© Malcolm CranfieldMV Aegean Reefer, Cargo from the Past

MV Lima

Ex Alpina I, Aegean Reefer, Delphic Reefer, Wild Avocet

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1972 by A/S Bergens M/V, Bergen, Norway (Yard No 653) as a Refrigerated Cargo Ship

Technical Data

  • Length: 155.81m (overall) 143.69m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 21.37m
  • Depth: 12.70m
  • Draught: 8.560 – 9.170m
  • Tonnage: 7291 – 9710 gross/3242 – 5416 net/9561 – 10963 deadweight
  • Engines: 1 x B&W 9K74EF diesel
  • Power: kW/15300HP
  • Speed: 22.0 knots
  • Capacity: 4 x Hatches/Holds; 22.3m, 22.4m, 24.7m, 24.0m, 12,926m³
  • Call Sign: GOXT, 3EXI9, SWPW,
  • IMO Number: 7208510
  • Official Number: 358482
  • Port of Registry: London/UK, Piraeus/Greece, Panama,
  • Sister-Ship: Wild Auk


March 1972: Launched.

Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection (Motor Ship)

July 1972: Delivered to Federal Steam Navigation Co. as WILD AVOCET. Registered Manager; P&O General Cargo Division.

1980: To Citragon Shipping Corp. Registered Manager; Comninos Brothers Shipping Co and renamed DELPHIC REEFER

© Brent

© Brent (Naper 14/11/1981)

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell (New Plymouth 1981)

© John Jones

© John Jones (River Blackwater 03/10/1982)

Courtesy of Chris Howell  Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell  Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell  Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell (Bluff, NZ.1986) (all)

© Joerg Seyler

© Joerg Seyler (Hamburg 1990 ‘ish)

1991: To Warmship Marine Co. Ltd and renamed AEGEAN REEFER. Registered manager; Comninos Enterprises S.A.

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (Dover 04/10/1991)

1995: To Sea Condors S.A. management remained the same and renamed ALPINA I.

© Malcolm Cranfield  Courtesy of Chris Howell

© Malcolm Cranfield (Heysham 03/06/1996)(left) Courtesy of Chris Howell (Heysham 30/06/1996) (right)

1999: Renamed LIMA

June 19th 1999: Arrived at Mumbai, India. Scrap price – $120.00/ldt or $750,000 (US)

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Brent, Chris Howell, John Jones, Ken Larwood and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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