FORUM HOPE - Piraeus, Greece       Call sign - PPDR     IMO number - 7030597     Owner - Veritas Marine Ltd., England

Location - Photographed likely while she was underway at South Africa     Photograph Date - 1984    
Photographer - Unknown - Willem VanMaanen's collection     Added to archive - 5 Jan 2003     Last updated - 15 Feb 2003

SHIP'S HISTORY

  Keel laid - May 1970
  Launched - September 1970
  Delivered - March 1971

  (a) Botafogo - Brazil (1983)
  (b) Forum Hope - Greece

  Arrived at a Chinese scrapyard before 1 February 1986 - exact date and port unknown

PARTICULARS

  Ship type - General and refrigerated cargo (B444 class)
  Gross tonnage - 10,192
  Net tonnage - 5,790
  Deadweight tonnage - 12,200
  L.O.A. - 161.02 meters (528'3")
  L.B.P. - 150.02 meters (492'2")
  Width overall - 22.99 meters (75'3")
  Width moulded - 23.90 meters (75'3")
  Draught - 9.72 meters (31'10.75")
  Depth - 13.31 meters (43'8")

CONSTRUCTION

  Yard name - Stocznia Gdanska Im. Lenina
  Country - Gdansk, Poland
  Hull number - B444/02
  Engine builder - Sulzer Brothers Ltd., Winterthur
  Number of engines - 1
  Engine types - Sulzer 6RND90 diesel
  Horsepower - 17,400 bhp (12,980 kW)
  Speed - 20.5 knots
  Bow/stern thuster hp - none

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - Former owners, managers, accidents, conversions, cargoes, voyages, sightings or corrections etc - Viewer contributions

* The general cargo Botafogo was one of a series of 8 vessels (class B444) that were ordered in 1970 by various Brazilian shipowners at the Polish shipyard Stocznia Gdanska. She was ordered by Empresa de Navegação Aliança S.A., Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 7 other sisterships were Amália, Daphne, Amaralina, Frotabeira, Itaberá, Itatinga, and Maria da Penha - ex Frotatokyo (1977)
* In 1983 Botafogo was sold to Veritas Marine Ltd., England (Aphrodite S.A., Greece - manager), renamed Forum Hope and reregistered out of Piraeus, Greece.
* 30 November 1985 - She departed Rangoon, Birmania for Singapore
* 4 December 1985 Forum Hope departed Singapore for Haiphong, Vietnam possibly to discharge her last cargo.
* In December of 1985 she was sold for scrapping to breakers in the Peoples Republic of China
* She arrived at the breakers yard sometime late in December or early January of 1986 - The exact date and final scrapyard location are unknown

Information sources - Fairplay Internet Ship Register, Lloyds Registers & Marine News - The World Ship Society
Additional information - Marcelo Lopes, Brazil and his reference sources

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