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    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.

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    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.

    Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.


    • #3
      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!


      • #4
        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-
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        • #5
          Any photos?

          Did anyone ever see any photos of the Caterina? Would be interesting to see what the Army used then.


          • #6
            MV Caterina Photos

            As requested,here are some photos of MV Caterina taken in Freetown
            Attached Files
            :tri: Try to look unimportant, they may be low on ammo.


            • #7
              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?


              • #8
                I think one can call that a bit of a jack of all trades. I wonder if the side ramp was available for use.

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                • #9
                  The side ramp was used for foot passengers only.
                  :tri: Try to look unimportant, they may be low on ammo.


                  • #10
                    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
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                    • #11
                      More troop transport without naval escort!

                      MV Caterina used to transport Irish troops & equipment from Monrovia (Liberia) to Freetown, Sierra Leone in 2004. Photographed in May 2007, in Freetown.

                      Should have had a naval escort! LPV in Monrovia on 3 month deployment would have been nice.
                      Last edited by Dogwatch; 25 October 2008, 10:58.