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MV Baltic Star – Cargo from the Past

MV Laura

Ex Baltic Start, Baltic Star

Steel single screw “Baltic Class” motor vessel built in 1983 by Sasebo Heavy Industries Co., Ltd, Sasebo, Japan (Yard No 322) as a Refrigerated Cargo ship

Technical Data

  • Length: 140.49 m (overall) 130.03 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 14.28 m
  • Depth: 13.01 m
  • Draught: 4.903 m
  • Tonnage: 2,746 gross/1,212 net/9464t deadweight
  • Engines: 7 – Cyl 2 S.C.S.A Mitsubishi diesel.
  • Power: 9,121 kW/12,400 HP
  • Speed:  19.5 knots
  • Capacity: Ins; 11,261 TEU-54. C.Ho: 36/20’ C.Deck: 18/23’
  • Call Sign: ELNS3, ZCG14, 8TPQ, E5U2411
  • IMO Number: 8221832
  • Official Number: 9434
  • Port of Registry: Monrovia/Liberia, Bridgetown/Barbados, Cook Islands
  • Sister-Ships: Atlantic Star, Pacific Star, Tasman Star


One of four vessel built in Japan. These were built with a Japanese Government subsidy which required ownership and manning to remain Japanese, hence the chartering arrangements.

May 26th 1983: Launched as BALTIC STAR for S.O. Line. Manager; Tokumaru Kaiun K.K, Japan.


1983: Completed and time chartered to Blue Star Line for 5 years.

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson (@ Dover)

2000: Detained in Masan (South Korea).

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell

© Ulrich Streich  © Ulrich Streich

© Ulrich Streich

2002: Renamed BALTIC START. Registered owner; Baltic Start Shipping Ltd (Managers, Holy House Shipping AB (Sweden).

© Gena Amfimov   © Daniel Ferro

© Gena Amfimov (left) and © Daniel Ferro (right)



2002: Detained in Oita (Japan), deficiency; Tide table.

2010: Renamed LAURA. Registered owner; Laura Shipping Co. Ltd. Registered manager; Regulus SIA.

© Edson de Lima Lucas  © Willem Oldenburg

© Edson de Lima Lucas (left) © Willem Oldenburg (right)

2011: Sold for demolition in India for $510/ton.

September 6th 2011: Scrapped 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: Gena Amfimov, Daniel Ferro, Chris Howell, Mike Jackson, Edson de Lima Lucas, Willem Oldenburg and Ulrich Streich for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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