The Zante went through three different names in the 27 years that it existed, though it’s not to be confused with earlier ships that shared its original name before perishing under wartime conditions. This version was launched on September 13, 1974 before being completed on February 27, 1975, and was built at the Ishikawajima Harima Heavy Industries’ Chita Yard in Japan.
Beginning its useful life as the Tokuyama Maru, the ship was a Very Large Crude Carriers with a Kawasaki steam turbine engine. It was built for Idemitsu Tanker and has a gross wright tonnage of 132,798 tons, a deadweight tonnage of 256,797 tons and a net tonnage of slightly under 101,000 tons.
The Tokyama Maru had an International Maritime Organization (IMO) number of 7372660. It possessed a length of 1,106 feet, a beam of 179 feet, a depth of 89 feet and a draft of 65 feet.cargo capacity of slightly more than 391,000 cubic feet. When it comes to the length between perpendiculars, otherwise known as LPP, that number is 1,050 feet. The vessel moved at a rate of 16.2 knots and consumed approximately 175 gallons per hour.
The ship was first sold to Takatsuki Shipholding, which quickly changed its name to the Takatsuki after the purchase was completed in 1989. Four years later, the final name change made it the Zante, in recognition of its new owner, the Zante Shipping Company. Until it was sold to Zante Shipping, this vessel was Japan-flagged but then became Greece-flagged for the remainder of its operation.
When the ship was no longer of any use to Zante Shipping, it met the same fate that many other ships like it did: a visit to the Chittagong Shipyard in Faujdarhat, Bangladesh. In this particular case, the ship was officially scrapped in March 2002.