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Olsen Line

History

The Olsen Line was started in 1848 by Petter Olsen but grew rapidly under the control of Fredrik Olsen his son. Initially the company provided services in the North Sea. Within 10 years it had purchased its first steam ship and moved to Oslo soon afterwards. Olsen acquired a number of companies in the early 1900s including Ganger Rolf ,and Ostlandske Lloyd. With them came routes to Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK and Antwerp in Belgium. Further services were started to South America and to Holland after another acquisition - this time of the Norden Shipping Company. Olsen started services to the West coast of the US when the Panama Canal opened in 1915.

Olsen Line lost nearly half of its by then 44 ships during WW1 and the business had to be rebuilt. Further acquisitions followed with Thorensen Line in 1921 - thereby adding new routes to the Med and the Canary Islands and Jelo Line with services to Germany. By 1929 Olsen Line had invested in tankers and by 1933 the fleet was 60 strong.

WW2 provided a further setback for the company. Although most of the fleet escaped to England, Olsen had again lost nearly half of its ships by the end of the war.

The company diversified into airlines in the 1960s including the Olsen airline itself and investments in other companies. Moving with the times, Olsen invested in North Sea drilling rigs and Saga petroleum in the 1970s and renewable energy (wind farms) in the 1990s.

The Fred Olsen group is still very much in existence and has companies providing cargo services, cruises and various aspects of energy production - both oil and renewables.

Ships

Baghdad

Baghdad
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers A/S Ganger Rolf
Country First Registered Norway
Shipbuilder Akers MV
Shipyard Oslo
Country where built Norway
Yard Number 493
Official Number 5033662
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 4,229
Deadweight (DWT) 4425
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 103.6 Metres
Overall Length 114.1 Metres
Breadth or Beam 15.3 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 15

Career Highlights

Date Event
12 November 1955 Launched
March 1956 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 Telanca and owner to Telanca Sg Co Ltd 1975, change of owner to Eurcoship Carriers Corp 1977, change of name to Taipan Pride and owner to Taipan Sg Co Inc 1980, change of name to Rushdi and owner to Hadi Sg Lines Ltd 1981. Taken to Gadani Beach 18 February 1984 for breaking by Amica Construction Works

Bandeirante

Bandeirante
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers A/S Ganger Rolf & others
Country First Registered Norway
Shipbuilder Nederlandsche D&SB
Shipyard Amsterdam
Country where built Netherlands
Yard Number 503
Official Number 5035634
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 8,189
Deadweight (DWT) 9470
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 131.8 Metres
Overall Length 144 Metres
Breadth or Beam 18.6 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 16.5

Career Highlights

Date Event
9 April 1960 Launched
August 1960 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 Sunk following collision with Maroudio on 8 September 1978 at approximate position 48°40' N, 5°00' W whilst en route from Paranagua to Bergenwith a cargo of bagged coffee

Bencomo

Bencomo
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers A/S Ganger Rolf
Country First Registered Norway
Shipbuilder Oresundsvarvet
Shipyard Landskrona
Country where built Sweden
Yard Number 100
Official Number 5040782
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 2,937
Deadweight (DWT) 3950
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 106.9 Metres
Overall Length 117.5 Metres
Breadth or Beam 16.2 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 17

Career Highlights

Date Event
15 December 1949 Launched
2 March 1950 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 Al Riyadh and owner to Orri Nav Lines 1975. Taken to Gadani Beach 22 March 1983 for breaking by Golden Pickers & Leather Industries

Blenheim

Blenheim
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Ferry
Original Owners and Managers Fred Olsen Lines Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Ltd
Shipyard Clydebank
Country where built UK
Yard Number 744
Official Number 339313
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 10,427
Deadweight (DWT) 3730
Net Tonnage 5,546
Length 149.38 Metres
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 20.02 Metres
Depth 5.99 Metres
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details Two Pielstick 4SA Oil engines each with 9 cylinders of bore 400mm and stroke 460mm
Engine Builder Crossley Premier Engineering Co. Ltd
Engine Builder Works Manchester
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 18,000 BHP
Maximum Speed 22.5

Additional Construction Information

  • Keel laid down 28 November 1968
  • Fitted with two controllable pitch propellors
  • Fitted with stern and side doors for use as a RORO ferry

Career Highlights

Date Event
10 January 1970 Launched
1 September 1970 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 Scandinavian Sea and owner to DFDS Seacruises (Bahamas) Ltd 1981, change of name to Venus Adventurer and owner to Pan Ocean Nav Inc 1984, change of name to Discovery I and owner to Bajamar Sg Ltd 1986, change of owner to Discovery Cruise Line Partnership 1993. Following a fire at Freeport, Bahamas on 9 May 1996 the vessel was taken to Alang on 1 September 1997 for breaking by Goyal Traders.

Bonnard

Bonnard
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers A/S Ganger Rolf & others
Country First Registered Norway
Shipbuilder Oresundsvarvet
Shipyard Landskrona
Country where built Sweden
Yard Number 165
Official Number 5048100
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 3,640
Deadweight (DWT) 4025
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 96.7 Metres
Overall Length 106.3 Metres
Breadth or Beam 15.1 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 15

Career Highlights

Date Event
19 April 1958 Launched
7 October 1958 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 Frumar Nav Co Ltd 1973, change of name to Bei Shan and owner to Yick Fung Sg & Enterprises Co Ltd 1975. Taken to Hirao 26 October 1985 for breaking by Matsukura Shoji

Braque

Braque
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers A/S Ganger Rolf & others
Country First Registered Norway
Shipbuilder Akers MV
Shipyard Oslo
Country where built Norway
Yard Number 515
Official Number 5050543
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 3,647
Deadweight (DWT) 4025
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 96.7 Metres
Overall Length 106.3 Metres
Breadth or Beam 15.1 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 15

Career Highlights

Date Event
16 August 1958 Launched
October 1958 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 Mednor Nav Co Ltd 1973, change of name to Nanshan and owner to Yick Fung Sg & Enterprises Co Ltd 1975. Taken to Uchinomi 3 October 1985 for breaking by Sanoyasu Shoji

Briseis

Briseis
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers A/S Ganger Rolf & others
Country First Registered Norway
Shipbuilder Akers MV
Shipyard Oslo
Country where built Norway
Yard Number 509
Official Number 5052187
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 4,436
Deadweight (DWT) 4653
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 105.2 Metres
Overall Length 115.4 Metres
Breadth or Beam 15.9 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 15

Career Highlights

Date Event
24 August 1957 Launched
December 1957 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 Ophelia Sg Co Ltd 1973, change of name to Jun Shan and owner to Yick Fung Sg & Enterprises Co Ltd 1975. Taken to Alang 12 March 1990 for breaking by Baijnath Maniram

Bruno

Bruno
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers A/S Bonheur
Country First Registered Norway
Shipbuilder Oresundsvarvet
Shipyard Landskrona
Country where built Sweden
Yard Number 90
Official Number 5054202
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 2,899
Deadweight (DWT) 3670
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 106.9 Metres
Overall Length 117.5 Metres
Breadth or Beam 16.2 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 17

Career Highlights

Date Event
8 May 1948 Launched
October 1948 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 Maldive Skipper and owner to Maldives Sg Ltd 1975. Taken to Gadani Beach 18 December 1979 for breaking by Abbas Steel Industries Ltd


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