© Henk GuddeeMV Gulf Steel – Past and Present

MV Hebei Lion

ex Iguazu, Gulf Steel

© Henk Guddee

© Henk Guddee

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1983 by Verolme Est, Reunidos do Brazil S.A. Jacuanga (Yard B69 No ) as a Bulk Carrier

Technical Data

  • Length: 241.89 m (overall) 233.79 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 32.26 m
  • Depth: 18.72 m
  • Draught: 13.599 m
  • Tonnage: 36,455 gross/27,983 net/75577t deadweight
  • Engines: 2 SA 8 -cylinder MAN diesel
  • Power: 13211 kW/17960 HP
  • Speed: 14 knots
  • Capacity: 88,058 cu.m
  • Call Sign: ELCQ5, C6KE5, J8B2325, VRXW9
  • IMO Number: 7925534
  • Official Number: 7344/720428
  • Port of Registry: Monrovia/Liberia, Hong Kong


January 18th 1982: Keel laid.

July 30th 1982: Launched.

February 24th 1983: Delivered to Seamaster Shipping Inc. (Unigulf Shipmanagement Ltd.)

© Frank Foerst

© Frank Foerst

1985: Suffered main engine damage.

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

1988: Suffered main engine damage.

1991: Limar Bay Shipping Inc. (Gulfeast Shipmanagement Ltd).

1991: Sold to Oceana Shipping S.A. (Suisse-Atlantique Soc. de Nav. Maritime S.A.) and renamed IGUAZU

© Frank Foerst

© Frank Foerst

July 16th 2001: Sold to Hebei Lion Shipping Co. (Hebei Ocean Shipping Co.) and renamed HEBEI LION

© Henk Guddee  © Henk Guddee

© Henk Guddee

© Henk Guddee

November 18th 2009: In high winds, reaching 74 mph, and whilst carrying 1.5 million gallons of fuel oil dragged her anchor. She ran aground onto Conconi Reef between Mayne, Pender and Saturna Islands, Canada. No spill was recorded. With the aid of a tug, she was towed from the reef the following morning.

July 6th 2011: Scrapped in Bangladesh, Chittagong

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking:  Frank Foerst, Henk Guddee and Mike Jackson for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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