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MV Snow Ball – Cargo from the Past

MV Santiago Star

ex Snow Cape, Santiago Star, Savona Star, Golden Medal, South Joy, Malayan Queen, Snow Ball

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Steel single screw motor vessel, built in 1973 by Chantiers Nav, De La Ciotat, La Ciotat, France (Yard No. 284 ), 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: C6MD9
  • IMO Number: 7301013
  • Port of Registry: Stockholm/Sweden, Panama, Nassau/Bahamas
  • Sister-Ship: Snow Crystal, Snow Drift, Snow Flake, Snow Flower, Snow Hill, Snow Land, Snow Storm


December 30th 1972: Launched.

1973: Delivered to Saléns Rederiet, Stockholm.

© Derek Sands

© Derek Sands (Passing Hook of Holland outbound on the New Waterway, July 1977)

1979: Sold to Spanocean Line, Ltd, England.

© Urbain Ureel (Rotterdam 26/06/1980)

1981: Sold to Trans Malayan Shipping Inc, Manila, Phillipines. Renamed MALAYAN QUEEN.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Immingham 07/09/1981)

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell

May 1984: Sold to Ganymed Shiffahrts GmbH, Germany. (Registered in Panama). Renamed SOUTH JOY.

© Gerolf Drebes

© Gerolf Drebes

May 1985: Sold to Whitwill Cole & Co, England. (Registered in Panama). Renamed GOLD MEDAL.

© Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Vlissingen, 1985)

© Mike Griffiths

© Mike Griffiths (Rozenburg)

November 1985: Sold to Wallem Shipping, Hong Kong. (Registered in Panama) and renamed SAVONA STAR. Placed under management of Lion Shipping Ltd., Hong Kong

December 1988: Sold to Austasia Maritime Pte, Ltd, Singapore. Renamed SANTIAGO STAR.

January 1st 1989: Star Reefer pool.

© Chris Howell

© Chris Howell (Lyttelton, New Zealand 09/07/1989)

© Wolfgang Kramer  © Wolfgang Kramer

© Wolfgang Kramer (19/07/1991)

March 1994: Sold to Columbia Shipping Management S.N. Limassol, Cyprus. (Registered in Bahamas, home port Nassau).

January 1996: Sold to Blue Star Reefers, Ltd, Hamilton, Bermuda. Renamed SNOW CAPE.

© Marc Piché  © Marc Piché

© Marc Piché (St.Lawrence River off Varennes, Québec. 11/09/1996)

November 1998: Sold to Albion Reefers Ltd., Nassau

November 30th 1998: Sold to Ginetta Shipping SA., (Target Marine SA., managers)

September 2000: Renamed SANTIAGO STAR.

August 12th 2002: Laid up in the River Fal.

June 9th 2005: Reported Antwerp in Target Marine colours

© Frederico Bolognini

© Frederico Bolognini (Balboa, Panama. 25/07/05

2005: In Service Registered owner: Ginetta Shipping Address: 24, Kaningos Street, Piraeus Greece Ship manager: Target Marine SA Address: 24, Kaningos Street, Piraeus Greece

2006: Sold for $356 per ldt or $3.32m for demolition in 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: Federico Bolognini, Gerolf Drebes, Mike Griffiths, Chris Howell, Pieter Inpyn,Wolfgang Kramer, Marc Piché, Derek Sands, Simonwp and Urbain Ureel for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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