Two ships, both built in 1980, both constructed in the North East of England have ended up going to Indian scrapyards around the same time.
Two ships, both built in 1980, both constructed in the North East of England, one at Smiths Dock and one at Sunderland, have ended up going to Indian scrapyards around the same time.
The GOLDEN GATE, a 16,668 dwt container ship is probably best remembered, certainly in recent years, as the SEA ELEGANCE, under which name she sailed for Pacific International Lines (PIL) and suffered a fire off Durban in October 2003.
In this fire one crew member lost his life.
However, older readers will recall she was built as the WILLOWBANK by Smith's Dock for Andrew Weir's Bank Line in 1980 and was also known as the CALIFORNIA STAR in 1989.
The other vessel, the Sunderland-built ASHA ASHIK is a 16,169 dwt bulk carrier which started life after leaving the Deptford shipyard as VISHVA PANKAJ for her owners The Shipping Company of India. She became the ASHA ASHIK in 2002.