Cargo VesselsGeneral Cargo ShipsPast and Present

BBC Rainbow – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9423516

MV BBC Rainbow

Ex Thorco Ranger, Safemarine Sumba

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© Frits Olinga (Eemshaven, 22/09/2020)

Steel single screw “Safemarine Sumba Class” motor vessel built in 2010 by Jiangsu Sugang Shipbuilding, Yizheng. China (Yard No 18000-1) as a General Cargo ship.

Technical Data

  • Length: 161.50 m (overall) 153.50 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 25.26 m
  • Depth: 12.43 m
  • Draught: 8.60 m
  • Tonnage: 14859 gross/6254 net/18019t deadweight Summer)
  • Engines: 1 x 2 stroke single acting 6 cylindr MAN-B&W-STX 6S50MC diesel
  • Power: 9960 kW/13542 bHP
  • Speed: 14.0 knots (Service) 17 knots (Max)
  • Capacity: 1048 x 20 ft containers/152 Reefers/G: 24627/TEU: 1047
  • Cargo Gear: 3 x Cranes – SWL 80t each
  • Call Sign: VRHH2, 3E3977
  • MMSI Number: 352001219
  • IMO Number: 9423516
  • Official Number: 54626-TJ
  • Port of Registry: Hong Kong/China 🇭🇰, Panama City/Panama 🇵🇦
  • Sister-Ship: Safemarine Shaba (18000-2)


November 28th 2008: Keel laid.

October 20th 2009: Launched.

October 22nd 2010: Completed as SAFEMARINE SUMBA for Owner/Manager: South African Marine Corp Ltd.

© Derek Sands

© Derek Sands (Antwerp, 10/04/2015)

March 15th 2016: THORCO RANGER or Owner: Enzian Shipmanagement, Zurich. Switzerland. Manager: Enzian Shipmanagement.

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© Marcus S

© Marcus S (Emden, 04/10/2016)

July 2019: BBC RAINBOW for Owner: Anabuki Works Co., Ltd. Manager: TW Ship Management Private Ltd.

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© Frits Olinga (Eemshaven, 24/09/2020)

© Fabian V

© Fabian V (Kiel, 13/10/2020)

May 22nd 2023: Provisionally due at Dover.


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: Fotoflite, Frits Olinga, Marcus S, Derek Sands and Fabian Vornholt for their assistance in producing this feature.

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