Ice Maiden I
IMO : 9056894
Build : 1992 by Kherson Shipyard, Kherson in Ukraine, nr 6002 as Yuvent
This, uhm…apparently derelict hull you see on the pics above is actually a high-tech vessel to be, somewhere in the future. No, it’s true….believe me please! This used to be the proud vessel Paardeberg, a Souh African icebreaker delivering goods & other stuff to the Antarctic but then she got bought by an Aberdeen company with big plans. They had her gutted in the U.S. of A and then transported on a heavy lift vessel to the Netherlands, towed to Aberdeen in the U.K. and then….that same company went bust.
Here is the hull on the heavy lift ship “Fjord” (about which I’ll write something at a later time).
And this is how she looked in a former lifetime:
Apparently she is now bought by another company and they plan to complete her and actually get on with it. Maybe somebody has more information for us?
I’m sure that she’ll be back here when she is finished because, according to the plans this is how she is going to look:
AAAAHW, shock, horror, scream, panic!……..too much for me….I think I might go hide under my blanket with my little teddybear…..where is my little teddybear???
I received some information, at last……..
All the above isn’t going to happen…..nobody is interested in the hull and she will be scrapped. I have no idea when or where they will do that but considering the plans they had for her it’s noting but the best for the whole wide world who otherwise had to witness the above monstrosity.
So the above are the last pictures of an ugly ship that was never meant to be.
As a last encore a brochure with the premature specs: Ice Maiden Specification Brochure