Recycled ULCC’s anchor arrives in Hong Kong

Jul 02 2010


A 36 tonne anchor that once belonged to the world’s largest vessel has been shipped from Gujarat to Hong Kong with the help of Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS).

A 36 tonne anchor that once belonged to the world’s largest vessel has been shipped from Gujarat to Hong Kong with the help of Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS).

The anchor was once attached to the ‘Knock Nevis’, ex ‘Jahre Viking’, ‘Seawise Giant’, ‘Happy Giant’ and ‘Oppama’. It is to form the centrepiece of the new Hong Kong Maritime Museum.

WSS Hong Kong was approached by the Norwegian ambassador in Guangzhou in early February to arrange the transportation of the ULCC’s anchor. The giant tanker was recycled in India this year under the delivery name of ‘Mont.’

Gifted to the Hong Kong Maritime Museum by an anonymous donor, this anchor will recognise the involvement of Norwegian shipping in Hong Kong waters since the early 19th century. The transportation of the anchor from India to Hong Kong was sponsored by the Norwegian Government.

Taken over by CY Tung in 1979 and subsequently sold by his family, the ULCC was owned and operated by Norwegian shipping interests for the rest of its life. These included such famous names as Jorgen Jahre and Fred Olsen.

The anchor has 20 links of chain, is 7 m long in the shank, 4.45 m across the flukes and is 1.13 m thick. This represented a considerable challenge to shift the anchor from the beaches of Gujarat to the Government Shipyard in Hong Kong.

WSS’ India office arranged for the purchase, documentation and land transportation of the anchor on board a 40 foot flat rack container from the scrapyard in Alang to Pipavav port and thereon on board the ‘Nedloyd Barentz’ to Hong Kong.

The anchor arrived in Hong Kong on 17th June and was transported to the Government Shipyard for storage by WSS Hong Kong using a crane barge.



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