MV American Tern (T-AK-4729)

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MV 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 number: 8908088
MMSI number: 369113000
Status: Scrapped in 2010
General characteristics [2]
Type: Container ship
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

MV American Tern (T-AK-4729) is a container ship managed by APL Maritime, Ltd. Formerly the Liberian-flagged MV 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 species of bird that makes annual migrations from the Arctic to the Antarctic.

MV American Tern unloading containers at McMurdo Station
MV American Tern being led into McMurdo Station, Antarctica, by the Russian Icebreaker Krasin during Operation Deepfreeze 2006.
MV American Tern and Russian icebreakers


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