© Mike JacksonMV Golfo De Batabano – Cargo from the Past

MV Aila

ex Ailsa, Eastern Ice, Caribbean Reefer, Golfo De Batabano

© Marc Piché

Steel single screw motor vessel, Kanda445 – 443k Standard, built in 1977 by Kanda Zosensho Kisen Kaisha., Kure, Japan (Yard No 217) as Refrigerated Cargo vessel.

Technical Data

  • Length: 163.00 m (overall) 152.0 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 22.66 m
  • Depth: 13.52 m
  • Draught: 9.212 m
  • Tonnage: 10549 gross/6437 net/10556 deadweight
  • Engines: 2 SA 6 – cylinder Burmeister & Wain diesel engines
  • Power: 11401 kW/15500 HP
  • Speed: 23 knots
  • Crew: 36
  • Capacity: 12,665 m³
  • Call Sign: COGX, FSCR, P3RP7
  • IMO Number: 7622039
  • Official Number: 521
  • Port of Registry: Havana/Cuba, Limassol/Cyprus (Eastern Ice), Saint Kitts & Nevis
  • Sister Ships: Golfo De Guacanayabo, Golfo De Guanahacabibes, Oceano Artico,


May 4th 1977: Keel laid.

August 20th 1977: Launched for the Cuban Fishing Fleet, Havana. Registered Owner; Government of The Republic of Cuba (Empresa Flota Cubana de Pesca) as GOLFO DE BATABANO.

December 15th 1977: Completed.

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

© Yvon Perchoc  © Mike Jackson

© Yvon Perchoc (left) and © Mike Jackson (right)

February 1998: Renamed CARIBBEAN REEFER.

© Jorg Seyler

© Jorg Seyler

July 1999: Sold and renamed EASTERN ICE. Registered Owner; Bolunda Shipping, Greece . Registered Manager; Lagoa Shipping, Greece.

© Yvon Perchoc

© Yvon Perchoc

Courtesy of W Kramer

 Courtesy of W Kramer

2003: Sold and renamed AILSA.

November 2006: Renamed AILA.

2006: Sold to Indian breakers.

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: Mike Jackson, W Kramer, Marc Piché, Yvon Perchoc and Joerg Seyler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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