Iron Sirius

Posted: 19 July, 2009 by SeaBart in special
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Iron Sirius

IMO : 6706670

Build :1967 by Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries, Aioi in Japan, nr 671 as Sigsilver

When launched in 1967 this was the largest dry bulk carrier in the whole wide world, having 11 holds and measuring a length overall of 250.1 m, a beam of 41.0 m and capable of a speed of 14.5 knots with a DWT of 107,477 tons. In today’s world she would just be one of the smaller Capesize bulkers crossing the world’s oceans. The reason she is featured here is the accommodation block: somebody decided that a large vessel like this doesn’t necessarily need a large accommodation…nor bridgewings from where you actually can see the outer side of the vessel. resulting in a very odd / strange looking thing. Because of these missing bridgewings she was nicknamed the “Thalidomide Ship”.

The funnel is almost bigger than the accommodation in front of it!!

In the 19 years she sailed the 7 seas she carried 10,880,908 tonnes of iron ore and 508,316 tonnes of coal. And finally she was broken up in Shanghai in 1886.

Inspiration, pictures & information came from one of Piet Sinke Maritime Newsclippings, and a bit of the internet.




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