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Old 29th February 2020, 13:36
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Northern explorer

I continue compiling a company fleet history for my book currently under consideration by a publisher.

However I have a a query with this vessel. I'm not sure if anyone can answer with certainty but Denholm were involved with a NORTHERN EXPLORER mid 1980's the same time as an offshore vessel NORTHERN INSTALLER

What I am trying to clarify is if NORTHERN EXPLORER was the bulker ex BARON BELHAVEN or the offshore vessel of that name?

I have researched the details for the bulker but not the offshore vessel, as yet, until I resolve the quandary.

Any assistance most welcome and my thanks in advance

Bill H
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Old 29th February 2020, 14:26
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GA Bill,

Were not Northern Explorer and Northern Pioneer both older Alcan bulkers that came across to Denholm's from SSM with Northern Enterprise while Northern Venture and Northern Progress were being built to replace them? These were all in Technical Management.

Northern Installer I think must have been in statutory and perhaps manning management from the Isle of Man and not in technical management (had she been she would have been Denholm Offshore's and I am fairly sure she wasn't).
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Old 29th February 2020, 16:47
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Thank you Sir, appreciated
Below is what I have in relation to the three vessels and typifies the detail contained in every vessel history.

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NORTHERN INSTALLER (1986 - 1989)
As built: 1,586g. 480n. 3,050d. 85.32 x 19.44 x 5.122 metres oa,
Post 1989: 4,416g. 1,324n. 6,200d. 102.70 x 19.42 x 6.700 metres
Two, 8-cyl. (320 x 350mm) Wartsila 8R32 type engines by Oy Wartsila Ab., Vaasa/Vasa, reared to twin controllable pitch propellers. 7,400bhp. 13.5 kts. 3 thwartship thrust controllable pitch propellers forward and aft.
Deck cargo diving support ship.
Post 1989: Cable laying additional to above.
25.5.1982: Keel laid as UGLAND COMEX I by FEAB Marstrandsverken, Marstrand (Yard No. 160) for John Menzies (Leasing) Ltd., (Ugland Brothers Ltd., managers) London. 16.8.1982: Launched. 30.4.983: Completed. 1985: Sold to Barclays Mercantile (No.3) Ltd., (same managers) London, and renamed ITM INSTALLER. 1986: Sold to Northern Installer Ltd., (Denholm Ship Management (I.O.M.) Ltd., managers) Isle of Man, and renamed NORTHERN INSTALLER. 1989: Sold to Northern Contractors International Ltd., (Ugland Offshore AS, managers) Cayman Islands, lengthened and converted for additionally laying cable. 1995: Sold to Flex Installer Offshore Ltd., (Coflexip Stena Offshore Ltd., managers) and renamed FLEX INSTALLER. 1998: Renamed CSO INSTALLER. 2000: Sold to Technip Offshore UK Ltd., Aberdeen. 2000: Sold to Global Marine Systems Ltd., and renamed WAVE ALERT. 2003: Sold to Torch Offshore Inc, Gretna, Lousiana , and renamed MIDNIGHT WRANGLER, under Vanuatu flag. 9.2005: Sold to Louisiana Pipelaying Inc, (Quay Marine Associates, Dartmouth NS, managers) and renamed SEA WRANGLER, retaining Vanuatu flag. 2.2006: Sold to Cal Dive Barges Inc, (Maritime Management Services, USA, managers) and renamed TEXAS HORIZON. 8.2008: Cal Dive International Pte.Ltd, Singapore, appointed as managers. 8.2010: Sold to Cal Dive Offshore Contractors, Houston, (same managers) and renamed TEXAS. 7.2013: Cal Dive International Inc, USA, appointed as managers. 2016: Sold to Arendal S del RL de CV , Mexico and renamed TEXAS TOBALA. 8.2018: Still listed on SeaWeb as in service.


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NORTHERN EXPLORER (1986 – 1990) Ice Strengthened Gearless Bulk Carrier
14,885g. 8,802n. 23,340d 542’ 0” x 75’ 2” x 33’ 6”
5-cyl. 2 SCSA (760 x 1550mm) Sulzer 5 RND 76 type by AS Horten Verft, Norway. 10,000 bhp 15 knots.
2.6.1970: Keel laid as BARON BELHAVEN by Kaldnes A/S Tonsberg (Yard No. 187). 14.1.1971: Launched. 3.1971: Completed for H. Hogarth & Sons Ltd., Glasgow, (Scottish Ship Management Ltd., managers). 31.3.1971: Registered at Glasgow. (O.N.335587). 1979: Sold Alcan Shipholding (Bermuda), (same managers). 1986: Denholm Ship Management Ltd, Glasgow appointed as managers, transferred to Bermuda flag and renamed NORTHERN EXPLORER. 1990: Sold to Silver Express S.A. (Golden Union Shipping Co. S.A. managers) and renamed FLAG MARINA under Greek flag. 7.8.1994: Reported as having been sold for demolition at Zhangijiang China. 1995: Sold to Tianjin Shunhang Shipping Co, (Good Fortune Shipping HK Ltd, managers) and renamed TANG SHAN HAI under China flag. 2000: Reported that at some time previous was rrenamed GANG HAI 656, under China flag. 1.2000: Renamed SEAPORT 656, under China flag. 5.2005 Sold to Hong Kong Lucky Ocean Shipping Ltd, Hong Kong and renamed EVER FORTUNE, under Tuvalu flag. 3.2006: Renamed LUCKY WINNER, under Panama flag. 12.2.2011: Arrived at JianJiang for demolition by Jingjiang Xinmin Ship Breaking.

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NORTHERN PIONEER (1986 - 1990)
14,885g. 8,277n. 23,684d. 165.21 (BB) x 22.92 x 14.03 (10.218dt) metres
5-cyl. 2 SCSA (760 x 1550mm) Sulzer 5RND76 type by Horten Verft AS, Horten. 10,001bhp.
2.1970: Keel laid as CAPE RACE by Kaldnes M/V, Tonsberg (Yard No.186) 22.10.1970: Launched. 29.1.1971: Completed for Lyle Shipping Co Ltd., ( Scottish Ship Management Ltd, managers), Glasgow . 29.1.1971: Registered at Glasgow. (O.N. 339722). 1981: Sold to Alcan Shipholding (Bermuda) Ltd 1986: Renamed NORTHERN PIONEER (Denholm Ship Management Ltd, managers ) 1990: Sold to Silver Cross S.A. Greece and renamed FLAG EVA 1994: Sold to Seabulk Marine Services S.A. Panama and renamed SEAQUEEN . 27.9.2002: Arrived at Aliaga for demolition by Sok Denizcilik Ticaret Sti
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Old 6th March 2020, 00:53
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This may be a different Northern Installer, I joined her as Electrician when Northern Offshore went bust in late 1980. A Japanese company bought her and she went to Panamanian flag. GRT9828 NRT 1251.39 and BPH 3000. She was one of the earliest DP vessels I suspect, Classed as a Multi Purpose Diving Support/Crane vessel. Had a 300T Leiherr crane and full saturation dive system and so on. The Japanese company renamed her Hiryu, and which any WW2 historians will know is a WW2 Japanese aircraft carrier that took part in Pearl Harbour attack and a whole lot more before meeting its end at the Battle of Midway. It was said that the new owner, a fellow called Sasakawa, accused of war crimes but since then founder of the a Peace Foundation. I digress but our role was to deliver vessel with half Japanese crew including divers out to Japan to dive and look for a reputed consignment of Gold Sovereigns that were supposedly in the wreck of Russian warships sunk in the Straits of Tsushima in 1905 in big battle by the Japanese Navy. I hear there have been other expeditions to find this supposed horde but with no success. The Northern Installer had the early capability with DP, deep diving and crane support to do this. I was there for some 3 months plus and it was a long slow delivery out to the Far East. Still recall some of our team that included Radio Op Rosie (Rosamund), Dave Laird the Mate who is still at sea somewhere and some ex RN divers and so on. If its not the Northern Installer you are seeking it still makes an interesting story.
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Old 6th March 2020, 10:04
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Harry Gilbert courted the 'Happy Jappy' who acquired Hiryu. He wanted it for 'treasure hunting'. As I remember it she had a single azimuth thruster (presumably with other propulsion) and when delivered to Japan (by us? Who was employing your then MrC?) it was dismounted and taken as deck cargo.

I can't remember if Harry was then CEO or 'simply' MD of Denholm Offshore. I do remember he didn't give up trying to get 'Happy Jappy' as a full time client.
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Old 6th March 2020, 12:11
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Thanks for the response. I was employed at that time by a company called Falcon Marine Services in Jersey. They did use her without success trying to find the gold though. She has variable pitch props with Wikkman diesels but the big Kamewa thruster was part of the Dynamic Positioning System and we didnt use it on passage as it chewed too much fuel, we did use a couple of times testing the DP I dont know what happened with her later after I left. However I did a survey on her almost identical sister vessel in Texas about 15 years ago. I ended up doing another voyage after that on automated reefer vessel and then took up working with same diving company who were on that operation up in North Sea for a period on DP Diving vessels and pipelayer.
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