Ocean Arrow

Ocean Arrow at Apra Harbor

The Ship:

  • IMO: 7636822
  • Manager: Sekur Holdings
  • Owner: CTI Group
  • Flag: Panama
  • Hailing Port: Panama
  • Call Sign: HPCX
  • Length: 105.00 meters
  • Beam: 14.97 meters
  • Tonnage: 3,895 GT
  • Year of Build: 1978
  • Builder: Solvesborgs Gotaverken, Solvesborg, Sweden
  • Yard Number: 87
  • Name History: J Young (2003-05), Warden Point (1979-03), Red Sea (1978-79)

The Story:

Some of the most interesting vessels I’ve seen were spied during the summer I spent on Guam. Even though this West Pacific island is a US territory, some of the ships pulling in seemed to be among those  forlorn vessels visiting the forgotten corners of the world.

These ships, owned by unknown shipping lines and carrying who-knows-what, seemed to pay regular viusits to this remote island. Among them was the Ocean Arrow, a (judging by ship photography websites) rarely seen cement carrier.

As mentioned in my last post regarding the Sammi Herald, her year of birth in 1978 places her as one of the older cargo vessels plying the open oceans. However, despite sailing large distances to forgotten ports, she has an easier history to track than a lot of her brethren. Built as a gearless bulker, as seen below,

Via wt-ps.co.uk

she was later modified into a self-unloading cement carrier in 1990, retaining the name she’d had for the prior 11 year, and continuing with this identity until 2003. Two years later saw another name change, transforming her to her current guise.

The remote south seas seem to be a gateway towards anonimity for ships, however, they also suggets a gateway towards immortality. The Ocean Arrow has already survived much longer than her life expectancy, and hopefully she still has a few more years under her belt, even if you ahve to travel to Guam to see so.

About Fairlane
Photographer, historian, nerd, engineer, thirty-something - Those are a few of the words that describe me. Though I have varied interests, one of my passions in maritime history, which I enjoy sharing. If you want to find out what I can tell, please follow my blog.

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