The Karama Maersk

The Karama Maersk was an Ultra Large Crude Carrier that was built at the Odense Steel Shipyard in Denmark for the A.P. Moller company. Launched on February 11, 1977, the ship was completed three months later on May 20. Denmark-flagged and possessing a steam engine, the ship was part of a fleet of seven different ships that all used female names that began with the letter K.

Each of the oil tankers within that specific fleet were 1,215 feet long and possessed a beam of just over 185 feet. The Karama Maersk had a gross weight tonnage of 167,727 tons and a deadweight tonnage of 337,733 tons.

The useful life of the Karama Maersk nearly came to an end on multiple occasions during 1987 and 1988, though it managed to avoid becoming another casualty from the war between Iran and Iraq. In December 1987, the ship required an escort out of the Persian Gulf from the United States Navy after Iran launched light weapons at the ship.

The Karama Maersk suffered minor damage during its journey from Saudi Arabia to America, then again found itself in the crosshairs of danger in March 1988. That’s when it caught fire after another attack. One final effort at destruction was made on July 2, 1988, when a distress call from the ship came after a trio of Iranian gunboats began firing on it. The United States warship, the Elmer Montgomery, fired a warning shot, ending the conflict.

By 1993, the Karama Maersk was sold by A.P. Moller and given a brand new name, the Concordia I, also becoming Malta-flagged. The ship would remain in operation for another seven years before eventually being scrapped at the Chittagong Ship Breaking Yard, located in Faujdarhat, Bangladesh. Completion of that scrapping came on June 19, 2001.