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MV Ditlev Reefer – Past and Present

MO Number: 8819926

MV Ditlev Reefer

Ex Ditlev Lauritzen

© Marcel and Ruud Coster

© Marcel and Ruud Coster (IJmuiden, 27/09/2018)

Steel single screw “Family Class” motor vessel built in 1990 by Danyard, Frederikshavn. Denmark (Yard No 702) as a Refrigerated Cargo ship.

Technical Data

  • • Length: 164.33 m (overall) 153.27 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 24.05 m
    Depth: 15.70 m
    Draught:10.01 m (Summer)
    Tonnage: 1 x 2 stroke 6 cylinder Man B&W deisel
    Power: 11311kW/15368 bHP
    Speed: 20.5 knots
    Capacity: 184 Reefer Plugs/21.683,70 m³ / 758.725 ft³
    Cargo Gear: 3 x Cranes – SWL 36 t each/2 x Cranes – SWL 8t each
    Call Sign: OUIV2, C6ZP7
    MMSI Number: 311062400
    IMO Number: 8819926
    BV Register Number: 04954M
    Port of Registry: Esbjerg/Denmark 🇩🇰, Nassau/Bahamas 🇧🇸
    Sister-Ship: Ivar Lauritzen (703), Knud lauritzen (704), Jorgen Lauritzen (705)

Current AIS Location

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January 19th 1990: Launched, at the time, the world’s biggest Reefer.

August 31st 1990: Completed at a cost of US$50m.

September 1990: Delivered as DITLEV LAURITZEN for Lauritzen Reefers A/SCopenhagen. Denmark. Manager: Lauritzen Fleet Management. Copenhagen. Operator:NyKCool.

September 1990: Sailed to Montevideo to load palletised citrus fruit for Rotterdam and Dover.

October 17th 1990:

On maiden voyage came into Dover to commission the new “South Pier Cargo Jetty” which would later become Dover Cargo Terminal. Then demonstrated her container carrying ability by loading 238 40 ft containers in North Wilmington, North Carolina for Antwerp – 425,362 cartons

© Gordon Wise

© Gordon Wise (Dover, 17/10/1990)

© Gordon Wise

© Gordon Wise (Dover, 16/09/1993)

January 2000: Owner: Sonderjysk 17.

© Henk Guddee © Henk Guddee © Henk Guddee

© Henk Guddee (Walsoorden, Netherlands), 12/06/2007)

June 1st 2008: Registered Owner: Lauritzen Reefers A/S.

March 2009: Owner: Sonderjysk 17.

December 20th 2010: Registered Owner: Reefer Holdings Corp APS.

December 1st 2011: DITLEV REEFER for Owner: Denebola Shipping Corp. Manager: Chartworld Shipping Corp.

© Marcel and Ruud Coster © Marcel and Ruud Coster

© Marcel and Ruud Coster (IJmuiden, 29/04/2020)

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: Marcel and Ruud Coster, Henk Guddee and Gordon Wise for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


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