IMO : 7816379
Build : 1980 by Verolme Heusden – Heusden in the Netherlands, nr ?? as Molengat
This peculiar looking vessel is a high-tech DP3 offshore vessel…..yup, I wouldn’t have guessed it either. Also to be honest: she is still under construction so the end result may differ from the above image and be muuuuch better looking. But I very much doubt it.
As you may have noticed from the build-info this is not a newbuild, it’s a conversion of an (much) older existing vessel, a ferry to be exact. Please see below pic of her initial form.
Not the most prettiest ferry that has ever sailed the world but what on earth has she done to deserve the faith as shown on above and below pictures??
Here is a computer generated image of how she will be in the near future.
Yup…..she will be an Official Ugly Ship when she is ready.
Last week I received an email from mr Ashok Bhambhani, the owner of the vessel above, obviously he wasn’t too happy about me calling his vessel ugly and he begged to differ. He states: “The idea and design is my own, I am not a mariner, but a service provide who grew from Shipchandler to vessel owner and with this I tried to raise the limits. That’s why my sentiments are attached to it.” To convince me of my wrong he send me some pictures of the vessel, please see below.
Unfortunately there is no picture of the bow yet….it might surface in the near future. Mr Bhambhani did his utmost best but I haven’t changed my mind yet….so we have a bit of a stand-off. I’ll leave it upto yourself personally to make up your own mind about this vessel.
BTW: later this year the vessel will be working in Angola, on charter to one of the big Oilcompanies over there.
More information about mr Ashok Bhambhani’s company: the Halani group can be found on their website.