LPG tanker Gaz Nordsee. Her magnificent 1:100 scale yard model is the work of Christel Stührmann. This one belongs to a collection of ship models from the Detjen shipping company that was generously given as a permanent loan to the museum by Mareike Janssen. They are displayed on deck 9 of the museum.
In November 1980, the shipping company Friedrich A. Detjen ordered two 5900 DWT tankers from Jos. L. Meyer in Papenburg as contract shipowners for the Kommanditgesellschaft ‚Pacific‘ Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co. These were put into service at the end of November 1981 as Gaz Pacific and in mid-February 1982 as Gaz Nordsee. The cargo tanks of these two vessels, with a total capacity of 5667 cubic metres each, were suitable for the transport of propylene, propane, N-burane, propane-butane, pro-pylene oxide, vinyl chloride, butylene and ammonia. This type of liquid bulk cargo carriers are usually known as LPG tankers. LPG stands for Liquified Petroleum Gas, the hydrocarbon fuel commonly known known as propane or butane. The tanks were designed for a maximum pressure of 7.5 bar and 70% vacuum as well as a lowest transport temperature of -48° Celsius. The system allowed the cargo to be kept at any desired working temperature, which allowed them to take cargo from and unload it to almost any type of storage facility. With a total pump capacity of 500 cbm/h, the total discharge time was about twelve hours. Both vessels entered long-term time charters with several companies.
In the case of the Gaz Nordsee, this situation lasted until 1988. For the next two years she had Norwegian owners and was renamed Norgas Traveller. From 1990 on, she had Portuguese owners as the Galp Faro. In 1998 she was detained in Southampton for reasons we don’t have data about. In 2003 she changed owners and name again. She sailed under the flag of Panamá and the name Virgen del Carmen III until 2011, when she was finally sold for scrapping to the Lucky Steel Industries company in Alang, India.
Her magnificent 1:100 scale yard model is the work of Christel Stührmann. This one belongs to a collection of ship models from the Detjen shipping company that was generously given as a permanent loan to the museum by Mareike Janssen. They are displayed on deck 9 of the museum.