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Topic review - Kiisla
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  Post subject:  Re: Kiisla  Reply with quote
It ran on the lakes during the winters of 1985-86 and 1986-87. It returned in late 1987 and remained until the fall of 1993. I can confirm, to add to my original post below, that it arrived at Chittagong on 26 October 2014 as Menelaus for demolition.
Post Posted: December 5, 2017, 10:55 am
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What years did this vessel trade on the lakes? I recall it was from the mid-1980s to about 1994. I know I have read somewhere it was used during the winter but I recall seeing it almost year round when I lived in the Port Huron area unless I'm mistaken.
Post Posted: December 4, 2017, 6:32 pm
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The 425-foot Finnish tanker Kiisla ran aground while transiting the North Entrance of Buffalo Harbor on the 29th of December 1989. The ship was inbound with xylene for the Noco Product Terminal in Tonawanda when it strayed from the navigation channel due to reduced visibility from heavy snow squalls and grounded near the #1 green buoy of the Black Rock Canal. She was towed off the rocks by tugboats from Buffalo and then tied up at the Burnette Trucking Dock (formerly the Penn Dixie Dock) on the Buffalo River for Coast Guard inspection. A diver found a 47-inch by 5-inch crack below the waterline at the #1 ballast tank, with a large rock firmly wedged in the outer hull plating, but with no damage to the inner hull or cargo tanks. The ship was cleared to head back to Sarnia to off-load her cargo before repairs could be made.
Post Posted: January 19, 2015, 5:43 pm
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To add to Skip Gillham's discussion of the Kiisla in today's news feed for those keeping score: Early in 2014 the vessel was sold to owners at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Kamchatskiy Krai, Russia (near the Bering Sea) and renamed Menelaus. She apparently failed her overdue survey in August and was suspended from the Russian Maritime Register in October. Equasis now lists her as "broken up," so I'm certain Skip is correct in his conjecture that she was dismantled at Chittagong in the fall and winter of last year.
Post Posted: January 19, 2015, 2:50 pm

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