MV Southern Universal, Cargo from the Past

MV Hudson Bay

Ex Kiwi, Central Reefer, Southern Laurel, Southern Universal

© Jörn Prestien

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1983 by Towa Shimonoseki, Japan (Yard No 540) as a Refrigerated Cargo Ship

Technical Data

  • Length: 140.0 m (overall) 130.0 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 21.20 m
  • Depth: 10.06 m
  • Draught: 8.70 m
  • Tonnage: 5,555-8,052 gross/3,347-3,950 net/8,945 deadweight
  • Engines: 1x Mitsubishi 7UEC – 2 stroke 7 cylinder 520 x 1.250 mm diesel.
  • Power: 6844 kW/9,300HP
  • Speed: 17.5 knots
  • Continuous Decks: 3
  • Capacity: 4 holds, 15 compartments, 11.327 m³
  • Call Sign: JJFO, 3EFA6, V2QG4
  • IMO Number: 8202654
  • Official Number: 126162
  • Port of Registry: Tokyo/Japan, Panama, St Johns/Antigua & Barbuda


1983: Completed for Southern Shipping K.K as SOUTHERN UNIVERSAL

Courtesy of Ted Ingham

Courtesy of Ted Ingham (@ Dover mid ‘eighties)

January 12th 1988: Renamed SOUTHERN LAUREL.

October 25th 1990: Renamed CENTRAL REEFER. Registered Manager; Kyoku Ships Managing S.A.

August 5th 1995: Renamed KIWI.

© Cap Jan Melchers

© Cap Jan Melchers

July 6th 1999: Registered Owner; NTH Reefer Shipping Co Ltd. Owner; Thien & Heyenga Bereederungs- und Befrachtungs Ges. MbH. Hamburg. Manager; Seatrade Groningen. Renamed HUDSON BAY.

© Gena Amfimov  © Gena Amfimov

© Gena Amfimov

2012: Sold to Indian Breakers.

April 26th 2012: Arrived at anchorage 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: Gena Amfimov, Ted Ingham, Capt Jan Melchers and Jörn Prestien for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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