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MV Frio Ionian – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9189873

MV Frio Ionian

Ex Polarlight, Polarlicht

SANTA Cruceros - La LUZ de Cruceros

SANTA Cruceros – La LUZ de Cruceros

Steel single screw motor vessel built in by Shikoku Dockyard Co. Ltd. Takamatsu. Japan (Yard No 889) as Refrigerated Cargo ship.

Technical Data

  • Length: 154 m (overall) 144.60 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 24.03 m
  • Depth: 13.30 m
  • Draught: 9.90 m (Summer)
  • Tonnage: 11417 gross/5966 net/12473 t deadweight (Summer)
  • Engines: 1 x 2 (SA) – 6 cylinder B&W 6L60MC diesel
  • Power: 11743kW/15590 bHP
  • Speed: 21.0 knots (Max)
  • Capacity: 268 x 20 ft containers/136 FEU + 8 TEU/109 Reefer Plugs/564.208 ft³
  • Call Sign: 3FWX8, DDBQ2, D5BR7, A8IO5, 3FGU
  • MMSI Number: 354502000
  • IMO Number: 9189873
  • BV Register Number: 04918X
  • Port of Registry: Monrovia/Liberia 🇱🇷, Germany 🇩🇪, Monrovia/Liberia 🇱🇷, Panama 🇵🇦, Monrovia/Liberia 🇱🇷, Panama 🇵🇦
  • Sister-Ship: Polarstern (890)

Current AIS Location

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May 6th 1998: Keel Laid.  

August 26th 1999: Launched.  

November 20th 1999: Delivered as POLARLICHT for Owner: Amber Ocean Corp.

© Fernando Montes

© Fernando Montes (Vigo, Spring 2000)

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton (Dover, 29/05/2003)

January 2004: POLARLIGHT for Owner: Polarlight Maritime Inc. Operator: Seatrade Groningen B.V.

© Hannes van Rijn © Hannes van Rijn

© Hannes van Rijn (Rotterdam, 30/05/2015)

© Wil Weijsters © Wil Weijsters

© Wil Weijsters (Rotterdam, 16/07/2015)

© Dover Strait Shipping

© Dover Strait Shipping (Dover, 13/06/2017)

2019: FRIO IONIAN for Owner: Sea Swan Maritime S.A. Operator: Baltmed Reefer Services Ltd.

December 19th 2022: Called at Dover.


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: Dover Strait Shipping, Fernando Montes, Hannes van Rijn and Wil Weijsters for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


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