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.
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.
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.