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Photographer:carimar [View profile]Title:ARGO MERCHANTAdded:Jul 01, 2005
Location:Balboa, Panama
Photo Category: Tankers built before 1970
At Balboa, Panama 1976.
Built 1953 by Howaldtswerke A.G., Hamburg, Yard No.886 as "ARCTURUS". Renamed 1968 "PERMINA SAMUDRA III". 1970 renamed "VARI". 1973 "ARGO MERCHANT". Owned by Thebes Shipping Inc., Monrovia.
Ran aground on Middle Rip shoal about 25 miles south-east of Nantucket Island on December 15, 1976, on voyage from Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela to Salem, Massachusetts with 28'000-ton oil. She caused a major marine pollution after she broke in two in heavy weather.
Vessel Identification
Name:Argo Merchant
Former name(s):
- Vari (Until 1973)
- Permina Samudra Iii (Until 1970)
- Arcturus (Until 1968)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Tanker
Gross tonnage:18,743 tons
Summer DWT:29,151 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1953
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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George Bis on Jun 02, 2019 12:51 (4 months ago)
Quite and attractive ship by today's standards!
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