RMS  St. HELENA

SOLD NEW NAME: MNG TAHITI

IMO 8716306

Registered Owner: St Helena Line Ltd. - UK  - Beneficial owner: Andrew Weir. - Operator: St Helena Line Ltd. - UK operated on behalf of Royal Mail Group Ltd.

April 18-2018 The RMS St HELENA, Britain’s last working postal ship, was for nearly three decades the main source of contact between one of humanity’s remotest islands and the outside world. Now the ship, cherished by the 4,500 residents of British-ruled St. Helena, will start a new life as a floating armoury, packed with automatic weapons, bullet-proof jackets and night vision goggles, all stored for maritime security operatives. Renamed the MNG TAHITI, the 340-foot ship will undergo some tweaks before sailing to the Gulf of Oman where it will be used to ferry guns and guards to passing vessels navigating stretches of water lurking with pirates, its new operator said on Tuesday “The ship is good to go with a few adjustments,” said Mark Gray, a former British Royal Marine and founder of floating armoury firm MNG Maritime.“By the middle of the year we hope to have her operating.” Tahiti Shipping, a subsidiary of MNG Maritime, bought the ship for an undisclosed fee on Tuesday, the St. Helena government said in a statement. The construction last year of a commercial airport on the isolated island in the middle of the South Atlantic rendered the 156-passenger ship obsolete, prompting St. Helena authorities to put it up for sale and begin planning a gala farewell. Before weekly flights to South Africa began in October, a five-night voyage to Cape Town on the St HELENA was the only major transport route off an island made famous as the windswept outpost where French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte died. The yellow-funnelled ship was purpose-built by the British government in 1989 to service the island and is the last of a royal mail fleet that once connected the far-flung tentacles of the old British Empire. Its final voyage was marked with a public holiday on St. Helena, with flag-waving crowds gathering on the rocky coastline to catch one last glimpse of the ship that had delivered them everything from car parts to Christmas turkeys. A flotilla of fishing vessels and yachts flanked the ship with those on board popping champagne corks as plumes of balloons were released into the sky to cheers from St. Helena residents, known locally as “Saints”. “I fully appreciate the role this vessel has played in all Saints’ lives,” MNG Maritime’s Gray said. “It is not a responsibility we take on lightly. We will continue to treat her in the manner to which she has become accustomed.” Source : Reuters 
Oct.-2017 St Helena Line is planning to withdraw the passenger cargo Royal Mail Ship St Helena from service in February 2018.
“With the start of scheduled passenger flights to St Helena on 14 October 2017 providing the main passenger access to the Island, the RMS St Helena will be withdrawn from service,” SHL said.The company added that it has appointed London shipbroker CW Kellock & Co Ltd to handle the sale of the ship.
Dec. 20-2016 The new island airport is almost impossible to use because of serious wind shear on the south facing runway. However, problems with bringing the airport into operation for the start of first scheduled airlinks with South Africa, resulted in ST.HELENA being retained in service to Cape Town with regular southbound calls and Ascension Island until february 2018
April 10-2016 St Helena Line is to withdraw the passenger cargo Royal Mail ship St Helena from service in July 2016 and has appointed London ship broker CW Kellock & Co Ltd to handle her sale.
Operated by St Helena Line Ltd (SHL) on behalf of the St Helena Government (SHG), she has been part of the Island’s history for over quarter of a century and provided the sole regular means of access to the island, a remote UK Overseas Territory located 1,200 miles off the West coast of Africa in the South Atlantic.
She has become superfluous since the island by commercial plane reached.
Passenger/cargoliner  that serves the British overseas territory of Saint Helena. It sails between Cape Town and Saint Helena with regular shuttles continuing to Ascension Island. Some voyages also serve Walvis Bay on route to/from, or occasionally instead of, Cape Town. It also visits Portland, Dorset, England twice a year with normal calls in the Spanish ports of Vigo (Northbound) and Tenerife (Southbound). It is one of the last remaining ocean-going ships to carry the designation RMS (Royal Mail Ship).

Entered service: 1990 - Gross tonnage: 6.767 - Pass. cap. lower beds: 112 - All berths: 156 - Passenger decks: 4 - Length: 105 m.-  Beam: 19,20 m. - Drive: 2 diesel engines make Mirlees - Type 6K major -   total output 6.534 kW. - Propulsion: 2 KaMeWa controllable pitch propellers - Service speed: 14.5 knots - Max. speed: 16,5 knots - Built: A.P.Appledore  - Scotland - Yard no: 1000 - Classification: Lloyds Register - Flag: UK - one of world's last passenger cargo liners and one of four mail liners .

    Passenger Space Ratio at all berths 52,86

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