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Petroleum products tanker - METRO STAR       Registry & flag - Sarnia, Ontario, Canada        IMO Number - 6407523

Location - Upbound in the Welland Canal at St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada     Photograph Date - 31 May 1984
Photographer - Rob Sharik     Added to archive - 21 August 2005     Last updated - 21 August 2005


  Keel laid - unknown
  Launched - unknown
  Delivered - April 1964
  Newbuild price - Unknown

  (a) Hamble - England (1979)
  (b) Shell Refiner - unknown (1981)
  (c) Metro Star - Canada (1987)
  (d) Erin T - Panama (2/1992)
  (e) Marine Supplier - Nigeria

  It is assumed that Marine Supplier is still in service


  Builder - Henry Robb Ltd.
  Country - Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland
  Hull number - 486
  Gross tonnage - 1,657
  Net tonnage - 1,026
  Deadweight tonnage - 1,511
  Length overall - 87.67 meters
  Width overall - 11.36 meters
  Draught - 4.28 meters
  Depth - 5.80 meters
  Engine builder - British Polar Engines Ltd.
  Country - Glasgow, Scotland
  Type - 1 - Polar MN16S diesel engine
  Engine horsepower - 1,230 bhp

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - Viewer contributions

1964 - Hamble was built at the drydock of Henry Robb Ltd., at Leith for Shell Tankers U.K. of London England. She was a near sistership to at least three other vessels named Dingle Bank, Killingholme and Partington which now operates as Hamilton Energy

1981 - Shell Refiner was purchased by Shediac Bulk Shipping (Metro Oil) of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada and she was renamed Metro Star

Winter 1981-82 - Metro Star was lengthened by 18.2 meters and her deck was raised by about 1 meter at the Marystown Shhipyard in Marystown, Newfoundland, Canada. The new midship addition added two more cargo tanks to her existing five. It is not known whether she was just lengthened or if she received an entirely new midsection

31 October 1982 - Metro Star ran aground at St. Augustine, Quebec City and started taking on water. She was subsequently beached to avoid sinking, fortunately, without the loss of any of her gasoline or diesel oil cargo. Her fleetmate, Metro Sun later came alongside and off loaded Metro Star's cargo.

4 November 1982 - She was refloated however it is not known which tugs were involved with her salvage

10 November 1982 - Metro Star was returned to Shediac by the salvors at Pictou, Nova Scotia. She was later towed to Halifax, Nova Scotia where subsequent inspections resulted in the ship being declared a constructive total loss.. Her owners decided to repair the ship anyhow since they had invested heavily in the ship's refit only eight months earlier.

February 1983 - The work of repairing Metro Star's damage began at Halifax ( Additional details would be most appreciated )

1983 - Lloyds of London records her owner as Shediac Tanker Corporation of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

1987 - Lloyds of London records her owner as Laurentide Financial Corporation Ltd. and Merlac Marine Shipping Inc., of Sarnia, Ontario as her manager.

Summer 1987 - Metro Star was sold to Woodward Oil Ltd. and she was renamed Erin T. She sailed under the management of Coastal Shipping Ltd.

7 February 1992 - Canadian registry on this ship was closed following a sale to Specialize Shipping & Chartering Inc., of Panama. She was renamed Marine Supplier and headed south for ship bunkering duties

2004 - Lloyds of London records that the ship was last listed classed with Lloyds in February of 1992 and that its ownership and registry is likely Nigerian. No further information has been found regarding Marine Supplier's current status

Information sources - Fairplay Internet Ship Register, Imperial Oil Fleet News, Marine News - The World Ship Society
The Scanner - The Toronto Marine Historical Society