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Name of ship: ORANGE BLOSSOM - IMO number: 8407931

Call Sign: ELEI6 - MMSI: 636007699

Gross tonnage: 9984 - DWT: 15108

Type of ship: Fruit Juice Tanker - Year of build: 1985 - Flag: Liberia

Invitation to read here the History of the "ORANGE BLOSSOM"

This refrigerated fruit juice carrier was built under hull No. 138 by the Norwegian shipyard Trosvik Verksted A/S, Brevik (near Oslo) and to our knowledge was the first such vessel ever built in the world. The keel was laid on 30.07.1984 and the launching took place on 20.12.1984. The vessel was delivered to her owners Atlantic Reefer Corporation Inc., Monrovia, Liberia on 19.04.1985. She was named "ORANGE BLOSSOM" and registered under the Liberian flag with home port Monrovia (IMO No: 8407931, official No. 7699, call sign: ELEI6).

The ship was designed to carry orange juice from Brazil to Europe and to the East coast of the United States. Oranges are grown in the Sao Paulo area of Brazil and the juice is loaded in the port of Santos. In Europe the discharge port is Rotterdam and one of the discharge ports in the USA is New York. This trade is controlled by a Brazilian family enterprise and the transport is organised by one of their companies Atlanship S.A. in Switzerland.

The 145 m long hull contains 8 cubical stainless steel tanks to carry 12'000 mt of orange juice in a concentrated form. The cargo tanks are mounted on top of the double bottom and around them is free space, allowing cold air to circulate and cool down the orange juice. To cool down the air, the ORANGE BLOSSOM has four cooling compressors, working with Freon-22 on the direct expansion principle. Electric power is supplied by 3 diesel generator sets from MAN-B&W-Holeby.

The concentrated orange juice is produced in a shore plant in Brazil. The water is extracted from the natural orange juice, until it becomes concentrated about 7-8 times, into a very thick and acidic fluid of a specific gravity of about 1,36. The volume of the juice is now reduced to 1/8 of its original volume, therefore 8 times as much juice can be transported, which means reduced shipping costs.

This pre-cooled concentrate is loaded into the ship’s tanks and kept at a temperature of minus 10°C during the voyage to prevent deterioration of the juice during the transport. On arrival in the discharge port the juice is discharged to a shore plant and water is added until the orange juice has again gained its natural consistency and is ready for packing and distribution to the consumers.

After the discharge of the juice, the tanks are not cleaned for the ship’s return voyage to the loading port. To maintain the cargo tanks in immaculate condition, the tanks are kept in cooled down condition and are inerted with nitrogen gas. Therefore during regular service the crew does not need to perform the arduous and time consuming task of tank cleaning, this is only necessary when changing the type of cargo or before any maintenance and inspection work is due.

The building supervision and the technical management was first carried out by Suisse-Outremer Reederei A.G. in Zürich and the commercial exploitation was by Atlanship S.A. In September 1987 Atlanship S.A. in Lausanne (as from 1990 in La Tour-de-Peilz) took over also the technical management of the vessel.

Thank you for reading....!

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superico on June 4, 2011

Thanks a lot Ria for the confirmation.

I wish you a very good weekend too. Ciao, superico

Chinappi on June 11, 2011

I like white ship ...


<< LIKE >>.

See you soon… Best regards from France (Grasse).

Majid Salehyar on June 22, 2011

Just like a small toy on the water.....

Nice picture Ria



Nick Weall on July 26, 2011

Hi Ria ~ I think that you provide a great service spotting all these ships, capturing them and then giving so much useful information about them ~ well done and thank you ~ warm wishes ~ nick

sugarbag1 on July 26, 2011

Goodmorning Ria. I totally agree with Nick. Well Done! Kind Regards, David. Western Australia

coloradojak - Keep P… on December 11, 2011

Gorgeous! Like & Fav! You already posted this at

I just gave you 5 stars for this photo on Marine Traffic. You can find me here:

coloradojak - Keep P… on December 11, 2011

You have lots of 5s, and you deserve every one of them. Great photos:

I'll go out and add to your collection of 5s.

BOGDAN de Varsovie on August 30, 2012

This is a very nice picture. LIKE. Best Regards.


Ivan Logvinov on March 12, 2014

Beautiful photo!
Best regards from Russia!

RiaM on March 14, 2014

Thanks for your visit and compliment + LIKE18 Ivan!

Friendly greetings from Ria to you in Russia!

danimero on March 16, 2014

Another fabulous ship on a striking composition with the large white tanks in the background


Best wishes, Daniel

RiaM on March 16, 2014

Hi Daniel,

Many thanks for your fine comments + Like!

This ship is white to help the contents of Fruit Juice cool.

Friendly greetings from Ria

Ilie Olar on April 7, 2014

Very nice ship! YSL! Greetings from Romania, Ilie

RiaM on April 10, 2014

Many thanks Ilie, for your compliment and the Like & Fav!

Friendly greetings,

Send by Ria

Nabin Basnet on August 17, 2014

Nice shot and fine details! Coposed it excellently,Like+Favorite and greetings from Nepal, Nabin

RiaM on August 20, 2014

Hello Nabin, welcome at my album!

I’m pleased with your beautiful compliments and the Like+Fav4/21.

Thank you!

Warm regards to you in Nepal, Ria

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