Ex Baltic Start, Baltic Star
Steel single screw “Baltic Class” motor vessel built in 1983 by Sasebo Heavy Industries Co., Ltd, Sasebo, Japan (Yard No 322) as a Refrigerated Cargo ship
- Length: 140.49 m (overall) 130.03 m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth: 14.28 m
- Depth: 13.01 m
- Draught: 4.903 m
- Tonnage: 2,746 gross/1,212 net/9464t deadweight
- Engines: 7 – Cyl 2 S.C.S.A Mitsubishi diesel.
- Power: 9,121 kW/12,400 HP
- Speed: 19.5 knots
- Capacity: Ins; 11,261 TEU-54. C.Ho: 36/20’ C.Deck: 18/23’
- Call Sign: ELNS3, ZCG14, 8TPQ, E5U2411
- IMO Number: 8221832
- Official Number: 9434
- Port of Registry: Monrovia/Liberia, Bridgetown/Barbados, Cook Islands
- Sister-Ships: Atlantic Star, Pacific Star, Tasman Star
One of four vessel built in Japan. These were built with a Japanese Government subsidy which required ownership and manning to remain Japanese, hence the chartering arrangements.
May 26th 1983: Launched as BALTIC STAR for S.O. Line. Manager; Tokumaru Kaiun K.K, Japan.
1983: Completed and time chartered to Blue Star Line for 5 years.
© Mike Jackson (@ Dover)
2000: Detained in Masan (South Korea).
Courtesy of Chris Howell
© Ulrich Streich
2002: Renamed BALTIC START. Registered owner; Baltic Start Shipping Ltd (Managers, Holy House Shipping AB (Sweden).
© Gena Amfimov (left) and © Daniel Ferro (right)
2002: Detained in Oita (Japan), deficiency; Tide table.
2010: Renamed LAURA. Registered owner; Laura Shipping Co. Ltd. Registered manager; Regulus SIA.
© Edson de Lima Lucas (left) © Willem Oldenburg (right)
2011: Sold for demolition in India for $510/ton.
September 6th 2011: Scrapped at Alang.
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: Gena Amfimov, Daniel Ferro, Chris Howell, Mike Jackson, Edson de Lima Lucas, Willem Oldenburg and Ulrich Streich for their assistance in producing this feature.