Nirja - Panama


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The 1982-built, 30,255-dwt, 17,726-grt iron ore strengthened bulk carrier Nirja is seen in this photograph while she was transiting northbound in the Welland Canal during the afternoon hours of June 28th, 1993.

She was built in Belgium and sailed as Ermis until 1989 when she was sold to Great Eastern Shipping of India and renamed Nirja. In 1990 she was sold to China Navigation, China however her name was not changed. Then in 1996 she was purchased by Greek Interests however once again, her name was unchanged. On December 11th, 1996 John Swire & Son Shipping Ltd., Panama was listed as her owner and on that date she was detained in Vancouver, British Columbia with numerous deficiencies.

Shortly thereafter she was sold for scrapping since the cost of her required repairs exceeded the value of the ship itself. She was purchased by Indian breakers for a reported $1.134 million (US) and dismantled in Alang. Photograph by Barry Andersen courtesy Willem VanMaanen's collection.

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


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