MV Cape Otway
Photograph taken by John Trotter (Radio Operator). Sembewang drydock Singapore, 1985.
Loading Phosphate at Nauru 1985. (John Trotter).
Geared Bulk Carrier
Official Number: 376971
Call Sign: GWER
Tonnages: 20,819 gross, 11,509 net, 31,992 deadweight.
Main Dimensions: 557.8 x 88.7 x 48.7 feet.
Engine: Mitsui 7 cylinder B & W DE 7K7 4 EF oil engine.
Cargo Handling: Fitted with four deck cranes 0f 18 tons SWL suitable for grab handling.
December 1976: Completed by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Chiba, Japan ( Yard No.1093)
for Woodstock Ltd. (Lyle Shipping, Glasgow) Scottish Ship Management Ltd., Glasgow, managers. Bareboat chartered
to British Phosphate Commissioners.
1977: Owners became Cape Otway Ltd., same managers.
1978: Owners became Otway Shipping Co. Ltd., same managers.
August 1981: Returned to owners and bareboat chartered to The Australian National line.
1987: Sold, K/S Hansa Bulk 2. Barber International A/S managers. Renamed HANSA MARINER. Norway (NIS) flag.
1988: Sold K/S Stamariner. Helmer Staubo & Co. managers. Renamed STAMARINER. Norway (NIS) flag.
1993: Sold Shipping Enterprise, renamed TAMARINE. Malta flag.
1998: Sold, renamed ANDROMECHI.
1998: Sold, Golden Union Shipping Co. S.A. Panama flag, renamed FLAG BRAVEHEART.
2000: Sold, Flag Sofia Shipping Ltd. renamed FLAG SOFIA. Malta flag. November 15th Reported as being on fire at
St Petersberg. Damage to the Officer’s Dining Room, laundry and alleyways.
2002: Sold Emirates Shipping Corporation Ltd. Emirates Trading Agency LLC, managers. Renamed PEARL OF ASMAN
then amended to PEARL OF AJMAN. Malta flag.
2003: March 25th. Broken up at Alang, Bangladesh.
Article from "ANL News"
The Last of the "Capes"
With the change of registry ot the Cape Otway in Brisbane last year and a change of name to become the Norwegian owned
Hansa Marina, the famous "Cape" name disappeared from the world shipping scene after more than 140 years.
The Cape Otway, with the Cape Hawke and the Baron Murray, were acquired on charter when ANL took over the phosphate trade
from Christmas Island in 1981 from the British Phosphate Commission.
The Queensland shipping publication "Brisbane
Portrait" reported that, in June 1987, the business started by the Lyle brothers in Scotland in 1835, faced with
insurmountable financial problems, went into liquidation, and Acomarit Maritime Services UK Ltd. acquired the Lyle ships.
From the time the company was formed, until the 1960's, every ship carried the "Cape" identity. In 1967 the Lyle
group amalgamated with H. Hogarth and Sons to create Scottish Ship Management.
At first, the partnership prospered, but,
by the early 1980's, the combination of falling freight rates and rising costs had the line in serious trouble. Lyle withdrew
from the partnership, but the situation deteriorated and the receivers were called in in 1987.
The Hansa Mariner, now
owned by Hansa Bulk Norway, took a cargo of coal to Japan after her renaming.