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    A couple of days ago I spotted this funnel at Singapore Cruise Terminal:


    That looks very much like the funnel of the unknown ship in post #222, which was quickly identified as the ferry Ocean Grand.
    I found out that she will be a regular here, used as a gambling boat with base in Singapore.
    Here is a somewhat dated article about her: http://www.seatrade-insider.com/news...singapore.html

    PS> Here is a picture of her at the same place 19. June 2013 lifted from Shipspotting:

    (Picture by Mark1955)

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      This ship is too new for the veteran ship thread, but we have no other such named thread in the other section. And the design makes her fit into here.

      Maasmond Maritime newsletter reported a couple of days about her and i was thrilled and made some further research.

      Sources and picture courtesies:
      http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/...hp?lid=1935289





      Dr. Allan Ryzka-onions gave this information:
      This vessel was originally the fifth of 6 sisters built for the Soviet Ministry of Gas Industry just around the time of the collapse of the USSR. She was launched 11 November 1989 and delivered as Vladimir Chivilikin in April 1990. She was immediately transferred to the fishing organisation 'Dalryba' and in 1992 to the j/s Co. Vladivostok Base of Trawling & Refrigerating Fleet. In 1998 she was sold to Falklands Investments Ltd, renamed Kay with the intention of converting her to a luxury passenger vessel. A year later she was sold to Pacific Seaways S.A. and in 2001 arrived at Keppel's Singapore for conversion work to begin. In 2005 her management transferred to Care Offshore S.A.. Some work was carried out at Keppels, including the new stern. In 2007 she arrived ar Arista Nautica, Split ostensibly for completion but was laid up at Vranic. In March 2011 she departed for Brodotrogir again, for completion, but little was done. Now over 2 and a half years later she has arrived at Malta, again ostensibly, for completion.
      Other sisters have also been converted, #4 Yuriy Trifonov was converted in 1997 at Gdańska Stocznia Remontowa to a diving mother ship and renamed Seaway Kingfisher. In 2004 renamed Kingfisher with further modification at Eidsvik and she is now described as a seismic research ship.
      # 3 Mariya Tsvyetayeva was converted to an expedition cruise ship and in 2011 sold to Ortelius Scheepsreizen of Belgium and renamed Ortelius.
      The other three, #1 Anna Akhmatova, #2 Boris Pasternak and #6 Igor Farkhutdinov ex Neva - 96, Admiral Lazarev - 03 are still operating as passenger vessels for Russian owners.
      I wait with interest to see if Kay is ever completed.

      Source and picture courtesy:
      http://www.maltashipphotos.com/produ...Super%20Yachts





      In her former life she looked like this:

      Source:
      http://myship.com/imo/8509208/KAY/gallery/photo/79339

      Currently she seems to be under arrest, because a Danish motor vendor is waiting for his money:
      http://www.transport.gov.mt/admin/up...2014-02-08.pdf

      I am fascinated by this clearly 60ies influenced design. I wonder who was / is / will be the owner. Who was responsible for this design? Does she have Russian owners (again)?

      Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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        Looking at the present picture and the"former" one I don't believe that this can be the same ship "in her former life".
        The deck structure in the background is during tow-out of Gazprom's PA-B Platform for the Sakhalin II Piltun Project, which took place in July, 2007.
        Here is a picture before float-over and mating of the deck and concrete base off Sakhalin, Russian Far East:

        The picture may be of a sister ship AFTER conversion.

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          We used the same "T-Barge" to load the Deck Structure "P-61" on the HLV "Talisman" in Singapore in Oct. 2012.
          It was transported to Brasil for mating with a semi-submersible hull built at Keppel's Shipyard there:

          Sorry, ​I probably did not report on this load-out here on CVF at the time.

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            Wasn't it also a vessel by the name of "KAY" which was laying on the side in the river in Bangkok, and which I photographed many years ago?

            I presume this is NOT the same Kay.... (or is it?)
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              Originally posted by ombugge View Post
              Looking at the present picture and the"former" one I don't believe that this can be the same ship "in her former life".
              The IMO number identifys it clearly. Here is another page with connections and pictures.
              http://korabli.qdg.ru/neft_flot/view/4/1/

              In Split the project was renamed AMG120.
              http://aristamarinegroup.com/?page_id=1225

              It seems to be stopped again, but why they moved the ship to Malta?
              Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                The IMO numbers is different for all the vessels shown, which tells us that this is different vessels, since the IMO number does not change with change of name, flag or whatever.
                None of the vessels in the pictures shown has a rounded stern, except the animations in the second link and the original picture.

                In you first link it is identified as; "Passenger ship delivering crew for offshore drilling", which it is obviously not. This type of ships were used to deliver crews and supplies to Fish Factory Ships operating world wide, or for research.

                The one that went missing in the Atlantic Ocean last year appears to have been one of this series,as does the one seen off Sakhalin in July 2007.

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                • Ralf__
                  Ralf__ commented
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                  The IMO 8509208 belongs to "Kay", former "Vladimir Chivilikin". She is shown on the Russian link on Position 5. The others are there siter ships. As it is mentioned in the other links, the round stern was added at Keppel in Singapore between 2000 and 2006, the superstructure was built at Damen.

                  So for me there is no doubt about her origin and history. The question is, who is (and has been) the owner? This is a huge transformation, that was nor interrupted several times. How many people and companies lost their money during this project?

                This one was seen in Singapore a few weeks ago:

                Looks the same? This one has been here for a long time and has been shown on CVF several times.

                All have square stern, not rounded. Some alterations may have been made over the years, but not to the extent of your mystery ship. (Going backwards in evolution)

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                • Ralf__
                  Ralf__ commented
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                  This looks similar, I agree, but it is different anyway. The complete arrangement of the superstructure is different (compare bridge and deck windows). Also the stern is different. I can't identify the name as on of the sisters.
                  You mentioned also the Lyubov Orlova, missed in the Atlantic. This also is completely different, was built in Yugoslavia as passenger vessel, not in Poland.
                  But you are also right, there are some wrong decriptions in the link.

                  I am curious how this story continues.

                What looks different is the vessel with a swept back bridge and rounded stern. The rest looks similar, whether built in Poland or Jugoslavia.

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                  Originally posted by pakarang View Post
                  Wasn't it also a vessel by the name of "KAY" which was laying on the side in the river in Bangkok, and which I photographed many years ago?

                  I presume this is NOT the same Kay.... (or is it?)
                  You are not quite correct with your memories there Captain, but you are very close. The Kay was the ship moored next to the ship that had capsized. One of your own photos is being used on that page that Ralf linked to - http://korabli.qdg.ru/neft_flot/view/4/1/, if you scroll down and look through the images lower down the page you will see the image - http://korabli.qdg.ru/content/rtms/4/tk1r5yz98f.jpg.

                  Anyway, the ship is interesting, i spent a while the other day looking for information regarding her past. At first glance i was in full agreement with Ombugge, no way can be the ship shown. But, after a lot of looking at various pictures and reading bits of info i could find, i started to change my mind. Obviously the stern did not match, but, i then read somewhere that a completely new stern had been added at the start of the conversion. I also then started to look at various parts of the hull and compared them with the pictures of all the sisters. On some of the pictures you are looking backwards along the hull of the ship - this one shows what i mean - http://korabli.qdg.ru/content/rtms/4/kh7nq2pdf0.jpg, from angles like this i think you can see the shape of the hull on the converted ship. Easy job to add a new section to round off that flat stern. I also noticed that the anchor pockets look to be identical, and that when you look towards the bow of the ship you can see the bow looks the same.

                  But, we do have a couple of points that cast doubt. First, i think the picture that shows the unconverted ship with the drilling platform - http://myship.com/imo/8509208/KAY/gallery/photo/79339, must be a picture of one of her sisters. Ombugge dated that photo to July 2007, from what i have read, the conversion had started well before that date. Ralf's article states that she received her new stern at Keppels in 2005, the photo obviously shows a ship with the original stern. So either dates have been mixed up, or the photo shows one of her sisters. Then we have the difference in IMO numbers. But that could also be a mix up in the information provided.


                  Your charts, your radar, your eyes and ears - if all 4 agree, you may proceed with caution.

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                  • Ralf__
                    Ralf__ commented
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                    Thank you for your research Steve. You are right, that special picture might be one of the sisters. I am not able to identify the name on the stern, but it might be different to the kyrillic look of Vladimir Chivilikin. Basically several sources are stating the same about her past, so i think it should be correct.
                    Very interesting question: who had the idea and the money to start such a massive conversion?

                  Here is another mystery ship to test the ability of our detectives:


                  No name and no IMO number to be seen. She looks like a typical Norwegian designed MPSV or Construction Support Vessel, but the red line at the side indicate that she has another function then normal for such ships.

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                  • Ralf__
                    Ralf__ commented
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                    Sterkoder, your opinion?

                  Nobody trying to identify this vessel??
                  OK, I checked my files and there were more pictures of the vessel. This one from up high on the bridge of the VLCC Olympia:

                  Yes it is the Australian Navy's Ocean Shield of MH 370 fame. Registered in Sydney.
                  She has changed into more Navy like colours and will probably get the name painted on the bow and stern in due course.

                  In fact the other CSV behind her also belongs to Australia and is named Ocean Protector. She is being stipped of equipment not needed for her present task.
                  She will presumably also change colours, once in drydock.

                  Both are former DOF vessels owned and built in Norway, but now used for Search and Rescue and Border Patrol respectively.
                  Ocean Shield: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADV_Ocean_Shield
                  Ocean Protector: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ACV_Ocean_Protector

                  According to the above both vessels has formerly been named Skandi Bergen at one time, but Ocean Shield was purchased while still under construction and never actually operated under that name. Here is proof that the Ocean Protector was actually the Skadi Bergen:


                  And her present allegiance:


                  No such "proof" on the Ocean Shield:

                  But at least it looks like she will have name and IMO No. in place on her stern.

                  Pakarang view of Ocean Protector:


                  Actually this has nothing to do with veteran ships. It rightly belong under Offshore Vessels or Navy Vessels. (Sorry about the OT)

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                  • ombugge
                    ombugge commented
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                    Correction, it looks like the removal going on is equipment put on board to make her fit for the task of chasing asylum seekers and is now being removed in preparation for handing her back to DOF when the bare boat charter expires in 2016. (Maybe early re-delivery??)

                  Here is an unknown VETERAN which appeared in the 8th and last episode of Season 3 LILLYHAMMER....

                  What ship is this?



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                  Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

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                    The two boats in b/w above are not the one and same (as I thought at the very first view).
                    Second, these two boats will never be found in Bjørvika, because they are used in the latest, or a late, episode of season 3 when Bruce Springsteen makes his entry into Lilyhammer, as the italian Guiseppi. The boats, and the Springsteen scene, are filmed in New York with a green screen backdrop.
                    So as far as your questions go, I don't know the boats names ;-)
                    "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                      I don't think so, Sterkoder. In my opinion we see the same boat here: It is the Lilac:

                      LILAC is a 1933 lighthouse tender that once carried supplies to lighthouses and maintained buoys for the U.S. Lighthouse Service and the U.S. Coast Guard. Decommissioned in 1972, USCGC LILAC is now a museum ship....Between 1892 and 1939 thirty-three of these vessels were built, most ranging in length from 164 to 174 feet....The keel of the LILAC was laid on August 16, 1932 at the Pusey & Jones Shipyard in Wilmington, Delaware....

                      http://lilacpreservationproject.org/home.html

                      So this ship has never been in Oslo and no Norwegian connection at all. It is all the movies...fiction, illusion...
                      Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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