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History

The firm of Waling van Geest & Zonen was formed in 1935 by the three sons of Waling Geest to export bulbs and vegetables from the Netherlands and import produce from the Fenlands in England. The firm used cargo space in Dutch coasters for their trade.

After WW2 Geest resumed its pre-war trade using its own coasters, which it operated between Boston and Great Yarmouth to Holland. The company took a major step forward in 1952 when it undertook to market the entire Windward Islands banana crop in UK and Europe. New ships were ordered in 1960 and in the interim reefers were chartered.

As the Geest group continued to expand in the fruit and vegetable trades, the importance of their banana activity diminished. Moreover, banana operations were bedevilled by the impact of politics and Caribbean hurricanes. Eventually Geest decided that bananas were a corporate liability and in 1996 they sold their entire interest in the trade to Elders & Fyffes.

Ships

Geestbay (1964) Geestbay (1981) Geestcape
Geestland Geeststar Geest-Tide

Geestbay (1964)

Geestbay
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Geest Industries Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Nederlandsche D&SB
Shipyard Amsterdam
Country where built Netherlands
Yard Number 515
Official Number 306441
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 7,891
Deadweight (DWT) 8010
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 135 Metres
Overall Length 148.8 Metres
Breadth or Beam 18.8 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details N/K
Engine Builder N/K
Engine Builder Works N/K
Engine Builder Country N/K
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 21

Career Highlights

Date Event
17 April 1964 Launched
July 1964 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Change of name to North Star and owner to K/S A/S Noja Ltd 1973, change of name to Isla Verde and owner to Maritime Co Overseas Inc 1975. Taken to Huangpu for breaking September 1984

Geestbay (1981)

Geestbay
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Geest Industries Ltd., Boston
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Smith's Dock Company Ltd.
Shipyard South Bank and Stockton
Country where built UK
Yard Number 1346
Official Number 8003761
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 7,729
Deadweight (DWT) 9970
Net Tonnage 4,445
Length 159.04 Metres
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 21.37 Metres
Depth 12.76 Metres
Draught 8.83 Metres
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details B&W type Oil engine 2SA with 6 cylinders of bore 670mm and stoke 1700mm
Engine Builder J. G. Kincaid & Co. Ltd.
Engine Builder Works Greenock
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 13,100 BHP
Maximum Speed 19.5

Career Highlights

Date Event
9 February 1981 Launched
July 1981 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Change of name to Magellan Reefer and owner to Aqua Ability SA, change of name to Nafsica and owner to Front Shipping SA 2003, change of name to Estia and owner to Harmony Wind SA 2004, change of name to Estia I 2005. Taken to Alang from breaking 22 November 2009.

Geestcape

Geestscape
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Geest Industries Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Greenock Dockyard Co Ltd
Shipyard Greenock
Country where built UK
Yard Number 510
Official Number 306444
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 7,679
Deadweight (DWT) 8240
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 149 Metres
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 19 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught 8.79 Metres
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details Clark-Sulzer 7RD76 2SA 7 cylinder oil engine
Engine Builder George Clark & North Eastern Marine (Sunderland) Ltd.
Engine Builder Works Sunderland
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 10,500 BHP
Maximum Speed 21

Career Highlights

Date Event
25 March 1966 Launched
September 1966 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Sunk/foundered (Peacetime)
Service History Information Change of name to Nyombe and owner to Cie Franco-Camerounaise de Nav Sarl 1975, change of name to Turtle and owner to Reefer Services Co Ltd 1981. The vessel sank approx 10 miles S of Île de Sein on 16 October 1983 following a fire and explosion in No. 5 hold on the previous day in heavy weather during which one fire fighter lost his life. She had been en route from Le Havre to Almeria carrying general cargo and was under tow when lost.

Geestland

Geestland
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Geest Industries Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Scotts' Shipbuilding Co (1969) Ltd
Shipyard Cartsburn Dockyard Greenock
Country where built UK
Yard Number 728
Official Number 342630
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 5,871
Deadweight (DWT) 7500
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 135 Ft 1"
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 19 Ft 2"
Depth 11 Ft 8"
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details Sulzer 2SA with 6 cylinders of bore 760mm and stroke 1550mm
Engine Builder Scotts' Shipbuilding Co (1969) Ltd,
Engine Builder Works Greenock
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 12,000 BHP
Maximum Speed 21

Career Highlights

Date Event
21 February 1972 Launched
2 June 1972 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Change of owner to Geest Line Ltd 1975, change of name to Starland and owner to Spitfire Sg Co Ltd 1986, change of name to Valparaiso Reefer and owner to National Success SA 1990, change of owner to Petrikata Sg 19912. Taken to Chittagong for breaking by Moon Steel 10 July 1994 and beached 13 July 1994.

Geeststar

Geeststar
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Geest Industries Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Scott & Sons
Shipyard Westburn East Greenock
Country where built UK
Yard Number 729
Official Number 342632
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 5,871
Deadweight (DWT) 7654
Net Tonnage 3.064
Length 149 Metres
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 19 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught 8.43 Metres
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details Scott-Sulzer 6RND76 2SA
Engine Builder Scott & Co
Engine Builder Works Greenock
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 12,000 BHP
Maximum Speed 21

Career Highlights

Date Event
12 June 1972 Launched
26 January 1973 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Change of owner to Geest Line Ltd 1975, change of owner to Geest Industries (Boston) Ltd 1979, change of name to Frio Brazil and owner to Seabridge Sg Co Ltd 1986, change of name to Frio Amazon and owner to Sand Tern Nav Co Ltd 1990, change of owner to Martin Marine Co Ltd 1991, change of name to Sican and owner to Liblease Two Ltd 1994, change of name to Nac and owner to Hogarth Investments Corp 1995. Taken to Chittagong 8 November 1995 for breaking by Royal Steel Co

Geest-Tide

Geest-Tide
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Geest Industries Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Scott & Sons
Shipyard Westburn East Greenock
Country where built UK
Yard Number 722
Official Number 342628
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 5,871
Deadweight (DWT) 7629
Net Tonnage 3,064
Length 149.2 Metres
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 19.2 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught 8.4 Metres
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details Sulzer 6RND76 - 2SA 6 cylinder
Engine Builder Scotts' Shipbuilding Co (1969) Ltd,
Engine Builder Works Greenock
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 12,000 BHP
Maximum Speed 21

Career Highlights

Date Event
20 April 1971 Launched
3 September 1971 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Change of owner to Geest Line Ltd 1976, change of owner to Geest Industries (Boston) Ltd 1979, change of name to Kuldiga and owner to USSR (Latvian Sg Co) 1981, change of owner to Latvian Sg Co 1992. Taken to Chittagong for breaking 15 August 1993 - beached 20 August 1993

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