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MV Umm Al Anber (Ex Merchant Navigator) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7206330

MV Umm Al Anber

Ex Geomaster, Canada’s Tomorrow, Merchant Navigator, Lady Thone, Lagan Bridge, Ilkka

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Steel twin screw “Tor Scandia” class motor vessel, built in  1972 by Ankerlökken Verft A/S, Florø, Norway (Yard No. 89), for Alander Frachtschiff GmbH, Hamburg as a roll-on and roll-off passenger and commercial vehicle ferry.

 Technical Data

  • Length on deck: 108.64 – 133.7 m (overall), 100.01 – 122.50 64 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth of hull: 20.44 m
  • Depth: 12.50 m
  • Draught: 4.95 m – 6.048 m
  • Tonnage: 1,566 – 7750 gross/572 – 591 – 2325 net//2,628 – 2670 deadweight
  • Engines: Two 8-cylinder Pielstick 8PC2L  V-400 diesels
  • Power: kW/ 5968 bHP
  • Speed: 17.5 knots
  • Capacity: 12 passengers, 45 commercial trailers
  • Call Sign: LDY53, GXOT, HO4934, VOJC, A6E2504, A6E2759
  • MMSI Number: 470441000
  • IMO Number: 7206330
  • DNV id: 08109
  • IR Number: 42929
  • Official Number: 4518
  • Registry: Hamburg/Germany 🇩🇪,Hamilton/Bermuda 🇧🇲, London/UK 🇬🇧, Bergen/Norway 🇳🇴, Abu Dhabi/UAE 🇦🇪
  • Sister-ships: Anu (90), Lalli (88), Leila (91), Tor Scandia (82)

Current AIS Location

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August 1st 1971: Keel laid.

February 18th 1972: Launched.

June 1st 1972: Completed.

Courtesy of Jim Ashby

Courtesy of Jim Ashby

June 14th 1972: Delivered to Alander Frachtschiff O/Y, Mariehamn, Finland. Commenced service between Helsinki – Helsingborg – Aarhus.

1973: Chartered to TOR Line then various other charters.

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© Andreas Wörteler Collection

Andreas Wörteler Collection

© Achim Borchert (Frank Heine Collection) © Simonwp

© Achim Borchert (Frank Heine Collection) (March 1976)(Left) © Simonwp (Approaching Genoa)(Right)

1978: In Rotterdam, forced sale to Tejo Leasing Ltd., St. Helier, Jersey.

June 1979 – September 23rd 1979: Chartered to Sealink UK Ltd. Commenced service between Fishguard – Rosslare.

© Jim Ashby

© Jim Ashby

1980: Sold to Parang Shipping Ltd., Jersey. Renamed LAGAN BRIDGE.

1980: Chartered to Sealink.

© Kenny Kane

© Kenny Kane

January 1980: Commenced service between Belfast – Heysham, also Holyhead – Dun Laoghaire.

May 1980: Commenced service between Holyhead – Dun Laoghaire.

July 31st 1980: One trip between Heysham – Douglas.

December 13th 1980: Final day in service between Holyhead – Dun Laoghaire.

December 16th 1980: Arrived at Clydedock Engineering, Liverpool.

December 18th 1980: Renamed LADY THONE Managed: Triport Ferries (Management)Ltd, chartered to B&I Line, Dublin, Ireland, and commenced service between Dublin – Holyhead.

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© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Valletta)

1983: Sold to Cenargo Ltd. Renamed MERCHANT NAVIGATOR.

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1983 – September 24th 1983: Chartered to Townsend Thoresen. Commenced service between Southampton – Le Havre.

© Phil English

© Phil English (Southampton 1983)

1984: Chartered to Brittany Ferries S.A. Morlaix, France. Commenced service between Roscoff – Plymouth.

July 27th 1984: Laid up in Le Havre.

1984 (Late): Following the three week long National Dock Strike (UK), chartered to clear a “Backlog” of freight at Ramsgate.

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (Ramsgate)

October 19th 1985: Arrived in Talcahuano and sold to Commonwealth Shipping Co., Panama. Renamed CANADA’S TOMORROW.

1985: Rebuilt to a Research/Diving vessel

1990: Registered to Geomaster. Managers: Solstad Shipping A/S. Renamed GEOMASTER.

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1996: Sold to James Fisher and Sons PLC, Barrow, Furness. Converted to a Cable Laying/Repair Ship.

1996: Sold to United Arab Emirates Tel. Corp. Ltd., United Arab Emirates. Renamed UMM AL ANBER.

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March 2013: Sold to Owner/Manager: E-Marine PJSC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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: Jim Ashby, Phil English, Kenny Kane, Ken Larwood, Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Sincere thanks Nigel Scutt at Fotoflite

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


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