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Mv Castle Peak – Cargo from the Past

Mv Baltic Wind

Ex Avelona Star, Horn Sound, Avelona Star, Castle Peak, Avelona Star

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Steel single screw ‘A’ Class motor vessel built in 1975 by Smith’s Dock Ltd, South Bank, Middlesbrough (Yard No 1330) as a Refrigerated Cargo ship

Technical Data

  • Length: 155.81 m (overall) 143.69 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 21.49 m
  • Depth: 12.70 m
  • Draught: 9.170 m
  • Tonnage: 7,618 – 9,784 gross/3,438 – 5,428 net/9680t – 11092t deadweight
  • Engines: 9-cyl 2 stroke single acting Kincaid-B & W 9K74EF diesels
  • Power: 12,799 kW/17400 HP
  • Speed: 23.0 knots
  • Capacity: 5 holds 20.5, 12.2 Tp&s, 23.7, 20.1, ER 17.8, 14,250 cu/m
  • Call Sign: GUQJ, ZDBR8, C6MB9, J8B2889
  • IMO Number: 7342988
  • Official Number: 723498
  • Port of Registry: London/UK, Gibraltar, Nassau/Bahamas, Kingstown/Saint Vincent & Grenadines
  • Sister ships: Afric Star, Andalucia Star, Almeda Star, Almeria Star, Avila Star.



Internet Source (Launch left) GA Plan of ‘A’ Class

May 12th 1975: Launched as AVELONA STAR

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell

December 1975: Delivered to Avelona Star Ltd, managed by Blue Star Ship Management.

May 31st 1982: Chartered for service in the Falkland Islands. Taken in hand at Portsmouth and  given a helicopter platform and other extras. Her load was mainly victualling stores and some more general equipment.

Blue Star Lines Ltd

Blue Star Lines Ltd (Loading at Portsmouth early June)

June 10th 1982: Sailed for Ascension Island to load more cargo by helicopters and lighters.

July 1st 1982: Met up with the Task Force.

July 4th 1982: Entered San Carlos Water to repair a cracked cylinder liner, from then on, was either in San Carlos Water or Port Stanley area issuing stores and receiving returns.

July 1st 1982 – October 10th 1982: Issued 353 loads by helicopter and 1,498 loads by alongside transfer and received 621 return loads.

© John Jones

© John Jones

1984 : Renamed CASTLE PEAK. Owned by Stirling Ltd, Wallem Shipmanagement Ltd, Hong Kong. Chartered to Blue Star Line.

Courtesy of Chris Howell   Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell (both)

© Ted Ingham  

© Ted Ingham (@ Dover)(left)  “ToptoToe” (right”

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell


1990: Chartered to Horn Linie and renamed HORNSOUND.

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher

March 15th 1990: Grounded at Terneuzen. In dense fog was stranded on a breakwater in the outer harbour of Terneuzen, pulling herself free after four hours. After inspection continued her voyage to Antwerp.

October 1990: AVELONA STAR. Managed by Concordia Marine Co. Ltd.

January 1996: Owned by Mareland Shipping, Greece and managed by Target Marine, Greece.

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell

December 2001: BALTIC WIND. Owners recorded as Worldwide Partners, Jamaica.

© Willem Oldenburg  © Willem Oldenburg

© Willem Oldenburg

May 31st 2008: Suffered oil spill while berthed at Berth 19, St. Petersburg, during preparations for bunkering. Approximately 2 tons of IFO-380 leaked on deck and in water. The vessel was boomed and clean up efforts put into place.

© Capt Peter  © Capt Peter

© Capt Peter

September 20th 2010: Sold and broken up at Sachana, India.

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: Brian Fisher, Chris Howell, John Jones, Ted Ingham, Willem Oldenburg and Capt Peter for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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