Norchem - Panama


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The 1979-built, 7,339-dwt, 4,808-grt, oil and chemical tanker Norchem is seen in this photograph while she was transiting downbound in the Welland Canal on November 11th, 1985. At the time it was taken she was sailing northbound in the canal below lock 2 in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

She was built in Japan at the Kurushima Dockyard as Norchem for the Toei Marine Company of Japan. She sailed as such until August of 1992 when she was sold the Marubeni Corporation also of apan and renamed Chemi Crest. Several sales took place through the 1990s and her name remained unchanged. In March of 2001 she was sold to Pinnacle Management LLC of the U.S.A. and renamed Chem Crest.

In September of 2001 the Panamanian flag which she had flown for most of her career was replaced by the Russian flag after she was likely chartered to another operator. When this picture was added to the archives in September of 2002 she was still operational as Chem Crest and her port of registry was Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia.

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


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