© Ed ConnellMV Spring Bok – Cargo from the Past

MV Spring Bok

ex Spring Bee, Spring Bird

© Ed Connell

© Ed Connell

Steel single screw motor vessel, built in 1984 by Koyo Shipyard, Mihara (Yard No. 1057), as a refrigerated cargo ship

Technical Data

  • Length: 150.7m (overall), 140.4m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth of hull: 24.0m
  • Depth: 13.42m
  • Draught: 8.62m
  • Tonnage: 12,113 gross/4,717 net/10098 t deadweight
  • Engines: (1) 2T – 6-cylinder Mitsui B&W diesel
  • Power: 8537kW
  • Speed: 17 knots
  • No. of holds: 17
  • Capacity: 13072.40 m³
  • Call Sign: XYEL (Spring Bee), PBFM
  • Registry: Yango/Union of Myanmar, Groningen/Netherlands
  • IMO Number: 8213677
  • Sister Ships: Spring Bob, Spring Panda


October 11th 1983:Launched.

March 31st 1984: Completed as SPRING BIRD.

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell

1988: Renamed SPRING BEE. Registered Owner; Solea Inc. Registered Manager; Ahrenkiel Shipping (H.K.) Ltd.

© Frits Olinga

© Frits Olinga

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson (@ Dover)

2000: Registered Owner; Spring Bee.

2002: Renamed SPRING BOK.

2010: In Service, Registered Owner: Zuid-Holland. Ship Manager: Seatrade Groningen.

© Ed Connell

© Ed Connell

© Cees Bustraan  © Cees Bustraan

© Cees Bustraan


© Frank Behrends

June 2012: Noted as being beached at Aliaga, Turkey for scrapping.

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 Behrends, Cees Bustraan, Ed Connell, Chris Howell, Mike Jackson and Frits Olinga for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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