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Photographer:MO Roy [View profile]Title:UkedeAdded:May 23, 2019
Captured:April 02, 2019IMO:9167150Hits:688
Location:Cotonou, Benin
Photo Category: Chemical and Product Tankers
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
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

Additional Information
Home port:Douglas (isle Of Man)
Class society:Lloyd's Shipping Register
Build year:2000
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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lappino on May 26, 2019 03:01 (1 month ago)
Interesting "thriller" of a story, Roy, and I think we haven't heard the last of it yet... :)


MO Roy on May 26, 2019 00:39 (1 month 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.
Bjørn Knudsen on May 25, 2019 20:54 (1 month 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 (1 month 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
Patalavaca on May 24, 2019 21:35 (1 month ago)
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 (1 month 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.
Adrian Ford on May 24, 2019 11:46 (1 month ago)
There is some numbers above the bridge windows
Adrian Ford on May 24, 2019 11:44 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Hello All

Dolicha Bay is heading towards Algericias
Phil English on May 24, 2019 09:25 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month 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.
Phil English on May 23, 2019 16:10 (1 month 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...


MO Roy on May 23, 2019 14:30 (1 month ago)
Help needed (sorry to comment on my own picture).
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