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Photographer:Paul Sullivan [View profile]Title:DELAWARE TRADERAdded:Sep 08, 2012
Captured:August 05, 2012IMO:8008929Hits:6,469
Location:Karachi, Pakistan
Photo Category: Scrapyard Ships
Here's a picture of the final beaching of the "Delaware Trader" about August 3-5 2012 at Gadani beach Pakistan. I got off the ship in Tampa Jan 20, 2012. We were supposed to have a charter until the end of the year but the charterer pulled out because the old Delaware was only doubled bottomed (not doubled hull) and most terminals wouldn't accept us. She was the very last of a long history of the Keystone Shipping Co. owned tankers. Now they just manage MSC ships and Great Lakes bulkers. I worked on her back in the early 1980's as C/M when she was owned by ATTRANSCO, then as 2/M for the last 4.5 years. She was a workhorse then and continued to be one for Keystone also.One of the best pumpers I ever worked on and never off hire because of breakdowns, we had great engineers. We spent the last 3 years shuttling between the Mississippi river and Tampa Fla. making turnarounds at the disch. port in about 5 days. The safety supervisor at Keystone sent me about 25 pictures of the beaching and I asked permission to post them, but he never got a reply from whoever took the photos so I'm going to post one. R.I.P. Delaware, you were a good ship.
Vessel Identification
Name:Delaware Trader
Former name(s):
- Polar Trader (Until 2003 Apr)
- Arco Trader (Until 2000 May)
- Delaware Trader (Until 1999 Jul)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Oil Products Tanker
Gross tonnage:27,894 tons
Summer DWT:50,921 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1982
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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MikeMcGlone on Jul 02, 2014 20:10 (7 years ago)
paul, i am a maritime attorney with a matter involving the Delaware TRADER. would you please contact me? 504-58503059 or thanks mike
primedude on Oct 05, 2012 14:34 (9 years ago)
Hello Paul, I dearly respect all your thoughts and others too. Anyways "DELAWARE TRADER" final beaching at Gaddani Pakistan at M/s. Usman ship Breaking plot. I've the privileged to visit the ship after beaching along with the Owner and see all the Rooms including Gym and then go to the Engine room. This is US operated ship comes to Gadani after almost 2-3 decades..... I've some pictures of that ship but unluckily my computer got infected with Virus and have to delete some of it. I'm an ship enthusiastic and Often visit Gadani ship breaking Yard. thanks for the sharing and do let me know if you need any other information. regards,
Shahid Ayub
Paul Sullivan on Sep 18, 2012 05:31 (9 years ago)
Thanks for all the comments guys! I made 2 beaching trips. Once to Chittagong and once to Alang. Because we beached in Alang at 0130 in morning, most of the appalling things there were hidden in the dark as we made our way to the hotel hours from the beach and we only had time to change our clothes, have lunch, and head to the airport after long waits at various custom stops on the for passes and doling out cumshaw to local officials. One thing that struck me about India is how the wealthy in fine houses and fancy cars live right next to folks living in abject squalor and poverty and still seem to get along very well with none of the tension you see in western developed countries.
jeager on Sep 10, 2012 02:51 (9 years ago)
I know Ed Burtynsky, the Canadian photographer who made several trips to document the ship breaking in Bangladesh, and he's told me horror stories of what he saw, including men amputated and even cut in two on the beach by snapped winching cables. It is a living horror, but there is no shortage of men willing to work there, which tells you how bad it must be beyond the beach.
peterredd on Sep 10, 2012 02:26 (9 years ago)
After reading the comments i realize i didn't really look at the human side of this Picture in my first post.. Mr Dot bought me back to earth with a thud..I suppose i like a lot of others are to comfy in our life to stop and have a look at these poor people and the way they live..I don't have a lot in life but i have a hell of a lot more than these folks will ever have..So next time i see a shot like this maybe i will have a look at the whole picture before i comment.. Cheers
Mr. DOT on Sep 09, 2012 23:55 (9 years ago)
the comments in this thread, since my opening remarks last nite, are most thought provoking indeed! My wife and I went to a morning chapel service, and I was speaking of this very subject as we considered the apalling inequeties of the world, and the shock of these people that have so little when we have so much! the morning message was 'enough is enough' thank you all for your thoughtfullness! mrdot.
jadran on Sep 09, 2012 07:47 (9 years ago)
Steve, I have never read such a good & worthy exposure (only if it was written in an honorable book)!
We all support your message, it is so human ....and the best of mankind.
Thank you truly/Jadran
Patagualino on Sep 09, 2012 04:18 (9 years ago)
Capt Ted: You are right of course.And I'm glad that we have provoked such positive comments:
Such as from John Jones,who so clearly reflected our thoughts regarding those scrapyard workers.
The original poster: Paul, who, I can quite sympathise with for crying: I would too have been so moved...I took a ship to Kaoshiung for was bad but not like what Paul experienced.
The question is: WTF can we do to change this insult to mankind....this is slavery.It is abuse.
I'm most reluctant to use this forum as a means of trying to better the lot of these people: It is not the "idea" at all behind Ship Spotting..... (this is beyond politics, surely?)
But, can we, as human beings...enjoying the fruits of our lives ignore the plight of these people.....who we see in so many photos...that we enjoy! slaves? Can we sleep easily, knowing that this goes on in our world?
I have no idea what I will do...none at all. But I am open to ideas.
Again Capt Ted: You are quite right: Capitalism...sure has it's downside.
Amazing though, those so vehemently against communism can invest so heavily in it.
At grave cost to their own. What kind of social responsibility is that.
Anyway, I apologise again....we are merely "Ship Spotting".....Are we not?

peterredd on Sep 09, 2012 03:41 (9 years ago)
A very nice shot of a ship at the end of her vovages..
John Jones on Sep 08, 2012 22:50 (9 years ago)
Striking picture Paul which has also produced a lot of thought provoking comments. Glad you had a good time on her and developed a respect for the ship. I hope you find another one that serves you as well. The plight of these scrapyard workers is something that you portrayed very well and is very disturbing. Various 'paperwork' hoops are being gone through at the moment in the name of making scrapping 'greener'. But will it really change the lives of these people? Unfortunately, I fear not.
Best Regards
John J.
Robert Smith on Sep 08, 2012 22:44 (9 years ago)
We had a couple of Keystone tankers on T/C back in the eighties. Always running fine and never a problem. Sad to see the end of their ships ....
Captain Ted on Sep 08, 2012 22:07 (9 years ago)
Jadran, your are correct,, a big BUT
problem is that the navy has 250 peoples on a ship the size I sail (UBC Salaverry at presnt) and I have incl me 24 !!! and I go straight to jail if we have a problem and a commander in the Navy gets retired with full pensions if the same happens to him !!!
A little but very important difference !!!!
jadran on Sep 08, 2012 20:32 (9 years ago)
Subject: "Paperwork upon paperwork".
The nowaday "form" procedures on commercial vessels have started, developed, being in accordance & complying to the earlier and already created forms of........ the US NAVY procedures.
US NAVY requests a Report for every single thing, even Report for any operation or a single step within that operation that you make, and each Report must be written in 3 legible copies.
So, 'Don't worry, be happy'
Captain Ted on Sep 08, 2012 19:33 (9 years ago)
It would cost money to apply proper work conditions to those at the scrapyards in those countries and that is the very reason why nothing is done. Look at CHINA,, they are so successfull not because they invented anything but for the sole reason for cheap labour and no rules in general, same applies here ::::money and profit::: we call it also capitalism !!!
jadran on Sep 08, 2012 18:59 (9 years ago)
There is something very-very wrong here with the Port history:
2012 December 30th, 23:00:38 UTC - Ambrose New York.
But we see all the real fact on this interesting photo!.
Patagualino on Sep 08, 2012 16:05 (9 years ago)
Paul & others: Yes, it's all gone to pot....Paperwork upon paperwork...I know several Captains now in shore-based work,who all give this mindless "form-filling" as the key reason to "swallow the anchor"....Literally, you have to fill in a form to confirm you have filled in the forms.
As one noted: If these faceless IMO guys had half a clue as to how the job needs to be done,we could, perhaps, accept some of the rubbish they churn out.
Time they turned their attention to the terrible working conditions of the scrapyard workers....but of'll never happen. Too much in the way of effort required.
Captain Ted on Sep 08, 2012 15:11 (9 years ago)
Paul,, no filling papers ,,no sailing anymore,, without filling in form after form we wouldn,t know anymore where forward and aft is. Practical skills and knowledge from experience is not WANTED anymore,, push buttons and order service when it does not react is the most important part.
Problem is for each incident a new form is created. Not the technical department or personal or fananical is today the most important the afety and Quality department with their fill in forms,,where actually nobody has time anymore to really check what is going on.
Pilot-Master exchange,, would like to see those idiots at IMO to make that in W-African ports where the pilot hardly speaks english and talks with the tugs, if there are some in his own slang. according regulation I have to insist that the pilot speaks with the tug master in english or a lingo what they can and me too) If not I will have to stop maneuvering and file a complaint in a fill-in-FORM !!!!. Question with whom,, I am a German master on a cyprus flag ship which is regulated by the implementation unit IMO (beside flag state of course) they are not independent, (part of UN) they are the implementation unit of all member-states) therefore one can write to IMO on something, but the answer will be,, please contact your own goverment on the subject in question, One might as well put the mail in a bottle !!!! and throw it into the middle of the Atlantic !!!
Redicilous by now,, but papers prove that you can,,not skills and experience or knowledge !!!
David Boone on Sep 08, 2012 14:47 (9 years ago)
Two of the most dramatic days in the life of a ship, her launching and the day it all comes to an end. Paul, thanks for sharing your memories of these great ships.

jadran on Sep 08, 2012 09:04 (9 years ago)
Paul, it is so exciting reading your comments provided hereunder.
But the first one makes me somehow feel rather sad.
I start wondering if Mr. R.A. will intend, whenever, to join the Allang gang!?
Paul Sullivan on Sep 08, 2012 08:15 (9 years ago)
hanks bcfcapt,

I've had all my P/W and applications ready for my license renewal ready for the past few months but still haven't sent it in. After 40 years of going to sea on tankers (at 30 years old the Delaware was the newest I worked on) I'm tired of it. You can barely get out of your bunk nowadays without filling out about 20 forms, let alone get the ship loaded and discharged along without endless repetitive vetting inspections, peeing in cups, etc. I'm glad I started out in 1972 when you still had to navigate by sextant and bearings and there was still some seamanship, I had a great time in those days! Most of that's gone now and it's more of a drudge, so I won't miss it.
Alex59 on Sep 08, 2012 07:24 (9 years ago)
Thanks Paul for a great write-up. Gives all us an appreciation for what we have. Hope you've got another ship.
Paul Sullivan on Sep 08, 2012 04:17 (9 years ago)
Yes that's very true. I made the final voyage on the Keystone tanker "Fredericksburg" to Chittagong and the "Chilbar" to Alang.The poverty and working conditions of these poor people is not to be believed! I remember vividly descending the ladder off the "Freddy" into a dugout canoe. There was a young boy in the boat and I had a bunch of quarters in my pocket and gave them too him. He immediately stuffed them into his mouth, but one of the older men in the boat smacked him in the back of his head and made him spit it out in his hand, so the poor kid got nothing. On the way from the beach to the hotel the sights I saw were so appalling I started to cry. They have absolutely nothing!
Mr. DOT on Sep 08, 2012 03:44 (9 years ago)
interesting to note the safety gear these allang gang crew are sporting as they await their latest project! it looks like workman's compensation is nowhere near! mrdot.
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