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MV Viking Valiant – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7358298

MV Mogado

Ex Mogador, Nador, Pride of Al Salam I, Pride of Cherbourg, Pride of Le Havre, Viking Valiant

Nigel Thornton Collection

Viking Valiant – Nigel Thornton Collection

Steel triple screw motor vessel built in 1974 by Aalborg Værft A/S, Aalborg, Denmark (Yard no 204) for Townsend-Thoresen European Ferries as a passenger and vehicle ferry.

Technical Data

  • Length: 128.71m (overall), 119.87m (between perpendiculars)/ 143.67 m (overall) 137.67 (between perpendiculars) (1986)
  • Breadth: 20.22 m (extreme), 19.81m (moulded)/ 23.47m (extreme) 23.00m (moulded) (1986)
  • Depth: 11.61m
  • Draught: 4.53m (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 6,387 – 14,760 gross/2,918 – 7,014 net/1,616 – 1,544 deadweight
  • Engines: Two 8-cylinder Werkspoor 8TM410 “Wing” diesels, one 9-cylinder TM410 “centre” diesel
  • Power: 10,665 kW
  • Speed: 19.0 knots (service)/ 18 knots (service)
  • Capacity: 1,200 passengers, 275 cars/713 – 1,316 passengers 380 cars (after Jumboisation)
  • Call Sign: GURE, 9LY2226
  • IMO Number: 7358298
  • Official Number: 365160
  • Port of Registry: Southampton, Portsmouth, Panama.
  • Sister ships: Viking Venturer, Viking Viscount, Viking Voyager


The second in a quartet of Townsend Thoresen’s Aalborg-built ‘Super Viking’ class”

October 4th 1974: Launched.

🆕 Shipping and Shipping World

May 21st 1975: Delivered to Thoresen Car Ferries Ltd., Southampton, England.

May 25th 1975: Commenced service between Felixstowe – Zeebrügge.

Nigel Thornton Collection

Viking Valiant – Nigel Thornton Collection

January 1976: Commenced service between Southampton – Le Havre/Cherbourg.

© Ken Larwood Photoship  

Viking Valiant – © Ken Larwood (left) Photoship (right)

May 28th 1977: Took part in the Queen’s Silver Jubilee review.

Nigel Thornton Collection

Viking Valiant – Nigel Thornton Collection (28/05/1977)

September 1977: Took part in the Nato manoeuvre Northern Wedding . Acted as a troop transport, which included a mock invasion of the Shetland Islands by hostile forces.

September 18th 1978 – September 26th 1978: Made three round trips between Leith – Kristiansand.

September 1978: Returned to commercial services between Southampton – Le Havre/Cherbourg.

Viking Valiant – 🆕(Southampton, 07/05/1980)

December 7th 1984: Commenced service between Portsmouth – Le Havre.

1984: A new TT logo, in white, was introduced on the funnels.

© Robert J Smith © Brian Fisher

Viking Valiant – © Robert J Smith (Portsmouth, 25/08/1984)(left) © Brian Fisher (right)

Nigel Thornton Collection

Viking Valiant – Nigel Thornton Collection

© Patrick Hill

Viking Valiant – © Patrick Hill (Portsmouth, 26/08/1985)

February 4th 1986: Arrived at Schichau Unterweser AG, Bremerhaven, Germany for “Jumboization”. Fitted with larger forward sections as well as being horizontally cut in two with an additional full-length vehicle deck inserted enabling VENTURER and VALIANT to carry 60 lorries.

Dover Ferry Photos Library

Viking Valiant – Dover Ferry Photos Library

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Viking Valiant – John Hendy Collection (all)

June 26th 1986: Re-delivered after conversion.

July 3rd 1986: Commenced service between Portsmouth – Le Havre.

Photoship © Brian Fisher  

Viking Valiant – Photoship (left) © Brian Fisher (Portsmouth, 01/03/1987)(right)

1987: Following the “HERALD” disaster, from spring onwards, pale blue funnels with P&O flag logo became the norm.

© Brian Fisher

Viking Valiant – © Brian Fisher (Portsmouth, 01/06/1987)

October 1987: There was a change to P&O European Ferries navy blue hull and funnel.

© Brian Fisher © Ken Larwood  

Viking Valiant – © Brian Fisher (Portsmouth, 01/06/1988)(left) © Ken Larwood (right)

December 31st 1987: Registered under P&O European Ferries, London, England.

May 1989: Renamed PRIDE OF LE HAVRE.

© Simonwp m© Brian Fisher  

Pride of Le Havre – © Simonwp (left)(06/05/1989) © Brian Fisher (Portsmouth, 01/02/1991)(right)

March 18th 1991: Sold to Howill Shipping (registered for BMBF No. 15). Bareboat chartered P&O European Ferries.

May 1994: Renamed PRIDE OF CHERBOURG.

© Brian Fisher

Pride of Cherbourg – © Brian Fisher

June 22nd 1994: Final day operating between Portsmouth – Le Havre.

July 10th 1994: Introduced between Portsmouth – Cherbourg.

1999: Commenced service for P&O Portsmouth between Portsmouth – Cherbourg.

August 2002: Renamed PRIDE OF CHERBOURG A.

© Rob De Visser

Pride of Cherbourg A – © Rob De Visser

September 2002: Sold to El Salam Maritime, Panama.

September 17th 2002: Final day under P&O banner.

September 2002: Renamed PRIDE OF AL SALAM I.

June 2003 – August 2003: Chartered to Comanav, Morocco for services between Almeria – Nador.

© Mike Barker

Pride of Al Salm I – © Mike Barker (Almeria, 01/07/2003)

June 2004: Chartered to Comanav, Morocco. Renamed NADOR. Introduced between Nador – Almeria.

© Frank Heine © Frank Heine

Nador – © Frank Heine (Port Vendres, 11/08/2004)(both)

May 2005: Renamed MOGADOR.

June 22nd 2005 – September 30th 2005: Chartered to Comanav for their Port Vendres – Tanger services.

February 2010: Sold to Indian breakers and renamed MOGADO.

March 13th 2010: Arrived at Alang, India.

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: Mike Barker, Rob De Visser, Frank Heine, Patrick Hill, Ken Larwood, Robert J Smith, Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Special thanks go to John F Hendy.

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

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