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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)