MV Eastern Bay, Past and Present

MV Eastern Bay

ex Eastern Express, Frost Express

© Fernando Montes

© Fernando Montes

Steel single screw motor vessel, built in 1997 by Kitanihon Shipbuilding Co., Ltd (Yard No. 306), for Saito Shipping as a ref cargo vessel.

Technical Data

  • Length: 143.00m (overall), 134.740m (Registered)
  • Breadth of hull: 22.00m
  • Depth: 13.1m
  • Draught: 8.29m
  • Tonnage: 8,917 gross /4,366 net /9,638 deadweight
  • Engines: 1 2T SA 7-cylinder Akasaka diesels
  • Power: 13081 hp/ 9,627kW
  • Speed: 22.3 knots (trial), 19.5 knots (sea speed)
  • Capacity: REF 14,819 Dry; TEU-42, FEU-93
  • Call Sign: 3FDN7 (1997), A8IO9 (2005)
  • IMO Number: 9143752
  • Registry: Panama (1997), Monrovia (2005)
  • Sister Ship: Southern Express


February 1997: Launched.

March 1997: Completed as FROST EXPRESS.

1997: Delivered as EASTERN EXPRESS. Registered Owner; East Stork Marina SA, Panama, Registered Manager; Saito Shipping Co.. Ltd.., Fukuoka.

© Fernando Montes

© Fernando Montes

April 15th 2002: Registered Manager; Univan Shipmanagement Ltd., Hong Kong,.

September 1st 2004: Sold to Eastern Express BV, Panama. Registyered Manager; Univan Ship Management Ltd., Hong Kong Vroon BV,

July 19th 2005: In Service Registered owner: Eastern Bay Shipping Co SA Address: 200, Laan Corpus den Hoorn, Groningen Netherlands. Ship manager: Seatrade Groningen BV Address: 200, Laan Corpus den Hoorn, Groningen Netherlands. Renamed EASTERN BAY.

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton (Dover 09/06/2996)(all)

© Yvon Perchoc

© Yvon Perchoc (15/06/2006)

© Gerolf Drebes   © Gerolf Drebes

© Gerolf Drebes (03/10/2012)(both)

We would like to thank: Gerolf Drebes, Fernando Montes and Yvon Perchoc 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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