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Oceanic was built in 1969 and is still operated by Bugsier Reederei which at one time was one of the largest tugboat companies in the world (second to Smit Rotterdam).
The Arctic, sistership, was built in 1970 and modified in 1994.
She is now called Arctic-P and is owned by Gary Packer who is Australia's richest man.
He converted the vessel into a very luxurious yacht and she surely must be the weirdest looking mega yacht in the world.
The pictures show the vessel during her docking in Auckland in 1997 although I did a very thorough inspection 2 years prior to that in same drydock after she grounded then due to costs involved she was then repaired in Singapore.
Horse power just under 20.000 and GRT now stands at 2160.

The picture with details (even more details are available in case anybody is interested) was given to me by the ch. off. in 1975 and is arguably the last original data sheet left of what once one of the mightiest of them all.

"blue antifouling appears on this vessel as without antifouling you don't come far"
 

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She used to spend a fair amount of time in the Sydney region in past years but now seems to have gone walkabout more, certainly looks well cared for but certainly not quite the antithesis of a millionaires yacht!!.
 

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Oceanic is still working for Bugsier, she was in Hamburg in June 2004 and looked in pristine condition, she then went and lay off the coast near Cuxhaven for a while waiting for salvage work I presume.
 

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There's a very similar private yacht by the name of 'Lone Ranger', also converted from a deepsea tug.
 

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Oceanic & Arctic were laid-up (but in a controlled situation, with appropriate seals, air conditioning, etc) when the bottom dropped out of their market niche. Arctic sold but Oceanic retained. Then the Donaldson Report happened and in the wake of it the German Government initiated an ETV service. They had special ships built but in the intermediate time chartered Oceanic with suitable crew. When the new boats were delivered, Oceanic still remained the better choice and has been on charter ever since.
Regards - Job (TugDoc)
 

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Ahoy,
Here the ARCTIC P, photo made by F.Caspers + her details,looks not that bad (*))



1969 ARCTIC, 1993 ARCTIC RESEARCH, 1994 ARCTIC P.

(sisterships: OCEANIC, ARCTIC)
Registered: IMO 6926024 /(DEU)ON 11305 /(BHM)ON 723490
2046 GRT, 138 NRT, L87,23m(78,01), B14,79m, D6,309m(7,29) (286'2"(255'11")x48'6"x19'10.1/2"(23'11")) - ice, fifi, salv.
2 cpp, 3 rudders, bowthr., 2x diesel 4tew V16cyl K.H.Deutz type RBV16M540, 6405bhp-4710kW (12800bhp-10768kW total), sp 22kn, bp 152,5t
re-engined 1985 2x diesel 4tew V12cyl K.H.Deutz type RBV12M64C, 6000bhp-4853kW each, sp 17kn, bp 189t

ARCTIC
1969: Casco built by "Rickmers Rhederei GmbH - Rickmers Werft" at Bremerhaven (DEU) (YN 345)
1969: completed by "F. Schichau" at Bremerhaven (YN 1746)
1969 -30/12: delivered to "Bugsier Reederei und Bergungs AG" at Hamburg (DEU)
(DEU flag, ON 11305, c/s DIAO)
1975: fixed nozzels fitted by "Schichau Unterweser AG" at Bremerhaven, bp 160t
1985: new eng. fitted by "Schichau Unterweser AG", 2x diesel 4tew V12cyl K.H.Deutz type RBV12M64C, 6000bhp-4853kW each
1993: To ??, renamed ARCTIC RESEARCH
(BHM flag, regd Nassau, ON 723490, c/s C6MA9)
1994: To "Conpress Investments-Ireland" (Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer) (AUS), converted to a private yacht, renamed ARCTIC P.
(2610 GRT, 783 NRT, 13194bhp-9705kW)
2005: still in same ownership
 

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Beautiful picture. I still cannot find my pictures from the first docking in Auckland, NZ.
It now looks they went back to red Antifouling as I already advised at the time. Although it could just be a stripe of red Antifouling only as was the case before.
They insisted on blue Antifouling and received a lousy quality which did not work as can also be seen on my pictures of the second drydocking in Devonport (Auckland, NZ).

Although the vessel officially is called ARCTIC-P , then it is clear they do not show the -P on the bow.
Jan
 

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Hi Ruud.
Never seen something like this on a ship before.
The "P' stands for the surname of the "Owner" Gary Packer.
Thanks
Jan
 

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NOW! tyhats what I called a Tug. would have given my left arm to have sailed on her. need the right arm for holding my glass ... LOL
 

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Prost, Ruud - a picture speaks a thousand words. Classic!!! Appreciate your sense of humour.

Jan - think you must mean Kerry Packer. As if someone who has a helicopter pilot who donates him a kidney needs a tug to 'pull' anything!

John T.
 

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trotterdotpom said:
Prost, Ruud - a picture speaks a thousand words. Classic!!! Appreciate your sense of humour.
John T.
Ahoy John,
Seen the bottle?
a FAUSTINO V 1996, very, very good and not too expensive,payed 13€= 8.79 GBP for a bottle,in a Spanish Restaurant in Eindhoven last April,celebrating a birthdayparty with neigbours.
Ps. It didn't stopped by 1 (*))
 

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Oops!! Sorry Ruud, did not realise you have an arm missing mate. Wouldnt have made my comment otherwise.
Like your picture very much, and your sense of humor too.
hope you enjoy this site and all it has to offer for many years my friend. God bless you.
 

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Ahoy Billy,
That's ok doki,no sweat; I thought it was known by now after my introducing on Members profile ,so for me it's only a "left" cheers (*)) , and yes I do enjoy this site a lot, and makes me really happy to help where ever I can, with photos/data/details, it's a great pleasure. (Thumb) That's what we all want, isn't it?
 

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Hello,

OCEANIC is still owned by the Bugsier company in Hamburg and is used as an emergeny response vessel ( like the dutch tug WAKER or the french tugs Abeille Bourbon/ Liberté/ Flandre/ Languedoc ) in the german bight , chartered by the german government!

the ship is on salvagestation in the german bight since april 96!

more informations/ photos can be found under the following links:

http://www.bugsier.de/fleet.php?ship=oceanic
http://www.kuestenschutz.com/
http://www.wsv.de/Schifffahrt/Bekaempfung_von_Meeresverschmutzungen/Notschleppen/Oceanic/
http://www.seatowage.de/oceanic/index.htm
http://www.seatowage.de/bugsier/s006.htm
http://www.tugboats.de/oceanic.htm
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oceanic
http://www.tugspotters.com/tugs/oceanic.htm
http://www.ship-photo.de/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=2814
http://www.schiffsphoto.de/HTM/Spezial/Oceanic.htm
http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=69969
http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=43852
http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=45828
http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=45825
http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=45822
http://www.schiffsbilderarchiv.de/oceanic.htm
http://home.arcor.de/r.reinhold/r_images/germ_tugs/big_bugsier-01.JPG
http://www.amrum-wetter.de/gallery/gal//displayimage.php?pos=-1103
http://members.aol.com/duene1/oceanic.jpg
http://www.schiffsbilderarchiv.de/oceanic.htm
http://www.cuxhaven-fotos.de/groden63/oceanic.jpg
http://www.cuxhaven-fotos.de/groden63/oceanic2.jpg
http://www.f25.parsimony.net/forum63730/messages/32846.htm
http://www.f25.parsimony.net/forum63730/messages/32856.htm
http://www.f25.parsimony.net/forum63730/messages/32876.htm

regards from Hamburg
/ Jan
 

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Thanks very much for that Jan.
Some sites indeed show some beautiful action photos of this grand old tugboat.
 
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