One of the first event I do remember is the complete rebuilding of the E.R. of ANITA MONTI
carried out by OARN with the vessel afloat at anchorage in front of Genoa airport.
ANITA MONTI, one of
the first VLCC steam tankers built by Italcantieri was delivered to
the Owner, Messrs. EUROPA of Cav. Attilio Monti on 30th November 1970.
She was a 229.000 DWT tanker with one of the last type of Stal Laval turbine of 35.750 shaft
horsepower, one main single boiler Foster Wheeler ESD III with a normal
production of superheated steam of 100 ton/hour at a pressure of 82,6
kilos/sq.cm. and at a temperature of 512C.
The vessel was fully automated by Siemens, reaching the grade IAQ1 of RINA.
She was immediately in
service between Europe and Persian Gulf, via Cape Town, where she was
sailing for almost one year only with minor problem to the epicycloidal
Suddenly, when she was
fully loaded for Shell, on October 18th 1971, on the west bound voyage
from Mina al Fahal to Europe at 22,10 GMT hours, a fire broken down
in the E.R. due to an oil lubricating spill on a superheated steam valve
at about 380C.
The vessel was in Mozambique
Channel and the fire was immediately extremely dangerous.
Ten (10) minutes after
breaking up of the fire the full set of 194 bottles of CO2 were discharged
in the E.R. and assistance was required to the ESSO HAMPSHIRE in the
About nine hours later,
the temperature in the E.R. was rapidly increasing, the fire was on
again and it was necessary to open the skylight and inject water with
12 butterworth hoses driven by the emergency fire pump.
At 24.00 of the same day the fire was shut down.
At 13.30 of October 19,1971
the tug STATESMAN took the vessel under tow for False Bay .
On October 22, the CATERINA
of the same company was giving assistance to the damaged ship with
electrical cables, lamps, towing cables, providing meals for the crew,
On October 26 at 10.30 p.m. another tug, the BALTIC was ordered
by the Owner to give assistance to ANITA MONTI
On October 31, the vessel
arrived to False Bay where she was at anchorage embarking specialists,
spare parts, protective oil, diesel generator, etc.
On November 19 the vessel
with the tugs STATESMAN and ENGLISHMAN was obtaining the towing certificate
from Cape Town to Europe: this was the longest and heaviest tow (270.000
tons about) even done.
On December 24, 1971
the vessel was at anchorage in Fos Sur Mer where the cargo was due to
Shell but, due to very bad weather conditions, the mooring and the discharging
operations were impossible.
On first January 1972,
was decided to tow the vessel to Milazzo where the discharging operations
where completed and on the 10 of January the vessel was eventually towed
to Genoa, with the order for repairing given to OARN.
On the 16th the vessel
was in Genoa and moored at anchorage and at the buoys on the calm channel
between the airport and Italcantieri shipyard.