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Katrin S. Details



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This section includes miscellaneous technical information about the Katrin S.  I obtained most of this information from the many close-up photographs I took of a large blueprint of the ship that was posted in the ships office.

I annotated some of the prints a bit to point out various details. Here you can see how the containers fit inside the hull and above deck. The "empty spaces" around the bottom and sides of the hull are used for fuel and ballast storage.

The Katrin S. would probably be considered a medium-sized freighter, and is probably one of the smaller freighters that carries passengers.  For comparison, the Regina Maersk, one of the largest container ships currently sailing is over twice as long, and is capable of carrying almost six times as many containers.

The Katrin S. is owned and operated by Reederei Schepers, a German company that owns and operates a handful of container ships.  Schepers leases its ships out, with officers and crew, to shipping companies who manage the routes and deal with end-customers.  The Katrin S. was leased to the Sea-Land Corporation, which merged to form Maersk-Sealand shortly after I left the ship.

Though German-owned, the Katrin S. is registered in Antigua & Barbuda.  It is not at all uncommon for a ship to be registered in a country which is different from that of its owners.

Table of Katrin S. Information

Displacement 1

19,919 (long) tons

Deadweight 2

14,454 (long) tons

Container Capacity

535 forty-foot containers


149.6m (491 ft)


23.1m (75.8 ft)


7.4m (24.3 ft)

Service Speed

18.5 knots

Cruising Range

15,000 nautical miles

Main Engine Power

13,614 HP

Fuel Capacity 3

423,000 gallons (bunker 380)
31,700 gallons (MDO)

Lube Oil Capacity

26,400 gallons

Ballast Capacity

1,056,000 gallons

Propeller Diameter

5.3m (17.4 ft)

Propeller Weight

12,886 kg (14.2 tons)


Antigua & Barbuda


Reederei R. Schepers, GMBH & Co., leased with officers and crew to Sea-Land (now  Maersk- Sealand).


1995, Volkswerft Stralsund GmbH, Stralsund, Germany.

1 Displacement is the maximum loaded weight of the vessel.

2 Deadweight is the load carrying capacity of the vessel, including cargo, fuel, etc..

3 Bunker 380 is the low-cost, low-grade fuel used by the main engine.

3 MDO (marine diesel oil) is used by the auxiliary engines.


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