The 35 year old offshore tug/supply ship THOR I was broken up in Chittagong, Bangladesh on Tuesday 21st September 2021. She was built on 1st June 1986 by Orskov Yard at Frederikshavn in Denmark as CHALLENGER III trading for 3 months where she was renamed as OIL CHALLENGER by Ocean Inchcape trading for 5 years until September 1991. She was acquired by Maersk Supply Service (MSS) and renamed her as MAERSK CHALLENGER.
In April 2014 she was sold and renamed as BLUE ARIES with Blue Star Line of which the company filed for bankruptcy with a court due to financial difficulties in 2019 of which she was sold to Indian Interests and renamed as THOR I. On Tuesday 24th September, 2019 she entered Grand Harbour, Malta bound to Palumbo Malta Shipyards berthing at Parlatorio Wharf North for repairs.
On Wednesday 25th September, 2019 she performed Bollard Pull test –
In June 2020 she was seen awaiting orders offshore Malta followed by the towage of the retired 1980 built self discharging bulk carrier SAL (Ex-Salarium), leaving Trois-Rivieres, Canada back to 27th October, 2020.
One of her latest towages was of the 224 metre Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) GORYO 6 HO owned by Hyundai Eng & Construction Co Ltd. She was originally built as the bulker BALOTA in 1985 trading until 1998 and ST JOSEPH until May 2002 from Batu Ampar Anchorage at Batam, Indonesia to Chittagong, Bangladesh for breakers back to May/June 2021.
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Published – Tuesday 2nd November, 2021