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BLUE STAR LINE 

I dare say that there are some retired British seafarers who find themselves on this page when searching for the old Blue Star Line, that UK shipping company owned by the Vesty organisation and operating large grey freezer ships with very large and flamboyantly decorated funnels. This is a new Blue Star Line which opened for business in 2004 in Denmark providing support to the offshore industry.

It is a relatively small organisation, operating a few second hand ships in what is a difficult environment. We can only wish them luck. It is noted that the Blue Alpha is a former Maersk D Class, still working. Many Maersk anchor-handlers of this vintage have made their way to the breakers, in my view because they were too complex for companies with limited resources to operate.

In addition to the ships featured here the company own a couple of ex factory trawlers designated as 'multi-purpose offshore support vessels' which are not featured.

At the time of the 2015 review the company has gained another anchor-handlers and two platform ships. They are all second hand, purchased from Maersk and Gulf Mark.

Updated 28th September 2015. 

SHIP TYPE

NOW

ORDERED

 

AHTS Under 10000 bhp 1 -
AHTS 10000bhp to 20000bhp 2 -
AHTS 20000 bhp and over - -
Seismic ships - -
Heavy lift ships - -
Pipelayers - -
IMR ships - -
PSVs deck less than 1000 m2 3 -
PSVs deck 1000 m2 + - -
SBSs/ERRVs - -

 

ANCHOR-HANDLERS

  TYPE: MAERSK D NAME: BLUE ALPHA   PHOTO: Scott Vardy
   

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA 65.6 m Engines 2 x Mak 12M 453 Workdrum pull 260t
Breadth 15 m BHP 9000 Capacity 1 1000m x 64mm
DWT 2143 t kW 6620 Capacity 2 1000m x 64mm
Deck area 422.4 m2 For'd Thruster 1 x 600 bhp Towdrum pull 260t
Fuel 737 m3 Az Thruster   Capacity 1 1000m x 70mm
Pot water 283 m3 Aft Thrusters 1 x 600 bhp Capacity 2  
Mud 301 m3 Bollard pull 105 t Sharks Jaw 1 x Sharks Jaw
Base oil - DP   Cranes 6t @4m
Brine - Joystick Kamewa Tank Cleaning  
Dry bulk 273 m3 Year built 1981 Shipyard Frederikshavn
Previous names Maersk Detector, Asso Quattordici
Comments -

 

TYPE: VS 476

NAME: Blue Antares

PHOTO: Torleif Klokset, Tony Poll

General Propulsion Deck Equip
Length OA 76.4 m Engines 4 x B&W Alpha Workdrum pull 300t
Breadth 17.61 m BHP 14400 Capacity 1 1200m x 74mm
DWT 2440 t kW 10600 Capacity 2  
Deck area 633 m2 For'd Thruster 2 x 1200 bhp Towdrum pull 350t
Fuel 1398 m3 Az Thruster   Capacity 1 1400m x 64mm
Pot water 508 m3 Aft Thrusters 1 x 1200 bhp Capacity 2 1400m x 64mm
Mud 618 m3 Bollard pull 160 tonnes Sharks Jaw  
Base oil 213 m3 DP   Cranes  
Brine 619 m3 Joystick Robertson Tank Cleaning None
Dry bulk 284m3 Year built 1985 Shipyard Orskov
Former Names Storfonn, Oil Chieftain, Maerslk Chieftain
Comments These vessels were all built at Orskov and spent some time bareboated to OIL, but at the end of the contract period they were purchased by Maersk.

 

TYPE: VS 476

NAME: Blue Aries

PHOTO: Vic Gibson, George Craigen, Holger Ketschau

General Propulsion Deck Equip
Length OA 76.4 m Engines 4 x B&W Alpha Workdrum pull 300t
Breadth 17.61 m BHP 14400 Capacity 1 1200m x 74mm
DWT 2440 t kW 10600 Capacity 2  
Deck area 633 m2 For'd Thruster 2 x 1200 bhp Towdrum pull 350t
Fuel 1398 m3 Az Thruster   Capacity 1 1400m x 64mm
Pot water 508 m3 Aft Thrusters 1 x 1200 bhp Capacity 2 1400m x 64mm
Mud 618 m3 Bollard pull 160 tonnes Sharks Jaw  
Base oil 213 m3 DP Kongsberg Simrad Cranes  
Brine 619 m3 Joystick Robertson Tank Cleaning None
Dry bulk 284m3 Year built 1986 Shipyard Orskov
Former Names Oil Challenger, Challenger III, Maersk Challenger
Comments These vessels were all built at Orskov and spent some time bareboated to OIL, but at the end of the contract period they were purchased by Maersk.

 

CONSTRUCTION AND OTHER VESSELS

  TYPE: NAME:   PHOTO:
     

GENERAL

PROPULSION

EQUIPMENT

Length OA - Engines - Workdrum pull -
Breadth - BHP - Capacity 1 -
DWT - kW - Capacity 2 -
Deck area - For'd Thruster - Accomm berths -
Fuel - Az Thruster - Storage capacity

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Pot water - Aft Az Props - ROV -
Mud - Bollard pull - Diving Capability -
Brine - DP II - Cranes -
Dry bulk - Joystick - Tank cleaning -
Year built -     Shipyard -
Previous names -
Comments -

PLATFORM SHIPS

TYPE: UT 706

NAME: BLUE BETA

PHOTO:

  Pictures required  
General Propulsion Cargo Capacity
Length OA 68.5 m Engines 2 x MAK 6M453AK Fuel 970 m3
Breadth 17.5 m BHP/kW 5400/3970 Pot water 598 m3
DWT 2500 t For'd Thrusters 2 X 800 bhp Mud 348 m3
Deck area 660 m2 Az Thruster - Base oil -
    Aft Thrusters 2 x 800 bhp Brine 318 m3
Year built 1983 Joystick Ulstein Dry bulk 382 m3
Shipyard Sterkoder DP -  Tank Cleaning  
Comments -
Previous names Balder Vigra, Lowland Pioneer, Oceanic Pioneer, Highland Pioneer

 

TYPE: UT 705

NAME: Blue Betria

PHOTO:

  Pictures required  
General Propulsion Cargo Capacity
Length OA 80.77 m Engines 2 x Nohab F312V Fuel 1168 m3
Breadth 18 m BHP/kW 6120/4500 Pot water 772 m3
DWT 3370 t For'd Thrusters 2 x 800 bhp Mud 500 m3
Deck area 893 m2 Az Thruster - Base oil 500 m3
    Aft Thrusters 2 x 800 bhp Brine 500 m3
Year built 1983 Joystick Poscon Dry bulk 339 m3
Shipyard Ulstein Hatlo DP - Tank Cleaning  
Comments  
Previous names North Truck
Current Charter - Available -

 

TYPE: UT 705

NAME: Blue Bella

PHOTO: Vic Gibson, Scott Boulter

General Propulsion Cargo Capacity
Length OA 81.9 m Engines 2 x Bergen BRM6 Fuel 921 m3
Breadth 18 m BHP/kW 6600/4850 Pot water 733 m3
DWT 3100 t For'd Thrusters 2 x 1000 bhp Mud 600 m3
Deck area 845 m2 Az Thruster - Base oil 214 m3
    Aft Thrusters 2 x 800 bhp Brine 275 m3
Year built 1990 Joystick Poscon Dry bulk 396 m3
Shipyard Brattvaag DP - Tank Cleaning  
Comments  
Previous names North Vanguard, Highland Vanguard
Current Charter - Available -

 

 

 

 

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