reklaw, further to CVB's information, Matina was built in 1968, Motagua 1970 & Musa 1971.Total number of ships in this class was 8. Morant was built by Kawasaki H.I., Kobe, Yard No: 1121. Completed January 1970. 6,348 GRT, DWT 6,072, LOA 474'1", Breadth 67' 3", Single screw, Diesel engined, service speed 20.5 knots. Owner as Completed Fyffes Group. Sold in 1982 to Abdullah Akbar & Ahmed Zainy Cold Stores, Saudi Arabia, renamed Al Zohal. Broken up at Alang commencing 22.01.2000.
Sailed on "Morant" as freelance RO. The British Consul in Genoa wouldn't let the ship sail with a retired American RO (he'd dobbed them as Fyffes weren't living up to their promises). Wish I'd known the cir***stances when I made my contract, I'd have asked for more money! Good ship though.
Hello, I Joined "Al Zahrah"/"Musa" in March 1983 in Jeddah, she was the last of the 4 M1 Fyffes reefers purchased by Abbar + Zainy to change to Saudi flag, in fact I brought the deletion certificate with me. Managed by Cayzer Irvine's offshore operation we kept the ships till scrapping at Alang and I think also Chittagong for some. They were good sea ships and carried their cargoes well, but having large hatch pontoons were slow for opening/closing the tween decks which didn't go down too well when we went up to Europe.
They generally traded RSA/Brazil/Morocco/Somalia/Chile/Philippines with Citrus/Frozen Chix/ Citrus/ Bananas/ Deciduous/Bananas to Saudi and PG ports, however some forays up to Italy and even further north, recall loading frozen chix in Brest then cheese and butter in Esbjerg on the Al Attared once to take to Jeddah. Being Saudi flag they were "dry" so when we got to places like Durban we always availed ourselves of the local hostelries. As reefers we liked to always keep them clean and presentable and CI/LSM spent good money on their upkeep and dockings.