ACT 4

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ACT 4 Departing Seaforth Lock 8th Dec 1983
ACT 4 off Dover
ACT 4 Zeebrugge 1st March 1982

ACT4 sailing 15.02.1973 by Bruce S Nicholl

ACT4 sailing 15.02.1973 by Bruce S Nicholl

ACT4 Pilot transfer 25 Feb 1989, Pilot Charles Smith, Helo Pilot Hugh Page, Winchman Gordon McMaster

ACT4 Pilot transfer 25 Feb 1989. Photograph ©Peter M Stacey 

 

ACT4 Pilot transfer 25 Feb 1989, Pilot Charles Smith, Helo Pilot Hugh Page, Winchman Gordon McMaster

ACT4 Pilot transfer 25 Feb 1989.  Photograph ©Peter M Stacey

 

ACT4 arriving Wellington pilot station 8 Jan 1992 for the last time - she is to be come the Melbourne Star

ACT4 arriving Wellington pilot station 8 Jan 1992 for the last time – she is to be come the Melbourne Star. Photograph ©Peter M Stacey

ACT4 undergoing name change - Quay Marine doing the job.

ACT4 undergoing name change – Quay Marine doing the job. Photograph ©Peter M Stacey

 

ACT4 undergoing name change - Quay Marine doing the job.

ACT4 undergoing name change – Quay Marine doing the job.  Photograph ©Peter M Stacey

 

ACT4 with a complete name change, emerges as the Melbourne Star

ACT4 with a complete name change, emerges as the Melbourne Star. Photograph ©Peter M Stacey

ACT4 with a complete name change, emerges as the Melbourne Star

ACT4 with a complete name change, emerges as the Melbourne Star. Photograph ©Peter M Stacey

Melbourne Star (former ACT4) sailing for the first time early hours 11 January 1992

Melbourne Star (former ACT4) sailing for the first time early hours 11 January 1992. Photograph ©Peter M Stacey

Melbourne Star 1992.01.11 PMS f2 37

Melbourne Star 11.01.1992. Photograph ©Peter M Stacey

Melbourne Star arriving Wellington pilot station 15/03/1993

Melbourne Star arriving Wellington pilot station 15/03/1993. Photograph ©Peter M Stacey

Melbourne Star arriving Wellington pilot station 15/03/1993

Melbourne Star arriving Wellington pilot station 15/03/1993. Photograph ©Peter M Stacey

Melbourne Star arriving Wellington pilot station 15/03/1993

Melbourne Star arriving Wellington pilot station 15/03/1993. Photograph ©Peter M Stacey

Melbourne Star arriving Wellington 25/05/1993

Melbourne Star arriving Wellington 25/05/1993. Photograph ©Peter M Stacey

Melbourne sailing (former ACT4) 17/10/1993

Melbourne sailing (former ACT4) 17/10/1993. Photograph ©Peter M Stacey.

Melbourne sailing (former ACT4) 9/06/1996

Melbourne sailing (former ACT4) 9/06/1996. Photograph ©Peter M Stacey.

Melbourne sailing (former ACT4) 6/06/1999

Melbourne sailing (former ACT4) 6/06/1999. Photograph ©Peter M Stacey.

Melbourne arriving(former ACT4) Wellington pilot station 24/03/2002

Melbourne arriving(former ACT4) Wellington pilot station 24/03/2002. Photograph ©Peter M Stacey.

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1971 by Bremer Vulkan
Vegesack
(Re-engined to motor vessel by I.H.I., Yokohama 2/1987)
24,216
1971-1991
(Ownership registered to Blue Star Line Ltd., Port Line Ltd. and Ellerman Lines Ltd. 1971-1991). (Blue Star Line, Mgrs. 1971-1987, Ellerman Lines 1987, Cunard Ellerman 1987-91). (Registry GBR 1971-86, IOM 1986-91, BHS 1991-92). Sold Blue Star PACE Ltd., London (Blue Star Ship Mgmt. Ltd., London, Mgrs.) 1991 and renamed Melbourne Star (BHS) 1992- . Registered ownership transferred to Blue Star (North America) Ltd., London 1993-98, Blue Star Marine Ltd., London 1998 (same Mgrs.). (P&O Nedlloyd Ltd. acquired Blue Star Line container services 1/5/1998).
  Information supplied by Tony Atkinson:
 ACT 4

In Fleet: 1971 – 1991

Official No. 342859

IMO No. 7108162

Call Sign: GOVL

Tonnage: 24,216grt. 14,262net. 27,978dwt. (As built)

24,907grt. 10,793net. 27,978dwt. (After 1990)

Dimensions: 712’ 9” x 95’ 0” x 34’ 6” (217.25 (bb) x 29.04 x 10.827mtrs)

TEU Cap: 1,168 (656-below deck/512-on deck) (As built)

1,308 (656-below deck/652-on deck) (After 1990)

Reefer Cap: 556 TEU’s. (As built)

638 TEU’s. (After 1998)

Cargo Cap: 32,718m3

Passengers: 12. (After 1987)

Crane(s): 1 x 40-ton lift

Machinery: 2 x Stal-Laval steam turbines developing 30,000shp with double reduction geared

to a single screw shaft by Bremen Vulkan Schiffbau & Maschinenfabrik, Vegesack,

Bremen, West Germany. Fixed pitch propeller and a transver fixed pitch bow thruster. 8-cyl. 2 S.C.S.A. Sulzer 8 RTA62 type oil engine developing 17,100 bhp by IHI Heavy Industries, Yokohama, Japan. Controllable pitch propeller and transver fixed pitch bow thruster. (After 1987)

Bunkers: 6,240 tons oil fuel

 Speed: 21.7 knots.

Ships History :

2.4.1969 : Building contract signed with Associated Container Transportation.

18.9.1970 : Keel laid.

11.5.1971 : Launched by Bremen Vulkan Schiffbau & Machinenfabrik, Vegesack, West Germany

(Yard No.971) for Blue Star Line Ltd., Port Line Ltd., and Ellerman Lines Ltd. (Blue

Star Port Line (Management) Ltd., managers), London as ACT 4.

(Skyfotos/J K Byass/2 x Peter Stracy)

6-9.9.1971 : Ran sea trials.

10.9.1971 : Delivered to owners.

1974 : Blue Star Ship Management Ltd., appointed managers.

29.1.1979 : Sustained main engine damage whilst on passage from Australia to the USA.

8.2.1979 : Arrived Bilbao, Panama for dry-docking and repairs.

10.3.1979 : Sustained main engine breakdown whilst on passage from Panama Canal for Melbourne.

16.10.1986 : Arrived at the shipyard of IHI Heavy Industries, Yokohama, Japan to be re-engined and at the same                        time passenger accommodation increased. During refit at Yokohama passed to Cunard Ellerman                              Shipping Services Ltd. and transferred to Douglas, Isle of Man registry.

23.2.1987 : Left Yokohama.

24.11.1991 : Transferred to Blue Star Pace Ltd. (Blue Star Ship Management Ltd., managers), Nassau, Bahamas.

9.1.1992 : Renamed MELBOURNE STAR at Wellington. (Actual carving date 13.1.1992 Auckland) (5 x Peter                            Stracy/2 x Russel Priest/Nigel Kirby)

1994 : Transferred to Blue Star (North America) Ltd., (Blue Star Shipmanagement Ltd, managers), Nassau,                     Bahamas.

5.1998 : Sold to Blue Star Marine Ltd. (P&O Nedlloyd Containers Line Ltd., managers), Nassau, Bahamas.

8.12.1999 : Transferred to British Registry, London.

3.2000 : P&O Nedlloyd B.V., appointed managers.

12.2.2003 : Arrived at Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China to be broken up by Jiagyin                                   Changjiang Shipbreaking Factory. (13,250 LDT)