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Photographer:John Jones [View profile]Title:NESTORAdded:Sep 14, 2012
Captured:June 01, 1982IMO:7360136Hits:4,137
Photo Category: Gas Tankers built before 1980
Seen laid up in Loch Striven, Scotland around 1982.

78,951 g.t. built in 1977 at Chantiers de L'Atlantique, St. Nazaire.
Ocean Fleets (Blue Funnel Line) LNG carrier which was infamously put into lay-up upon delivery when her expected employment from Indonesia to the United States didn't materialise. It was to be nearly 17 years before she loaded her first commercial cargo as LNG PORT HARCOURT.
Vessel Identification
Name:Lng Port Harcourt
Former name(s):
- Nestor (Until 1991)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Lpg Tanker
Gross tonnage:81,472 tons
Summer DWT:68,122 tons

Additional Information
Class society:Bureau Veritas
Build year:1977
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Photo Comments (12)

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John Jones on Nov 15, 2012 14:19 (9 years ago)
Frans, you are quite correct. It is the 'GASTOR' behind but I couldn't get around the Loch to get a shot of her, at least not in the time available (had to get a night coach back to London.)
Best Regards
John J.
Pilot Frans on Nov 11, 2012 20:02 (9 years ago)
She must be alongside her sistervessel, Nedlloyd's owned Gastor. Also laid up strait from delivery.
Rick Vince on Sep 21, 2012 08:40 (9 years ago)
The one and only image I have seen of her with a blue Flu, John. A fortuitious trip on that day, for sure.
She is a frequent visitor to bunker (offshore) & often anchors off Las Palmas. It's very difficult to get good pics in the anchorage as I am staring into the sun.
However, next time (if there's a next time she visits) I will try to get a shot, or at least remember this shot of yours.
Regards, Rick
Patagualino on Sep 15, 2012 23:31 (9 years ago)
Cheers John...Nice to know there was someone out there appreciating ED's.....Mine were: Owerri, Bhamo, Daru, Fian, Plus a couple in disguise: Blue Flues that became Yellow Flues, some for a while...others more permanently I gather: Bellerophon I did a trip Air Con! (Should have renegotiated my pay.)
If you have any photos of these,or others, I'd much appreciate seeing them. I'm keen to see some of the K-Boats, as these were, apparently, hell to sail on...But great "Buddy Ships"
They were slow, prone to breakdowns....but those that served them...swore by them!
(In many ways!) You can always get them to me by PM...I think (?) In the meantime,
John Jones on Sep 15, 2012 23:08 (9 years ago)
Steve, you're absolutely right there on both counts as to the longevity of LNG Carriers. They do cost an absolute fortune to build, and by the very nature of their cargo are not going to be 'bashed around' at every port like a logger may be subjected to! Let's say they are a 'long term' investment.
Aside from the artefacts of your cargoes decorating many a fine residence in England there was also the spin off of me being able to witness some fine looking Elder Dempster ships on the Thames during my formative years. Happy days!
Best Regards
John J.
Patagualino on Sep 15, 2012 22:49 (9 years ago)
John, Thanks for your return. I can imagine these ships are extremely costly to build.
Way after my time of course... I was a logging man! Tree trunks on deck....For the Elder Dempster side of Ocean Fleets....that grace many a stairwell in Europe I'm sure...made into glorious, everlasting, wooden artefacts. For generations to enjoy.
I can quite see why she was renamed Port Harcourt....
The reason that LNG carriers seem so long lasting has to be down to the fact that the cargo is not so detrimental to the ship itself...? Unlike bulkers, for example with constant hammering by grabs or bulldozers.... I sailed on a few of those....they suffer...anywhere in the world.
Kind regards,

John Jones on Sep 15, 2012 22:25 (9 years ago)
Steve, lovely to have revived some memories. I think when delivered her 'high-tech' had some issues to be resolved regarding her containment system which had to be tackled before she eventually entered revenue earning service. Luckily there was plenty of time ;-) But yes, lovely that a ship ahead of its time has actually lasted so long, though the LNG sector as a whole has seen very few demolitions, and if a long term contract can be fixed things look quite bouyant in that market currently compared to the dire rates that many trades are attracting now. Let's hope we may still be able to see her many years hence. These ships are obviously well looked after, so if the work is there it is a possibility.
Best Regards
John J.
Patagualino on Sep 15, 2012 22:13 (9 years ago)
An amazing history:From brand new, 17 years before a suitable cargo was made available.
And today they are scrapping ships much "younger" than NESTOR/LNG PORT HARCOURT...... I can only hope that such a high-tech ship has many more years of service left.
Many thanks for what is,indeed, a history filled photo. Thanks for posting: Steve.
Patagualino on Sep 15, 2012 21:12 (9 years ago)
A surprise for me too...Being ex-Ocean Fleets, I recognised the name NESTOR as being Blue-Flue....(I'd left by the time this ship was built) As a frequent visitor to Warri/Sapele & Port Harcourt....this struck chords.
Thanks for stirring memories John.
Let's hope she does not suffer the same trials as are becoming too frequent off the coasts of Nigeria/Lome...Namely Piracy. Commercial Piracy at that.
John Jones on Sep 15, 2012 20:56 (9 years ago)
Thanks, it wasn't until I posted her up and looked at her history that I realised she is today's LNG PORT HARCOURT. You learn something every day! I did venture North of the border once or twice with messrs. Treadwell & Chapman.
Best Regards
John J.
Phil English on Sep 15, 2012 12:08 (9 years ago)
That's a surprise John. I never realised you ventured so far north in your old ship spotting days. As Bob says, a rare catch. Wonderful.
Robert J Smith on Sep 15, 2012 10:58 (9 years ago)
Fantastic catch John, that must be a rare photo of her in her original guise.


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