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MV Samoan Reefer – Cargo from the Past

IMO Number: 7300760

MV Arctic Swan

Ex Arctic Night, Samoan Reefer

© Chris Howell

© Chris Howell

Steel single screw “Lauritzen Italian” motor vessel built in 1973 by Aalborg Aerft A/S. Denmark (Yard No 201) as a Refrigerated Cargo ship.

Technical Data

  • Length: 145.50 – 164.65 m (overall) – 153.02 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 21.00 m
    Depth: 12.80 m
    Draught: 8.80 m
    Tonnage: 5915 – 9831 gross/3125 – 5277 net/8941 – 11724t deadweight
    Engines: 2SA 8 – cylinder B&W 8K74EF diesel.
    Power: 11990 kW/16300 bHP
    Speed: 22.75 knots
    Capacity: 566,800 cb ft
    Call Sign: OYQJ, OXHH3, C6BO8
    IMO Number: 7300760
    Official Number: D-23231
    Port of Registry:  Aalborg/Denmark 🇩🇰, Nassau/Bahamas 🇧🇸, Esbjerg/Denmark 🇩🇰, George Town/Cayman Islands 🇰🇾
    Sister-Ship: Italian Reefer (177), Nippon Reefer(I) (178), Persian Reefer (182), Roman Reefer (183), Tunisian Reefer (202) 


“…… the three-quarter aft profile, tall tapering funnel, Velle derricks, transom stern and a prominent stern house incorporated a swimming pool combined to make any ship of this class instantly recognisable”

December 8th 1972: Launched.

Internet Source

Internet Source

June 22nd 1973: Delivered as SAMOAN REEFER to Rederiet Ocean A/S.

1976: Owners renamed J.Lauritzen A/S.

© Brent

© Brent (Napier, 02/01/1982)

February 18th 1986: SAMOAN REEFER for Frigg Shipping Ltd, later renamed Lauritzen Shipping Ltd, Nassau.

1987: Jurong Shipyard, Singapore. Lengthened.

February 28th 1988: Home port Esbjerg. Same owners.

1990: SAMOAN REEFER for Samoan Reefer Ltd, Georgetown. Manager: Rederi A/B Gustaf Erikson, Mariehamn.

1992: Manager: Mermaid Marine Management.

© Roy Turner

Courtesy of Ted Ingham ( Photographed by Roy Turner)(@ Dover)

© Pieter Inpijn

© Pieter Inpijn (Hoek van Holland, August 1993)

1995: ARCTIC SWAN for Sirpa Shipping Ltd. Acquired at a forced auction in Zeebrügge.

June 27h 199: Holy House Shipping.

2000: ARCTIC SWAN for Arctic Swan Cayman Ltd.

2002: ARCTIC NIGHT, Lagoa Shipping Co (Lomar Group) London.

© Brent

© Brent (Barcelona, April 2003)

© Wil Weijsters

© Wil Weijsters (Finnish Gulf, 09/08/2006)

© Wil Weijsters © Wil Weijsters

© Wil Weijsters (Bosphorus, 27/07/2007)

September 2007: With ARCTIC ICE (Ex TUNISIAN REEFER) sold for scrapping in Bangla Desh.

September 11th 2007: Broken up at Chittagong.

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: Brent, Gerolf Drebes, Chris Howell, Ted Ingham, Pieter Inpijn and Wil Weijsters for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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