REMUERA-LLOYDIANA -Port Chalmers 27-4-1977 courtesy of Ian Farquhar.
This was taken by Paul Finnigan of Melbourne.
|Many thanks to Malcolm Hardaker for these details:
REMUERA. At the time of launch on Tyneside 1973 she was largest and fastest refrigerator containership in the world. For her maiden voyage in 1974 she was under ACTA management, although built for P & O.
She sailed fully loaded for Australia & NZ. and was going via the Cape. Off West Africa, about Liberia, her steam turbines “ground” to a halt. The vessel was adrift in the South Atlantic. The steam for the turbines was created by desalinated sea water. Unfortunately the desalination plant had not been operating for some time which resulted in
the turbine blades becoming encrusted in salt!!
Eventually tugs were sent down to tow her back to Zeebrugge. All this took several weeks. Being the largest containership at the time it would require more than one replacement vessel for the transhipment. Eventually vessels
were found and the containers once again set off for the antipodes.
This was at a time when there was the greatest demand for cargo space which was made much worse by this event.
Some of the cargo was urgently required in NZ and the delay so bad that the matter was raised in the NZ parliament.
|1973 by Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Ltd., Walker Shipyard, Newcastle for P&O Steam Nav. Co. Ltd., London.|
|(Converted to motor vessel by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kobe 12/1983)|
|On charter to ACTA/ANL 1973-1977. Reverted to owners 1977 and renamed Remuera Bay (GBR)1977-1991. Ownership registered to P&O Containers Ltd., London 1987-96, Abbey National March Leasing (1) Ltd., London 1996 (P&O Nedlloyd Ltd., Mgrs.) 1996. Renamed Berlin Express (GBR) (same owners) 1994 under charter to Hapag Lloyd, Hamburg 1994- .|
|Information supplied by Tony Atkinson:|
In Fleet: 1972 – 1977
Official No. 360840
IMO No. 7218383
Call Sign: GQHC
Tonnage: 42,007grt. 24,806net. 32,753dwt.
Dimensions: 252.03(bb) x 32.14 x 11.031 metres.
TEU Cap: 1,655 (1,151-below deck/504-on deck)
Machinery: 4 x 2 high and low pressure turbines developing 48,000shp double reduction geared to twin fixed pitch propellers, by GEC Turbine Generators Ltd., Manchester, England.
Speed: 21 knots.
Ships History :
12.6.1972 : Launched by Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Ltd., Walker Shipyard, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, (Yard No.40), for The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co., London as REMUERA.(on Trials Skyfotos)
13.12.1972 : Delivered to owners, and chartered to ACT(A) Ltd. (Nigel Kirby)
22.1.1975 : Suffered boiler trouble on passage from London to Wellington, had to put into Monrovia twice for repairs, as they could not repair her, she returned to Zeebrugge on 21.3.1975 to discharge her containers, before returning to her builders for repairs. Remained under repairs at builders for three months.
30.5.1975 : Container Fleets Ltd, appointed managers.
13.6.1977 : Renamed REMUERA BAY for duration of Overseas Containers Ltd., charter. (Skyfotos/J K Byass)
1.9.1977 : Put in to Las Palmas with faulty steering gear, during voyage from London to Wellington.
6.10.1977 : Whilst loading in Hamburg suffered a minor engine room fire.
12.11.1980 : Arrived at Wellington on one screw after one of her sets of turbines had broken down, during on a voyage from London to Wellington. Repairs were affected at Wellington.
1981 : Overseas Containers Ltd., appointed manages.
21.2.1983 : Sold to Headwest Ltd., London.
1983 : Transferred to Lombard Charter Hire Ltd., London.
18.8.1983 : Arrived at the Chita shipyard of Ishikawajima-Harima-Heavy Industries Ltd, Japan to be re-engined with 9-cyl. 2 S.C.S.A. Sulzer 9RTA76 oil engine-developing 29,610bhp to a single fixed pitch propeller by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Kobe.
1.1984 : She sailed from Chita following completion of her conversion.
1985 : Sold to Overseas Containers Ltd., London.
28.5.1986 : P&O Steam Navigation Co., became sole owners of Overseas Containers Ltd.
1.1.1987 : Owners restyled to P&O Containers Ltd. (P&OCL), London.
21.3.1987 : Sustained steering gear failure whilst sailing from Hamburg.
1990: Container capacity altered and the addition of reefer plugs. Container Cap: 2,074 (1,151-below deck/923- on deck) Reefer Cap: 1,201
18.3.1991 : Sold to Abbey National March Leasing (1) Ltd. (P&O Containers Ltd., managers), London and leased back.
1996 : Tonnage (ITC’69) 41,814grt.12,544net. 32,753dwt.
18.12.1996 : Reverted to P&O Containers Ltd., London.
31.12.1996 : Owners renamed P&O Nedlloyd Ltd., London.
1998 : Transferred to P&O Nedlloyd Ltd., London.
20.3.1999 : Suffered steering problems and put back to Dunedin, New Zealand.
8.1999 : P&O Nedlloyd B.V., appointed managers.
2002 : Renamed PRESS at Singapore.(Nigel Kirby)
10.6.2002 : Arrived at Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China to be broken up by Jiagyin Changjiang Shipbreaking Factory. $140 per LDT (22,188 LDT) $3,100,000 total.