Built as a cruise vessel under yard No 6223 by Fincantieri, Monfalcone, Italy for Carnival Plc, Hamilton, Bermuda.
20 October 2011 keel laid down.
16 August 2012 floated out.
Tonnage 142,714 grt, 12,512 dwt, dim. 330 x 38.40 x 8.60m. (draught) length bpp. 306m.
Powered: diesel electric by four Wärtsilä and two Wärtsilä 14V46 diesel engines 62,400 kW connected to two 18 MW SAM electronics motors, twin shafts, speed 23.0 knots. Six thrusters.
Accommodation for 4380 passengers and 1346 crew.
05 June 2013 delivered. Managed by Princess Cruises Lines Ltd. Valencia, California.
MS ROYAL PRINCESS is a cruise ship operated by Princess Cruises, and the third ship to sail for the cruise line under that name. The ship was built by Fincantieri at their shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. ROYAL PRINCESS is the flagship of the Princess fleet, a designation held up to that point by GRAND PRINCESS.
Princess Cruises ordered ROYAL PRINCESS, as well as the sister ship REGAL PRINCESS both at the time unnamed, on 17 February 2010. The final contract was signed on 4 May 2010.
Construction of ROYAL PRINCESS began on 15 March 2011 at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy when the first plate was cut. The next major milestone in construction occurred on 20 October 2011, when the ship's keel was laid. She was launched in August 2012; fitting out continued, and Fincantieri delivered her to Princess Cruises in spring 2013.
The ship measures 141,000 GT and has a capacity of 3,600 passengers. Her amenities include a pair of public areas cantilevered over the side of the ship on the top deck—a walkway on the starboard side and a bar on the port side. She also has fewer pools than previous Princess Cruises ships and features expanded public areas, including the movie theatre, the "Sanctuary" bar and the central Piazza atrium. The ship will also have more dining options than previous Princess vessels. The ships of this class are one of the first passenger vessels built compliant to the new safe return to port requirements.
On 9 April 2013, it was announced that Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge will name ROYAL PRINCESS in a naming ceremony in Southampton on 13 June 2013. The ceremony upheld British ship-naming traditions including the blessing, a performance by the Royal Marines and the pipers of the Irish Guards. Royal Princess arrived at the Ocean Terminal in Southampton on Friday 7 June, where a series of events commenced for customers and travel agents, including a special naming gala on the evening of Wednesday 12 June. The ship’s inaugural celebrations concluded with her maiden voyage on 16 June.
Maiden Voyage
ROYAL PRINCESS underwent what was marketed as a preview cruise on 9 June 2013, lasting for two nights, going from Southampton to St. Peter Port, Guernsey and back to Southampton. Then it undertook an Iberia Cruise departing on 16 June 2013 from Southampton to Vigo, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Malaga and Barcelona.
Sister Ships
One year after the launch of the ROYAL PRINCESS, Princess Cruises will launch its sister ship, the new REGAL PRINCESS. Dimensions and capacity will be the same, as with other sister ships in the Princess fleet. Also in 2015, Princess Cruises sister brand P&O Cruises will be launching its new vessel BRITANNIA that has many similarities to the Royal class ships.
Incidents and accidents On 22 September 2013, ROYAL PRINCESS suffered a power outage while sailing between Mykonos and Naples in the Mediterranean. The power failure occurred at 1:30 pm local time and emergency generators kicked in to provide hotel services to the passengers.
Prior to the power loss, the anchor motor failed and left 90 feet of anchor hanging for over four hours until a new motor could be installed. It delayed the ship on its trip from Mykonos to Naples.
The second half of the cruise was cancelled and all of the passengers were flown home early with flights out of Rome and Naples. The ROYAL PRINCESS cancelled her visits to Rome, Livorno, Toulon, and sailed directly to Barcelona effecting repairs on the way and embarked her next cruise in Barcelona as planned.

2014 in service, same name and owners, IMO No 9584712.
Central African Republic 2013 3000 F sgMS?, scott?


Built as a cruise passenger vessel under yard No 1354 by Aker Finnyard, Abo, Finland for Independence of the Seas Inc., (Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.) Nassau, Bahamas.
02 April 2005 building contract signed.
23 March 2006 laid down.
14 September 2007 floated out as the INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS, one of the Freedom class of Royal Caribbean Cruises.
Tonnage 154,407 grt, 127,545 nrt, 10,500 dwt. Dim. 338.72 x 39.03 x 11.7m., length bpp. 303.17m, draught 8.8m.
Powered by six Wärtsilä 12V46C diesel engines, 75,600 kW, propulsion by three ABB Azipod podded electric propulsion units, two of them azimuthing and the central one being fixed. Fitted out with eight bow thrusters, one each side of the hull four thrusters. Service speed 21.5 knots.
Accommodation for 4370 passengers and 1,360 crew.
17 April 2008 completed.
MS INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS is a Freedom-class cruise ship operated by the Royal Caribbean cruise line that entered service in April 2008. The 15-deck ship can accommodate 4,370 passengers and is served by 1,360 crew. She was built in the Aker Finnyards drydock in Turku, Finland, builder of FREEDOM OF THE SEAS and LIBERTY OF THE SEAS, her sister ships of the Freedom class. At 154,407 gross tons, she joined FREEDOM OF THE SEAS and LIBERTY OF THE SEAS as the largest cruise ships and passenger vessels yet built. She is 1,112 feet (339 m) long, and typically cruises at 21.6 knots (40.0 km/h; 24.9 mph). The vessel operates from Southampton, England and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS is the third of the Freedom-class vessel. In October 2009, OASIS OF THE SEAS, the first ship in the Oasis-class, displaced the Freedom-class as the world's largest passenger ships.
INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS generally sails from Southampton, England in the summer months and from Fort Lauderdale in the winter months. Between 2010 and 2012, INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS sailed from Southampton, England year-round.
On 2 May 2013 INDEPENDENCE arrived in Southampton following a dry-dock enhancement offering a series of new itineraries including more shorter cruises such as two-night cruises to Le Havre for Paris, and three-night cruises to Le Havre for Paris and Zeebrugge for Bruges. INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS will also offer eight night cruises to Norway, 14-night Norway and Cork cruises, various 14-night Mediterranean cruises, and 12-night cruises to the Canary Islands.
Like the other Freedom-class vessels, INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS features an interactive water park, the H2O Zone, a dedicated sports pool for volleyball and basketball, and whirlpools which extend from the ship's sides. It houses an internal shopping "street", the Promenade, lined with shops, pubs and wine bars. The Promenade features a "sky bridge" which can be lowered from the ceiling to provide a performance space above the crowds during parades. There is also the two story Alhambra theatre, seating 1,200, and a complete conference centre. The show cabaret lounge, called the Pyramid Lounge, is themed to ancient Egypt. On a lower level is an ice skating rink named Studio B, which home to a series of professional ice shows and is also available for personal skating. This facility was first featured on the Voyager-class and INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS is the eighth ship to feature a rink. The ship also features a range of eating outlets, Wi-Fi and mobile phone connectivity throughout, and flat-screen televisions in all staterooms. INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS is also the first Royal Caribbean ship to feature heated, fresh water pools, although the pools are only heated when sailing from the UK. On the Sports Deck, there is a rock climbing wall, a basketball/hockey court, a mini golf course, and a FlowRider for surfing. It also has 3 seating areas around the FlowRider to allow people to watch.
2014 In service, same name and owners, IMO No 9584712.
Central African Republic 2013 3000F sgMS?, scott?
Source: Norske Veritas. and various other web-sites.


Built as a cruise ship under yard No 688 by the Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany for Magical Cruise Co. Ltd. ( Disney Cruise Line) at Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA.
23 April 2007 ordered.
11 February 2011 keel laid down.
08 January 2012 floated out of the building dock as the DISNEY FANTASY.
Tonnage 129,750 grt, 9500 dwt, dim. 339.80 x 37.00 x 8.30m. (draught)
Powered by 2 MAN 14V48/60CR and 3 MAN 12V48/60CR diesel engines, 77,190 kW., twin shafts, speed 22 knots. 5 thrusters.
Accommodation maximum for 4000 passengers and 1450 crew.
09 February 2012 delivered at Bremerhaven, Germany, the DISNEY FANTASY is registered in the Bahamas with homeport Nassau. Building cost US$ 900 million.
16 February 2012 she left Germany bound for New York where she arrived on 28 February 2012.

DISNEY FANTASY is a cruise ship of the American cruise company Disney Cruise Line, part of The Walt Disney Company. DISNEY FANTASY is the fourth ship in the cruise line.
In February 2007, Disney Cruise Line announced that it had commissioned two new ships for its fleet. The first steel-cut, for scrollwork on the ship's hull, took place in March 2009 at the Meyer Werft shipyards in Papenburg, Germany. Later that month, the two ships were named, with the DISNEY FANTASY set to enter service on March 31, 2012, a little over a year after its sister vessel, the DISNEY DREAM.
The ship's keel was laid on February 11, 2011. Disney Cruise Line president, Karl Holz, along with Minnie Mouse, officially placed a magic coin beneath the ship's hull. The coin is identical to that which was placed beneath the Disney Dream, however featured the hull number S688, and the date of the keel laying.
On September 13, 2011, on the Official Disney Cruise Line Facebook Page it was announced that the stern character on Disney Fantasy would be Dumbo, the Flying Elephant.
On December 9, 2011, Meyer Werft found several water lines open on the cruise ship. 48 cabins were damaged at a cost of approximately €1 million.
DISNEY FANTASY was floated out of the building dock on January 8, 2012, at Meyer Werft.
DISNEY FANTASY was delivered to Disney Cruise Line on February 9, 2012, in Bremerhaven, Germany and departed on February 16, 2012.
DISNEY FANTASY arrived in the United States for the first time, calling on New York, on February 28, 2012 where many locals gathered to see the sight of this new ship. The ship was christened on March 1, 2012 in New York City. The godmother of the ship is Mariah Carey. The christening was held on the ship featuring performances in the Walt Disney Theatre. Neil Patrick Harris hosted the Christening ceremony. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld performed during the show.
DISNEY FANTASY, structurally, is almost identical to DISNEY DREAM, with gross tonnage of 130,000,a length of 340 m (1,120 ft) and a width of 42 metres (138 ft. DISNEY FANTASY has 1,250 staterooms.
Additional features, such as on-board services and amenities, are mostly similar to those on DISNEY DREAM Disney Fantasy has included the popular AquaDuck, matching the one on the Dream, being the first water coaster at sea. The Nightclub District, called Europa, features a re-imagined and expanded Skyline Club. The Tube, La Piazza, O'Gills Pub and Ooh La La, all adult only lounges, are all new to the Fantasy. The shows in the Walt Disney Theater include Disney's Believe, Disney Wishes, and Disney's Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular.
DISNEY FANTASY is based at Disney Cruise Line's terminal at Port Canaveral, Florida.The ship will embark on alternating Eastern and Western 7 night Caribbean cruises, and will call on Disney's private island Castaway Cay.
Differences from the DISNEY DREAM.
DISNEY FANTASY is very much like her sister ship, DISNEY DREAM, with a few small differences. The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is included on DISNEY FANTASY, making it the first Boutique at sea. This Boutique is similar to the boutique at Disney Parks where girls can get made over into a princess. On special themed nights, such as the "Pirates in the Caribbean" night, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique gets transformed into the Pirates League. The Pirates League lets kids of all ages get transformed into a pirate.
The Aqualab, water play area, is an area added to Fantasy, as well.
The Adult Entertainment district has different theming than Dream, transforming this area into "Europa". The nightclub area transforms into "districts" representing different cities and countries of Europe. The Tube is a dance club themed after the London Underground, complete with white subway tile, subway map carpet, and handlebars at the booths. Ooh La La is a champagne bar reminiscent of an elegant French boudoir. O'Gill's Pub is an Irish themed pub representing the lively neighbourhood pubs throughout Ireland. La Piazza is in the heart of the Europa district, inspired by the decorative plazas throughout Italian cities. Skyline Lounge, carried over from the Disney Dream, is rethemed a bit; adding European cities to its backdrop. Satellite Falls is an adults-only pool deck added to the top deck of the Fantasy, for an added quiet retreat.
The ship is designed to reflect the glamour of the golden age of cruising during the 1930s, that lend to the Art Nouveau style throughout the ship; whereas the DISNEY DREAM is more represented with the Art Deco style.
While the Animator's Palate on DISNEY DREAM presents a dinner show with Crush the Sea Turtle from Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo, the Fantasy, in addition, presents an "Animation Magic" dinner show hosted by Sorcerer Mickey, where guests have a chance to draw their own characters and see their drawings come to life.
2014 In service, same name and owner IMO No 9445590.
Central African Republic 2013 900F sgMS?. Scott? (In margin of sheet)
Source: and various other web-sites.


The stamp inscription gives that she is the CARNIVAL DREAMSEA but not any cruiseship under that name exist, it must be the CARNIVAL DREAM. See viewtopic.php?f=2&t=12744&p=13878#p13878
Central African Republic 2013 900F sg?, scott?

QUANTUM OF THE SEAS cruise vessel

The stamp is designed after plans, the QUANTUM OF THE SEAS is still on the yard of the Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany for the Royal Caribbean International, and the planned delivery will be on 23 November 2014.


Built as a cruise vessel under yard No 6132 by Fincantieri, Monfalcone, Italy for Carnival Corp. Hamilton, Bermuda. Management P&O Cruises UK. Ltd.
29 August 2006 laid down.
08 June 2007 floated out as the VENTURA, three sisters the CROWN PRINCESS, EMERALD PRINCESS and AZURA.
Tonnage 116,017 grt, 85,676 nrt, 8,044 dwt, dim. 291,40 x 36.00 x 36.00m, draught 8.00m.
Powered: Diesel electric by 6 Wärtsilä diesel engines, 90,116 hp (67,200 kW).
Accommodation for 3092 passengers and 1220 crew.
29 March 2008 delivered to owners, homeport Hamilton, Bermuda. Building cost £330 million.

06 April 2008 arrived at Southampton.
11 April 2008 made a mini cruise to Belgium.
16 April 2008 christened by the movie star Dame Hellen Mirren in Southampton.
MV VENTURE is a Grand-class cruise ship of the P&O Cruises fleet. The ship was built by Fincantieri at their shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. At 116,017 tonnes and 291.4 m (956 ft), Ventura is the largest of seven ships currently in service with P&O Cruises, and one of the largest in Europe. She is the sister ship of MS AZURA . She officially entered service with the company in April 2008 and was named by Helen Mirren.[5]Ventura underwent a refit at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, during March and April 2013, and re-entered service on 7 April 2013 with a voyage to Spain and Portugal.
MS VENTURA is owned by Carnival UK and operated by P&O Cruises. She entered service in April 2008, and is one of the largest cruise ships built for the British market, at 116,017 tonnes. VENTURA can accommodate 3,192 passengers, and has 1,550 cabins, of which about 60% possess private balconies. She has fourteen public decks, eight restaurants, six boutiques, five pools (Endless pool, Beachcomber pool, Laguna pool, and the Terrace pool) and three show lounges, including the largest theatre on a British ship. Passengers are also able to walk to the very front of the ship to the bow, which is not possible on any other P&O ship except AZURA MV VENTURE is a Grand-class cruise ship of the P&O Cruises fleet. The ship was built by Fincantieri at their shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. At 116,017 tonnes and 291.4 m (956 ft), Ventura is the largest of seven ships currently in service with P&O Cruises, and one of the largest in Europe. She is the sister ship of MS AZURA . She officially entered service with the company in April 2008 and was named by Helen Mirren.[5]Ventura underwent a refit at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, during March and April 2013, and re-entered service on 7 April 2013 with a voyage to Spain and Portugal.
MS VENTURA is owned by Carnival UK and operated by P&O Cruises. She entered service in April 2008, and is one of the largest cruise ships built for the British market, at 116,017 tonnes. VENTURA can accommodate 3,192 passengers, and has 1,550 cabins, of which about 60% possess private balconies. She has fourteen public decks, eight restaurants, six boutiques, five pools (Endless pool, Beachcomber pool, Laguna pool, and the Terrace pool) and three show lounges, including the largest theatre on a British ship. Passengers are also able to walk to the very front of the ship to the bow, which is not possible on any other P&O ship except AZURA .
The ship is intended to be family friendly, offering The Reef youth club, and appearances by the children's character Noddy. The ship includes outdoor children's play areas and two pools specifically for families with one pool exclusively to adults.
After being handed over on the 29 March, VENTURA arrived in Southampton in the morning of 6 April 2008, ahead of its first mini cruise to Belgium on 11 April, and her Maiden voyage on 18 April.
British actress Dame Helen Mirren officially christened VENTURA and became the ship's Godmother, prior to her maiden cruise to the Mediterranean Sea. In a break with tradition, instead of Dame Helen simply pressing a button to send a cradled champagne bottle towards the ship, she commanded a team of Royal Marine Commandos to assist her in naming Ventura in a dramatic abseil.
Decks and dining
Main restaurants
VENTURA features three main dining rooms. The largest is the Bay Tree Restaurant, with the Saffron and Cinnamon restaurants being two similar sized smaller restaurants. Both the Bay Tree and Saffron restaurants feature traditional set time dining, whereas the Cinnamon restaurant features freedom dining, allowing passengers to choose which time to eat.
Other restaurants
VENTURA has three alternative restaurants. East is an Asian styled restaurant offering Asian and Pacific cuisine. The Glasshouse is a winebar and restaurant, replacing Ramblas (an informal Spanish themed restaurant) from April 2013. Located on Deck 15 is the Waterside Restaurant which is VENTURA’s main self-service buffet restaurant, which is open 24 hours a day. The Beach House is part of the main buffet during the day, and becomes an informal family restaurant in the evening. Frankie's Pizzeria and Grill are located by the Laguna pool and are inspired by the informal restaurant chain created by Marco Pierre White and Frankie Dettori. The White Room, located on Deck 17 is a restaurant also created by chef Marco Pierre White, and serves Mediterranean style fine cuisine. Tazzine, located on Deck 5, is an Italian style coffee bar, serving hot and cold beverages, light snacks and desserts.
Cirque deck
Both the sports court and golf nets are situated on Cirque Deck. This is the ships highest deck that is available to passengers.
Sky Deck
Sky Deck is the location of Metropolis, a bar and observation lounge at the aft of the ship.Also an access point to the Cirque deck.
Sports deck
Marco Pierre White's restaurant The White Room is situated at the aft end of Sports Deck, and the Oasis Pool is located forward.
Sun deck
The ships gymnasium and spa are located forward on Sun Deck, along with The Reef youth center at the aft of the ship.
Lido Deck
The Lido Deck is the main pool deck on Ventura, with the Beachcomber and Laguna pools situated midships. At the aft of Lido Deck are the Waterside and Beach House self-service restaurants. Forward of the pool deck are suites, balcony and inside cabins.
Riviera Deck
The Terrace Pool is located on Riviera Deck at the aft of the ship. This deck also has suite, balconies, and inside cabins.
A Deck
A Deck (Australia Deck) is a passenger cabin deck, with suites, balconies and inside cabins.
B Deck
B (Barbados Deck) Deck is a passenger cabin deck, with balconies and inside cabins.
C Deck
C (Canada Deck) Deck is a passenger cabin deck, with suites, balconies and inside cabins.
D Deck
D (Dominica Deck) Deck is a passenger cabin deck, with suites, deluxe and regular balconies and inside cabins.
E Deck
E (Ecuador Deck) Deck is a passenger cabin deck, with suites,deluxe and regular balconies, outside and inside cabins.
Promenade Deck
Promenade Deck is the ships main entertainment deck, with several bars, shops, restaurants and lounges, along with the top level of the atrium. The upper tier of the Arena Theater and the wrap-around outdoor promenade are also located on Promenade Deck.
F Deck
F (Fiji Deck) Deck is the location of the casino and the lower tier of the Arena Theater, as well as the middle level of the atrium, which is the location of several shops and the guest services desk. Two of the main restaurants, the Bay Tree and Saffron are situated on this deck.
P Deck
P (Panama Deck) Deck is the lowest passenger deck on the ship, and is the location of the bottom level of the atrium, which is surrounded by the library, internet lounge, art gallery, Tazzine cafe and the Cinnamon restaurant.


Built 1947 as a cargo passenger vessel by A.W. Setree, Huskinson, NSW, Australia for W. R Carpenter & Co.
Launched as KOMAIWAI
Tonnage 140 grt, 91 nrt, dim. 77.0 x 19.6 x 8 ft.
One Caterpillar 6-cyl. diesel engine 100 bhp. Speed 6 knots.
Wooden hull with 6 passenger cabins, 50 deck passengers, crew 17.
1947 completed.

In service in Fiji in short interisland trips. Principal cargo copra on the stamp she is loading copra at Tavenui Island. Copra transported between shore and ship in vessel own boats.
1947 Sold to Island Transport Ltd.
1960 Hulked and scrapped in Fiji.
Fiji 1954 ½d sg280, scott152.
Source: Log Book 6/45. Compendium of Australasian Merchant Ships 1831-2008.


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Built under yard no 438 as a crude tanker (VLCC) by National Steel & Shipbuilding Co (NASSCO), San Diego for the Exxon Shipping Co., Philadelphia.
29 July 1985 keel laid down.
June 1986 launched under the name EXXON VALDEZ.
Tonnage 110,831 gross, 71,330 net, 214,861 dwt., dim. 300.8 x 50.6 x 38.2m., draught 26.8m.
One Sulzer Oil 2SA, 8-cyl engine, 31,650 bhp, speed 16.25 knots, crew 21.
10 December 1986 completed.

Built for the transport of crude oil from Valdez to Panama for subsequent transportation to Gulf and east Coast ports in the USA, as well as crude to West Coast USA ports.

On 23 March 1989, the supertanker EXXON VALDEZ pulled out of Valdez, Alaska, loaded with more than 56 million gallons of crude oil.
Captain Joseph Hazelwood, the master of the vessel had spent the day drinking with crew members.
Bartenders testified that he had consumed at least eight vodka doubles, and Coast Guard tests showed his blood alcohol level stood at 241- more than six times the permissible level under Coast Guard regulations.
Third mate Gregory Cousins was on duty beyond the limits specified by federal fatigue laws.
Hazelwood, Cousins and the rest of the crew faced a night voyage through ice in the Prince William Sound.

Hazelwood intoxication was evident from the alcohol on his breath, his speech (captured on audiotape) and, most of all, his actions as his ship navigated the Sound. While passing through fishing grounds, Hazelwood took the EXXON VALDEZ outside established shipping lanes to avoid ice. He put the vessel on automatic pilot accelerating directly at Bligh Reef.
Hazelwood then left the bridge in violation of federal pilotage regulations. As he went below, he gave vague instructions to the inexperienced and fatigued Cousins.
At four minutes past midnight on 24 March 1989 the supertanker struck Bligh Reef, (about 25 mile from Valdez) spilling 11 million gallons of oil, “the largest oil spill and greatest environmental disaster in American history,” claimed news report.
The grounding punctured eight of the eleven cargo tanks, and within four hours 5.8 million gallons had been lost.
By the time the tanker was refloated on 5 April 260.000 barrels had been lost and 2.600 square miles of the country’s greatest fishing grounds and the surrounding virgin shoreline were sheated in oil.

After the spill and the removal of the oil from the tanker the EXXON VALDEZ sailed to San Diego, under command of a new captain, for repairs by NASSCO.

Captain Hazelwood, who had a record of drunk driving arrests, was charged with criminal mischief, driving a watercraft while intoxicated, reckless endangerment, and negligent discharge of oil.
He was found guilty of the last count and fined $ 51.000 and sentenced to 1.000 hours of community service in lieu of six months in prison.

In 1990 the American Congress passed the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, which barred the EXXON VALDEZ and 17 other vessels from Alaskan waters. A provision banning entry by any ship that had spilled more than 1 million gallons after 22 March 1989 was tacked onto the Act.
As a result, Exxon sent the renamed vessel EXXON MEDITERRANEAN, after repair, to carry oil from the Middle East to Europe and the Far East ports.

In 1990, Exxon Shipping Co., President Gus Elmer said “Due to declining Alaskan crude oil, the vessel will enter foreign service, most likely loading crude oil in the Mediterranean or the Middle East. It is consistent with our policy that the vessel be named according to their location.

Exxon officials declined to retrofit the ship with a double hull because it was not feasible from an engineering standpoint, an Exxon spokeswoman said in March 1990.
However a National Steel spokesman said, “It’s feasible to put a double hull. The question is the cost and the time.”

In the mid 1990’s Sea River Maritime (Exxon’s shipping subsidiary) filed a lawsuits to allow the former EXXON VALDEZ to return to Alaskan waters. They stated that the vessel was not financially viable trading in foreign waters.
In 1998, a judge upheld the ban. In a recent Appeal Court case in October 2002 the ban was again upheld.
It has been reported that in 1993 she was renamed in S/R MEDITERRANEAN and that she was mothballed (laid up) and anchored off a foreign port that the owners will not name.
From being repaired in 1990 until its lay-up, the vessel made 190 voyages around the world.
April 2005 renamed in MEDITERRANEAN, owned by Seariver International Inc., Marshall Islands flag and registry.
February 2008 sold to Hong Kong Bloom Shipping Ltd., renamed DONG FANG OCEAN, she was refitted in a ore carrier, managed by Cosco Shanghai Ship Management, Shanghai.
2008 Registered at Panama.
April 2012 sold to Best Oasis Ltd. Mumbai, India, renamed ORIENTAL NICETY, under Sierra Leone flag. She was sold for scrapping.
The same month renamed by owners in ORIENTAL N., Sierra Leone registry. (source )

Exxon Valdez denied the right to die in India

09 May 2012 Lloyds List
BULK carrier Oriental Nicety is refusing to bow out of shipping quietly, after the Indian authorities denied it entry to Alang for recycling following a row that only adds to the vessel’s notoriety.
The bulker that was formerly the very large crude carrier Exxon Valdez caused one the worst oil spills in history in Alaska in 1989. Renamed Oriental Nicety, it was scheduled to arrive in Alang today, according to broker reports.
However, vessel-tracking data from Lloyd’s List Intelligence shows that the vessel is at anchor near Malaysia.
According to international media reports, the authorities denied the ship entry until India’s Supreme Court rules on a petition by the Research Foundation for Science urging the authorities to turn the vessel away, alleging that it contains toxic waste.
The court is expected to hear the case on August 13.
Converted into an ore carrier in 2007, the 1986-built vessel, now operated by Coshipman, was reported sold on an as-is basis in Singapore for $460 per ldt, or $15.8m, at the end of March.
If the vessel cannot make it to India, it is likely to turn to China or to end its days on the beaches of Bangladesh.

IMO No. 8414520

Marshall Islands 1998 60c sg?, scott?
Sao Thome et Principe 2010 15000 DBMS sg?, scott?, (the other ship is the ATLANTIC EMPRESS on 35000 Db.)

Source: Watercraft Philately Vol. 49/50 P.Crichton. Ships of the World by Lincoln P.Paine. Marine News.
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