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MV Afric Star (II) – Cargo from the Past

MV Afric Star

ex Lanark, Afric Star

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Steel single screw “A Class” motor vessel built in 1975 by Smith’s Dock Co. Ltd, Middlesbrough to a design by Akers, Norway (Yard No 1328) as a Refrigerated cargo vessel

Technical Data

  • Length: 155.81 m (overall) 143.69 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 30.56 m
  • Depth: 12.70 m
  • Draught: 8.560/9.170 m
  • Tonnage: 9784 – 6884 – 9743 gross/5428 – 3620 – 5510 net/9680 – 11092 deadweight
  • Engines: 9-Cyl 2 S.C.S.A. Burmeister & Wain 9K74EF diesel
  • Power: 12980 kW/17400 bHP
  • Speed: 24 knots(max) knots
  • Capacity: Cubic Capacity : 467,215  Deck Area : 5203 m3
  • Call Sign: GUPX, ELHY2, C6MD5
  • IMO Number: 7342964  
  • Official Number: 363591
  • Port of Registry: London/UK, Monrovia/Liberia
  • Sister-Ship: Almeda Star 2,  Almeria Star / Avila Star 3 , Andalucia Star 2 , Avelona Star 2 &  Avila Star 2


“One of the new A-Class ships, designed  in Norway and apart from the Avila Star built at Middlesbrough. Designed as refrigerated fruit carriers, primarily for bananas being fitted with side (banana) doors  and air change fans, for loading in Central American ports. “.

September 3rd 1974: Launched Glencairn Shipping  Ltd. ( Blue Star Line Ltd. managers)

Courtesy of Chris Howell  Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell

February 1975: Completed as AFRIC STAR for Blue Star Ship Management Ltd. appointed managers. “Initially most had long term five year charters to the Standard Fruit Corporation, carrying bananas from Costa Rica, Honduras,  and Columbia to US East Coast and European ports. “.


© Fotoflite

1987: Sold to High Herald Ltd, Hong Kong. Renamed LANARK

© Andrew Gilbert (@ Newhaven)  Courtesy of Malcolm Cranfield

© Andrew Gilbert (@ Newhaven)(left) Courtesy of Malcolm Cranfield (right)

1988: Renamed AFRIC STAR (Tovey Corporation, Liberia. Manager; Concordia Marine Co., Ltd. Monrovia).

Courtesy of Gordon Wise  Courtesy of Gordon Wise

Courtesy of Gordon Wise (@ Dover)

© Andrew Gilbert (@ Newhaven)

© Andrew Gilbert (@ Newhaven)

Courtesy of Leo Johannes

Courtesy of Leo Johannes

Last Owner; Target Marine Sa, Piraeus. Manager; Angela Holding, Panama.

September 18th 2001: Beached at Alang.

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: Malcolm Cranfield, Andrew Gilbert, Chris Howell, Leo Johannes and Gordon Wise for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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