M.V. Nordic Sun

The 1981-built, 19,954-dwt, 13,379-grt, oil and chemical tanker Nordic Sun - Monrovia, Liberia is seen in this photograph transiting upbound in the Welland Canal during the morning hours of April 12th, 1988. At the time this picture was taken the tanker was sliding along the north approach wall below lock 2 about to enter the lock in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

She was built in Shimonoseki, Japan at the Hayashikane Shipbuilding & Engineering drydock for the Sun Company Ltd. (SUNOCO) and she entered service as Nordic Sun. Since her construction she has sailed as Nordic Sun (1989), Nordic (1994) and when this picture was added to the archives she was still listed as operational under the name Nordic Blossom (1999).


IMO No: 8000276     Year: 1981
Name: NORDIC SUN     Launch Date: 1/20/1981
Type: Tanker     Date of completion: 7/1981
Flag: LBR
Tons: 11781
DWT: 19980     Yard No: 1244
Length overall: 154.0    
LPP: 145.0
Beam: 22.7      Builder: Hayashikane
Location of yard: Shimonoseki
Number of
Speed(kn): 1D-14.5

Subsequent History:

Photo credit: http://www.wellandcanal.ca/


December 2006 - She's still running as the Nordic Blossom.  While discharging cargo from the Maritrans Diligence, at the Hess dock in Baltimore, MD, I noticed her up stream at a consolidated oil terminal. 


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