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Photographer:Paul Sullivan [View profile]Title:DELAWARE TRADERAdded:Sep 08, 2012
Captured:August 05, 2012IMO:8008929Hits:3,355
Location:Karachi, Pakistan
Photo Category: Scrapyard Ships
Here's another picture of the final beaching of the "Delaware Trader" about August 3-5 2012 at Gadani beach Pakistan which shows just how much she was able to be driven up on the beach.

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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Photo Comments (4)

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Paul Sullivan on Feb 25, 2015 03:50 (6 years ago)
Matty Boy,

These vessels were already double bottomed!!


I sailed on all three of these ships for ATTRANSCO back in the 1980's, mostly on the Potomac Trader. I also spent my last years at sea working on the Delaware Trader for Keystone, retiring in Jan. 2012. I'm guessing we know each other.
MattB on Feb 14, 2015 22:24 (6 years ago)
I didn't realize you could have double bottomed vessels.
Paul Sullivan on Sep 18, 2012 05:16 (9 years ago)

I sailed on all three of this class back in the 1980's especially the Potomac Trader, while owned by ATTRANSCO. My last 3 years were spent on the Delaware with Keystone. Do you remember any of the guys that sailed on them? Were they ARCO or ATTRANSCO? I may know some of the ATTRANSCO guys.
Naviguesser on Sep 08, 2012 21:39 (9 years ago)

Thanks for all the pics of this ship. A lot of the guys I sailed with sailed on her and her sisters.
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