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S.Atlantic : ST HELENA LINE SEEKS BUYER FOR VESSEL
Submitted by SARTMA.com (Juanita Brock) 12.09.2017 (Current Article)

St Helena Line has announced that it is to withdraw the Passenger Cargo Royal Mail Ship St Helena from service in February 2018 and has appointed London ship broker CW Kellock & Co Ltd to handle her sale.

ST HELENA LINE SEEKS BUYER FOR VESSEL By J Brock (FINN) St Helena Line has announced that it is to withdraw the Passenger Cargo Royal Mail Ship St Helena from service in February 2018 and has appointed London ship broker CW Kellock & Co Ltd to handle her sale. The RMS has been part of St Helena’s history for over quarter of a century and provided the sole regular means of access to the Island, a UK Overseas Territory located 1200 miles off the West coast of Africa, 759 miles South East of Ascension Island and 1300 miles north of Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic. She was built in the UK in 1990 specifically for the St Helena route. At 6,767 gross tonnes, she can accommodate 156 passengers in 56 cabins, together with a cargo capacity of 3750 CBM bale, and 92 TEU (of which 17 reefer). She is staffed by 56 officers and crew. RMS St Helena is one of only four ships left in the world which has the right to carry the Royal Mail Ship (RMS) prefix and currently operates out of Cape Town calling at both St Helena and Ascension Island on a regular schedule. With scheduled passenger flights to St Helena from 14 October 2017 providing the main passenger access to the Island, the RMS St Helena will be withdrawn from service. Now embarked on her final programmed voyages, in the coming weeks she will make a farewell call to Tristan da Cunha and then a final voyage to both St Helena and Ascension Island. She is expected to finish her last voyage in Cape Town on 15 February 2018. SHL has appointed the highly experienced London ship brokers CW Kellock & Co Ltd (Part of the Eggar Forrester Group), to handle the sale and it is hoped that a buyer can be found to continue to trade the vessel elsewhere in the world. Commenting on the sale process and her withdrawal from service, SHL’s Chairman, Matt Young, said: “The RMS St Helena has played a vital role in sustaining St Helena’s population and, for the past 27 years has been the sole means of regular access to the Island. “Her combined passenger accommodation and cargo design makes her well suited to a number of different trading options and we are confident that she can continue to play an important role elsewhere in the world.” Further details on the RMS St Helena can be found on: www.rms-st-helena.com Prospective purchasers should contact: CW Kellock & Co Ltd: Paul Willcox Tel +44 0207 4481395 Email: Kellock@eggarforrester.com