The Maersk container ship is one of a batch built in Germany (Hamburg & Flensburg) : ADRIAN MAERSK, ALBERT, ANNA, etc ...
They were jumboised around 1984/85. Does someone know where they were lengthened ?
I was at this shipyard in December 1982. At that time, this yard in Jurong was known as "Hitachi Zosen Robin", as Hitachi were in partnership 50/50 with Robin LOH. Hitachi Zosen bought out the "Robin" part of the operation in December 1986- so as this photo shows the yard named without the "Robin" part I suggest it must post-date December 86- when I was there all the cranes bore the "Hitachi Zosen Robin" logo, it was everywhere, but has changed by the time of this pic.
We brought two 150,000 dwt bulkers , firstly "Equinox" then "Esplanade", from lay-up in Labuan for drydocking / recommissioning and re-registration to Hong Kong flag. Both ships were owned by Maritime Overseas Corporation (MOC), later OSG, and managed by Souters. One of my best trips- staying in hotels for several days, out to the ships daily at first to recommission them one by one, then take them to Singapore, drydock them one at a time. After delivering Equinox to Singapore, I got to fly up to HK with the ship's papers to carry out the re-registration to HK rather than Panama,a couple of lazy days in HK, then back to Equinox in Singapore.Then fly back to Labuan, repeat of the operation for Esplanade, take her to Singapore, then off to HK again to repeat the change of registration, a few more Xmas time lazy days there. A bliss trip! It went a bit pear-shaped after that though- 12 days registered on Equinox, 11 days on Esplanade, then back to permanent registration on Equinox 29 December for one trip to Newcastle NSW for coal for Rotterdam, leaving in Rotterdam April 83.