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« on: October 28, 2018, 01:26:26 pm »

Stephen B is destined for Ceuta. Possibly for scrap? Anyone have any info?
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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2018, 02:27:36 am »

I have done some digging to figure out the fate of this vessel but have had little luck so far. What I do know is that ownership of the vessel was taken over by McKeil Marine Ltd. from Algoma Central Corp. in early 2017, and she was laid up in Toronto in March of that same year, having not moved since.

A little over a week ago, Boatnerd website posted a news update stating that the vessel’s Canadian registry had closed on October 10, and she was scheduled to depart Toronto for Montreal on October 20, where her future ownership/fate would be further decided. Her registry has been changed to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, suggesting a possible move/change of ownership to come soon, but she has obviously been delayed, as she still sits in Toronto currently. The reason for the delay by Boatnerd has been listed as, “approval from the required authorities.” Other speculation on Boatnerd’s forum has stated that availability for a pilot could be the reason for delay.

As for the vessel’s fate, there is no clearly stated destination that I could find, but several possible options have been listed on the Boatnerd forum, those being:
-she travels overseas, (most likely Turkey) under her own power to be scrapped
-she travels overseas under tow to be scrapped
-a Caribbean firm has taken ownership of the vessel and she will re-enter service in that area

Of course this is all speculation, but the last option (Caribbean purchase) makes the most sense for the current situation.

There is not a lot of concrete evidence currently about the vessel’s future, but this is what I have been able to dig up so far, and Boatnerd is my best bet for future updates.

If you would like me to post links to the forum topics and news postings about the vessel,  I will gladly do so. As for now, I will keep my eye out for future updates, and try to remember to post them here when I see them.
Hope this has helped!
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2018, 08:03:28 am »

I don't think there is any scrapping capacity in Ceuta. Probably Ceuta is just a bunker stop enroute Aliaga, Turkey.
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« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2018, 01:03:19 pm »

Thank-you for the information. There will need to be some work done to allow for ocean travel. It looks like she is leaving the Great Lakes!
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« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2018, 01:59:17 pm »

Just left Toronto presumably for the last time. Destination Halifax. Under new flag St Vincent Grenadines. Nice to see her go under her own power.
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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2018, 05:22:15 pm »

Hi there!
The Equasis-Status ist "To Be Broken Up" since 30th October 2018.
Sad to say but i would put my bet on Aliaga.
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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2018, 10:29:34 pm »

The cycle of life. Perhaps some of her steel will go back into another vessel. I was told by a Coast Guard Capt. that this vessel was the fastest on the Great Lakes at one time. She also has some tragedy in her history.
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« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2018, 04:19:27 am »

Stephen B Roman now headed towards Bermuda, according to AIS.
She never actually docked in Halifax, only met with the launcher Eastcom, assumingly to drop off Canadian crew that assisted navigation through Canadian waters. Redwise is the Dutch ship delivery company that has been providing proper management and crew for the voyage.

Anyone know why she would be headed to Bermuda if she was bound for scrap? Is there a scrapper in Bermuda or somewhere else in that general southern direction that she’s possibly headed for, rather than the typical trip east?
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« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2018, 09:53:01 pm »

The consensus in the thread above is that she is enroute Aliaga with bunkering stops along the way.
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« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2018, 06:59:16 pm »

Perhaps safer way across winter North Atlantic via Bermuda, St Vincent or Azores.
On the other hand, there are shipbreakers in Dominican Rep and in Cuba.
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« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2018, 02:13:55 pm »

Headed east, currently pointed at the Med. with no new destination.
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« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2018, 03:27:18 pm »

Destination Aliaga. SteKrueBe, Tristin Woolf and rd77 guessed it correct.
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« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2018, 07:50:39 pm »

She has shown back up on AIS, currently about 260 miles west of Casablanca.

ETA Aliaga 16 Dec 13:00 UTC+3
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« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2018, 02:24:23 pm »

It is certainly an epic voyage for an old laker!
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