Cargo from the PastPast and Present

MV Rio Frio – Cargo from the Past

MV Torvill

ex Pacific Spirit, Rio Frio

© Mike Griffiths

© Mike Griffiths

Steel single screw  “Honolulu 1979” class motor vessel built in 1980 by Van der Giessen de Noord NV Krimpen aan den Ijssel Netherland (Yard No 920) Refrigerated Cargo Ship.

Technical Data

  • Length: 155.02 m (overall) 145.01 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 22.86 m
  • Depth: 13.77 m
  • Draught: 8.802 m
  • Tonnage: 8041 gross/4268 net/10550 deadweight
  • Engines: Sulzer 7RND76M 2SA 7 – cylinder diesel
  • Power: 12357 kW/ 16800 bHP
  • Speed: 22.25 knots
  • Capacity: Ins. 15117, TEU 144,
  • Cranes: 4 X 5SWL.
  • Call Sign: PHBS. PJNP, 9HPS7
  • IMO Number: 7800590
  • Port of Registry: Rotterdam/Netherlands, Willemstad/ Netherlands Antilles & Aruba
  • Sister Ships: Honolulu, Lanai, Christina, Tineke, Peggy Dow.


December 1st 1979: Launched.

April 29th 1980: In service as RIO FRIO for BV Scheepvaartmaatschappij ” Rio Frio ” BV (Dammers & Van der Heide Shipping & Trading Co BV Rotterdam as manager) Rotterdam, Netherlands.

© Mike Griffiths  Courtesy of Duncan Montgomery

© Mike Griffiths (left) and Courtesy of Duncan Montgomery (right)

© Ted Ingham

© Ted Ingham

Courtesy of Duncan Montgomery

Courtesy of Duncan Montgomery (RIO FRIO and HONOLULU laid up in Westhaven Moerdijk/Netherlands late 80’s)

1989: After the death of its principal, Jan Dammers, Dammers & Van der Helde was acquired by Seatrade Groningen BV.

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher (New Waterway Aug 1991)

1992: Sold to Jan Mayen Shipping Company NV (SA Monegasque d’Administration Maritime et Aerienne (SAMAMA) Monaco as manager) Willemstad Curacao Netherlands Antilles.

1994 – 1994 (LR): Registered Owner; Jan Mayen Shipping Co. N.V. Registered Manager; Seatrade Groningen B.V.

2003: Pacific Shipping Ltd Piraeus Greece, renamed PACIFIC SPIRIT.

2005: Polaris Maritime Ltd, renamed TORVILL.


© Frank Först

July 8th 2008: Broken up Alang, India.

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: Mike Griffiths, Brian Fisher, Frank Först, Ted Ingham and Duncan Montgomery for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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