1. Saudi Diriyah sails this afternoon.As a thirty year old ship, heading for the scrap yard, she has not been overly maintained in the past year.
Today marked the final visit to Halifax of Saudi Diriyah. She is the second ship of the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia to take its last bow in Halifax in the last two months.
All four sister ships, built in 1982 and 1983 are leaving the fleet as new ships come on lime.
Saudi Abha was the first ship to retire, and its replacement was delivered by Hyundai MIPO Dockyard in Korea on January 23.
Saudi Diriyah's replacement will be coming on line in March, and will take its place in the lineup.
As with its sisters, Saudi Diriyah was built by Kockums AB, in Malmo Sweden.It was delivered in March of 1983 and measures 44,171 gross tons, can carry 2310 TEUs, 534 cars and has capability of handling a variety of other RoRo cargoes. It features a huge stern ramp, capable of loading oversized cargo.
2. Sailing in 2003 the ship did not look overly maintained even then. Note the small side door just forward of the letter "A"