M/T Artic 1 when she was Otelia
Picture from www.faktaomfartyg.se
Artic 1 was builtas Otelia 1969 on Lödöse Varv
Dimensions: 98,94 x 12,53 x 6,42 m.
Brt/ Nrt/ Dwt. 2671/ 1707/ 4232.
Engine: En MWM TBRHS 345 AU diesel, 1641 kW.
She was built as Otelia for OT Shipping Company.
1988. Sold to Arctic Shipping AB, Luleå and renamed to ARCTIC I.
1995. sold to Dutch Tanker Shipping Ltd, Kingstown, St Vincent & Grenadines. Renamed to ARCTICA.
1998. Changed to Isle Of Man flag.
1998. Rebuilt at Naval Shipyard, Gdynia, Polen.
2008. Sold to Ildim Ltd, Belize.
2009 Sold to Rusia
I did not take many pictures on this trip. The few I took seems to be from the arrival to Ventspils in Latvia
M/T Artic 1
Picture from www.shipspotting.com Photo by Capt. Jan Melchers
This was an emergency. They called me in the morning and I had to go to the Airport to get a flight to Söderhamn (I think so) via Stockholm. I arrived in the afternoon. I don't remember if the other 2nd Officer had jumped the ship or if he was drinking.
I signed on M/T Arctic 1 as 2nd Officer 29th of June 1992. I think I signed on in Söderhamn. When I arrived with the taxi to the ship they were stand by to leave the jetty.
I don't remember much from this ship. As mentioned before, would have been nice with a digital camera and a lap top back then.
But I remember coming onboard. - What the is this? It was an very old ship and I could just imagine that the reason for me to come here on an emergency was that they could not get any people and that the other 2nd Officer had jumped the ship.
I was in the day room with our Captain. I don't know, but something was wrong here. Suddenly Captain said:
- Imagine when we have new young OFFICERS joining the ship and they come to my office and I have pictures of their wife's on my desk.
I could not believe my ears. Officers on this ship, dream on! I was in chock and I could not say anything for 20 minutes. but I was thinking “Where the does he come up with all this bullshit?”
I don't remember our cargoes or where we went. I only remember Ventspils, thanks to the few pictures I have. And by the looks of it I must have felt like taking pictures in Ventspils. All the pictures are from the arrival to Ventspils. And they were building back then. We can see all the construction cranes when they build the new oil terminal and tank park. When I was in Ventspils for the first time during the Soviet era it looked like a port in Africa.
I also remember one port in Finland. But I don't know where. but the reason for me to remember this port is thanks' to our 2nd Officer. He was ashore and he was dead drunk when he came back. So we had to share his watch.
And they were disappointed.
- He was the future of the company and blah-blah.....
Well, maybe he didn't want to come back to this old scrap ship. What do I know?
I signed off in Umeå 3rd of August 1992. The agent drove me to the airport but we had to stop at the "System Bolaget" so I could buy a 6 pack of TT.
I took a pretty uneventful flight to Stockholm, well, of course the flight attendant complained when I played music and drank beer. So I had to turn off my cassette player and, well, I can drink my beers in Stockholm.
Coming to Stockholm and I decided to stay 1 night in Stockholm. I changed my ticket and I got a new flight to Gothenburg early morning of the 4th of August. Then I took a taxi to Stockholm city. Gorgeous weather and I stopped at "System Bolaget" for more beer before I went to one of the parks in Stockholm.
It was a beautiful August evening. I remember sitting in the park drinking beer while listening to (most likely Kal P Dal) on my entertainment centre. But that's it. I also remember that when I came to the airport SAS was on strike so I had to go back and take the train to Gothenburg.
I meet one of the guys from the park at the train station. He was on his way home. He told me that he had spent the night at the Police station.
- I vandalised the train station.
So I was lucky that I left for some pub instead of hanging around this guy. I was only home for 3 day before I signed on my next ship M/T Bituma 7th of August 1992.
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