© Ken LarwoodMV Snow Drift – Cargo from the Past

MV Snow Drift

ex Greenfield, South Cathay, Snow Drift

© Mike Griffiths

© Mike Griffiths

Steel single screw motor vessel, built in 1973 by Chantiers Nav, De La Ciotat, La Ciotat, France (Yard No. 283 ), for Saléns Rederiet, Stockholm

Technical Data

  • Length: 173.31 m (overall) 160.00 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 24.69 m
  • Depth: 14.91 m
  • Draught: 10.30 m
  • Tonnage: 10,705 – 11,406 gross/5,711 – 5,061 net/15710t deadweight
  • Engines: One 8-cylinder Sulzer CCM diesel
  • Power: 17065 kW/23200 bhp
  • Speed:  22.7 knots
  • Capacity: 17,319 m³ (16 reefer connections)
  • Call Sign: SIAN, ZCGL3
  • IMO Number: 7228302
  • Official Number: 11312
  • Port of Registry: Stockholm/Sweden, Hamilton/Bermuda, Georgetown/Cayman Islands, Rarotonga/Cook Islands
  • Sister-Ship: Snow Ball, Snow Crystal, Snowflake, Snow Flower, Snow Hill, Snow Land, Snow Storm.


September 9th 1972: Launched.

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell

February 1973: Delivered to Saléns Rederiet, Stockholm.

 © Ken Lubi

© Ken Lubi (Tyne 11/09/1977)

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell (1981)

Courtesy of Chris Howell  © John Jones

03/10/1983, Courtesy of Chris Howell (left) and 1983 © John Jones (right)

1984: Sold to South Cathay Shipping Ltd (Salén UK Management, England).

1984: Sold to South Cathay Shipping Ltd, Hong Kong and renamed SOUTH CATHAY.

May 1985: Sold to Whitwill, Cole & Co, England and renamed GREENFIELD.

© Frank Foerst

© Frank Foerst (26/06/1985)

Courtesy of Chris Howell  Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell (01/02/1986 Management; Cool Carriers)

Courtesy of Chris Howell  Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell (1988)

October 1989: Sold to Frigomaris Shipping GmbH, Hamburg, Germany and renamed SNOW DRIFT.

1989: Sold to Salut Shipping, Ltd, Hamilton, Bermuda.

February 1994: Management Holy House Shipping Ab, Stockholm.

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell (1990’s)

© Will Weijsters   © Will Weijsters

© Will Weijters (2007)

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

March 2012: Sold to Indian breakers.

April 11th 2012: Arrived Alang, India.

April 20th 2012: Beached and scrapping commenced by R.I. Kalthia Ship Breaking.

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: Frank Foerst, Mike Griffiths, Chris Howell, John Jones, Ken Larwood, Ken Lubi and Will Weijters for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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