MV American Tern

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MV American Tern (T-AK-4729) is a container ship managed by APL Maritime. Formerly the Liberian-flagged Kariba, the vessel was renamed American Tern under the United States flag in 2002. Since then, the American Tern has been chartered by the United States Navy Military Sealift Command. She was contracted through 2010 to make resupply voyages to McMurdo Station in Antarctica (Operation Deep Freeze) and Thule Air Base in Greenland (Operation Pacer Goose).[1] The vessel is named after the Tern, a type of bird that makes annual migrations from the Arctic to the Antarctic.

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American Tern (T-AK-4729)
Name: Serenity (1990–1996)
Kariba (1996–1997)
Torm Africa (1997–1999)
Kariba (1999–2000)
Lykes Flyer (2000)
Kariba (2000)
Kota Agung (2000–2002)
Kariba (2002–2002)
American Tern (2002–2011)
Tern (2011)

VEB Schiffswerft Neptun, Rostock, Germany

Launched: 1990[1]
Out of service: 2010
Identification: Callsign WAHF
IMO number8908088
MMSI number: 369113000
Status: Scrapped in 2010
General characteristics [2]
Type: Container ship

13,382 gt

17,175 dwt
Displacement: 8,650 long tons (8,789 t)
Length: 521 ft (159 m)
Beam: 76 ft (23 m)
Draft: 33 ft (10 m)
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)
Complement: 21 contract mariners


  1. ^ a b c Wiedner, Steffen. "MV American Tern" (PDF). Merchant Ships International. Retrieved May 18, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "MV American Tern (T-AK 4729)". Military Sealift Command - Ship Inventory. Retrieved May 18, 2009.

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