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|1972 by Bremer Vulkan|
|Ordered by Overseas Containers Ltd., London and intended to be Chesapeake Bay.|
|Overseas Containers Ltd., London 1972.|
|(Re-engined to motor vessel by I.H.I., Yokohama 3/1987)|
|(Ownership registered 26/9/1972 to Blue Star Line Ltd. and Port Line Ltd., with Port Line Ltd. transferring interest to Blue Star Line Ltd. 26/9/1972. Ownership registered to Blue Star Line Ltd., Port Line Ltd. and Ellerman Lines Ltd. 1987-1991). (Mgrs. Blue Star Line 1972-1991) (Registry GBR 1972-1991, BHS 1991.) Sold Blue Star PACE Ltd., London (Blue Star Line Ship Mgmt. Ltd., London, Mgrs.) 1991 and renamed Sydney Star (BHS) 1991- . 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 from 1/5/1998).|
|Information supplied by Tony Atkinson:|
| ACT 5
In Fleet: 1971 – 1991
Official No. 343036
IMO No. 7123382
Call Sign: GOVR
Tonnage: 24,212 grt. 14,234 net. 26,100dwt. (As built)
24,907 grt. 10,793 net. 27,978dwt. (After 1998)
Dimensions: 712’ 9” x 95’ 3” x 34’ 6” (217.25 (bb) x 29.04 x 10.827mtrs)
TEU Cap: 1,168 (656-below deck/512-on deck). (As built)
1,294 (656-below deck/638-on deck). (After 1990)
1,308 (656-below deck/652-on deck). (After 1998)
Reefer Cap: 556 TEU’s.
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. 8RTA62 Sulzer oil engine developing 17,100 bhp by IHI Heavy Industries, Yokohama, Japan. Controllable pitch propeller and transver fixed pitch bow thruster. (After 1987)
Speed: 21.7 knots.
Ships History :
14.4.1969 : Building contract signed with Overseas Container Line Ltd. London who intended naming the vessel CHESAPEAKE BAY.
14.5.1971 : Keel laid.
3.11.1971 : Launched by Bremen Vulkan Schiffbau & Machinenfabrik, Vegesack, West Germany, (Yard No. 972) for Overseas Containers Ltd., London as ACT 5. (Skyfotos/2x Peter Stracy/Nigel Kirby)
9/12.2.1972 : Ran sea trials.
14.2.1972 : Registered in the ownership of Overseas Containers Ltd. (two-thirds) and Blue Star Line Ltd. (one- third)
15.2.1972 : Delivered to owners.
26.9.1972 : A bill of sale was issued transferring ownership to Blue Star Line Ltd., and Port Line Ltd., each already having a third share in the vessel.
: Overseas Containers two third, sold equally to Blue Star Line Ltd, and to Port Line. On the same day Blue Star Line acquired Port Line one-third share in the vessel, so becoming sole owner (Blue Star Ship Management Ltd., managers), of ACT 5.
28.10.1986 : Arrived at the shipyard of IHI Heavy Industries, Yokohama, Japan to be re-engined and at the same time limited passenger accommodation fitted.
17.3.1987 : Left Yokohama.
30.4.1991 : Transferred to Blue Star Pace Ltd., (Blue Star Ship Management Ltd., managers), Nassau, Bahamas.
15.12.1991 : Renamed SYDNEY STAR. (3xPeter Stracy/Unknown in USA/Russel Priest)
1994 : Transferred to Blue Star (North America) Ltd. Nassau, Bahamas.
4.1998 : Sold to Blue Star Line Marine Ltd (P&O Nedlloyd Containers Line Ltd., managers), Nassau, Bahamas.
17.12.1999 : Transferred to British Registry, London.
3.2000 : P&O Nedlloyd B.V., appointed managers.
1.6.2000 : Collided with Royal Ocean in the approaches to the Panama Canal, on the Atlantic side. Both vessels proceeded to Cristobal for inspection.
24.1.2003 : Arrived at Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China to be broken up by Jiagyin Changjiang Shipbreaking Factory. (13,250 LDT)