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MV Nikolay Kopernik – Cargo from the Past

MV Nikolajs Koperniks

ex Nikolay Kopernik

© Gordon Wise

Nikolay Kopernik – © Gordon Wise (Dover 1980’s)

Steel single screw (B437 Project) motor vessel built in 1974  by Stocznia Gdanska, Gdansk (Yard No B437/01) as a Refrigerated Cargo vessel

Technical Data

  • Length: 139.60 m (overall) 128.00 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 18.04 m
  • Depth: 11.51 m
  • Draught: 6.581/7.780 m
  • Tonnage: 3281 –  6400 gross/1189 – 3250 net/5887t deadweight
  • Engines: Oil 2SA 8 – cylinder Cegielski-Sulzer 8RND68 two-stroke diesel
  • Power: 9709 kW/13200 bHP
  • Speed: 20.5  knots
  • Capacity: 7430 m³ insulated
  • Crew: 46
  • Call Sign: 9HOW5,UWPU
  • IMO Number: 7362342
  • Port of Registry: Valletta/Malta, Riga/Latvia
  • Sister Ships: + 19


1974: Launched as NIKOLAY KOPERNIK

March 6th 1974: Completed for Latvian Shipping Co., Ltd.

© Capt Jan Melchers

© Capt Jan Melchers (Cobh, Ireland, 27/04/1980)

© Gordon Wise  © Gordon Wise

© Gordon Wise

© Gordon Wise (Dover 1980’s)

© Frits Olinga  © Frits Olinga

© Frits Olinga (Delfzijl, The Netherlands, 06/11/1981)

© Bernardas Aleknavičius

© Bernardas Aleknavičius (1984) (Courtesy of Gena Anfimov)


© Yvon Perchoc

© Yvon Perchoc (Brest, 24/11/1996)

August 13th 1999: Scrapped at Alang

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: Gena Anfimov, Capt Jan Melchers, Frits Olinga, Yvon Perchoc and Gordon Wise for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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