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MV Schiaffino (I)(Ex Neckertal) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7006936

MV Antonia

ex Alba, Alnilam, Schiaffino (I), Neckartal

Bernt Anderson Collection

© Christer Samuelsson (Kapellskär, 09/08/1970)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1970 at Krögerwerft G.m.b.H., Rendsburg, Germany (Yard No 1355) for Transanglia Schiffahrts. GmbH (J.A. Reinecke), Hamburg

Technical Data

  • Length: 97.01 m (overall)
  • Breadth:15.80 m (extreme)
  • Draught: 4.14m (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 1,000 gross/405 net/1,200 deadweight
  • Engines: Two 9 cylinder Atlas – MAK 9ZU451AK diesels
  • Power: 2,942 hp
  • Speed: 13.5 knots
  • Capacity: 12 passengers, 372 lane metres of freight
  • Call Sign: J8FM9, 9LD2479
  • IMO Number: 7006936
  • Registry: Cherbourg/France 🇫🇷, Rouen/France 🇫🇷, Kingstown/Saint Vincent and Grenadines 🇻🇨, Sierra Leone 🇸🇱
  • Sister-ship: Thule (359), Donautal (362), Isartal (1356)


December 19th 1969: Launched.

April 1st 1970: Delivered to J.A. Reinecke, Lübeck, Germany (Registered by Transbaltica Trailer Schiff mbH). Commenced service on various charter agreements.

Nigel Thornton Collection  Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection (both)

June 27th 1971 – August 20th 1971: Chartered to Viking Line for services between Kapellskär – Nådendal.

June 1972 – August 1972: Chartered to Larvik-Frederikshavns Ferjen A/S, Larvik, Norway. Operated services between Larvik – Frederikshavn.

June 28th 1973: Chartered to British Railways Board, for services between Fishguard – Rosslare.

November 29th 1973 – October 28th 1974: Chartered to British Railways Board, for services between Stranraer – Larne.

November 13th 1974: Sold to Soc. D’Arm et de Nav Charles Schiaffino, Cherbourg, France. Renamed SCHIAFFINO.

© Bob Scott
© Bob Scott

© Fotoflite Image Ref 4581 © Fotoflite Image Ref 4582

🆕 © Fotoflite

1977: Operated between Dieppe – Shoreham.

© Tony Garner
© Tony Garner

1983: Changed home port to Rouen.

© Urbain Ureel © Urbain Ureel

© Urbain Ureel

March 1st 1984: Operated services between Ostend – Ramsgate.

© Ken Larwood © Ken Larwood 

© Ken Larwood

1986: Sold to Cugado Shipping Co SS, Panama. Renamed ALNILAM. Operated services between Italy – North Africa.

1991: Sold to Fortune Overseas, Kingstown, Cayman Island. Renamed ALBA.

1996: Chartered to Prekookeanska Plovidba, Montenegro. Operated between Bar – Bari.

© Frank Heine © Frank Heine  

© Frank Heine (Bari, 29/07/1996)
© Aleksi Lindström  © Aleksi Lindström
© Aleksi Lindström (both)

November 2006: Sold to European Truck, Kingstown, St Vincent & Grenadines and renamed ANTONIA.

© Jörn Prestien © Jörn Prestien  

© Jörn Prestien

© Peter J Fitzpatrick

© Peter J Fitzpatrick

November 2006: Arrived in Piraeus.

September 15th 2012: Arrived Aliaga, Turkey for scrapping.

© Selim San © Selim San © Selim San

🆕 © Selim San

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: Peter J Fitzpatrick, Fotoflite, Tony Garner, Frank Heine, Ken Larwood, Aleksi Lindström, Jörn Prestien, Bob Scott, Urbain Ureel and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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