Cargo VesselsPast and Present

MV Costa Rican Star – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9150822

MV Costa Rican Star

ex Hornwind, Costa Rican Star

© Gerolf Drebes

Costa Rican Star – © Gerolf Drebes

Steel single screw ”Shikoku Ivories (Group B)” motor vessel, built in 1998 by Shikoku Dockyard Co. Ltd. (Yard No. 881) as a refrigerated cargo vessel

Technical Data

  • Length: 144m/154m (overall)
  • Breadth: 24m (extreme)
  • Depth: 13.3m
  • Draught: 9.068m
  • Tonnage: 11,435 – 15,058 gross/5,901 – 7,480 net/10,350 – 10,362 deadweight
  • Engines: 2 SA 6-cylinder Mitsui Engineering diesels.
  • Power: 15806 bhp (11633 kW)
  • Speed: 23.1 knots (trial), 21 knots (maximum), 19 knots laden
  • Holds/Hatches: 4/4
  • Capacity: REF 15982 DRY;TEU-258,FEU-126 REF;FEU-80;CAR 531
  • Temperature compartments/zones: 16/8
  • Controlled atmosphere zones: 8
  • Call Sign: 3FDD8, A8KK4
  • IMO Number: 9150822
  • MMSI Number: 636013073
  • Registry: Panama/ Liberia
  • Sister Ships: Baltic Purple (881), Caribbean Star (884), Cote D’Ivorian Star (887), Colombian Star (888), Polarlight (889), Polarstream (890), Southampton Star (893), Solent Star (894)

Current AIS Location

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July 3rd 1997: Keel laid.

Star Reefers

Star Reefers (C Class GA Plan)

October 17th 1997: Launched as COSTA RICAN STAR for Betelgeuse Shg. Corp. S.A., Panama.

January 22nd 1998: Completed for Unique Shipping (Canada) Inc. (Unique Shipping Agencies Ltd.).

1998: Chartered to Horn-Line, Germany and renamed HORNWIND.

December 1st 2002: Renamed COSTA RICAN STAR.

2003: Registered Owner; Caribbean Shg.Inc. Panama. Registered Manager: Fleet Management, Hong Kong.

2004: Registered Owner; Star Reefers Shipowning Inc.

2005: Registered Owner: Star Reefers, Gdynia. Poland.

2008: Registered Manager; Norbulk Shg.UK. Ltd.

© Tim Becker

Costa Rican Star – © Tim Becker

2011: Registered Manager; Star Reefers UK Ltd.

© David Pratt

Costa Rican Star – © David Pratt

2013: Lengthened at Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding Yard, China.

November 2013: Re-delivered to Star Reefers.

November 27th 2013: Collided with Chinese cargo vessel DE QIN 88 on Qingdao Road. Collision was caused by a bad weather. Reefer’s anchor dragged, vessel drifted towards Chinese vessel and hit it by stern. Both vessels suffered damages, Chinese vessel reportedly lost anchor.

September 2014: Registered Owner; SSI Shipowning I Inc. Registered Manager; Star Reefers UK Ltd.


Costa Rican Star – © Aleksi Lindström

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Gerolf Drebes, Tim Becker, Aleksi Lindström and David Pratt for their assistance in compiling this feature.

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

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