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SS Bridgeton
Bridgeton c.1993
Bridgeton, 1993
Career
Name: 1976: al-Rekkah
1987: Bridgeton
1997: Pacific Blue
Owner: 1976: Kuwait Oil Tanker Company
1987: Chesapeake Shipping, Inc.
before 1997: Keystone Shipping Company
1997: Kafa Navigation Corporation
Port of registry: 1977: Kuwait Kuwait
1987: United States Philadelphia
1997: Panama Panama
Builder: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki
Yard number: 1744
Launched: August 14, 1976
In service: 1977
Out of service: 2002
Identification: Callsign 3FSK6
IMO number: 7376915
Fate: Scrapped by Haryana Ship Demolition, Alang, 2002
General characteristics
Class & type: Tank Ship, ULCC
Tonnage: 413,842 DWT
199,430 GT ITC
161,685 NET
Length: 1,158.5 ft (353.1 m)
Beam: 229.9 ft (70.1 m)
Draft: 96.2 ft (29.3 m)
Propulsion: Kawasaki Steam
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h)
Notes: References[1][2]

MV Bridgeton, ex-al-Rekkah, was a Kuwait Oil Company oil tanker that was reflagged during Operation Earnest Will. Bridgeton was built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki and was launched August 14, 1976. The tanker was built as al-Rekkah, renamed Bridgeton and scrapped as Pacific Blue. On July 24, 1987, Bridgeton was part of the first Earnest Will convoy when it struck an Iranian mine near Farsi Island. The explosion breached the outer hull and the forward cargo tanks. Although the ship was empty, there was an huge oil slick from the oil residue in the tanks. The ship was able to sail on to its destination, thence to Dubai Drydock Shipyard for repair. The mining prompted Operation Prime Chance, a secret effort to stop more minelaying. In September 1987, Iran Ajr was discovered laying mines, was captured and scuttled by U.S. forces. Some of the reflagged tankers returned to Kuwaiti flags in January 1989, but Bridgeton and several others remained U.S.-flagged.[3] In the late 1990s, Bridgeton transferred to Panamanian registry and was renamed Pacific Blue. The supertanker was scrapped in 2002 at Haryana Ship Demolition in Alang, India.

References[]

  1. United States Coast Guard. PSIX data for vessel VN87004830. Accessed August 31, 2008.
  2. Auke Visser´s International Super Tankers.
  3. "6 Kuwaiti Tankers Reportedly Ending U.S. Flag Protection". Los Angeles Times. January 19, 1989. p. 5. 

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