MV Arctic Swan
Ex Arctic Night, Samoan Reefer
© 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.
- 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.
June 22nd 1973: Delivered as SAMOAN REEFER to Rederiet Ocean A/S.
1976: Owners renamed J.Lauritzen A/S.
© 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.
Courtesy of Ted Ingham ( Photographed by Roy Turner)(@ Dover)
© 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 (Barcelona, April 2003)
© Wil Weijsters (Finnish Gulf, 09/08/2006)
© 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)