The Nai Superba
The Nai Superba was a was an Ultra Large Crude Carrier that was launched on March 2, 1978, before being completed five months later. Boosted by a steam engine, the ship had a gross tonnage of 198,783, a deadweight tonnage of 409,400 and a length of 1,253 feet. In addition, its beam was just under 208 feet.
Along with its sister ship, the Nai Genova, the Superba was built at the Eriksbergs Mekaniska Verkstads AB shipyard in Goteborg, Sweden. Due to financial issues that had begun when Japanese shipyards began to exert a level of dominance within the industry, those ships were among the last built at that facility before it closed in 1979.
Over the course of its time on the water, the Nai Superba underwent many name changes, beginning in 1985, when it was sold by its original owner, Nav Alta Italia, SpA. That sale to Zenit Hera Sg., Inc., was a brief attempt by the company to expand its brand by simply renaming the ship the Zenit Hera. That proved to be an unsuccessful marketing gimmick, which led to a sale to Blinder Marine in 1986. After then being renamed the Nanny, the ship was once again sold by the end of the year, this time to the Walhalia General Sg., Corp.
After that turbulent span, things calmed down for the yet-again renamed Parthenon. While the ship was primarily known as an oil ship, it also transported chemicals to ports around the world. Despite that versatility, the ship was again sold in 1997 to the Truman Sg. Corp, and once again renamed the Sea Splendor.
Three additional years of economic struggles continued until the decision was made in 2000 to scrap the Nai Superba. It was then transported to the Chittagong Ship Breaking Yard in Faujdarhat, Bangladesh.