Cargo from the PastPast and Present

MV Choapa – Cargo from the Past

MV Choapa

Ex Choapa (II), Thurø Maersk

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1964 by Odense Staalskibs. A/S (Yard No 167) as a Refrigerated Cargo ship.

Technical Data

  • Length: 148.14 m (overall) 138.89 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 19.56 m
    Depth: 11.89 m
    Draught: 9.50 m
    Tonnage: 5926-7938 gross/3181-4484 net/8154 deadweight
    Engines: Oil 2SA 8 – cylinder B&W VTBF-160 diesel
    Power: kW/13200 BHP
    Speed: 20.5 knots
    Capacity: 9,980 m³.
    Crew: 38
    Passengers: 4
    Call Sign: OZCY, CBCP
    IMO Number: 641121
    Official Number:
    Port of Registry: Copenhagen/Demark, Valparaiso/Chile, Liberia
    Sister-Ship: Magleby Maersk


April 3rd 1964: Launched for A / SD / S Svendborg and D / S af 1912 A / S (AP Møller), Copenhagen. Christened THURØ MAERSK. Manager; A.P. Moller, Copenhagen.

July 18th 1964: Completed.

January 1st 1966:  Transferred to D / S to 1960 A / S and D / S to 1912 A / S (AP Møller), Copenhagen. – THURØ MAERSK. Chartered to Salen, Sweden.

December 9th 1975: Sold to the CSAV, Compañía Sudamericana de Vapores, Valparaíso. Renamed CHOAPA (II).

© Derek Sands  © Bob Scott

© Derek Sands (Harwich 12/10/1978) (Left) © Bob Scott (Rozenburg 19/07/1977)

© Gordon Wise

© Gordon Wise (@ Dover)

1981: Transferred to Choapa Shipping Co. SA, Monrovia. Operated by Southern Shipmanagement Ltd., Chile. Renamed CHOAPA.

December 10th 1983: Scrapped in Fuzhou, China.

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: Derek Sands, Bob Scott and Gordon Wise for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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