Just the Facts Ma'm.

Monstrosities of Engineering and Construction

It would be a shame to let these giants disappear without some sort of page to remember them.  An inquiry on the Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping bulletin board put me in contact with a gentleman who has access to a wealth of salty information.  He has been kind enough provide me with all the pertinent data on three of the ships in the picture below.  Along the wharf on the left are (from left to center): the Atigun Pass, Thompson Pass and the New York.  The fourth one on the right remains unidentified.  So if you're interested, read on for the facts on these tankers known as VLCC's in the industry.
Very Large Crude Carriers.
All that magnificent machinery, obsolete.
Same picture from the previous page labled for clarity.  Thanks again to Tom for finding the data on the New York.  The only ship I could find of that name was a much smaller vessel.  I wish I could figure out the name of the fourth tanker.
NEW YORK - Built 1976 at Bethlehem Steel Corp. Shipbuilding Dept. in Sparrows Point, MD
Hull No. 4643
1,100' x 178' x 67'2" (Draft) / 86'1" (Moulded Depth)
117,285 GRT / 105,740 NRT / 268,310 DWT

1976 - Built as NEW YORK - Owner in 87/88 shown as Boston VLCC Tankers Inc. IV with operator shown as Bay Tankers Inc. Registered in Wilmington. DE

1988 - Renamed OCEAN CHALLENGER - No info available on owner or operator

1993 - Renamed ASTRO ALPHA - Owner in 94/95 shown as Malbrook Navigation Ltd. with operator shown as Kristen Navigation Inc. Registered in Piraeus, Greece
At this point tonnages are changed to
117,265 / 105,746 / 246,000

2000 - Scrapped arriving at Gadani Beach, Pakistan on March 22nd

Powered by 2 Steam Turbines producing 35,000 shaft horsepower built by the G.E. Co. in Lynn, MA

Speed is listed as 16.25 knots.

Equipped with 2 generators producing 1,500 kW

Fuel Capacity - 12,699.5 tonnes of oil fuel and 92 tonnes of diesel oil

Fuel Consumption is shown as 181 tonnes per day

THOMPSON PASS - Built 1978 at Avondale Shipyards Inc. in Avondale, LA
Hull No. 2298
906'5" x 173'2" x 57'4" (Draft) / 75' (Moulded Depth)

74,250 GRT / 63,494 NRT / 173,619 DWT

1978 - Built as THOMPSON PASS - Owner shown as the United States Trust Co. of New York (as Trustee) and operated by International Ocean Transport Corp. Registered in Wilmington, DE

1995 - Operator shown as the Interocean Management Corp. Registry unchanged.

1999 - Owner shown as Shawmut Bank Connecticut N.A. and operator as Interocean Ugland Management Corp. Registry is still Wilmington, DE

2002 - Scrapped arriving at a Chinese Yard in March

Powered by 2 Steam Turbines producing 26,700 shaft horsepower built by the G.E. Co. in Lynn, MA

Speed is listed as 16 knots

Equipped with 2 generators producing 1,250 kW and
1 generator producing 600 kW

Fuel Capacity not shown but consumption is shown as 142 tonnes per day

ATIGUN PASS - Built 1977 at Avondale Shipyards Inc. in Avondale, LA
Hull No. 2295
906'5" x 173'2" x 57'4" (Draft) / 75' (Moulded Depth)
74,250 GRT / 63,494 NRT / 176,162 DWT

1977 - Built as ATIGUN PASS - Owner shown as Connecticut National Bank and operated by the Keystone Shipping Co. Registered in Wilmington, DE

1995 - DWT now shown as being 152,405

1999 - Owner now shown as Fleet National Bank of Connecticut. No change in operator.

Tonnage change - 88,263 GRT / 48,867 NRT

2002 - Scrapped arriving at a Chinese Yard on
January 14th

Powered by 2 Steam Turbines producing 26,700 shaft horsepower built by the General Electric Co.

Speed is listed as 16.5 knots

Equipped with 2 generators producing 1,250 kW and 1 generator producing 600 kW

Fuel Capacity - 5,407.5 tonnes of oil fuel

Fuel Consumption is shown as 140 tonnes per day

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