Cargo VesselsPast and Present

MV Galia Carmel – Cargo from the Past

MV Carmel Exotic

Ex Galai Carmel,Vosges, Zira

© Simonwp

© Simonwp

Steel single twin screw motor vessel built in 1972 by Swan Hunter and Tyne Shipbuilders, South Shields (Yard No 45) as a Refrigerated Cargo Ship .

Technical Data

  • Length: 132.24m – 148.23m (1979)(overall) 122.56m – 137.86m (1979)(between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 19.54m
    Depth: 11.77m
    Draught: 8.372m
    Tonnage:  6,088 – 6,406 – 8,100 gross/2,536 – 3,235 -4,100 net/7004t – 8,026 – 6634t deadweight
    Engines: One 2SA 6-cylinder Doxford & Sunderland Ltd, Sunderland diesel.
    Power: 8827kW/12000HP
    Speed: 18.0 knots
    Capacity: (1971)7,627m³ (1979)9,627m³/ 56 TEU/56 x 20’ C/Dk
    Call Sign: GOZF, 4XGJ
    IMO Number: 7204411
    Official Number: 358491
    Port of Registry: London/UK, Ashdod/Israel, Bahamas
    Sister-Ship: Zaida


Ordered by British India Steam Navigation Company Ltd but was not able to be delivered before P&O’s reorganisation.

February 1st 1972: Launched.

November 9th 1972: Delivered as ZIRA for The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company Ltd (P&O General Cargo Division, managers).

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell

October 15th 1975: Renamed VOSGES when chartered to Israeli interests. Placed on Israel/Marseilles service.

1979: Lengthened by Officine Marittime SpA, Genoa.

December 27th 1979: Returned to service.

1980: Managers/operators restyled P&O Deep Sea Cargo Division.

© Derek Sands

© Derek Sands (Hook of Holland, July 1980)

1983: Management and operation transferred to P&O Bulk Shipping Ltd.

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell (Cardiff, 20/6/1983)

April 17th 1984: Ownership transferred to Panilette Ltd, Hong Kong.

June 19th 1986: Sold to Ofer Brothers (Ships) Ltd, Ashdod, Israel, and renamed GALIA CARMEL.

© Mike Griffiths

© Mike Griffiths (Dover, late 80’s)

© Patrick Hill

© Patrick Hill (Hull, 12/07/1987)

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Immingham, 06/08/1987)

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell (Dover, 13/7/1990)

1996: Renamed CARMEL EXOTIC.

© Ingvar

© Ingvar (Marseilles, 13/03/2004)

May 2004: Sold to be broken up.

May 7th 2004: Demolition commenced 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 Griffiths, Patrick Hill, Chris Howell, Ingvar and Simonwp for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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