Cargo VesselsPast and Present

MV Crown Opal – Past and Present

MV Crown Opal

© Aleksi Lindström

Steel single screw “Crown” class motor vessel built in 1997 by Iwagi Zosen Shipbuilding Co., Ltd, Kamijima, Japan (Yard No SZ-167) as a Refrigerated Cargo ship

Technical Data

  • Length: 151.99 m (overall) m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 23.00 m
  • Depth: 13.00 m
  • Draught: 8.668 m
  • Tonnage: 10,519 gross/5,406 net/10316t deadweight
  • Engines: 1 x 2 stoke SA 6-cylinder Mitsubishi 6UEC 60LS II diesel
  • Power: 11915 kW/HP
  • Speed: 28 knots (trial)
  • Capacity: 200 x 20 ft containers, 64 reefers, 15,507m³
  • Call Sign: 3FEV7
  • IMO Number: 9128063
  • MMSI Number: 311000801
  • Port of Registry: Panama City/Panama, Nassau Bahamas
  • Sister Ships: Crown Emma, Crown Garnet, Crown Jade, Crown Ruby, Crown Sapphire, Crown Topaz


September 25th 1996: Keel laid.

December 27th 1996: Launched.

April 8th 1997: Completed for NYK Reefers Ltd.

© Manuel Hernández Lafuente  © Manuel Hernández Lafuente

© Manuel Hernández Lafuente


© Aleksi Lindström

2015: Registered Owner: Whitestone Equities Corp, Sweden. Registered Manager: Cool Carriers AB, Stockholm, Sweden.

© Gerolf Drebes  © Gerolf Drebes

© Gerolf Drebes

2018: Still in service with Cool Carriers AB, Stockholm, Sweden.

© Juan Carlos C  © Juan Carlos C

Valparaiso, Chile 03/02/18 © Juan Carlos C

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: Gerolf Drebes, Manuel Hernández Lafuente, Juan Carlos C and Aleksi Lindström for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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