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MV Via Famagusta (ex Breant) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7802756

MV Famagusta

ex Benz, Breant

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Amsterdam, 15/06/1989)

Steel single screw motor vessel, built in 1979 by Karlskronavarvet AB, Karlskrona, Sweden (Yard No 403) as a Roll-on Roll-off (Ro-Ro) commercial vehicle ferry for Ivar Lundh & Co Ab, Stockholm, Sweden

Technical Data

  • Length:  110. 01m (overall) 103.03 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 16.79 m
  • Depth: 10.90 m
  • Draught: 4.62 m
  • Tonnage: 1599 – 5197 gross/838 net/3328t deadweight
  • Engines: 1 x MAN-B&W 12V28/32-AF diesel
  • Power: 2649 – 3531 kW/3589 – 4800 HP
  • Speed: 13.5 knots
  • Capacity: 760 lane metres, Reefer Plugs – 18, 196 x 20 ft containers
  • Call Sign: SHYI, ZQWI2, TCA9014
  • MMSI Number: 271055014
  • IMO Number: 7802756
  • Port of Registry: Stockholm/Sweden 🇸🇪,  London/UK , Mariehamn/Finland 🇫🇮, Santa Cruz De Tenerife/Spain 🇪🇸, Famagusta/Cyprus 🇨🇾, Turkey 🇹🇷
  • Sister-Ship: Balder Dona (397), Balder Vinga (398), Balder Print (396), Balder Press (395)

Current AIS Location

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March 22nd 1979: Keel laid.

June 15th 1979: Launched.

November 1979: Delivered as BREANT to Ivar Lundh & Co, Ab, Stockholm.

November 1979: Iggesund Product services between Sweden – Holland.

© Capt Jan Melchers  © Capt Jan Melchers

© Capt Jan Melchers

July 1988: Re-engined and fitted with internal ramp between main deck and upper deck by Neue Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Kiel, 01/09/1991)

1995: Sold to Brax Shipholding Rederi Ab, Gothenburg.

1996: Chartered to Transfennica for services Finland – Lübeck – England.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Kiel, 01/11/1996)

September 17th 1997: Services Rauma – Kotka – Hangö – Lübeck.

October 1997: Services Rauma – Rostock – Lübeck.

2000: Sold to Oldhurst Ltd, Virgin Isles.

January 2001: Chartered to Bow Marine Oy for services Helsinki – Hamina – Tallinn – Bremerhaven – Bremen.

October 15th 2002: Chartered to SCF Viborg Line for services Viborg – Kiel.

© Tim Becker

© Tim Becker (Travemunde, 13/03/2003)

May 2003: Sold to Brax Shipholding Rederi Ab, Gothenburg.

January 19th 2004: Sold to Rederi Ab Lillgaard, Mariehamn.

July 2004 – September 2004: Chartered to Fjord Line.

September 2004  – October 3rd 2004: Chartered to Commodore/Condor for services between Portsmouth – Channel Islands.

October 2004: Chartered to Channel Freight Ferries for services Southampton – Radicatel (France).

November 2004: Chartered to Dart Line for services Dartford – Dunkerque.

December 2004: Chartered to DFDS Tor Line for services Kiel – St Petersburg.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Kiel, 01/09/2005)

September 21st 2005: Charter completed.

October 2005: Chartered to SeaMalta.

December 2005: SeaMalta went bankrupt.

December 12th 2005: Laid up in Valletta, Malta.

January 2006: Laid up in Calais.

March 2006: Chartered to Balearia, Spain for services between Barcelona – Ibiza.

April 28th 2007: Arrived Navitec-Werft, Wilhelmshaven for engine overhaul.

May 2007: Chartered to Yellow Star Line for services Kotka – Bremerhaven – Hamburg.

June 11th 2007: Towed to Karlskrona Yard after engine fire.

2007: Chartered to Stella Lines.

© Aleksi Lindström  © Aleksi Lindström

© Aleksi Lindström (Helsinki West Harbour, 08/06/2007)

© Aleksi Lindström  © Aleksi Lindström

© Aleksi Lindström (Kiel Canal, 23/08/2007)

© Aleksi Lindström  © Aleksi Lindström

© Aleksi Lindström (Kiel Canal, 21/09/2007)

© Dirk Jankowsky  © Dirk Jankowsky

© Dirk Jankowsky (Kiel Canal, 14/10/2007)

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Kiel, 01/11/2007)

June 2009: Chartered to Acciona, Spain for services Barcelona – Palma.

April 27th 2010: Arrived Algeciras.

June 2010: Chartered to STAMP (IMTC), Morocco for services Algeciras – Ceuta.

© Ivan Meshkov  © Ivan Meshkov

© Ivan Meshkov

© Ivan Meshkov (23/03/2011)

November 2011: Sold to Santander Banco SA, Madrid, Spain (management Benzu Naviera, Algeciras) and renamed BENZU.

June 2016: Sold to Akgunler Isletmeleri Sti Ltd, Mersin, Turkey and renamed VIA FAMAGUSTA.

October 2023: Currently in service Kyrenia – Tasucu.

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: Tim Becker, Fotoflite, Dirk Jankowsky, Capt Jan Melchers, Ivan Meshkov, Aleksi Lindström, Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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