CARIBIC STAR - Panama       Call sign - HOCE     IMO number - 6816970     Owner - Anaconda Maritime Inc, Panama

Location - Secured alongside a dock in Montreal, Quebec, Canada     Photograph Date - 24 April 2002
Photographer - Marc Piche     Added to archive - 11 Mar 2003     Last updated - 20 Mar 2003

SHIP'S HISTORY

  Ordered - October 1967
  Keel laid -
  Launched - April 1968
  Delivered - December 1968

  (a) Vicente Puchol - Spain (1987)
  (b) Arcadia - Spain (1990)
  (c) Angelina Lauro - Spain (1991)
  (d) Arcadia - Greece (2002)
  (e) Caribic Star - Panama

  As of March 2003 she is still in service as Caribic Star

PARTICULARS

  Ship type - Passenger & vehicle ferry
  Gross tonnage - 5,113
  Net tonnage - 1,427
  Deadweight tonnage - 1,871
  L.O.A. - 182.81 meters (350'9")
  L.B.P. - 174.02 meters (321'6")
  Width overall - 23.14 meters (53'6")
  Width moulded - 23.11 meters (53'4")
  Draught - 10.56 meters (16'4")
  Depth - 14.81 meters (23'7")
  Number of cargo holds - 1
  Number of hatch covers - 0
  Passenger capacity - 500
  Number of cabins - 137
  Number of berths - 242
  Vehicle capacity - 63 cars

CONSTRUCTION

  Builder - Union Naval de Levante S.A.
  Country - Valencia, Spain
  Hull number - 101
  Engine builder - La Maquinista Terrestre y Mar (MTM)
  Country - Barcelona, Spain
  Number of engines - 2
  Engine type - B&W 1035VBF62 diesels
  Fuel - Bunker oil & diesel fuel
  Horsepower - 6,240 bhp or 4,589 kW
  Speed - 17 knots
  Propeller - 2 variable pitch
  Bow thuster - unknown
  Steering gear - conventional rudders

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - Former owners, accidents, conversions, cargoes, voyages, sightings or corrections etc - Viewer contributions

* Originally owned by Compania Transmediterranea S.A., Valencia, Spain as Vicente Puchol (4,904 grt, 2,871 nrt, 1,841 dwt)
* 1987 she was renamed Arcadia by Compania Transmediterranea S.A., Valencia, Spain
* 1990 she was converted from her original passenger only configuration to a vehicle / passenger and general cargo ferry and renamed Angelina Lauro possibly before she re-entered service
* 1991 she was sold to the Attica Shipping Company, Greece and renamed Arcadia
* 14 July 2001 Arcadia sailed up the Welland Canal destined for the upper Great Lakes where she was to have operated for July, August & September for Great Lakes Cruises
* Following a number of difficulties Great Lakes Cruises was finally forced to cease its operations following bad publicity surrounding a "no sail" order that was issued in July by the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Arcadia was subsequently withdrawn from her service and her entire Great Lakes itinerary was cancelled
* 22 July 2001 She sailed down through the Welland Canal destined for Montreal where she was laid up and offered up for sale by auction
* 10 November 2002 she departed Montreal under her own power Caribic Star destined for Santiago de Cuba where she was to be refurbished for service around the Bahamas
* Her current activities are unknown

Information sources - Fairplay Internet Ship Register, Lloyds Registers & Marine News - The World Ship Society
Additional information - Bob Rust - Norway

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