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One of the 8 ships in the fleet of the local company Sea Services Ltd was the 1974 built SEA SERV 501.

She was built by Burton Construction & Shipbuilding Corporation at Port Arthur , Texas , USA to Aquamarine Associates based at Houston, Texas as AQUAMARINE 501 with yard number 504 and delivered in 1974.

Interesting that during her building she was fitted with 3 Vee oil 2SA 16 cylinder General Motors diesel engines made in 1952. During 1986 she was sold to Sea Services and renamed as SEA SERV 501.

She was 56.4 m long (loa) with 12.2 m beam and maximum draft of 3.9 m and during 1993 she was built at Malta still with 3 Caterpillar Diesel Engines (EMD) giving an output of 10,800 bhp and bollard pull of 54 tons.

She was used for several purposes including carrying sewage treatment or fresh water trucks especially to moored US Navy Vessels.

With 3 open fixed pitch propellers and a bow thruster of 300 bhp she had a deck area of 30.5 m by 9.9 m with Deck Cargo Capacity of 550 tons.

She was homeported at Limassol, Cyprus with radio call sign P3PD3 with 863 tons deadweight (dwt), carrying both potable and drillwater with an accommodation of 20 berths in 6 cabins.

In 2005 she was sold to Sea Eagle Marine Services based at Dubai, United Arab Emirates and reflagged to Bahrain retaining her name.  In 2022 she was sold again remaining in the Persian Gulf waters , retaining her name but reflagged to St. Kitts & Nevis (KNA) of which till yesterday she was still active.

 

 

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