Posted: 15 April, 2011 by SeaBart in ugly
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IMO : 6907004

Build : 1969 by Kawasaki Heavy Ind., Ltd. – Sakaide in Japan, nr 1103 as Bideford

I think the designers of this vessel were inspired by the Iron Sirius : They obviously also thought that a vessel of that size doesn’t need a big accommodation or bridgewings to actually see over the sides. And as result this vessel also looks like veryveryvery odd. The Iron Sirius was nicknamed the “Thalidomide Ship” and I do wonder how the same people would have called this one.

What I do think it that the designer has been on a holiday to Egypt at a certain point before drawing  up this vessel because that accommodation looks like something Tutankhamen would be proud to call his for eternity.

Unfortunately there is not much information about her to be found on the interwebs, nor any other pictures. I did however discover a picture of a sistership, the Bulford (IMO 6811047) which shows the same design accomodation.

Very odd looking vessels! But rest assured both are already well scrapped and thus gone from the seven seas.

  1. tugster says:


  2. L.John Swann. says:

    These Fred Olsen owned ships were in fact an excellent design from an operational aspect since the ‘Tower Tanker’ (as they were called) concept i.e. reduced accommodation block and short bridge wings, in combination with steam turbine power provided vibration free and extremely smooth, quite operation at sea. Reduced windage and weight were an added advantage. Result, excellent handling, smooth ride, comfortable accommodation and increased deadweight (carrying capacity).

    The bridge,which was horseshoe shaped, although relatively small compared to conventional design, was ergonomically designed so that every piece of equipment, both radars, navigation, chart table, communications, engine room controls and steering were within very easy reach to the OOW.

    The bridge, extended forward, provided virtually all round visibility. The very short bridge wings eliminated vibration at sea and reduced significantly the amount of steel and additional weight associated with conventional bridge wings that were rarely used at sea anyway… other than for exercise and frankly, were unnecessary except for berthing and departure. Instead, overside views were provided by cameras mounted so as to provide much better views at the central conning position without the pilot or master having to run like a madman to the appropriate bridge wing and shout back to the bridge during manoeuvring. By the way the bridge in some of the larger Tower Tankers, was reached by means of an elevator which became somewhat interesting in adverse weather! Alternatively, to keep in shape you could use the stairs.

    The main accommodation was provided at, and below, main deck level with individual cabins for all crew members and included exercise room etc, well ahead of their time. The Master and deck officers were accommodated in the main tower. The accommodation was considered comfortable for all and were, generally, considered very happy ships.

    Although unconventional in design (and to some, ugly) these ships were in fact well ahead of their time and a delight to operate and serve on.

    Experienced Oldhand.

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