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Tashima Maru?

Mena - THIS WAS A JUMBO TANKER IN 1965
Sorry I cannot remember the name of this one. I have juggled around with my pictures to give a full size photo. I could not fit it in on my camera so it was in two photos. She was a MARU but which one? She certainly dwarfed us.

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Mena? Is that the place? She's definately an N.Y.K. ship, but surely too modern for a 1965 build? I'd say at least late 1960s, probably 1970s.

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Phil
 

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Phil,
Yes Mena is the place, or Mena Al Ahmadi to use it's proper name.
Another glorious tanker port!
 

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Phil.
Sorry but I have not been to Mena since 65. My last trip up the Gulf was in 67/68 but that was to the wonderful Das Island.
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I think she is the "Tashima Maru" completed by Ishikawajima Harima in 1964. 52,272grt, 88,541 dwt. Sold by NYK in 1977 and renamed "Kodiak" and broken up at Gadani Beach in 1982.
 

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Yes definately that is Mena al Ahmadi, the North Pier to be precise. My father had his office in the building on the jetty in the photo.
 

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I stand corrected Hawkey. Considering the Japanese were building bridge-amidships tankers well into the 1960s (such as the Idemitsu Maru and her sister) This vessel with all-aft configuration has the angular accommodation structure and straight hull form associated with tankers built from the late 60s and into the 1970s.

As for Mena, I know of Mena al Ahmadi but never seen it written in it's shortened form.

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Phil
 

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Mena (or Mina) simply means port in arabic, the town of Ahmadi, which housed the Kuwait Oil Company personnel, was some seven miles to the west of the Mena al Ahmadi jetties.
 

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Morning Phil,
Another picture in my Gallery of Nagasaki shipyard in 1966 shows two very similar tankers near completion. Another with NYK colours
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I did see that one Neville and it's great to see photos like these. Just goes to show that some Japanese tankers were well ahead of their time.

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Phil
 

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It was not just the design that was ahead of its time. I had the good fortune in the 70s and 80s to command many ULCCs owned by Kawasaki Kisen, NYK and Mitsui and as such was the only 'round eye' on board. Standard of officers and engineers far surpassed anything I found in British flag. Looking back the experience was idyllic, no less.
 

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