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Photographer:Allan RO [View profile]Title:Nicola VaptzarovAdded:Mar 27, 2008
Photo Category: Training Ships
76 / 5,983gt / 5,525dwt (BGR) [gct]

owner : Navigation Maritime Bulgare

built : Stocznia Szczecińska im. 'A. Warskiego'
yd : 287 type : B80/VI/12
L - 23:12:1975, D - 18:06;1976

sold Butoni Demizcilik, arrived Aliaga, TUR, 07:10:2003

photo : Great Yarmouth, 15:07:1980
photo : Dr. Allan Ryszka-Onions 1980/2008

the penultimate of a class of 13 cargo training ships built for Eastern Block countries, 9 to Russia, 2 to Poland (transferred to China in 1989), 1 to Bulgaria and the last one to Romania. They had 3 cargo holds, a variety of cargo handling gear and berths for 159 trainees (except #12 which had 180 berths). Quite the largest ship I ever saw coming into Great Yarmouth (still not sure how she got round the bend) and I can honestly say this was the only time I was late for an appointment through photographing ships !!!!!! (but I was not missing this one).

It was to facilitate the naming of this vessel, that the previous NV was renamed Balchik. Again I have used the spelling on the ship, not that in the Registers.
Vessel Identification
Name:Nikola Vaptzarov
Technical Data
Vessel type:Training Ship
Gross tonnage:6,140 tons
Summer DWT:5,525 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1976
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Photo Comments (3)

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viktorvt on Nov 06, 2013 00:20 (5 years ago)
Hello dear frends . The flag on this vessel is BULGARIAN . I been on a bord during 1997 and 1998 like a cadet.
Adrian Ford on Dec 01, 2010 20:43 (8 years ago)
Hello Allan
Yes i was very surprised to see this ship in Yarmouth mind you your photo is far better than my quayside shot
stumps on Mar 27, 2008 15:07 (10 years ago)
An excellent shot , if I may say so Doctor. As to the problem with translating ships' names from the Cyrilic alphabet I can concur and relate how once in Kobe a Bulgarian ship "bumped" us after she dragged her anchor and whilst exchanging details we noticed that on the port and starboard bow plates her name was spelt differently to that on the Bridge Board , the bow had one "S" the board had two S's" . Omn enquiring which was the correct spelling the master , very affable and nice man , advised us that "it doers'nt matter, notta problema" :-D Oh well, the underwriters can sort that one out was our response 8-)
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