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Launched as RIO TINTO.
"Ypermachos", (ex. "Rio Tinto") at Cádiz, Spain, dock no. 4. Sale refused bynew owners.
( Photo "Museo El Dique" )
Additional information by Antonio Fraidías ;
The spanish tanker RÍO TINTO. She was built at AESA shipyard of Puerto Real (Cádiz), at the end of the
Shortly after she was renamed HYPERMACHOS as she was intended to be sold to a greek owner, who
apparently refused to pay the ship.
A subsidiary company of AESA put her in operation in 1981, after being berthed for a couple of years at
Cádiz shipyard's docks. I joined this company as an engineer at the very beginning of 1982, and left in 1985.
One year later, she was sold to Gotaas Larsen and renamed GOLAR LIZ, and then sold again to another
owner a few years later.
Length o. a.: 343 m
Breadth: 55 m
Draft: 21,5 m
Propulsion plant: General Electric steam turbines (22,500 kW); two Combustion Engineering V2M8 boilers.
The attached photograph "Rio Tinto" is taken by me in 1983, and the ship can be seen while repairing at
Cádiz shipyard. I can remember that we spent the whole year repairing and testing a new designed propeller
they called TVF (Tip Vortex Free). As you can imagine, too much extra work for the ship's engineers (too
many sea trials, drydocking operations, etc.).