20 October 2023






2 mins

One of the West German built ships that was built for the Scandinavian Area was the 1966 built ferry TOR HOLLANDIA. She was  built as yard number 559 by Lübecker Flender Werke at Lubeck in West Germany. for Tor Line service from Immingham to Amsterdam and Gothenburg. She was  built launched and christened by Godother Huck Van Rietscoten.

In 1975 she was due to be sold to an Arab shipping company with which Tor Line would co-operate of which she was going to be renamed as SAUDI MOON to operate between Jeddah and Suez. However, the negotiations dragged on over time and a Greek shipping company, Minoan Lines became interested and bought her in October 1975 and was renamed ARIADNE. She was reflagged to Greece,  homeported at Heraklion.  Under this new career she served for the next 24 years sailing on almost all of Minoan’s routes. In 1991, she was rebuilt to provide more cabin space. She could carry 1,620 passengers in 556 cabins, and could carry 280 cars. In 1997, she was chartered by the General National Maritime Co.(GNMTC) , Tripoli, Libya for service between Tripoli and Valletta, Malta.

During 1999 she  was sold to Fragmar Shipping Co., Valletta, Malta. She was reflagged to Malta (MLT), and renamed OURANOS  entering service on the Corfu, Greece – Brindisi, Italy route. In January 2001, OURANOS  was sold to F Lines Inc, Majuro, Marshall Islands. She was renamed F DIAMOND  on 16 February 2001 still with MLT flag. 

She was nicknamed as the BLACK DIAMOND after she was painted in black livery with the titles I Love Fashion. She served as a party ship in Genoa after she was detained  for 8 days on 9th October 2008, after inspection found 21 deficiencies; the party ship use caused local controversy. In June 2010, she was sold by auction to Cemsan Gemi Sokum, of Aliağa, Turkey, which planned to use her as a floating hotel. She was sold in September 2010 to Turkish shipbreakers and was renamed DIAMOND.

She passed Malta towed by the Turkish tug COURBET  on 3rd September, of which unfortunately the visibility wasn’t good.

She arrived at the shipbreakers on 11 th September, 2010.



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