Tijdens ombouw van roro naar veeschip bij de Meijerwerf in Papenburg.
Vroon vessels through the years "Murray Express":
In 1968 the Norwegian shipyard Trosvik Verksted NS of Brevik handed over the motorvessel "Mandeville",
yard number 88, to her owners Messrs. Klaveness.
The vessel was registered in the port of Lysaker and
being a roll-on/roll-off vessel she was used on various ferry services between Denmark and Norway.
In 1970 the vessel was sold to the British shipping company Elder Dempster,
who registered her in Liverpool as "Skyway" and used her on the trade between England and continental countries.
Soon afterwards in 1973 the vessel changed hands again,
this time a company called Seaspeed Trailership became the owner.
The vessel was registered in Famagusta (Cyprus) and called "Seaspeed Trailer".
The ship then sailed in North American waters. Because there was no virtue in sailing under Cyprus flag
in American waters the ship was sold to a Canadian company known as Federal Navigation who gave her the
name "Federal Avalon".
From 1974 untill l980 the vessel was used in the trade between the Canadian Eastcoast
and the islands in that area.
In 1980 Vroon was in urgent need for a livestock carrier with a good
A Panamanian company bought the "Federal Avalon" in August 1980, and gave the vessel in management to Vroon.
The ship went from her homeport Halifax to Papenburg in Germany, where she was converted intoa cattle carrier.
In January 1981 the vesse1 was completed and put into service as "Avalo".
During the first couple of years she mainly traded between Ireland and North African countries,
like Egypt and Libya.
Later the vessel operated world-wide and loaded cattle in ports like Stettin, Mombasa, Port Sudan, Tauranga,
Maracaibo, Seattle and Fray Bentos.
In 1983 Vroon dec1ared its option to buy the vessel.
Ever since her name is "Murray Express".
At the moment the vessel operates between Australian harbours and ports in Indonesia and the Philippines.