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This small geared bulk carrier was built as the VIRANA for Norwegian account in the famous British shipyard of Short Brothers Ltd., in Pallion, a suburb of Sunderland on the southern bank of the river Wear (hull No. 535). The ship was launched on 14.04.1961 and was delivered same year to her owners Skibs A/S Eidsiva, Oslo and given into management to Sverre Ditlev-Simonsen & Co., Oslo. She sailed first under Norwegian flag (Lloyds Register / IMO No: 5381588, call sign: JXPI). The bulk carrier had a tonnage of GRT: 12'466, NRT: 7003 with a deadweight of 18'715 metric tonnes.

In 1967 she was sold for a reported price of £725'000 to Panvia Compania Naviera SA, Monrovia (Management: M. Marcou Shipping Co. Ltd., London) and sailed under Liberian flag as the MARCO BOTZARIS (Official No. 2840. Call sign: ELEJ).

In 1976 purchased by Eucharis Shipping Corp. Monrovia (Management: M. Marcou Shipping Co. Ltd., London) and renamed ARC. (GRT: 11'915, NRT: 7039) and one year later in 1977.she was transferred to the Greek registry. Port of registry, Piraeus. Official No. 6476. Call sign: SXTU.

On 02.01.1980 while in the port of Manzanillo, Mexico (Pacific coast) she suffered an engine room fire and sustained some damages. Subsequently sold to Audacity Maritime Corp., Piraeus (Management: Naval Engineering Dynamics Ltd., Piraeus) and renamed MARTIS. On 15.03.1980 departed from Manzanillo under tow by motor salvage tug "Englishman" (574/65) to Piraeus for repairs. Arrived at her destination on 27.05.1980.

The vessel was purchased in 1982 by Mediterranean Sky Navigation Ltd. and sailed now under the flag of Panama as the MARTIN'S (Official No. 10929-PG. Call sign: HPMZ). She was managed by STL, Ship and Trade Management Ltd., Geneva, Switzerland and was taken over in Agadir, Morocco. The MARTIN'S was mainly engaged in the cement trade of Seapako, Geneva. The officers and crew were from the Philippines, in total about 24 men.

The vessel had 6 cargo holds and the cargo gear consisted of 6 pairs of derricks of 5 metric tonnes SWL each. She had an overall length of 161.63 m with a beam of 21.3 m.

The single screw ship had an interesting main engine plant, consisting of one direct coupled, slow speed, 2-stroke, 6-cylinder opposed piston diesel engine, designed by Burmeister & Wain and built by John G. Kincaid, Greenock, Scotland (near Glasgow), builders of B&W engines under sublicense from Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast. The diameter of the main piston (the lower piston acting directly onto the crankshaft via the crosshead) was 620 mm and its stroke was 1400 mm. The upper, exhaust piston had a diameter of 622 mm, but a stroke of only 470 mm (1/3 of the main piston) and worked via transmission rods onto the two lateral crossheads and the crankshaft. The lower, main piston controlled the scavenge air inlet ports and the upper, exhaust piston opened and closed the exhaust ports. The engine was equipped with 2 turbo chargers, made by Napier, working on the constant pressure principle. For slow speed running an electrical auxiliary blower was installed. The engine was operated on heavy fuel and the normal service output was 5900 BHP at 120 RPM (max. output 6500 BHP at 123.5 RPM).

The vessel was sold for demolition to Metal Scrap Trade Corp. and was delivered to the buyers in Karwar, India (on the west coast, south of Goa) on 08.02.1984.

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