The vessel on the picture is the 372.000 dwt ULCC "Dena" of NITC. She was delivered from Mitsui in Chiba, Japan on 7 August 1975 as yard No. 996. Here's another picture of her, taken in 1986 or earlier in 1987:
She had one identical sister, built as "Hemland". This vessel later became "Hawaii" and was heavily damaged by Iraqi jets on 29.03.1986. She was demolished as a result, and was bought by Smit International which renamed her "H" (!) and towed her to Kaohsiung, where she arrived on 02.02.1987:
Back to "Dena": She was bought by NITC from Island Navigation (CY Tung group) in 1986, after having been laid up at Port of Spain, Trinidad in the period 10 February 1982 until April 1986.
She was used as a storage vessel (mother ship) at Sirri Island from 24 September 1985 until mid-1986. At this time during the Iran Iraq war, Iraq had stepped up attacks on tankers transporting oil from the Khark terminal in the north end of the Gulf. Iran therefore chartered designated "shuttle tankers" to transport the oil from Khark to the mother ships in the south end of the Gulf, where the customers could pick up the cargoes. These mother ships were moored off Sirri Island, off Lavan Island and in the Straits of Hormuz. The most famous mother ship was the "Seawise Giant" (now "Knock Nevis"), which ended up a wreck after being bombed by the Iraqis at Hormuz:
"Dena" became engaged in the shuttle run from Khark to Hormuz and Larak in mid-1986. She was attacked by Iraqi jets on these dates:
- 29.09.1986 (south of Khark, no significant damage)
- 28.10.1986 (at Khark, hit in engine room, little damage)
- 28.01.1987 (at Larak, fully laden)
- 23.03.1987 (South of Khark)
- 01.07.1987 (in ballast between Hormuz and Khark. Hit on starboard side. Suffered fire. She reached Larak 03.07.1987.