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MV Tarros Ilex – Cargo from the Past

IMO Number: 7234492

MV Seraya Jaya

Ex Eastern Pioneer, Tarros Ilex, Zim Manila, Tarros Ilex, Marisud Prima, Tarros Ilex, Cheshire Venture

© Bob Scott

Tarros Ilex – © Bob Scott (Dover)

Steel single screw “Tarros Class” motor vessel built in 1972 by A Vuyk & Zonen’s Scheepswerven NV, Capelle/Ijssel, Netherlands (Yard No 859) as Ro-Ro/Container Ship.

Technical Data

  • Length: 85.32 m (overall) 79.19 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 13.75 m
  • Depth: 5.8 m
  • Draught: 4.73 m
  • Tonnage: 1475 – 1592 gross/876 net/1875 – 1905t deadweight
  • Engines: (1972) 4SA 6-cyl. 4 S.C.S.A. Werkspoor 6TM410 type/(1977) Oil 4SA-six-cylinder Mirrlees-Blackstone KMR6 diesel
  • Power: 2387kW/3200 bHP – 2354kW/3200nHP
  • Speed: 15.0 knots
  • Capacity: 8 passengers/TEU: 113/330 trailers
  • Crew: 18
  • Call Sign: CROG, ELDZ3, HP6089
  • IMO Number: 7234492
  • Official Number (LR: 1974-75): 358740
  • Port of Registry: London/UK 🇬🇧, Hamilton/Bermuda 🇧🇲, Liberia 🇱🇷, Panama ,🇵🇦 Honduras 🇭🇳, Indonesia 🇮🇩
  • Sister-Ship: Londis (855), Atlantic Jamaican (856)


August 25th 1972: Launched as CHESHIRE VENTURE for Sea Containers Chartering Ltd, London. Manager: J B Sherwood.(Intended as TARROS ILOMBA).

November 17th 1972: Completed.

1973: Common Brothers (Management) Ltd., appointed as managers.1975: Crescent Shipping Ltd., appointed as managers.

1977: Renamed TARROS ILEX Sea Containers Chartering Ltd, London. Manager: J B Sherwood.

July 1977: Re-engined and renamed MARISUD PRIMA Sea Containers Chartering Ltd, London. Manager: J B Sherwood.

1978: Renamed TARRIS ILEX Sea Containers Chartering Ltd, London. Manager: J B Sherwood.

1979: Renamed: ZIM MANILA Sea Containers Chartering Ltd, London. Manager: J B Sherwood.

1981: Renamed TARROS ILEX for Sea Containers Ltd, Hamilton, Bermuda and operated Dover to Zeebrugge with coal in containers.

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Tarros Ilex – © Fotoflite (Courtesy of Dover Strait Shipping)(All)

1984: Transferred to Deckship 3 Ltd., (Naviera Humboldt S.A., managers), Liberia.

© Bob Scott

Tarros Ilex – © Bob Scott (16/08/1984)

1988: Sold to Eastern Container Lines Ltd, Bangladesh and renamed EASTER PIONEER.

1991: Sold to Joo Tat Shipping Pte., Panama and renamed SERAYA JAYA. Manager: Cahaya Samudera Shipping Pte. Ltd..

May 1999: Sold to Sentosa Ocean Lines, Jakarta, still as SERAYA JAYA

Seraya Jaya 

2011: Scrapped


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: Dover Strait Shipping, Bob Scott, Fotoflite and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Special thanks to Nigel Scutt @ Fotoflite 

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


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