MENESTHEUS in Rotterdam

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MENESTHEUS in Rotterdam

Post by Deepol » Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:04 pm

George mentioned that she had recently gone for scrap. I took this in Rotterdam in 1985. Mitsubishi at Nagasaki built her in 1977 and she had 3 sisters MEMNON, MENELAUS and MELAMPUS prior to the three Clyde built ones coming along. The kingpost arrangement on the Clyde vessels was different making them identifiable from afar.
MENESTHEUS was renamed BARBER MENESTHEUS in 1980 for the Barber Blue Sea service and from then on kept the painters busy with constant renamings until her last, KING SPIRIT under which she has been broken up.
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Re: MENESTHEUS in Rotterdam

Post by Bill Harvey » Mon Jan 03, 2011 3:23 pm

Surprisingly this quartet was originally intended as a pair of VLCC for BP. The following is extracted from my CD book on Blue Funnel.

As a method of refinancing their programme several leasing companies had become involved. One such company, Airlease International Nominees (Moorgate) Ltd., London, had taken over the financing for the orders for two of the vessels which would be chartered to BP as BRITISH REALM and BRITISH RESTRAINT. However, following a review of market trends the latter proposed name was found to be the “order of the day” and both contracts were earmarked for cancellation or re-negotiation. Ocean were at this time looking at upgrading their fleet to keep in step with the rapid market changes and upon hearing of the British Petroleum rethink entered into negotiations with them and Airlease International regarding the possibility of having four multi purpose “Combo” ships constructed for lease management by Ocean. Following those 1976 negotiations Airlease International returned to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries at Nagasaki, to negotiate for their construction in lieu of the unwanted tankers. The combo quartet saw British Petroleum indirectly become owners of four general cargoship when they were placed under Ocean Fleets Ltd., management coupled with an option for their purchase. Eventually allocated traditional Blue Funnel “M” names they entered service during 1977 as MENELAUS, MEMNON, MELAMPUS and MENESTHEUS respectfully. The names for the new vessels had effectively been released when a group of older “M” class sisterships MACHAON, MENESTHEUS, RHEXENOR (ex MARON) and STENTOR (ex MEMNON) were all transferred to Elder Dempster Lines and renamed OBUASI, ONITSHA, OPOBO and OWERRI, joining MANO (ex MENELAUS) which was further renamed OTI. As the first of the new “M” class entered service, Ocean Transport & Trading Ltd., on 19th August 1977, placed an order for a further three, slightly modified units to be constructed by Scott Lithgow on the Clyde. They were not scheduled to enter service until 1980 and were to Ocean’s own account as opposed to a lease management.

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Re: MENESTHEUS in Rotterdam

Post by Deepol » Mon Jan 03, 2011 7:55 pm

Quite amazing Bill. Thanks indeed for that- now in the Reference File!!
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Re: MENESTHEUS in Rotterdam

Post by Bill Harvey » Mon Jan 03, 2011 8:27 pm

Forgot to mention that the original yard numbers were 1767 and 1768.

MENELAUS Menelaus class multi-purpose motorship.
O.N. 378032. 16,031g. 8,666n. 539' 9½"(BB) x 85' 4¼" x 34' 11"
7-cyl. 2 S.C.S.A. (760 x 1,550mm) Sulzer 7RND76M type oil engine made by the shipbuilder, at Kobe. 16,800bhp. 18 kts. Thwartship thrust controllable pitch propeller forward.
16.4.1977: Launched by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Nagasaki (Yard No. 1806), for Airlease International Nominees (Moorgate) Ltd., (on behalf of British Petroleum) London. 7.1977: Completed for lease to Ocean Transport & Trading Ltd., and management by Ocean Fleets Ltd. 14.12.1980: Renamed BARBER MENELAUS. 1982: Transferred to Barber Menelaus Shipping Corporation, (same managers), Panama. 1984: Transferred to Airlease International Nominees (Moorgate) Ltd., (same managers), and renamed MENELAUS, under Liverpool registry. 8.2.1985: Ocean Marine Ltd., appointed as managers. 1988: Transferred to Isle of Man registry, Ocean Fleets Ltd., appointed as managers. 4.1989: Sold to Trade Green Shipping Corporation, Panama, and renamed TRADE GREEN. 12.1989: Registry transferred to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, (Worlder Shipping Ltd., appointed as managers). 7.1995: Sold to Georgian Maritime Corporation, (Chartworld Shipping Corporation, managers), St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and renamed NORTH SEA. 9.1995: Renamed MSC NICOLE. 4.1997: Renamed NORTH SEA . 15.1.1998: Arrived at Eleusis and laid up. 8.10.1999: Still in port. 2000: Returned to trading. 14.1.2001: Arrived at Alang for demolition.



MEMNON Menelaus class multi-purpose motorship.
O.N. 378037. 16,031g. 8,666n. 539' 9½"(BB) x 85' 4¼" x 34' 10¾"
7-cyl. 2 S.C.S.A. (760 x 1,550mm) Sulzer 7RND76M type oil engine made by the shipbuilder, at Kobe. 16,800bhp. 18 kts. Thwartship thrust controllable pitch propeller forward.
28.5.1977: Launched by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Nagasaki (Yard No. 1807), for Airlease International Nominees (Moorgate) Ltd., (on behalf of British Petroleum) London. 8.1977: Completed for lease to Ocean Transport & Trading Ltd., and management by Ocean Fleets Ltd. 14.12.1980: Renamed BARBER MEMNON. 1982: Transferred to Barber Menelaus Shipping Corporation, (same managers), Panama. 1984: Transferred to Airlease International Nominees (Moorgate) Ltd., (same managers), and renamed MEMNON, under Liverpool registry. 1984: Renamed LLOYD SAN FRANCISCO. 8.2.1985: Ocean Marine Ltd., appointed as managers. 1986: Renamed MEMNON. 1987: Transferred to Isle of Man registry. 1988: Ocean Fleets Ltd., appointed as managers. 4.1989: Sold to Pacific International Lines (Private) Ltd., Panama, and renamed HAI XIONG. 1990: Sold to Hai Xiong Shipping Inc., (Pacific International Lines (Private) Ltd., managers), Singapore. 2000: Transferred to Panama flag. 21.12.2001: Arrived at Mumbai for demolition.


MELAMPUS Menelaus class multi-purpose motorship.
O.N. 378039. 16,031g. 8,666n. 539' 9½"(BB) x 85' 4¼" x 34' 11"
Post 1995: 17,146g. 9,381n.
7-cyl. 2 S.C.S.A. (760 x 1,550mm) Sulzer 7RND76M type oil engine made by the shipbuilder, at Kobe. 16,800bhp. 18 Kts. Thwartship thrust controllable pitch propeller forward.
9.7.1977: Launched by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Nagasaki (Yard No. 1808), for Airlease International Nominees (Moorgate) Ltd., (on behalf of British Petroleum) London. 11.1977: Completed for lease to Ocean Transport & Trading Ltd., and management by Ocean Fleets Ltd. 8.2.1985: Ocean Marine Ltd., appointed as managers. 1987: Transferred to Isle of Man registry. 1988: Ocean Fleets Ltd., appointed as managers. 3.1989: Sold to N.V. CMB S. A., Belgium, and renamed CMB EBONY, retaining British registry. 1990: Sold to Bresso Ltd., (Anglo-Eastern Ship Management Ltd., managers), Hong Kong. 1997: Sold to Pamir Shipping Company Ltd., (Techomar Shipping Inc., managers), Cyprus. 4.2000: Renamed EBONY. 8.2001: Renamed DELMAS BANDIA. 2002: renamed EBONY. 3.10.2002: Arrived at Alang for demolition. 10.10.2002: Beached and Ispat Pvt.Ltd., commenced work


MENESTHEUS Menelaus class multi-purpose motorship.
O.N. 378040. 16,031g. 8,666n. 540' 0¾"(BB) x 85' 4¼" x 34' 10½"
Post 1995: 17,146g. 9,381n.
7-cyl. 2 S.C.S.A. (760 x 1,550mm) Sulzer 7RND76M type oil engine made by the shipbuilder, at Kobe. 16,800bhp. 18 Kts. Thwartship thrust controllable pitch propeller forward.
27.8.1977: Launched by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Nagasaki, (Yard No. 1809), for Airlease International Nominees (Moorgate) Ltd., (on behalf of British Petroleum) London. 12.1977: Completed for lease to Ocean Transport & Trading Ltd., and management by Ocean Fleets Ltd. 4.11.1980: Renamed BARBER MENESTHEUS. 5.1.1982: Transferred to Barber Menelaus Shipping Corporation, (same managers), Panama. 28.12.1983: Transferred to Airlease International Nominees (Moorgate) Ltd., (same managers). 1984: renamed MENESTHEUS, under Liverpool registry. 18.4.1984: Renamed LLOYD PARANA. 29.1.1985: Renamed MENESTHEUS. 8.2.1985: Ocean Marine Ltd., appointed as managers. 2.1986: Renamed APAPA PALM. 1987: Transferred to Isle of Man registry. 1988: Sold to N.V. CMB S. A., Belgium, and renamed CMB ESPRIT. 1990: Transferred to CMB Transport (Luxembourg) S. A., (Aemas Luxembourg S. A., managers), Luxembourg. 12.1992: Sold to Irvona Ltd., (Coldwell Ship Management (Agency) Ltd., Hong Kong, and renamed WOERMANN EXPERT. 1995: Anglo-Eastern Ship Management Ltd., appointed as managers. 1997: Sold to Twinsea Shipping Company Ltd., (Primera Maritime (Hellas) Ltd., managers), Cyprus. 6.2000: Renamed EXPERT. 15.10.2001: Renamed DELMAS SYCAMORE. 29.1.2007: Renamed EXPERT. 2.4.2007: Renamed CLIPPER ITAJAI II. 6.8.2007: Sold to Ning Hang Shipping & Enterprises Ltd, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, (Nanjing King Ship Management, Peoples Republic of China, managers), and renamed KING SPIRIT. 10.2010: Arrived at Alang for demolition.

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Re: MENESTHEUS in Rotterdam

Post by Bill Harvey » Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:06 am

Re Palm Line - it is possible that one collected cargo aside the Menestheus which was renamed APAPA PALM.
I have pasted below the events that saw Palm Line fall under Ocean plc and their demise. Again from my CD book on Blue Funnel


In the closing months of 1985 the British owned Unilever Group declared their intention to withdraw from the West African Conference. The main reason suspected was falling cargoes due to the increase in size of west African national fleets which were claiming a larger share of their respective national freight. Unilever therefore offered for sale their Palm Line Ltd., together with their trading rights. The offer excluded the five ships employed thereupon. Ocean Transport & Trading plc hastily purchased those rights during February 1986 and MENESTHEUS, one of the first batch of “combo” ships was renamed APAPA PALM and entered onto the Conference.
Cargoes were also declining for the remaining Blue Funnel “Combo” ships. MYRMIDON and MENTOR were sold and others were to be seen carrying obscure names during various charters to other operators. Also during 1986, many changes were undertaken within the Ocean Group spheres of operations. Shipbuilders, James Cook (Wivenhoe) Ltd., was placed into voluntary liquidation. The most significant changes undertaken were between Ocean Transport & Trading plc and the P&O group. The latter sold their 13% holding in the former on the open market. They also sold the 50% holding (£14m. ) in Panocean Shipping & Terminals Ltd.(P. O. S. T.) to Ocean. Ocean, in turn, sold their 33% (£93m.) holding in Overseas Containers Ltd.(O. C. L.) to P&O for cash, as did the British & Commonwealth Group. During May 1986 Overseas Containers Ltd. became a fully owned P&O operation.
RoRo vessel BARBER PRIAM arrived at Hampton Roads on 20th May 1986. She was being delivered to the United States Navy who had paid around $25m for her. Several of her consorts in the Barber Blue Sea consortium were likewise purchased by the U. S. Navy for conversion into military transport vessels.
1988 began a rapid and mass contraction of activities. BARBER PERSEUS and BARBER HECTOR the remaining two RoRo vessels were sold, together with the “Combo’s” MARON and MENESTHEUS, thereby effectively ending the Blue Funnel liner trade.
India Buildings were sold with only two floors being retained under a long term lease agreement. Within a short period of time, Ocean Transport & Trading plc sold the share capital in Elder Dempster Lines, Palm Line Ltd., and the Guinea Gulf Line to Societe Navale et Commerciale Delmas-Vieljeux, France, representing a total withdrawal from the west African liner trade, during 1989.

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