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Photographer:MO Roy [View profile]Title:UkedeAdded:May 23, 2019
Captured:April 02, 2019IMO:9167150Hits:2,747
Location:Cotonou, Benin
Photo Category: Chemical and Product Tankers
Description:
Even without her unmistakable bow markings easily recognizable as an ex R-Maersk product tanker.
However cannot trace her current name, so don't know which one nor her imo-number.
Help needed.
Seen at Cotonou anchorage.
Imo-number updated in view of all comments below.
Vessel Identification
Name:Maersk Rapier
IMO:9167150
Flag:U.k.
MMSI:233816000
Callsign:MZFR9
Former name(s):
- Robert Maersk (Until 2000 Apr)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Oil Products Tanker
Gross tonnage:22,181 tons
Summer DWT:34,985 tons
Length:171 m
Beam:27 m
Draught:6.7 m

Additional Information
Home port:Douglas (isle Of Man)
Class society:Lloyd's Shipping Register
Build year:2000
AIS Information
Last known position:
19°10’26.17” N, 19°0’12.37” W
Status:Underway
Speed, course (heading):
10.1kts, 180° (177°)
Destination:
Location:For Order
Arrival:15th Jul 2021
18:00:40 UTC
Last update:
9 days 1 hour ago
Source:AIS (AirNav ShipTrax)

Port history
2018 July 26th, 12:00:19 UTCDalrymple,aus
2018 June 25th, 07:00:01 UTCCn Sha
2018 June 5th, 16:00:58 UTCJp Kws Xx
2018 May 25th, 12:00:12 UTCSingapore
2018 April 2nd, 00:01:12 UTCPdm Brazil
2018 March 15th, 06:00:11 UTCHansaport
2018 March 7th, 05:00:47 UTCNl Rtm
2017 December 21st, 10:00:57 UTCAu Hpt
2017 November 30th, 07:00:52 UTCJp Miz D
2017 September 15th, 15:00:22 UTCBr Tub
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Photo Comments (25)

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davidships on Oct 10, 2020 20:00 (11 months ago)
Thank you Eleventwelve for forwarding your photo, now uploaded at
http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=3218411
MO Roy on Jul 29, 2020 20:53 (1 year ago)
Hi Eleventwelve, thanks.
However cannot find any picture you've uploaded.
Cheers,
Roy
Eleventwelve on Jul 24, 2020 05:13 (1 year ago)
Hi Roy, I’ve uploaded one of the photos I took. Quite strangely, within about 5 hours after I posted my comment Tuna disappeared from the spot she’d held in Lourdas beach.. quite strange!
MO Roy on Jul 23, 2020 12:54 (1 year ago)
Eleventwelve maybe you can post them, else I'm definitely interested.
Cheers,
Roy
Eleventwelve on Jul 23, 2020 09:32 (1 year ago)
I have been looking at Tuna for the last three weeks in a hotel on Lourdas Beach, Kefalonia, Greece. I passed very close to this ship on a ferry heading to another island and have some great photos if anyone would like them. AIS off still.
Henk de Winde on Jun 12, 2020 15:49 (1 year ago)
Thanks David, that is something again. I am curious if I will see her here?
davidships on Jun 07, 2020 19:27 (1 year ago)
Grimaud Marine Inc, Majuro (MHL), since 12/2019, per Equasis
Palau flag [enough said]
as TUNA: c/s T8A3357, MSSI 511100252

Meanwhile, previous owners as DOLICHA BAY, Swiss Legend Maritime SA, seem to have renewed the P&I insurance with American Club on 20/2/2020
https://www.american-club.com/page/ship-search/imo-9167150

And to add to the history, previous owners were in legal dispute in the Ghana High Court in 9/2018 over two months unpaid time-charter hire.

Coming to a drydock - or a beach - near you.
Henk de Winde on Jun 07, 2020 16:23 (1 year ago)
There is a gap in license between 15-05-2018 and 01-12-2019. Maybe there is to find something?
MO Roy on Mar 01, 2020 12:31 (1 year ago)
Thanks Geir.
And no mentioning of Ukede.
Cheers,
Roy
Geir Vinnes on Feb 20, 2020 08:13 (1 year ago)
Equasis now has Imo: 9167150 listed as TUNA since 01/12-2019.
lappino on May 26, 2019 03:01 (2 years ago)
Interesting "thriller" of a story, Roy, and I think we haven't heard the last of it yet... :)

Cheers

Vlad
MO Roy on May 26, 2019 00:39 (2 years ago)
Thanks all for further digging into this mystery.
As the general consensus is, after looking into all options, and after all this is obviously and ex R-Maersk product tanker, the only possibility left it is the ex Dolicha Bay 9167150.
So I will change the imo-number to 9167150 and leave the name as Ukede, the "k" is a bit strangely written on the hull as can be seen at full resolution.
Please comment further if one of you find something proving contrary.
Once again thanks to all for all investigations.
Cheers,
Roy
Bjørn Knudsen on May 25, 2019 20:54 (2 years ago)
found records for IMO 9167150. This Ship IMO Number has been given the current ship name MAERSK RAPIER. It carries the flag of U.K.

In fact, MAERSK RAPIER is marked as having a vessel type of "CRUDE OIL TANKER"and its trade indicator is unknown to us.

The hull of boat 9167150 (MAERSK RAPIER) is made of metal/steel andwas manufactured by GUANGZHOU INTERNATIONAL SHIPYARD - GUANGZHOU, CHINA in 2000. The length of this boat iswhile the vessel has a gross tonnage of 22181 tons and a dead weight of34985 tons. It will be a good idea to check thelatest vessel information by ordering a Boat History Report.

IMO Number 9167150 had previousboat names (ROBERT MAERSK until 2000 Apr). The watercraft or boat has a radio 'call-sign'of MZFR9. On the other hand MAERSK RAPIERis currently owned by and the previous owners areunknown to us. The MMSI is 233816000
Ian Thomas on May 25, 2019 17:29 (2 years ago)
I have looked at all of the current and sold Maersk R-Class tankers in service using AIS, and only one is not up to date as of today, and it goes back to the Dolicha Bay so I presume that this is the one and the same vessel.

Ian Thomas
Rick Vince on May 24, 2019 21:35 (2 years ago)
Observations:
While searching on all fronts, I found that 'Dolicha Bay' is/was sought for arrest re: non payment of bunker traders & others: See HERE .
This may explain her mysterious 'disappearance', AIS black out & name change.

The Yokohama-type rubber fenders on deck may indicate she was in use for ship to ship transfers, and in this region, could well mean fishing vessel replenishment.
MO Roy on May 24, 2019 13:20 (2 years ago)
Thanks all for trying to identify her so far.
The number above the bridge windows are not her IMO number, also they are unreadable in the original.
Checked further possibilities; Maersk Kalea and Maersk Kara are similar, but also sufficiently different to rule them out.
So I'm afraid it's still a bit of a mystery.
Cheers,
Roy
Adrian Ford on May 24, 2019 11:46 (2 years ago)
There is some numbers above the bridge windows
Adrian Ford on May 24, 2019 11:44 (2 years ago)
Hello Phil

I thought it was weird because when the page went to the area the ship disappeared
Phil English on May 24, 2019 11:21 (2 years ago)
Hi Adrian, that's a false track I'm afraid. if you're getting that info from Marine tarffic, take a closer look at the dates :-)
Adrian Ford on May 24, 2019 10:38 (2 years ago)
Hello All

Dolicha Bay is heading towards Algericias
Phil English on May 24, 2019 09:25 (2 years ago)
To throw a spanner in the works, I've just checked latest Liberian registry info and, as of 1st May, IMO 9167150 is still registered with them as DOLICHA BAY.
Ian Thomas on May 23, 2019 16:54 (2 years ago)
Phil I agree this looks like the ex Maersk Rapier then sold in 2017 to become the Dolicha Bay I have looked at photos of her as the Maersk Rapier and the white dome by her mast is in exactly the same position as the above photo so I would say this is the ex Dolicha Bay.


Ian Thomas
MO Roy on May 23, 2019 16:37 (2 years ago)
Thanks Phil,
I also thought this one was easy....
Went through all the R-class tankers, twenty two in total, and could not find anything that looks like Ukede. As can be seen in the picture not sure her second letter is even a "k".
Don't remember if her AIS was on when I passed her.
Cheers,
Roy
Phil English on May 23, 2019 16:10 (2 years ago)
I thought that this might be easy, but it isn't. Having gone through all the GSI and Dalian built examples, the one the stands out, and my best guess, is DOLICHA BAY (9167150). She was purchased in 2017 by a little-known Greek company (Swiss Carriers SA) supposedly linked to Panagis Zissimatos (him of Adriatic Tankers fame..). The vessel's AIS track since start April shows what seems to be rogue transmissions, so it's feasible that she has been sitting at anchor off Cotonou with her AIS switched off. However, her LR class paperwork seems up to date under the name DOLICHA BAY.

I've discounted all the other Maersk- Rs based on AIS, but I might have missed something...

Brgds
Phil

Brgds
Phil
MO Roy on May 23, 2019 14:30 (2 years ago)
Help needed (sorry to comment on my own picture).
Cheers,
Roy
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