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MV Baltic Strait – Cargo from the Past

MV Baltic Strait

Ex Salerno, Skater, Tundra Skater, Hilco Skater

© Capt Peter

© Capt Peter

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1981 by Framnaes Mekaniske Verksted Sandefjord, Norway (Yard No 195) as a refrigerated cargo ship

Technical Data

  • Length:¬†146.34m (overall) 136.30m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth:¬†24.54m
  • Depth:¬†14.81m
  • Draught:¬†9.814m
  • Tonnage:¬†6796 – 9191 gross/3425 – 4943 net/12545 deadweight
  • Engines:¬†2 SA 5-cylinder Burmeister & Wain 5L80GFCA (A/B Gotaverken) diesel
  • Power: 10,298kW/14000HP
  • Speed:¬†22 knots
  • Fuel Consumption:¬†51t a day
  • Capacity:¬†4 holds + side doors, 15,339m¬≥. 148 TEU
  • Call Sign:¬†LKHD, 3EDK3, J8B4240
  • IMO Number:¬†8002963
  • Official Number: 19648 (LR 1984-85)
  • Port of Registry:¬†Oslo/Norway. Kingstown/St Vincent and Grenadines
  • Near Sister-Ships: Hilco Sprinter, Hilco Speedster, Hilco Scamper


March 3rd 1981: Launched.

December 9th 1981: Completed as HILCO SKATER, Registered Owner; K/S Hilco Skater A/S & Co., Oslo, Norway. Registered Manager; Irgens Larsen A/S, Oslo.

© Mike Griffiths

© Mike Griffiths

1987: Transferred to Skater Shipping Inc (Irgens Larsen A/S), Panama.

1988: Sold to Kvaerner Reefer A/S, Oslo, Norway and renamed TUNDRA SKATER.

© Ken Lubi  

© Ken Lubi (left) Photoship (right)

December 1991: Sold to Skater Shipping S.A., Bahamas an renamed SKATER.

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson (Dover)

1994: Registered Manager; Enterprises Shipping & Trading, Athens.

1997: Registered Manager; Silver Trans Shipping, Antwerp.

April 2002: Sold to Atlantic Ship Holding Ltd (Enterprises Shipping & Trading, Athens) and renamed SALERNO.

© Federico Bolognini   © Daniel Ferro

© Federico Bolognini (left) © Daniel Ferro (right)

2003: Detained in Rotterdam (Netherlands).

2004: Detained in Koper (Slovenia).

2006: Sold in July for $ 3,200,000 to Loyalty Activity SA (Laskaridis Shipping Co. Ltd.), Panama.

2009: Detained in Gdansk (Poland).

August 2007: Sold  for $ 8,000,000  to Sevylor Shipping and Trading, St.Vincent & Grenadines and renamed BALTIC STRAIT. Registered Owner; Baltic Reefers Limited. Registered Manager; Aquaship Ltd, 8 B, Gunara Astras iela, Riga Latvia.

November 2009: Registered Manager; Ost-West-Handel und Schiffahrt, Bremen

© Mikael Söderholm  © Mikael Söderholm

© by Mikael Söderholm

Sold for demolition in India. 500 $ per ton including 70 t of aluminium.

July 8th 2014: Beached at Alang, India.

July 12th 2014: Scrapping commenced by Ashwin Corp.

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: Federico Bolognini, Daniel Ferro, Mike Griffiths, Mike Jackson, Ken Lubi, Capt Peter and Mikael Söderholm for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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