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Stoker
25th January 2005, 07:28
In Dec. / Jan.edition of An Cosantoir, an article on the Ops. Sgt and Air Liason officer, Sgt Will Fitzgerald, says that he can transport six MOWAGs ,two trucks and a Nissan using M.V. Caterina. Does anyone know anything about this vessel? It sounds like a small Ro Ro vessel or a landing craft.

Goldie fish
25th January 2005, 08:38
http://www.cidi.org/humanitarian/hsr/ixl94.html


Delivery of food to the southeast in Harper to
support DDRR activities was done by UNMIL chartered vessel (M/V CATERINA)
on 1st October. A total of 11 containers with 146.15 MT of assorted
commodities were loaded on the vessel including two containers of farming
tools for FAO

It may be a small ro-ro ferry. I dont think the dutch have any landing craft of this size.

Stoker
27th January 2005, 00:25
M.V. Caterina must be a " lift on lift off" vessel, if they are using a fork lift for the containers.
II containers totalling 146.15 tonnes = 13.28 tonnes each, that would be heavier than the usuall so they must have a "heavy lift derick". I wonder who operates this vessel, not us!

hedgehog
28th January 2005, 16:41
Why not contact WIll FItz directly- he is bound to have pictures of him and said vessel - he is a good bloke who you will find very helpful-

Dogwatch
26th June 2006, 23:34
Did anyone ever see any photos of the Caterina? Would be interesting to see what the Army used then.

fireblade
27th June 2006, 23:15
As requested,here are some photos of MV Caterina taken in Freetown :biggrin:

Dogwatch
27th June 2006, 23:57
many thanks for the photos, she looks a bit of a rust bucket, somehow I don't think it's a contender for the Blue green Replacement. Did Army personnel travell on her? If so what were the conditions like?

Victor
18th July 2006, 08:55
I think one can call that a bit of a jack of all trades. I wonder if the side ramp was available for use.

Registered in Batumi, Georgia. No real results on google.

fireblade
20th July 2006, 17:54
The side ramp was used for foot passengers only.

hptmurphy
20th July 2006, 21:49
Looks like a stern trawler...seeing as its registerd in georgia probably just a cheap wet lease job..nothing to get excited over. Wonder which are mankier looking..the ship..or the AFV's...the whole lot looks they could do with a wash...lol

Dogwatch
25th October 2008, 09:57
http://media.shipspotting.com/uploads/thumbs/rw/435041_800/Ship+Photo+CATERINA.jpg
MV Caterina used to transport Irish troops & equipment from Monrovia (Liberia) to Freetown, Sierra Leone in 2004. Photographed in May 2007, in Freetown.

http://media.shipspotting.com/uploads/thumbs/rw/435068_800/Ship+Photo+CATERINA.jpg
Should have had a naval escort! LPV in Monrovia on 3 month deployment would have been nice.