Manchester Vanguard


Chartered by ACT on her Maiden Voyage for one round trip.
In Fleet: 1977

IMO No. 7418907

Official No. 364729

Call Sign: GWUJ

Tonnage: 17,385grt. 9,231net. 17.608dwt.

Dimensions: 168.830(bb) x 25.20 x 9.350 metres.

TEU Cap: 853 (463-below deck/390-on deck)

Reefer Cap: 164 TEU’s.

Machinery: 7-cyl. 2 S.C.S.A Sulzer 7RND90 type (900 x 1550) oil engine of 20,300 bhp driving a

fixed pitch propeller at 122rpm. Manufactured under license by Scotts’ Eng. Co. Ltd.,

Greenock, United Kingdom.

Aux Gens: 4 x 700kW 450V 60Hz a.c.

Bunkers: 265 tons gas oil/2,127 tons hvfo. Consumption (total): 61.00 tonnes per day

Speed: 17½ knots.

Ships History:

7.1972: Order place by Manchester Line with Smith’s Dock for two large containerships

20.2.1976: Keel Laid.

8.12.1976 : Launched by Smith’s Dock Ltd, South Bank, Middleborough (Yard No. 1335) for Golden

Cross Line Ltd, (Manchester Lines Ltd, managers), Manchester, United Kingdom as MANCHESTER


5.5.1977: Delivered with maiden voyage from Europe to Australia for ACT (A) Ltd.

1977: Maiden voyage undertaken carrying containers for ACT to Australia.

10.1977: Renamed SEATRAIN TRENTON for duration of charter to Seatrain Container Division, New

Jersey, United States of America and operated by Seatrain International SA, Liberia, both companies are

a subsidiary of Seatrain Lines Weehawken, New Jersey, United States of America.


7.1979: Renamed KEELUNG for duration of charter to Gold Star Line Ltd, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

(British). (Gold Star Line Ltd, subsidiary of Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd, Haifa, Israel)


25.7.1980: Arrived from Bremerhaven, West Germany and laid up in River Fal.

26.9.1980: Moved from River Fal to Falmouth Docks.

11.1980: Renamed ORIENTAL VANGUARD in Falmouth Docks, alongside Duchy Wharf, for duration

of charter to Oriental Overseas Container Line Ltd, Keelung, Taiwan.

24.1.1981: Falmouth Docks to lay-up in River Fal

19.4.1981: Left River Fal for Rotterdam as ORIENTAL VANGUARD.

2.12.1981: Laid up in the Blackwater, Essex as MANCHESTER VANGUARD.

7.1.1982: Left Blackwater to resume trading.

6.1982: Renamed IBN MAJID for duration of charter to United Arab Shipping Co (UASC), Safat,


1983: Sold to Express Tanker Services (Bermuda) Ltd, Hamilton, Bermuda, (Manchester Lines Ltd,

Manchester, managers), Manchester, United Kingdom.

1983: Sold to Chinese Maritime Transport Ltd, (Chinese Maritime Transport Ltd., & Oriental Overseas

Container Line Ltd, (OOCL), managers), Keelung, Taiwan and renamed ORIENTAL EXPERT. (Call

Sign: BMDO; Official No. 8642)

1991: Sold to and renamed OOCL APPLAUSE.

1994: Renamed EAGLE RESPECT and transferred to Monrovia, Liberia registry. (Call Sign: ELRH7;

Official No. 10150)

12.1994: Sold to Wellway Shipping Ltd, Hong Kong (British) (C.H. Tung, managers), Monrovia, Liberia.

Researched and compiled by Tony Atkinson ©