INTERNATIONAL FLAG - Piraeus, Greece       Call sign - SZPO     IMO number - 5209819     Owner - Iska Metal Ltd., Turkey (scrapyard)

Location - Photographed at Aliaga, Turkey awaiting demolition     Photograph Date - 5 April 2000
Photographer - Selim San    Added to archive - 5 November 2003     Last updated - 24 January 2004

SHIP'S HISTORY

  Ordered - March 1959
  Keel laid - ???
  Launched - ???
  Delivered - December 1960

  (a) Liverpool Maru - Japan (1973)
  (b) Regal Sea - Greece (1980)
  (c) International Flag - Greece

  Beached at Aliaga, Turkey on 3 April 2000
  Scrap price - unknown

PARTICULARS

  Ship type - Self-unloading cement carrier
  Gross tonnage - 11,133
  Net tonnage - 3,336
  Deadweight tonnage - 18,674
  L.O.A. - 161.17 meters (528'10")
  L.B.P. - 152.00 meters (498'8")
  Width overall - 22.08 meters (72'3")
  Width moulded - 22.00 meters (72'2")
  Draught - 9.094 meters (29'10")
  Depth - 11.99 meters (39'4")
  Number of cargo holds - 3
  Number of hatch covers - none
  Number of loading hatches - unknown
  Number of cargo cranes - 12 (6 tonnes)
  Cargo hold volume - 11,676 cubic meters

CONSTRUCTION

  Builder - Namura Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.
  Country - Osaka, Japan
  Hull number - 313
  Engine builder - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
  Country - Kobe, Japan
  Number of engines - 1
  Engine types - Sulzer 7-cyl (model 7SAD72) diesel
  Diesel Oil capacity - 1,544.5 tonnes
  Heavy Fuel Oil capacity - unknown
  Horsepower - 6,649 bhp or 4,891 kW
  Speed - 13.5 knots
  Propeller - 1 fixed pitch
  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..


** She was originally built as the iron ore strengthened bulk carrier Liverpool Maru for Dalichi Chuo Kisen Kaisha of Japan.
** Under the name Regal Sea she was owned by Panther Shipping Inc., Greece
** In 1979 or 1980 she was purchased by the Heracles Shipping Company, Greece and converted to a self-unloading cement cement carrier and renamed International Flag. During the course of her conversion her three original cargo hatch covers were welded permanently shut and cement loading ports were installed
** In March of 1996 her surveys expired and she was subsequently withdrawn from sercice. It is not known whether she was a stationary cement transfer ship or if she was in active service at the time of her retirement
** 2 July 1996 - International Flag was laid up at the anchorage at Eleusis, Greece pending disposal
** She was sold for scrapping early in 2000 and she departed Eleusis apparently under her own power towing the smaller Abdul Kader destined for Aliaga, Turkey
** 3 April 2000 - International Flag and Abdul Kader arrived off Alaiaga and both were subsquently beached for demolition
Additional details of her career and demise would be appreciated


Information sources - Fairplay Internet Ship Register, Lloyds Registers & Marine News - The World Ship Society
Additional information - Bob Burge - England

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