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Bergebonde seen here loading iron ore at Port Hedland, Western Australia 1980. Note ,alternative hatch loading.And they wondered why they used to break in half!

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Ex, Atland . Built at Eriksberg’s Shipyard in Gothenburg. Delivered to Broströms in 1973. In about 1975, sold to Bergensen and renamed “Bergebonde”. Scraped in the late 90’s sometime. Use to be a “Excellent” accommodation for the crew in those built there at that time. Including indoors swimming pool and sauna.
 

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Alternate hold loading is an emotive subject and there will be as many people keen to argue for as there are against. Certainly there is a case to answer both ways, as the alternate hold loading is clearly useful as it increases the GM and therefore is kind to the ship – and those of us fortunate enough to have enjoyed an OREGIS-style GM on an ore-carrier, can vouch for what makes a very stiff ship – and it also keeps down the number of shifts for the loading arm, which appeals to certain shore-based elements; but at the same time there is a need to look at the shear stress arising from the empty holds.

It is one of these discussions that can run and run and to be honest a great deal of damage is done, not so much by the sailing with alternate holds loaded, but by the stresses imposed alongside, by an injudicious loading plan foisted upon the Master by the Manager of the Loading Terminal, who is anxious to get the ship off the berth in record time with a disastrously small (to the ship) number of shifts of the loading belt….
Tonga
 

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Great picture. Thankfully only did three runs with ore. All aft ship rolling like a B.. especially on the edge of a typhoon in the Pacific, twelve days of hell!!!.
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Thanks Tonga. My last ship with the Australian National Line, the Australian Purpose, was of very similar construction to the Bergebonde and later sank in the Indian Ocean.(after a life of alternative hatch loading. When in ballast, no's 4 and 6 were filled to the brim with sea water)
She had been sold to COSCO by this stage and all hands were rescued.

Ian
 

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A sister ship to this one was the “Lapland” built for Broströms in 1974. She too was sold to Bergensen at the same time in 1975 and renamed Berge Odel. Both about 150000 Tonne DW.
A bigger variant of this class was the “Svealand” on 278000 Tonnes DW also built at Eriksberg in1973. At the time she was the largest Dry Cargo ship in the world. (An OBO). Later in the 70’s sold to World Wide Shipping (I think) and renamed “World Gala” and in the late 80’s again sold and renamed “Neckar Ore”.
 

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