The Olympic Legacy

MV Olympic Legacy
The largest ever vessel to berth at Immingham Oil Terminal.

On Sunday afternoon, 21st September 2003 the “Olympic Legacy”, a VLCC arrived at Immingham Oil Terminal.

The vessel was smoothly and safely moored at Berth 1, with 130,000 tonnes of Bonny Crude Oil from Nigeria. The vessel was partly laden with a draft of 11.80 metres - having discharged 137,000 tonnes at Dunkerque for Total’s Normandy Refinery.

The “Olympic Legacy” discharged its cargo in 28 hours and sailed on the high tide at 0230 hours on the morning of Tuesday 23rd September - bound for the Persian Gulf to load another cargo of Crude Oil.

Some vital statistics of the vessel :-

  • Built 1996
  • Owner The Onassis Group
  • Double Hull
  • 26 Crew - Greek Officers and Engineers with Honduran crew
  • Length overall 332m / Beam 58m / Max Speed 15.25 knots / Draught 22m
  • No. of tanks 15
  • Cargo Capacity 339,688 tonnes or 2,136,000 barrels

Photos by Herbert Ballard and by kind permission of ABP Pilot, Andy Penney and Associated Petroleum Terminals Limited.

A beam to be proud of

A long climb for the pilot

A view from the bridge approaching close to Spurn Point

Rounding Spurn Point

Taking tugs at Sunk Spit

Large ship dwarfed as she passes outwards to sea

Tugs make ready to push the vessel to the Immingham Oil Terminal

The Pilots and Master make last minute preparations

The giant approaches its berth

Making fast

Dusk washes over the foredeck

Dawn breaks over the bow