NZ Coastal Shipping

Holcim Cement
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IMO: 7204813
GRT: 2,579
Net: 1,261
Dwt: 4,074
Length overall: 94.65m
Beam: 14.03m
Draught: 5.741m
Built: 1972
Builders: J.J. Sietas Schiffswerft, Hamburg
Description of ship: Bulk cement carrier.
Capacity: 3,400 tons at approx. 17ft draught
Holds: 2 (25.4m, 26.6m)
Derricks: 1 x 1.5 tons, 1 x 1 ton
Engines: Oil 4SA 8Cy. 370 x 400. 3,200bhp
Service speed: 13 knots
Port of Registry: Dunedin

Milburn Carrier sailed from Hamburg on 7 April 1972 and arrived in Westport on 19 May after a voyage via the Panama Canal and Cristobal. On her maiden coastal voyage, she discharged cement at Dunedin and Onehunga before a short drydocking at Lyttelton from 10 - 12 June 1972. On 6 September 1972, she collided with the dredge Mawhera at Westport. No damage was caused to the Milburn Carrier, but the dredge required a new bridge structure. Later the same month she suffered an engine breakdown off Cape Campbell and limped into Nelson on 22 September for repairs. She resumed work again on 10 October. Her next mishap was at Gisborne on 1 February 1973 when she collided with the P&O ship Zaida. Minor damage was sustained to the supersturcture and she went to Lyttelton where she arrived 3 February 1973 for repairs and survey. An eventful start to her career on the NZ coast!
From 1976 after the arrival of her near sister Westport, Milburn Carrier spent long periods laid up at Westport due to a downturn in the building industry. She saw more active service from 1981 (still interspersed with lay-up periods) until her eventual sale in 1988 to Arklow Shipping when she was renamed Arklow River.

Further History:
1988: Sold to Arklow Shipping, renamed Arklow River.
1996: Sold, renamed Cem River.
2004: Renamed Cem Rio.
2004: Sold, renamed Rhodos Cement.
2009: Sold for breaking up, arriving at Esbjerg 6 April.