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MV Chiquita Express – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9304758

MV Chiquita Express

Ex Coral Bay, Narbonne, Carolina E

© Captain Peter

© Captain Peter (Puerto Cortes, 30/01/216)

Steel single screw “SSW Super 25motor vessel built in 2005 by HDW Howaldswerke Deutsche Werft AG (Kiel)  (Yard No 381) as Containership.

Technical Data 

  • Length: 211.85 m (overall) 199.95 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 29.80 m
  • Depth: 16.67 m
  • Draught: 11.42 m (Summer)
  • Tonnage: 27059 gross/12221 net/35465 t deadweight
  • Engines: 1 x Sulzer/Hyundai 7- cylinder 7RTA72U-B diesel
  • Power: 21560 kW/29313 bHP
  • Speed: 22.1 knots (Max)
  • Capacity: 2490 x 20 ft containers/350 x 40 ft containers/566 Reefer plugs
  • Cargo Gear: 3 x Liebherr cranes – SWL 45.0 t each
  • Call Sign: A8HE9, DCQX2, D5FR8,
  • MMSI Number: 636017218
  • IMO Number: 9304758
  • RI Number: 102321
  • Port of Registry: Germany 🇩🇪, Monrovia/ Liberia 🇱🇷
  • Sister-Ship: ER Bremerhaven (SSW/2002), ER Heligoland (SSW/2003), ER Cuxhaven (SSW/2004), ER Wilhelmshaven (SSW/2005), ER Bremen (SSW/2006 – Daewoo-Mangalia/4018), ER Elsfleth (SSW/2010 – Daewoo-Mangalia/4023), Maersk Naples (HDW/379), Andres E (HDW/382), Rio Adour (HDW/386)

Current AIS Location

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December 22nd 2004: Keel laid. 

2005: Built as CAROLINA E. 

July 1st 2005: Launched. 

August 26th 2005: Delivered as MAERSK NARBONNE for Owner: FFH Fonds Nr23 MS “Coral Bay”. Operator: A.P. Möller.

© Derek Sands

© Derek Sands (Felixstowe, 30/08/2005)

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Felixstowe, 01/09/2005)

August 2011: CORAL BAY for Coral Bay GmBH & Co. Manager: NSC SchiffahrtsGesellSchaft

2013: CHIQUITA EXPRESS for United Reefer Dervices SA. Manager: Great White Fleet Line Services Ltd

© Captain Peter © Captain Peter © Captain Peter

© Captain Peter (Puerto Cortes, 30/01/2016)

November 12th 2022: Called at Dover from Almirante, Panama.


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: Captain Peter, Derek Sands and Simonwp for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


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