Small Cargo Ship (Australia based)


The vessel has sailed at length in the  North Sea twice during the Northern Hemisphere winter, between Norway and the U.K. before departing on her voyage to Australia.

With an average speed of 8 knots, this versatile vessel made the voyage to Sydney comfortably without mishap, which goes to prove her versatility and mechanical soundness, having endured extreme weather conditions on passage from the rigours of the North Sea to the high temperatures of the Red Sea.

The passage to Sydney was  10 weeks 6.1 days (including a deviation to Las Palmas) via the Suez Canal .  Distance covered was 14,438 nautical miles.  Fuel consumption was 62,800 litres.   820.49 ltrs per day.   34.19 ltrs per hour.   4.34 ltrs per nautical mile (calculations based on passage times not engine running hours).

Whilst in Sydney, the Recife had been modified to meet the rigorous requirements of the U.S.L Code to bring her into survey with NSW Maritime as it was called at the time for the carriage of cargo and deck passengers.  Whilst there she was chartered as a Training Vessel on many occasions.

SKU: 2043 Category:

Additional information


28.53m x 6.10m x 2.8m


Recife ex Kystvern ex Rundoy was built back in 1954 at Arundal Norway under DNV Classification as a small cargo vessel for trading around the fjords. Her strong steel hull part rivetted and part welded is a fine example of Norwegian shipbuilding. Her history includes many years service with the Norwegian Navy where she was employed as a Coastguard Vessel and Training Vessel. Her sister ship was still used as a whale chaser in Norway in February 2004.

Estimated Payload

Work on no less than 50T


Official Number – 857423. IMO Number – 5302192. MMSI Number – 503031200. Length below waterline 26.03m. Gross Tonnage 119.85. Nett Tonnage 35.59. Displacement tonnage 162.4. Range 4,000 nautical miles


Wichman 3 ACA 240 bhp (modified to 300).

Bow Thruster

Lister bow thruster. Fitted in Norway when vendor bought the vessel. It’s a 48 volt thruster but currently not working. Possibly needs a new motor.


It is a Lister generator. Very reliable . Consumption 800 ltr p/d @ 8 knots. Vessel extremely fuel economical! Runs the 24 volt system and 240 volt inverter when I port. It also run the hydraulics, compressor and firepump.

Fuel Consumption

Approximately 700 litres per day at 7 knots.


Fuel 17.60 cubic metres. Fuel burn 800 L per day at 8 knots. L.O. 380 litres. Fresh water 6.30m3. Septic tank 250 litres. Fuel header tank 150 litres. Fuel currently remaining on board approximately 4,000 litres.


This vessel runs off 24 volt primarily but there is a small inverter giving 2KVA only.

Navigation & Communication Equipment

Robertson autopilot. Sperre Gyro- compass. Magnetic compass. Depth sounder. ICOM H.F. radio. 3 x VHF radios. Furuno chart plotter. Furuno GPS. Furuno Inmarsat C. Furuno radar. Iridium satelite phone. Internal intercom system to all cabins.

Safety Equipment

1 x 10 person lifeboat. 1 x workboat, 2 x 20 person life rafts. Full inventory of fire extinguishers including C.O.2 system in engine room, 2 x 10 person carly floats. S.A.R.T. E.P.I.R.B. pyrotechnics. 58 lifejackets.

Deck Equipment

2x Anchors. Hydraulic windlass. Hydraulic winch. Derrick. 2 Tonne S.W.L.


3x forward cabins (accommodates 7 persons) and two aft double berth cabins, and 4x single bunks fitted in ex cargo hold and 1x bunk in chartroom. Sleeps 16 total.

Ex cargo hold and hatch:

The current hold measurements are L 5.4m W 5.5m H 2.85m. Taking into account it is fitted out with seats etc. If the hold was brought back to original it would be a very big cargo space.
The existing hatchway will accommodate the largest pallet. However, if a larger hatch lid was required it wouldn't be difficult to fabricate one along similar lines. It is made of aluminium and quite lightweight. The whole hatch top could be opened up if necessary.


Fitted out galley. Mess room seating for 12. 2x showers and toilets.

Last Slipping

Vessel last slipped in 2015 – Brisbane travel lift. More recently, divers have fixed new zinc anodes to the vessel. Vessel has not been steel thickness tested for at least 15 years.


Available from NZMB.


Formal survey (which was NSW Maritime 1.E, 2C) has lapsed approximately 7-8 years ago but a Safety Certificate or equivalent was issued following a safety survey carried out by Head of Ports and Marine (Vanuatu) in Australia prior to sailing to Vanuatu in 2015. Currently has Vanuatu Flag.