18th December 2006, 09:34
News has filtered through that the Cap Brett (ex Columbus Canada) and Cap York (ex Columbus Queensland) have been sold for scrap in Bangladesh by their owners now that their current charter with Hamburg Sud has ended. Both were old vessels dating back to 1979. There was no mention of what has happened to Columbus Victoria (ex Columbus Louisiana) also launched in 1979. All were regular callers to Australia and New Zealand for many years.
18th December 2006, 10:29
Colombus Line's office in Brisbane was the subject of the world's longest lasting picket line by the Seamen's Union of Australia in the 1980s. Can't remember the details and couldn't find any on the web. Anyone know about it?
18th December 2006, 10:54
Cap Brett was beached Chittagong 19/11 and Cap York on 5/12. Columbus Victoria (IMO 7800150) is still trading.
19th December 2006, 07:47
The picket in Brisbane was most likely because Columbus was a crosstrader.
A German company operating german flagged and crewed vessels trading between foreign countries. Australia/New Zealnd to the United States/Canada and the Carribean. The picket was an effort to get Australians on board as crew. There was also a picket on their Auckland office that went on for a some time as well.