|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.
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.
1979: Renamed MANCHESTER VANGUARD.
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)
7.1980: Renamed MANCHESTER VANGUARD.
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 ©