© Niels JohannesMv Baltic Performer – Past and Present

Mv Baltic Performer

Ex Hawk Bay, Roman Bay, Roman Star, Chiquita Sulu

© Niels Johannes

© Niels Johannes

Steel single screw motor vessel, built in 1992 by Shikoku Dockyard Co. Ltd. (Yard No. 864) as a refrigerated cargo vessel.

Technical Data

  • Length: 143.13m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth of hull: 22.5m (moulded)
    Depth: 13.2m (moulded)
    Draught: 8.0 m
    Tonnage: 10,603 gross/11,307.06 net/10,603 deadweight
    Engines: 1 x 6-cylinder Mitsui diesel
    Power: 11253kW
    Speed: 16 knots (service)
    Capacity: 14916.1 cu m (hold capacity)
    Call Sign: PJRP, A8JH9
  • IMO Number: 9016674
  • Registry: Panama, Hong Kong, Curacao/Netherlands Antilles, Germany, Monrovia./Liberia


November 22nd 1991: Keel laid.

March 19th 1992: Launched.

July 8th 1992: Delivered as CHIQUITA SULU.

1992: Renamed ROMAN STAR operated by Blue Star line.

© Gerolf Drebes   Courtesy of Chris Howell

© Gerolf Drebes (left) Courtesy of Chris Howell (right)

© Urbain Ureel

1999: Renamed ROMAN BAY. Registered Manager; Unique Shipping Canada.

2001: Registered Owner; Triton Schiffahrts GmBH. Registered Manger; Triton Schiffahrts GmBH.

2004: Renamed HAWK BAY.

2005: Registered owner: B.V. Shipping Company, Hawk Bay. Groningen, Netherlands.

© Cees Bustraan  © Cees Bustraan

© Cees Bustraan

© Cees Bustraan

2010: Registered Owner; Hawk Bay Schiffahrts GmBH. Registered Manager; Triton Schiffahrts GmBh

© Henk Guddee  © Henk Guddee

© Henk Guddee

© Henk Guddee

December 2013: Sold to Roycan Overseas Coro, Managers; Baltic Reefers Ltd and renamed BALTIC PERFORMER

“The refrigerated cargo ship BALTIC PERFORMER got into difficulties in heavy weather off southwest of the tip of Brittany, 112 miles south of Penmarc’h, on Oct 21st 2017 at 3 p.m.
Part of the cargo of 6,120 tons of vegetables, arranged on pallets, had shifted, causing a portside list of 15 degrees.
The vessel asked for assistance in the morning of Oct 22, 2017. The emergency tug ABEILLE BOURBON was deployed as an escort. It sailed from Camaret at 7 p.m. and reached the reefer on Oct 22 at 2 a.m.
The convoy headed for shelter in Brest.
BALTIC PERFORMER had sailed from Flushing on Oct 19 bound for Dakar and has a crew of 25 on board.
Weather on scene was wind force 7 on the Beaufort scale and swell of 6 to 9 meters.


© Yvon Perchoc  © Yvon Perchoc

© Yvon Perchoc

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: Cees Bustraan, Gerolf Drebesm, Henk Guddee, Chris Howell, Yvon Perchoc and Urbain Ureel for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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