The larger than normal accommodation was merely a product the East European yards at that time and she was just a simple cargo ship.- She was built in 1976 at Rostock for the Norwegian owners Lars Rej Johansen (yard number 479), an ice-strengthened bulk carrier and christened JOCARE. She was sold to CNM of Martinque and renamed OYAPOK in 1977, then sold to Delmas in 1978 and re-named BARBIZON. In 1979 purchased by Hadley Shipping, re-named[COLOR="Yellow"] CLYMENE [/COLOR]and adapted to carry newsprint, then sold to Italians in 1986, re-named Chris. - She carried on her chequered career of being sold on at regular intervals: being sold to Blue Atlantic of Bahamas in 1988 and re-named B.A. Chris, then in 1990 sold to Tembo Shipping and re-named Alba. In 1993 sold again, this time to Sun Glory of Hong Kong and re-named Sun Glory.
Just to complete the picture that Tonga has so excellently provided, she was sold again in the late 90s to other Chinese interests and renamed "Accord". Finally, she was scrapped in China in December 2000.
Thanks Mark & Phil for this history, I have always had an interest in HSC since their tanker "Cerinthus" used to be on charter to Shell and we bumped into her several times. Figuratively speaking!
Always thought the Neptun class looked very purposeful and this shot shows why.
Rick, you may be interested to know that Hadley Shipping are about to take delivery of a new "Clymene" from the Jiangnan Shipyard, China. In a rather low-key move, they purchased this new ship (a panamax bulker) as a newbuilding resale from the original contractors for $43 million.