEA ANGEL.
© Sebastiaan Toufekoulas (left) and © Gerolf Drebes (right)
September 16th 2007: Outside Novorossiysk suffered an engine-room fire and was towed into port for repairs.
February 2008: Sold to Blue Planet Shipping Co, Piraeus, Greece and renamed STROFADES IV.
© Aleksi Lindström (all)
© John F Hendy
© Aleksi Lindström (left) © Peter J Fitzpatrick (right)
© Matt Murtland (Left) and © Dennis Mortimer (Right)
July 7th 2012: Arrived Aliaga, Turkey for scrapping.
July 9th 2012: Beached and scrapping commenced.
© Petros Psarras
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: Aubrey Dale, Gerolf Drebes, Brian Fisher, Peter J Fitzpatrick, Frank Foerst, Tony Garner, John F Hendy, Pieter Inpyn, Ken Larwood, Aleksi Lindström, Dennis Mortimer, Matt Murtland, Bram Provost, Petros Psarras, Derek Sands, Simonwp, Ken Smith, Sebastiaan Toufekoulas and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in compiling this feature.
Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)