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The Tristan Times - Tristan da Cunha
The online newspaper of Tristan da Cunha
  Issue No. 546 Online Edition Sunday 20 April 2014 
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Tristan : M/V Kelso Has A New Name
Submitted by Tristan Times (Sarah Glass) 23.08.2009 (Article Archived on 04.10.2009)

The M/V Baltic Trader – a familiar name in the Falklands as well as Tristan – has replaced the M/V Kelso, a fishing boat that regularly fished around Tristan and carried passengers between the Island and Cape Town in South Africa.

M/V KELSO HAS A NEW NAME

 

By Sarah Glass (Tristan Times)

 

The M/V Baltic Trader – a familiar name in the Falklands as well as Tristan – has replaced the M/V Kelso, a fishing boat that regularly fished around Tristan and carried passengers between the Island and Cape Town in South Africa.

 

According to St Helena’s Chief Police Officer, Royce Hipgrave, The M/V Kelso sailed to St Helena on 10 August but by the time she reached that Island her name had changed to M/Y Titanic.

 

He went on to say that at 07.30hrs on Sunday 16 August 2009, a vessel calling itself “Motor Yacht Titanic” arrived in James Bay in St Helena, making contact with St Helena Radio who in turn notified the Port Authorities and that no advance warning had been given of this ship arriving at St Helena. The Master of the ship notified that there were 14 persons on board and that they had sailed from Cape Town in-route to Grenada in the Caribbean.

 

Police Officers attended the Wharf and using binoculars could still not ascertain a name for the ship. A dinghy was seen to be lowered and boarded by crew members. St Helena Radio was requested to remind the crew that they should not leave the ship without clearance. In view of the lack of identification and the risk factors of Swine Flu and recent hijackings the International Maritime Organisation Number was requested from the vessel. The number given was shown as being registered to “Motor Vessel Kelso”, a Crab Fishing Vessel owned by Ovenstones in Cape Town, South Africa and used in Tristan waters.

 

After some time the Master confirmed that the ship had in fact been the MV Kelso but had been re-registered as MY Titanic in St Kitts.

 

The Chief Police Officer said that following this information and confirmation with computer records, Port Authorities were allowed to board at 12.15hrs the same day. It was confirmed by officers boarding that the name MV Kelso on the hull had been painted over. Officers noted that the name Titanic was displayed on a board above the Wheel House however this was not able to be seen from ashore. Following medical clearance by the Senior Medical Officer, Immigration and Port Authorities carried out their normal procedures. With all documentation for both the ship and crew having been examined and in order, 5 persons including the owner and Master were given clearance to come ashore.

 

The owner explained to authorities that the registration in the name “Motor Yacht Titanic” had only occurred as the selling company, Ovenstones, in Cape Town, South Africa had wished to retain the name Kelso for their replacement vessel. The owner and Master were cooperative throughout and the Captain apologised for the confusion caused over the name change.

 

CPO Royce Hipgrave concluded that all authorities concerned acted in good faith bearing in mind recent events concerning shipping worldwide. The safety of the public and Port Authority Officials remained paramount at all times.

 

MV Kelso was built in 1971 by Hayashikane Ship-builders and was previously named MV Toko Maru. M/Y Titanic can carry 12 passengers.

 

 

 

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