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
Keel laid - unknown
(a) Hamble - England (1979)
It is assumed that Marine Supplier is still in service
Builder - Henry Robb Ltd.
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