Nedlloyd Barcelona

Bob S
7th May 2005, 17:17
NEDLLOYD BARCELONA seen passing Tilbury during May 1979.

flyer682
8th May 2005, 05:58
NEDLLOYD BARCELONA must have been brand new when these photos were taken. One of four sisters built by Van der Giessen-de Nooord in 1978 and 1979 for the Europe - Middle East Conference service. The others were (in order of build) NEDLLOYD BAHRAIN, NEDLLOYD BALTIMORE and NEDLLOYD BANGKOK. Versatile multi-purpose ships with a Stulcken mast for a 225-ton derrick and a mixture of cranes and derricks, they had a capacity for 676 TEU's.
They served on a variety of Nedlloyd routes over the years, including service between New Zealand and South East Asia in the 1980s until replaced on that route by the four R-class roll-on/roll-off ships.

Guest
8th May 2005, 09:14
You'd wonder that they could see where they were going with that lot sticking up in front of the bridge. It must have been worse than having woolly dice hanging from the driving mirror.

Did anyone sail on anything like this ? Was visibility an issue ?

Dave

flyer682
8th May 2005, 09:59
You raise an interesting point Dave and one that was picked up when NEDLLOYD BAHRAIN was doing her sea trials. Visibility forward was an issue and at the request of a regulatory body, a major change was made on the bridge by the addition of a secondary steering position on the port bridge wing. This was deemed necessary by the crane stowage arrangement and the large Stulcken derrick obscuring the helmsman's view forward.

Guest
8th May 2005, 11:17
Thanks for that David.

I do recall that afternoons at sea on tankers usually saw the second mate in the chartroom updating charts following the receipt of a wedge of notices to mariners at the last port. The view from the chartroom table was always through a window into the wheelhouse, giving a clear enough view ahead.

There doesn't seem much scope for that here, though.

Cheers,

Dave

tanker
8th May 2005, 13:27
In 2004 she result in sevice as COMMANDER EXPRESS.
Gp

Bob S
8th May 2005, 14:44
Hi David, you are correct, I have a note with the photograph - Maiden voyage?
Thanks Tanker, nice to know she is still about.

david smith
8th May 2005, 15:49
All were recently trading under the Lykes colours (colors?), owned by Alfred C. Toepfler, but have all gone thier own ways now.

Dave Edge
8th June 2005, 10:53
Comments on the view ahead are correct. I piloted several of the 'B' class and there was nowhere on the bridge to get a decent view ahead. Constantly walking from bridge wing to bridge wing and the same for the mates at sea. Fittest deck officers I ever met!

ruud
8th October 2005, 08:49
In 2004 she result in sevice as COMMANDER EXPRESS.
GpAhoy Gp,
As I wrote and posted on a different photo of her, she now called BSLE EXPRESS
By the way, all sisterships of her still sailing;but sorry cann't find that other photo of her anymore.
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NEDLLOYD BANGKOK[1978]-now called DELMAS ACACIA2002]-ex COLUBINE EXPRESS[2001] ex COLUMBINE[1994] ex JOSEPH LYKES[1992]

NEDLLOYD BALTIMORE[1978]-now called DELMAS ALOE[2003]-ex AGULHAS EXPRESS[2001]-ex AGULHAS[1993]

NEDLLOYD BAHREIN[1978]-now called BOSCO JUMBO[2004]-ex DELMAS JACARANDA[2001]-ex PATHFINDER[2000]-ex LYKES PATHFINDER[1998]-ex CHARLES LYKES[1993]

NEDLLOYD BARCELONA[1979] now called BSLE EXPRESS[2004]- ex COMMANDER EXPRESS[2001]-ex COMMANDER[2000]-ex DOCTOR LYKES[1992]