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Tanker ss. Lyria
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No: 570   Contributor: Kees Helder   Year: 2000   Manufacturer: Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France   Country: The Netherlands
Tanker ss. Lyria

ss.Lyria, Imo 7360148, 277.533 ton, delivered in 1977 and built by Chantiers de L'Atlantic St. Nazaire (builtnumber C26) with the name "Alexander S Onassis". It came in service with Olympic Maritime Greece. In 1990 Societe Maritime Shell France bought this vessel and gave it the name "Lyria". In 2002 Shell sold this vessel and the name changed into "Thalassa", And in 2003 it was changed into "FPSO Marlim Sul".
Picture added on 03 December 2006
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sorry to tell you kees, but this boat was built in odense, denmark in 1977 and was sold to the greeks in 1987, i helped handover this vessel up the persian gulf.sailed on her three times for
regards, simon

Added by Simon Wells on 19 April 2008.
Sorry Simon, but the original caption is correct, the photo above shows the third incarnation of the LYRIA which went to Shell(France). The second incarnation of the LYRIA was built at Odense, Denmark, Hull No.L60, for STUK, being completed in Nov. 1976, reported as being sold later and renamed LOUISIANA, then BERGE BOSS being scrapped in 2003. I was the commisioning 3/Mate at that time and sailed on her for her first complete voyage (Europe/P.G./Lyme Bay /C.Antifer/Anglesey.
A quick way to distinguish them is that v.2 does not have any Bridge Wings, whilst v.3 does.
Hope this clarifies the situation

Added by Andrew Price on 22 April 2008.
A Ha that explains that so! so what happened to all the G Class vessels?

Added by Simon Wells on 23 April 2008.
The Lyria sailed on her maiden voyage in November 1976, I sailed on her during that voyage as GP Boy,it was my first trip to sea.I joined in Elsinore Denmark on 15/11/1976 her first port call was Las Palmas where she stopped for repairs and then sailed on to The Persian Gulf her first cargo was loaded at Kark Island.

Added by John Rowlands on 18 November 2009.
The visit into Las Palmas was an urgent one. The Stern Tube / Gland had sprung a major leak. I think it was an lubricating oil leak and we were almost out of Lub oil when we entered the harbour.
At that time, we were the largest ship to ever physically berth in Las Palmas Harbour.
We had to heavily ballast the LYRIA down by the head to get the defective Gland above water, which was an unnerving experience.
Whilst we were doing this one of UNION CASTLES passenger boats came in. It was strange experience looking straight down from the LYRIA's bridge into the passenger boats funnels. You really got a perspective of the size of ULCC's then.

Added by Andrew Price on 18 November 2009.
I sailed on SS Lyria in 1982 as JCR joining the ship in Sullom Voe in Shetland, and paying off in Galveston via launch, 5 months and no run ashore!! Presently working on an FPSO, ex Dagmar Maersk, 54, 000 ton.... So the sheer size of the Lyria is there to be seen

Added by Alec Ledingham on 31 July 2012.
Hi Alec. I sailed with you on that trip. I joined just before you in Rotterdam. I seem to remember we payed off in LOOP and spent a few nights in New Orleans before getting a flight home. I remember the skipper stopping us do laps of the deck in 100 degree heat because we were under 18!!

Added by David Pollard on 11 March 2014.
I sailed on the Lyria on my first trip as a JCR in 1980, joining at Europort Rotterdam and paid off at Singas. I still have my Crossing The Line certificate:
"I, Neptune, being the true and rightful monarch of all the oceans and of all the creatures that dwell therein, hereby bestow the freedom of the seven seas on that noble and gallant mariner, Andy Sitton, who has crossed that line called the equator which divides our hemispheres. Let all who owe me allegiance allow the above named to pass without let or hindrance in pursuit of that which is truly pleasing."

Added by Andy Sitton on 03 September 2016.
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