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TSGT John A Chapman

TSGT John A Chapman

MV TSGT John A Chapman off Madeira on 10th January 2007. She could be in the wrong section because although a Container and Roll on Roll off ship, she is one on the Military Sealift Command's part of 36 ships in the Prepositioning Program Sqadron One as a Navy, DLA and Air Force Ship carrying Air Force munitions. Built in 1978 by Chanters Navigation de la Ciotat is France as Merlin. She was renamed for John A Chapman on 8th April 2005. She features climate-controlled cocoons on her weather decks which protect additional cargo from the marine environment. She is operated by Sealift, Inc and is under charter to MSC. She carries 19 civillian crew

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Sorry ,
She is one of the A series built for CGM , just after the MM-CGT merger .
As such she'd have had a "painter" name : Monet , Cezanne , Degas , Utrillo , Renoir , Gauguin .
I'd have to check , but I think that only two were lenghtened .( originally , they had four cranes forward ) .
These ships had beautiful accommodation , each deck being decorated in one color . Really luxurious , roomy , and trouble free .
The only real hitch was they were too small for their intended trades (indian sub-continent) , and quickly became superflous to requirements .
Four were sold early , I think two to SFTM "Havraise Peninsulaire" for the Madagascar trade , and two were leghtened with fully cellular holds , thereby destroying the initial multi-function design , which called for two complete RO/RO decks , and fully cellular holds .
Regards .
JPB
 

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