mv LORD BYRON
built by Govan Shipbuilders Ltd,
Yard No 251 Engines by J. G. Kincaid & Company Ltd., Greenock.
Last Name: JOHN P-98
Previous Names: IOANNIS AP-97/ BALSA-91/ WANI BIRD-89/ BOLNES-83
Propulsion: 6-cyl. 2 S.C.S.A. (740 x 1,600mm) B&W 6K74EF type oil engine 11,600 bhp. 15.5 kts
Launched: Wednesday, 12/11/1980
Ship Type: Bulk Carrier
Tonnage: 16421 grt | 11411nrt | 26354 dwt
Length: 574 feet
Breadth: 83 feet
Draught: 32 feet
Bishopsgate Marine Ltd London
Jebsens Ship Mgt
Celis World Sg Inc
Balsa Partner AS Norway
Aspida Nav SA Piraeus
Oceanpride Sg SA Piraeus
Status: Active -
Bulk carrier with five 25
ton cranes capable of operating grabs carried aboard and with a container capacity of 682 TEU
Post 1989: 15,743g. 11,888n. 26,354d.
Post 1994: 16,079g. 9,951n. 26,354d
1979: Ordered by Groomcharm Ltd. from Govan Shipbuilders Ltd., Govan (Yard No. 251).
2.4.1980: Keel laid.
12.11.1980: Launched as LORD BYRON for Liberty Maritime Agency Ltd.
23.2.1981: Completed for Bishopgate Marine Hire Purchase Ltd., (H. Scullard & Sons Ltd., managers), London. (O.N. 390832).
1983: Renamed BOLNES, (Jebsens Ship Management Ltd., managers).
1988: Transferred to Panama flag.
1989: Sold to Celis World Shipping Inc., (V. Ships Norway AS, managers), Panama flag, and renamed WANI BIRD.
1990: Thorvald Klaveness & Company AS, appointed as managers.
1991: Renamed BALSA.
1992: Sold to Balsa Partner AS, (same managers), and transferred to Norway (NIS) flag, (O.N. N
1997: Sold to Aspida Navigation SA, Piraeus, (Eurobulk SA, Piraeus, managers), and renamed IOANNIS A. P., under the Cyprus flag.
1998: Sold to Oceanpride Shipping SA, Piraeus, (same managers), and renamed JOHN P, retaining Cyprus flag.
With thanks to Bill Harvey for details.
Additional data by Paul Strathdee and George Robinson
Photo supplied by Iain Macanna
Previous update by Bruce Biddulph
Last updated: by Paul Strathdee from the original records by Stuart Cameron
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