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MV Plutonas – Cargo from the Past

IMO Number: 7808322

MV Plutonas

Ex Kniepsand

© Fotoflite Ref 131878

© Fotoflite (20/05/1992)

Steel single screw “Wittsand Class” motor vessel built in 1979 by Buesumer Werft (G.m.B.H.), Buesum. Germany (Yard No 274) as a Refrigerated Cargo ship.

Technical Data

  • Length: 95.61 m (overall) 88.19 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 12.52 m
    Depth: 7.52 m
    Draught: 4.601/5.750 m
    Tonnage: 2212 gross/1322 net/3097 t deadweight
    Engines: 1 x MAK 6 MU 453 AK, 4 SA-6 cylinder diesel
    Power: 1655 kW/2250HP
    Speed: 14.5 knots
    Capacity: Ins:2410
    Call Sign: P3LO, LYIQ, P3LO, LYIQ, UERU
    MMSI Number: 273449760
    IMO Number: 7808322
    LR Number (1993 – 94): 381180
    Russian Ship Register Number: 784873
    Port of Registry: Limassol/Cyprus 🇨🇾, Klaipeda/Lithuania 🇱🇹, Limassol/Cyprus 🇨🇾, Murmansk/Russia 🇷🇺, Nakhodka/Russia🇷🇺
    Sister-Ship: Rungholtsand (276), Yorksand (275), Basilea (271), Grootsand (268), Wittsand (267)

Current AIS Location

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July 7th 1978: Keel laid.

November 11th 1978: Launched.

February 1st 1979: Completed for A.F.Harmstorf & Co. GmbH. Manager: Hanseatic Shipping Co. Ltd.

February 22nd 1979: Christened KNIEPSAND

Lengthened in 1985

June 1985: Charter to Sealanes Shipping Co & Sociedad Argentina de Financiación Marítima SA as KNIEPSAND.

February 1987: Charter to America-Africa-Europe Line GmbH.

© Donaldb

© Donaldb (Dover, Granville Dock 1988)

April 1989:

1996: Renamed PLUTONAS and sold to Limarko Shipping Co.

© Fotoflite Ref 196957

© Fotoflite (15/11/1996)

June 2000: PLUTONAS for owner/manager: Klaipeda Transport Fleet (KTL)

March 8th 2004: PLUTONAS purchased for $0.5 million by Union of Fishing Collective.

July 5th 2004: PLUTONAS for Fishing CooP ” Vskhody Kommunizma”

© Fotoflite Ref 311410

© Fotoflite (21/11/2006)

© Frits Olinga © Frits Olinga

© Frits Olinga (River Eems, 21/05/2008)

© Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Murmansk, 31/08/2010)

© Marcel and Ruud Coster © Marcel and Ruud Coster

© Marcel and Ruud Coster (Ijmuiden, 09/10/2010)

April 25th 2011: Transferred to owner/manager: Vladkristall Co Ltd.


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: Gina Anfimov, Marcel and Ruud Coster, Donaldb, Fotoflite,  Pieter Inpyn, Willem Oldenburg, Frits Olinga and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.
Sincere thanks to Nigel Scutt @ Fotoflite

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


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