© Ed ConnellMV Atlantic Klipper – Past and Present

MV Atlantic Klipper

Atlantic Klipper © David Pratt

Atlantic Klipper – © David Pratt

Steel single screw motor vessel, built in 2011 by Kitanihon Shipbuilding, Hachinohe, Japan (Yard No. 392) as a refrigerated cargo ship

Technical Data

  • Length: 153.5m (between perpendiculars), 165.00m (overall)
  • Breadth of hull: 25m
  • Depth: 14m
  • Draught: 10.3m
  • Tonnage: 14,091 gross/7,603 net/15692t deadweight
  • Engines: (1) 2T – 6 cylinder MAN diesel
  • Power: 14280kW/19402 bhp
  • Speed: 23.2 knots
  • Capacity: 18,071 cu.ft
  • Container Capacity: (192 High Cube (9.5′) Reefers)
  • Holds: 4
  • Hatches: 4
  • Compartments: 16
  • Number of electrical Reefer Plugs: 200
  • Cargo Handling Gear: 2 Cranes x 40.0 mt, 2 Cranes x 8.0 mt
  • Call Sign: PCIU
  • MMSI Number: 245723000
  • IMO Number: 9454761
  • Registry: Panama, Netherlands/Scheveningen

Current Location

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History

January 4th 2011: Completed as ATLANTIC KLIPPER.

January 4th 2011: Registered Owner; Jaczon Atlantic Klipper BV.Registered Manager; Seatrade Groningen.

February 4th 2011: Christened in Valparaiso, Chile.

The Diamond State Port Corporation (DSPC), owner and operator of the Port of Wilmington, Delaware, Pacific Delaware, Inc., Murphy Marine Services, Inc., and Seatrade Reefer Chartering (Seatrade) welcomed the arrival of Seatrade’s newest vessel, m/v Atlantic Klipper, on her maiden voyage to the U.S. on Thursday, the 24th of February, 2011. Seatrade, celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2011, is the world’s largest operator of refrigerated (reefer) vessels and, specializes in the carriage of perishable cargo. Pacific Seaways, a Santiago, Chile based consortium of growers and exporters, has chartered the m/v Atlantic Klipper and several other Seatrade ships to maintain a scheduled service to load Chilean fruit in the ports of Caldera, Coquimbo, and Valparaiso for delivery to the Port of Wilmington from December through April. On this call to Wilmington, the Atlantic Klipper will discharge her cargo of more than 7700 pallets of table grapes and stone fruit for distribution throughout North America.

“We congratulate Seatrade on the recent addition of m/v Atlantic Klipper to its reefer fleet,” said Gene Bailey, Diamond State Port Corporation’s Executive Director. “Seatrade’s continued investment in growing their fleet underscores its commitment of service to their customers and to leadership in the very sophisticated transport of high value, perishable cargo on trade lanes throughout the world.”

The ship was delivered on the 4th of January, 2011 at Kitanihon Shipbuilding in Hachinohe City, Japan and christened on the 4th of February, 2011 in Valparaiso, Chile. She is 165 meters long (541.3 feet), and can carry 5400 pallets under-deck and 247 forty-foot long shipping containers on deck, 200 of which can be refrigerated when powered up by special electrical connections installed onboard.

She boasts two 40 metric ton cranes and two 8 metric ton cranes which allow for a speedy self sustained loading or discharging of both containers and of palletized cargo. The vessel can reach a maximum speed of 21.5 knots ensuring its cargo gets to market quicker than that carried by its competitors. The MV Atlantic Klipper has a sister ship, the MV Baltic Klipper, which was launched in September 2010.

© Gerolf Drebes  © Ed Connell

© Gerolf Drebes (left) and Dover © Ed Connell (right)

January 2018: Chartered to Geest Line.

© Ed Connell  © Ed Connell

© Ed Connell


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: Ed Connell, Gerolf Drebes and David Pratt for their assistance in producing this feature.

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