© Brian FisherMV Geestbay (II), Cargo from the Past

MV Estia I

ex Estia, Nafsica, Magellan Reefer, GeestBay (II)

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1981 by Smiths Dock Co Ltd, South Bank Middlesbrough (Yard No 1346) as a Refrigerated Cargo Ship

Technical Data

  • Length: 159.04m (overall) 146.69m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 21.3m
  • Depth: 12.76m
  • Draught: 8.832m
  • Tonnage:  7,729 gross/4,445 net/9,970 deadweight
  • Engines: Oil 2SA 6-cylinder J G Kincaid Diesel
  • Power: 9636 kW/13,100 HP
  • Speed:  19.5 knots
  • Capacity: 12 passengers, 4 holds 12,964cu³, 72 TEU
  • Call Sign: GBVV, 3FPM4
  • IMO Number: 8003761
  • Official Number: 389026
  • Port of Registry: Boston/United Kingdom, Nassau/Bahamas, Panama
  • Sister-Ship: Geestport


Nigel Thornton Collection  Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

July 1981: Completed for Geest Industries Ltd.

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher (1984)

1985: Rescues Richard Branson, Chay Blyth and crew of Virgin Atlantic Challenger from sea after their failed attempt to claim the Blue Ribbon trophy for fastest Atlantic crossing.

1994: Sold to International Reefer Services AS Greece and renamed MAGELLAN REEFER

Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

May 28th 2000: 00:31 UTC. Stopped and anchored with engine trouble 1 nautical mile from Dover Harbour eastern entrance in deteriorating weather. Starting system for engine required attention. Towing vessel FAR TURBOT tasked to standby vessel. MRCC Dover informed vessel that she was posing a significant risk of pollution and unless they made arrangements to have themselves moved from this position, they would issue formal powers of intervention

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (Dover 30/05/2000)

2001: Registered Owner: Aqua Ability, Greece. Registered Manager: International Reefer Services, Greece.

2003: Renamed NAFSICA.Front Shipping S.A., Panama

2004: Renamed ESTIA. Harmony Wind S.A., Piraeus

2005: Renamed ESTIA I. Harmony Wind S.A., Piraeus

© Mikael Soderholm  © Ingvar

© Mikael Soderholm (April 2005) (left) © Ingvar (06/03/2006) (right)

© Daniel Ferro

© Daniel Ferro (27/11/2007)

© Theo Hinrichs  © Theo Hinrichs

© Theo Hinrichs (2008)

© Peter J Fitzpatrick

© Peter J Fitzpatrick (ELEUSIS BAY 29/05/09)

2010: Scrapped at Alang, India.

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: Daniel Ferro, Brian Fisher, Peter J Fitzpatrick, Theo Hinrichs, Ingvar, Ken Larwood and Mikael Soderholm for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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