MV Carribean Star, Past and Present

MV Caribbean Star

ex Hornsea, Caribbean Star

© Henk Guddee

© Henk Guddee

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1997 by Shikoku Dockyard, Takamatsu (Yard No 884) for Blue Star Line.

Technical Data

  • Length: 144m/154m (overall), 144.60m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 24m (extreme)
  • Depth: 13.3m
  • Draught: 9.068m
  • Tonnage: 11,435 – 15,058 gross/5,901 – 7,480 net/10,350 – 10,362 deadweight
  • Engines: 2 SA 6-cylinder Mitsui Engineering (Tamano Works) diesels.
  • Power: 15600 (11473)
  • Speed: 23.1 knots (trial), 21 knots (maximum), 19 knots laden
  • Holds/Hatches: 4/4
  • Capacity: REF 15994 DRY;TEU-258,FEU-126 REF;FEU-80;CAR 531
  • Temperature compartments/zones: 16/8
  • Controlled atmosphere zones: 8
  • Call Sign: 3FTO7, A8KJ7
  • IMO Number: 9150810
  • Registered: Panama, Liberia
  • Sister Ships: Colombian Star, Costa Rican Star, Cote d’Ivorian Star


January 1996: Ordered.

March 24th 1997: Keel laid.

July 3rd 1997: Launched as CARIBBEAN STAR

October 1997: Delivered at a cost of $30,000 dollars.

February 1998: Chartered to Horn-Line, Germany and renamed HORNSEA.

March 2000: Reverted to the name CARIBBEAN STAR.

2003: Registered Owner; Caribbean Shipping.

2004: Registered Owner; Star Reefers Shipowning Inc. Registered Manager; Norbulk Shipping UK Ltd

© Daniel Ferro  © Daniel Ferro

© Daniel Ferro (both)

© David Pratt

© David Pratt

© Ed Connell

© Ed Connell

September 2014: Registered Owner; SSI Shipowning I Inc. Registered Manager; Star Reefers UK Ltd.


 © Frank Behrends

We would like to thank: Frank Behrends, Ed Connell, Daniel Ferro, Henk Guddee and David Pratt for their assistance in producing this feature. All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for errors and omissions.

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

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