MV Norse Variant

MV Norse Variant was a Norwegian combined bulk and car carrier, which sank off the coast of New Jersey during a storm on 22 March 1973.

Name: Norse Variant
Owner: Odd Godager & Co.
Port of registry: Oslo, Norway
Builder: Uddevallavarvet AB, Uddevalla, Sweden
Yard number: 267
Completed: March 1965
Fate: Sank, 22 March 1973
General characteristics [1]
Type: Combined bulk and car carrier
Length: 541 ft 6 in (165.05 m)
Beam: 70 ft 2 in (21.39 m)
Draught: 40 ft 9 in (12.42 m)
Propulsion: 9,000 bhp (6,711 kW) B&W 2SCSA 6-cylinder marine diesel engine

Ship history

The ship was constructed by the Uddevallavarvet AB shipyard at Uddevalla, Sweden, for Odd Godager & Co. of Oslo, and was delivered on March 1965. Norse Variant could carry 1,500 cars and sailed between Europe, the US east and west coasts, and Japan, with cars and bulk cargoes. She sailed from Newport News on 21 March 1973 with a cargo of coal bound for Glasgow and sank in a late winter storm the next day. The last radio message from the ship was received at 13:49 on 22 March. Of the crew of 30 only one man, the oiler Stein Gabrielsen, survived, having spent three days on rafts before being rescued by MT Mobile Lube.[2]

Another Norwegian combined bulk and car carrier, MV Anita, which passed Cape Henry only an hour after Norse Variant, disappeared with its crew of 32. Nothing was ever found of this vessel.[2]


  1. Nørsett, Anstein Jarl (2014). "M\S Norse Variant". Sjøhistorisk database (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  2. Pazara, Radu Hanzu; Ionel, Cioara Petrica; Barsan, Eugen (2010). "An analysis of the M/Vs Anita and Norse Variant distresses, in the Bermuda triangle" (PDF). Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Maritime and Naval Science and Engineering: 21–24. ISBN 978-960-474-222-6. ISSN 1792-4707. Retrieved 7 July 2014.

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