BEST - Comoros Islands       Call sign - D6BE9      IMO number - 7353963
Owner - Turkish breakers (identity unknown) - previously owned by Daglia Maritime, Panama

Location - Photographed lying on the beach at Aliaga, Turkey prior to the start of demolition     Photograph Date - 7 November 2001
Photographer - Selim San     Added to archive - 22 Sep 2003     Last updated - 22 Sep 2003

SHIP'S HISTORY

  Ordered - September 1972
  Construction begun - January 1973
  Keel laid - May 1973
  Launched - September 1973
  Delivered - January 1974
  Newbuild price - $12.986 million (US)

  (a) Mesta - Bulgaria (01)
  (b) Best - Comoros Islands

  She sailed for her entire career as Mesta and was renamed Best for her delivery voyage to the breakers
  Beached at Aliaga, Turkey on 5 November 2001 for scrapping
  Scrap price - unknown

PARTICULARS

  Ship type - Crude oil tanker
  Gross tonnage - 43,265
  Net tonnage - 26,342
  Displacement tonnage - 75,274
  L.O.A. - 237.01 meters (777'8")
  L.B.P. - 225.03 meters (738'4")
  Width overall - 37.27 meters (122'3")
  Width moulded - 37.20 meters (122'1")
  Draught - 12.923 meters (42'5")
  Depth - 18.60 meters (61'0")
  Number of cargo tanks - 13
  Number of cargo pumps - 3 (6,000t/hr)
  Cargo tanks volume - 90,796 cubic meters
  Hose handling derricks - 2 (3 tonne capacity)

CONSTRUCTION & PROPULSION

  Builder - Kasado Dock Co. Ltd.
  Country - Kudamatsu, Japan
  Hull number - 272
  Engine builder - Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries (I.H.I.)
  Country - Aioi, Japan
  Number of engines - 1
  Engine type - Sulzer 7-cyl (7RND90) diesel engine
  Fuel - Diesel oil & heavy fuel oil
  Diesel fuel capacity - 209.5 tonnes
  Heavy bunker fuel capacity - 3,287 tonnes
  Main engine horsepower - 20,300 bhp or 14,932 kW
  Speed - 15.0 knots
  Propeller - 1 variable pitch propeller
  Steering gear - Standard rudder
  Bow thuster - none

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - This section is open for all viewers to contribute any information about this ship that is known such as former owners, managers, charterers, accidents, conversions, drydockings, cargoes, voyages, sightings or ports of call etc..


** Mesta was owned and operated by Navigation Maritime Bulgare (NAVIBULGAR), Bulgaria until 2001
** On 7 May 2001 while on a voyage from Constantza, Romania to Varna, Bulgaria an explosion occurred aboard Mesta. At the time of the accident she was discharging ballast shortly after departing Constantza. A large fire ensued.
** 27 crew members were evacuated however it was later reported that two had been lost
** The fire was extinguished on 8 May and subsequent inspections revealed that she had suffered major holing in the side of No. 5 tank above the waterline
** Shortly following the explosion she was declared a constructive total loss and sold to Daglia Maritime of Panama. They changed her name to Best
** Shortly thereafter her broken hull was re-inforced and the ship was sold for scrapping
** Best arrived off Aliaga, Turkey on 5 November 2001 where she was beached for demolition

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Information sources - Lloyds Registers, Fairplay Internet Ship Register, Marine News - Journals of the World Ship Society

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