Cargo from the PastPast and Present

MV Australic – Cargo from the Past

MV Reefer Turbo

ex Reefer Tiger, Ionian Reefer, Australic

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1965 by Eriksberg M/V A/B, Gothenburg (Yard No 594) as General Cargo vessel

Technical Data

  • Length: 149.23¬†m (overall) 137.17 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 18.98¬†m
  • Depth: 11.89¬†m
  • Draught: 8.249 – 8.535¬†m
  • Tonnage:¬†6482 – 8002 gross/2725 – 4302 net/7398 – 8528 deadweight
  • Engines:¬†2 SA 8 – cylinder B & W diesel
  • Power: 7460 kW/10,000 bhp
  • Speed:¬†19 knots
  • Capacity:¬†Ins 10,662m¬≥
  • Call Sign:¬†SDUA (Australic) 9HJG3 (Reefer Turbo)
  • IMO Number: 6503535
  • Official Number: 120575 (LR 1978- 79)
  • Port of Registry:¬†Gothenburg/Sweden (Australic), Valletta/Malta (Reefer Turbo)


October 1963: Ordered.

October 12th 1964: Launched as AUSTRALIC

March 23rd 1965: Delivered to the joint companies Ab Transatlantic (50%), Salénrederierna Ab (50%).

© Malcolm Cranfield  © Gordon Wise

© Malcolm Cranfield (left) © Gordon Wise (@ Dover)(right)

1978 – 1979: Registered Owner; m.s. ‚ÄúAustralic‚ÄĚ.

May 31st 1978: Sold to National Ability cia Naviera S.A. Piraeus, Greece.

October 31st 1978: Taken over by her new owner and renamed IONIAN REEFER.

© Yvon Perchoc

© Yvon Perchoc

🆕¬†¬© Urbain Ureel

1979: Transferred to Progress Compania Naviera, S.A. Piraeus, Greece.

1985: Sold to Marine Heaven Inc. Panama. Same manager. Renamed REEFER TIGER .

November 1985: Sold to Marine Heaven S.A. Panama and renamed REEFER TURBO.

© Mike Griffiths

© Mike Griffiths

1989: Sold to Gemini Maritime International S.A. Piraeus, Greece.

1991: Sold to Daftok Shipping, Ltd. (International Reefer Services S.A.), Valletta, Malta.

1992 – 1993: Registered Manager; Emotion Marine Co. Ltd.

October 5th 1993: Arrived at Rishi Ship Breakers, Bombay, India.

December 23rd 1993: Beached and scrapping commenced.

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, Mike Griffiths, Chris Howell, Yvon Perchoc, Urbain Ureel and Gordon Wise for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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