Chemicals tanker Hellespont Centurion. The 1:100 scale yard model of the chemicals and products tanker “Hellespont Centurion” is a donation made by the Hamburg seat of the shipping company Hellespont to our museum.
The 1:100 scale yard model of the chemicals and products tanker “Hellespont Centurion” is a donation made by the Hamburg seat of the shipping company Hellespont to our museum. The company was founded in Canada by Phrixos B. Papachristidis in the aftermath of World War II. At that point, the Canadian government was selling the cargo ships that had been on supply duty for the war effort. Between 1946 and 1948, Papachristidis bought 9 cargo ships and had his company manage them from Montréal. By the mid of the 1950s, the company had decided to enter the business of bulk liquid transportation. The first two oil tankers were ordered in Belgium in 1955. This new direction was successful, and the company – which is now directed by the grandson of Phrixos B. Papachristidis – still operates a large fleet of tankers. The “Hellespont Centurion” was built in 2009 at the shipyards of Sekwang Heavy Industries in Mokpo, South-Korea. She was one of a class of 9 tankers ordered by the company. The white paint on the ship, and on most of the other ships of the company, is not only an aesthetic decision: White reflects the sunlight and reduces the heating of ship´s cargo.
This chemicals tanker is 144 m long, 22,6 m wide and has a DWT (Dead Weight Tonnage) of 16,866. Her engine of the Type 8 S 35 MC-Mk7 built by STX Engine Co.Ltd. in Changwon has a power of 5,920 kW that gives the ship a top speed of 15 knots.