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Bridge of VLCC completed by Scott- Lithgow Group in 1978. Third of 4 built in two sections and joined afloat and second of two ordered by Maritime Fruit Carriers before their collapse.
She had a long career being sold only in 1990 becoming KOSMOS SAILOR then BERGE FOREST finally going to breakers at

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Could someone explain to me why a Fruit Carrier would want a VLCC never mind two ?
I am not trying to be clever here I honestly do not know.

Regards Jim
 

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Same question should be also addressed to PSNC, Blue Funnel etc. and various P & O subsidiaries. Thought they would make a fast buck, but by delivery time, too late.

The Blue Funnel/Alfred Holt/Ocean Group Gas Carriers probaby hastened their downfall - that and being too blinkered to move into the Container era. The Blinkers were the fault of the Ocean Group board - I once owned a few shares in Ocean Group and went to the AGM in Liverpool at the height of the Gas Carrier problem and the demise of the fleet. One retired Master stood up and ****ged off the board all sat on the dais looking important. He went quickly through them all and there was not one Main Board Director there with any shipping experience except the Chairman - (was it Sir Lindsay Alexander ???) All the Directors had been given Directorships because the Ocean Group had bought out their Companies - including Tyre Retreading Companies etc. etc.
The retired Master's speech was very succinct and hit the nail right on the head.

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Roger raises an interesting point above. The Ocean Group, as a major player in OCL, obviously recognised that the future lay in containers, yet they continued to build very expensive general cargo liners, magnificent to look at but completely redundant. Their gas venture/fiasco could be blamed on just rotten luck, the project with which they were associated failed to materialise, though one would have thought that they would have obtained some fall back guarentees against such an expensive investment. But the continued building of vessels which were never going to see out their commercial lives in the trades for which they were intended really does imply tunnel vision at the highest levels of management.
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I think Dolman was the company under Niarchos which took her. Maritime Fruit ordered a great many ships of all types round the world and many yards including Scott- Lithgow were left with partly completed ships after the collapse. She was given the name Cartsdyke Glen as she was really under the yard's own account to begin with.
 

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The demise of Blue flu or Ocean Group is a salutary lesson for all. Stick to what you know and stop letting the company be run by 'Bean Counters'whom just see the bottom line on a balance sheet and a percentage return. Too many British and other long established shipowners were seduced by some very clever ,sweet talking, plausible men who knew Squat about ships and shipping but a hell of a lot about balance sheets, bond certificates etc., Sad.
 

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