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|1971 by Bremer Vulkan|
|(Re-engined to motor vessel by I.H.I., Yokohama 2/1987)|
|(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)