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MV Lila Houston – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9559676

MV Lila Houston

Ex Sam Eagle, Shinyo Progress

© Martin Klinsick

Sam Eagle – © Martin Klinsick (Rotterdam)

Steel single screw Handymax ”Bestway32.5BC project” motor vessel built in 2010 by Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard, China  (Yard No VZJ432-0601) as a Bulk Carrier

Technical Data

  • Length: 179.9 m (overall) 171.5 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 28.4 m
    Depth: 14.1 m
    Draught: 10. 2m
    Tonnage: 20846 gross/11985 net/t deadweight
    Engines: MAN B&W 5S50MC diesel
    Power: 6077 kW/8262 bHP
    Speed: 14.0 knots (Max)
    Capacity: Grain: 43964 m³/Bale: 43483 m³
  • Cargo Handling: 4 Cranes – 30 t SWL.
    Call Sign: VYFR3, D5IK4
    MMSI Number:
  • IMO Number: 9559676
  • Official Number: HK2550
    Port of Registry:
    Hong Kong/China, Monrovia/Liberia
    Sister Ships: Ocean Flower (DZ06H-14), Pacific Legend (06H-13), Shinyo Quality (VZJ432-0602), Shinyo Unity (25), Maple Gory (LBC31800-028), CMB Virginie (VZJ432-0609), Shinyo Voyager (ZJG026) , CMB Catrine (VZJ432-0608), Cabot Aviva (MD083)

Current AIS Location

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January 2010: Completed as SHINYO PROGRESS for Shinyo Progress Ltd.

© Valeriy Balalaev

Shinyo Progress – 🆕 © Valeriy Balalaev (Shipspotting.com)(River Yangtze, 28/11/2009)

January 2010: SAM EAGLE for Registered Owner/Manager: Univan Ship Management Ltd.

© John Wilson

Sam Eagle – © John Wilson (Brisbane, 01/02/2010)

© Gerolf Drebes

Sam Eagle – © Gerolf Drebes (Kattegat,  13/07/2010)

June 12th 2020: Credit Suisse, as the mortgagee, obtained an order in the District Court of the Southern District of Texas to sell the ‘SAM EAGLE‘ on July 15, 2020. Bidding will start at 3.75 million US Dollars by by UK admiralty broker CW Kellock. The bulkcarrier was moored off Corpus Christi, Texas, and was to be sold free of all liens, claims, mortgages and encumbrances. A condition survey has been carried out. The move was an indirect result of a bitter dispute between the ship operator and Malta’s FIM Bank over an alleged bill-of-lading fraud. The bank claims 23.7 million US Dollar is outstanding under the loan it provided in 2012 to finance the ‘SAM HAWK‘ and its sistership ‘SAM JAGUAR‘, according to an order filed by the High Court of Gujarat in Ahmedabad. The vessel had been arrested by the local court on Nov 15, 2019.

July 2015: SAM EAGLE for Registered Owner/Manager: Sam Shipping V.o.F..

© Marcel and Ruud Coster © Marcel and Ruud Coster

Sam Eagle – © Marcel and Ruud Coster (Rozenburg,  29/07/2016)

Sam Eagle – © Pedro Amaral (Lisbon,  22/07/2019)

August 24th 2020: Renamed LILA HOUSTON for Melinda Maritime Ltd. Manager: Pontos Marine Inc.

© Lila Global © Lila Global

Lila Houston – © Lila Global

December 10th 2021: Arrived at Dover.


Lila Houston – © Dover Strait Shipping (Dover, 14/12/2021)

December 14th 2021: Left port to anchor before returning to continue unloading

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: Pedro Amaral,Valeriy Balalaev, Marcel and Ruud Coster, Dover Strait Shipping, Gerolf Drebes, Martin Klinsick and John Wilson for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


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