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ESSO International Tankers 1950-1959
Esso Puerto Rico (1) - (1959-1973)
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All photos thanks to Lorenzo (Larry) Basano
 Launch of the "Esso Puerto Rico (1)", in 1959 at the Shipyard at Monfalcone (Italy).
 "Esso Puerto Rico", before gas tanks are placed.
 "Esso Puerto Rico" main deck with gas tanks placed.
 "Esso Puerto Rico" at sea.
"Esso Puerto Rico", see the huge amount of piping.
With Zeppelin.
"Esso Puerto Rico", see the huge amount of piping, for crude and LPG.
 
"Esso Puerto Rico", on the left and the "Esso Deutschland (1)" on the right.
Hamburg July 8th, 1964.
( Photo Copyright Michael Neidig )
 
"Esso Puerto Rico".
 
"Esso Puerto Rico" General Arrangement and her LPG tanks clearly shown.

ESSO  PUERTO  RICO - 1959
Tanker 25278  GRT / 32918 DWT, for Panama Tpt. Co. - PA
Build by dell' Adriatico : Monfalcone : # 1837
Measuremenets 210.3 / 201.2 / 27.5 meter
1 DR Steamturbines, speed 16½ knots
1965 (Esso Tpt. & Tanker Co. Inc. - PA)
1973 EXXON PUERTO RICO (s/o)
Scrapped at Kaohsiung : Arriving 18 July 1976.

The Miramar Ship Index for "ESSO PUERTO RICO"
IDNo:
5108261
Year:
1959
Name:
ESSO PUERTO RICO
Keel:
Type:
Tanker
Launch Date:
22.06.1958
Flag:
PAN
Date of completion:
07.1959

Tons:
25278
Link:
-
DWT:
32918
Yard No:
1837
Length overall:
210.3
Ship Design:
LPP:
201.2
Country of build:
ITA
Beam:
27.5
Builder:
Riuniti Adriatico
Material of build:
Location of yard:
Monfalcone
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
1ST-16.5

Subsequent History:
1973 - EXXON PUERTO RICO

Disposal Data:
Scrapped at Kaohsiung 18.07.1976 [ By Long Jong Industry Co. ]

History:
ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Change
Registered Owner
5108261
1959
ESSO PUERTO RICO
25278
Panama Tpt., Co.
5108261
5108261
1959
ESSO PUERTO RICO
25278
1961
Panama Tpt & Tankers Co., SA
5108261
5108261
1959
ESSO PUERTO RICO
25278
1964
Esso Tpt & Tanker Co., Inc.
5108261
5108261
1959
EXXON PUERTO RICO
25278
1973
Esso Tpt. & Tanker Co. Inc.

Lorenzo (Larry) Basano wrote :

Dear Auke Visser
When I ran into your wonderful internet site, I went back half a century in my life. I spent aboard Esso Ships,
as a Deck Officer, seven years at sea in my youth.
I began in 1957, with the T2 Esso Portland and ended in 1967 with the Esso Colombia (in the years 1963 -1966
I attended a University course in Physics and I graduated in 1969). Since 1969 Iíve been teaching physics at the
University of Genoa.

Here is my record:
Esso Portland, Esso Puerto Rico, Esso Venezia, Esso Aruba, Esso Cristobal, Esso Liguria and Esso Colombia.
Of these ships I remember with special pleasure the Esso Puerto Rico (who is the main subject of the present
letter) for several reasons.
I met her when she was still in the Shipyard at Monfalcone (Italy); she had been designed for transporting both common
oils (as normal tankers do) but also LPG, especially the dangerous Butadiene which had to be handled with great care.
She was then a very unusual ship: as far as I can remember, the Esso Puerto Rico was the largest ship in the world
built for that dual purpose. The deck was a labyrinth of pipes because each of the 33 normal tanks hosted a huge LPG
bottle; each bottle was connected to the pumproom where a dedicated compressor served as a refrigerator to keep the
liquefied gas in all bottles below a certain temperature, to avoid polymerization of the butadiene.
I hope my material may contribute to your splendid site, by bringing some history of the Esso Puerto Rico to the attention
of your internet visitors. Iím sure I have somewhere in my home also a complete plan of the piping of this ship, whom Iíll
never forget.

Yours Sincerely
Lorenzo (Larry) Basano