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MV Spheroid – Past and Present

MV Talos

Ex  Mykonos, Myconos, Spheroid, Niekerk, RoRo Trader, Starmark

© Capt Jan Melchers

Spheroid – © Capt Jan Melchers

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1971 by Langvik Sarpsborg M/V, Sarpsborg, Norway (Hull)(Yard No 44), Anchor loop Verft A/S, Floro. Norway (Completion)(Yard No 85) as a RoRo Cargo/Ferry

Technical Data

  • Length: 109.50 – 124.20 m (overall) 100.3m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 19.21 m
    Depth: 13.21 m
    Draught: 4.95 m
    Tonnage: 1584 – 7171 gross/ – 3737 net/2750 – 2838t deadweight
    Engines: 2 x 4 stroke 8-cylinder Pielstick 8PC2L-400 diesels
    Power: 5884 kW/8004 bHP
    Speed: 19 knots
    Capacity: 12 – 30 passengers/ 636 – 728 lane meters/60 trucks
    Call Sign: DEEK, OIET, SV6442, 5BEC, PGGQ, MGUZH, SWST
    MMSI Number:
  • IMO Number: 7043843
    Port of Registry: Bremen/Germany, Helsinki/Finland, Piraeus/Greece, Limassol/Cyprus, Rotterdam/The Netherlands, Douglas/Isle of Man, Piraeus/Greece

Current AIS Location

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March 5th 1970: Keel struck.

November 7th 1970: Launched.

July 31st 1971: Delivered to Edwin Heyer GmbH, Bremen, Germany. Avomeri’s services.

© Robert J Smith  © Robert J Smith

Starmark – © Robert J Smith (Tilbury)

1971: Chartered to Svenska Lloyd for services Gothenburg – Tilbury.

© Simonwp

Starmark – © Simonwp (Rozenbirg, 01/06/1973)

August 11th 1974: Sold to Starmark Reederi Oy (Rolf Alander), Helsinki, Finland. (Avomeri).

August 19th 1974: Ran aground near Helsinki.

January 20th 1975: Owners changed name to Starmark-Shipping Oy, Helsinki,

November 24th 1976: Sold to Avomeri Oy (Rolf Alander)

1976: Chartered to DFDS A/S, Copenhagen

© Simonwp

Starmark – © Simonwp (Immingham, 03/09/1978)

1981: Sold to Manta Line, Greece. Registered to Monvillea Shipping Co, Piraeus, Greece and renamed RORO TRADER.

1985: Laid up in Kenya.

1985: Sold to Oceanwide Shipping, Limassol, Cyprus and registered to Goldenlight Shipping Co. Ltd., Limassol, Cyprus. Renamed NIEKERK.

1985: Sold to J.H. Templaars Scheepvaartsbedrifjf & Handel B.V., Rotterdam, Holland.

© Cees De Bijl   © Cees De Bijl

Niekerk – © Cees De Bijl (Rotterdam, 24/08/1985)

© Cees De Bijl  © Cees De Bijl

Niekerk – © Cees De Bijl (New Waterway, 28/08/1985)

1986: Chartered to Belfast Freight Ferries, Belfast for services Belfast – Heysham.

© John Jones

Niekerk – © John Jones (Tilbury, 15/03/1986)

1987: Sold to Belfast Freight Ferries, Douglas, Isle Of Man and renamed SPHEROID. Services Belfast – Heysham.

1990: Lengthened.

© Peter J Fitzpatrick

Spheroid – © Peter J Fitzpatrick

© James Wire  © James Wire

Spheroid – © James Wire (Heysham, 1990’s)

© Aubrey Dale  © Aubrey Dale

© Aubrey Dale  © Aubrey Dale

Spheroid – © Aubrey Dale (Belfast 1991)(All)

© Robbie Cox

Spheroid – © Robbie Cox (Dublin, 04/05/1997)

January 3rd 2000: Laid up in Birkenhead.

March 2001: Sold to Mykonos Anonymos Naftiki Eteria, Piraeus, Greece and renamed MYCONOS.

Myconos – © Aleksi Lindström (Piraeus, 13/04/2004)

2005: Name changed to MYKONOS.

© Dennis Mortimer

Mykonos – © Dennis Mortimer (Piraeus, 30/03/2009)

© Peter J Fitzpatrick

Mykonos – © Peter J Fitzpatrick (Piraeus Roads, August 2009)

2010: Chartered to Nel Lines.

June 2010: Completion of charter to Nel Lines.

June 2010: Laid up in Drapetsona.

August 8th 2010: Services Piraeus – Syros – Tinos – Mykonos – Paros – Naxos – Ikaria.

May 2013: Laid up in Drapetsona.

December 2013: Sold to Creta Cargo Lines Shipping Co, Piraeus, Greece.

March 2014: Converted and renamed TALOS.

April 4th 2014: Services between Piraeus – Kithira – Rethimnon.

© Peter J Fitzpatrick

Talos – © Peter J Fitzpatrick (Piraeus, 07/06/2017)


Talos – © Dimitris Mentakis (Drapetsona, 01/04/2020)

June 2020: Services Piraeus – Chania

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: Robbie Cox, Aubrey Dale, Cees De Bijl, Peter J Fitzpatrick, John Jones, Aleksi Lindström, Capt Jan Melchers, Dimitris Mentakis, Dennis Mortimer, Simonwp, Robert J Smith, James Wire and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Special thanks go to Trevor Kidd

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

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