Cargo from the PastPast and Present

MV Reefer Ciku – Cargo from the Past

MV Frio Chile

Ex Las Palms, Frio Chile, Reefer Ciku, Wild Flamingo

© Mike Griffiths

© Mike Griffiths

Steel single screw “Drammen” motor vessel built in 1973 by Drammen Slip & Verksted Yard Drammen , Norway (Yard No 76) as Refrigerated Cargo ship.

Technical Data

  • Length: 144.37 m (overall) 133.73 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 18.03 m
    Depth: 11.60 m
    Draught: 9.014 m
    Tonnage: 6925 gross/3834 net/9750 deadweight
    Engines: 8-cylinder 2 SCSA Sulzer diesel engine
    Power: 9709 kW/13200 HP
    Speed: 23 knots
    Capacity: 10,801 cubic metres (381,475 cubic feet) refrigerated
    Call Sign: GTOZ, S6BP, P3QM2
    IMO Number: 7325710
    LR Number (1984 – 85): 382916
    Port of Registry: London/UK, Singapore/Singapore, Panama, Limassol/Cyprus
  • Sister Ships: + 42


December 8th 1970: Ordered.

June 21st 1973: Launched by Mrs Peggy Karasch, wife of the Deputy Managing Director of P&O Australia, Mr F M Karasch.

October 25th 1973: Delivered as WILD FLAMINGO for Federal Steam Navigation Company Ltd. She was the fifth of six ships built as P&O’s share in Lauritzen Peninsular Reefers.

1974: Maiden voyage South America/Europe.

1976: Managers restyled P&O Strath Services.

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell

March 1981: Management transferred to P&O Deep Sea Cargo Division.

1983: P&O announces its withdrawal from Lauritzen Peninsular Reefers.

Courtesy of Chris Howell  Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell

May 25th 1983: Sold to Sembawang Reefer Lines (Ciku) Ltd, Singapore (Sembawang Johnson Shipmanagement Pte Ltd) and renamed REEFER CIKU.

© Frank Först

© Frank Först

🆕© Urbain Ureel (River Scheldt 03/06/1984)

1987 (Summer): Became the first vessel to use Pier D (Eastern Docks, Dover) commercially, arriving from Cyprus with 1,846 tonnes of grapes – a quarter of a million trays -.

© Donldb

© Donldb (

Dover Port News

Dover Port News

November 27th 1987: Sold to Bulkserve Shipping Co Ltd, Limassol (Enias Shipping Co SA, managers) and renamed FRIO CHILE.

1990: Transferred to Pineforest Shipping Co Ltd, Limassol (Lomar Shipping Ltd, managers).

🆕© Urbain Ureel (River Scheldt 04/06/1993)

1993: Transferred to Pacific-Sea Maritime Corp, Panama and renamed LAS PALMAS.

1994: Transferred to Pineforest Shipping Co Ltd, Limassol and renamed FRIO CHILE.

© Frank Först

© Frank Först

January 4th 1995: Abandoned off Honshu in 38°22’N-150°58’E after taking on water when bound Callao/Hachinohe.

January 8th 1995: Sank.

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: Donaldb (, Frank Först, Mike Griffiths, Chris Howell and Urbain Ureel for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


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