Aegis Kingdom - Piraeus, Greece

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The 1971-built, 27,417-dwt, 15,387-grt, general cargo ship Aegis Kingdom is seen in this photograph while she was transiting upbound in the Welland Canal in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada May 9th, 1979.

She was built in Bilbao, Spain by Astilleros Espanoles S.A. - Factoria de Olaveaga as Aegis Kingdom. She sailed as such until 1980 when she was sold to Hede Navigation (Pte.) Ltd., India and renamed Shanta Shibani. On January 25th, 1984 she was driven aground at Wake Island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean after her moorings had parted in bad weather. She was lying there to carry out engine repairs during a voyage from Vancouver, Canada to Madras, India. She was refloated on January 29th and was subsequently towed to Ulsan, South Korea for repairs.

Several years later Shanta Shibani suffered major damage to her aft accomodations and possibly her engine room on December 30th, 1986. She was laid up at the time and idle at Sikka, India since January 24th, 1986. Upon later inspection it was found that she was beyond economical repair. It is assumed that she remained laid up in her damaged condition.

On April 3rd, 1992, 6 years later, she was reported to be stranded and abandoned in a position 22.27 N, 69.48 E on the northwest coast of India. By January of 1994 it was further reported that Shanta Shibani was well in the process of being dismantled close to Sikka. Does anyone know more about this vessel's fate? email.

Information courtesy Marine News (The World Ship Society), Lloyds Registers and the Fairplay Internet Ship Register

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