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MV Snow Crystal – Cargo from the Past

MV Snow Crystal



Steel single screw motor vessel, built in 1973 by Chantiers Nav, De La Ciotat, La Ciotat, France (Yard No. 286 ), for Saléns Rederiet, Stockholm

Technical Data

  • Length: 173.31 m (overall) 160.00 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 24.69 m
  • Depth: 14.91 m
  • Draught: 10.30 m
  • Tonnage: 10,703 – 11,406 gross/5,713 – 5,061 net/15712 deadweight
  • Engines: One 8-cylinder Sulzer CCM diesel
  • Power: 17065 kW/23200bhp
  • Speed:  22.7 knots
  • Capacity: 17,827 m³ (16 reefer connections)
  • Call Sign: SJTN, ZCGH3, ZKU2125
  • IMO Number: 7321075
  • Official Number: 11361
  • Port of Registry: Stockholm/Sweden, Hamilton/Bermuda, Georgetown/Cayman Islands, Rarotonga/Cook Islands
  • Sister-Ship: Snow Ball, Snow Drift, Snow Flake, Snow Flower, Snow Hill, Snow Land, Snow Storm


December 1973: Delivered to Salén Invest, Stockholm.

When the eight sister-ships of the “Snow” class went to sea in the 70’s they were the largest and fastest refrigerated fruit ships in the world.

Nigel Thornton Collection  © Ken Lubi

Nigel Thornton Collection (left) and 24/08/1980 © Ken Lubi (right)

© Gordon Wise  © Gordon Wise

© Gordon Wise (Dover)

December 1984: Salénrederierna Ab collapsed and the ship was taken over by Förvaltnings Ab Trident, Stockholm before passing to Cool Carriers management.

April 1985: Sold to Cool Carriers, Ltd, Danderyd.

1985: Sold to Panta Rei Shipping Ltd, Hamilton, Bermuda.

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell (Gothenburg 21/01/1989)

1992: Converted (in Finland) to carry palletized cargoes.

June 1st 1995: Sold to Holy House Shipping Ab, Nassau, Bahamas.

1997: Laid up on the River Fal.

October 8th 2001: Transferred to Cayman Island flag.

2005: In Service Registered owner: Critical Shipping, Address: 53, Kungsgatan, Stockholm Sweden, Ship manager: Holy House Shipping, Address: 53, Kungsgatan, Stockholm Sweden

July 4th 2006: Transferred to Cook Island flag.

© Daniel Ferro

© Daniel Ferro (Gibraltar 05/05/2009)

© Willem Oldenburg  © Willem Oldenburg

© Willem Oldenburg (03/10/2009)

© Erwin Willemse

© Erwin Willemse (04/10/2009)

July 1st 2010: Arrived Alang, India for scrapping.

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: Chris Howell, Ken Lubi, Willem Oldenburg, Erwin Willemse and Gordon Wise for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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