MV Baltic Melody
Ex Swan Ocean, Swan Lake, Isla Payana, Potomac
© Ken Larwood (Newhaven 21/02/1984)
Steel screw motor vessel built in 1980 by Boelwerf Vlaanderen Temse, Belgium (Yard No 1498) as a Refrigerated Cargo ship
- Length: 151.26 m (overall) 140.01m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth: 21.65m
- Depth: 13.21m
- Draught: 8.727m
- Tonnage: 7037 gross/3559 net/9852 deadweight
- Engines: 2SA 8-cylinder MAN Diesel
- Power: 12151kW/16520HP
- Speed: 22 knots
- Capacity: 13,450, 114 TEU , 4 holds capable of carrying at minus 25deg C, side doors port and starboard
- Call Sign: ONBC, LAJL4, ELWJ4
- IMO Number: 7710915
- Official Number: 01024 (LR 1992-93)
- Port of Registry: Antwerp/Belgium, Oslo/Norway, Monrovia/Liberia
- Sister-Ships: Pocantico, Pocahontas
All three sisters were built with government shipbuilding finance and all three saw extensive service with United Brands.
1980: Completed. Delivered as POTOMAC to F.H. Ahlers, Belgium (joint venture with German F. Laeisz GmbH) as part of 3 vessel series.
1984: Renamed ISLA PAYANA.
1986: Renamed POTOMAC.
Courtesy fo Chris Howell (Gothenburg 17/05/1988)
During the years 1990-93 the vessels were bare-boat chartered to Turbana trading with bananas from South America to US East Coast.
© Bengt-Rune Inberg (October 1992)
1993: Renamed SWAN LAKE. Operated by Cool Carriers. Participating first in the Leonia Pool and then the Arctic Pool.
© Mike Jackson (Dover 1994)
1998: Renamed SWAN OCEAN. Registered Owner/Manager; Swan Reefer.
September 2nd 2003: Sold to Aquaships SIA, Latvia. Renamed BALTIC MELODY.
© Marc Piché
© Gena Anfimov
2012: Sold to Izmir Geri Donusum AS, Turkey for demolition.
June 25th 2012: Beached and broken up in Aliaga, Turkey
© Petros Psarras
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 Anfimov, Chris Howell, Bengt-Rune Inberg, Mike Jackson, Ken Larwood, Marc Piché and Petros Psarras for their assistance in producing this feature.