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DP-ZPS-7- Yard No 525 - Crane Barge - Zarzad Portu Szczecin - Built 1979

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DP-ZPS-7 Ship No 525
Owners    Port of Szczecin
Registered     Keel Laid    07/06/1978
Type of Ship    Self propelled floating crane barge Launched    10/05/1979
      Handed Over    11/09/1979
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    36.6 m Weather    
Beam    18.5 m Time to Water    
Depth Mld     3.66 m      
DWT    285.5 tonnes      
Speed    6 knots      
Other known names        
Current Status    Believed to be still operating in the port.    
As content becomes available it will be added here. 
The above picture of the Floating Crane Barge-DP-ZPS-7 from the Shipspotting website
Ships History

Once a ship had been built and launched she then had to be out-fitted, and then complete sea trials
before being handed over to her new owners, who would look to have that ship at sea, as long as possible to pay for her build costs and of course to make the company good profits.

To this end one company may have had no requirement for a particular ship after a time and would then sell her on just like any other disposable commodity.
Hence a ship may have had a few owners and would go through many changes and names during what was hoped for a long and successful working life.



This was the first order that the Leith Shipyards of Robb Caledon (Formerly known as Henry Robb) was to receive from the new consortium of British Shipbuilders which had been formed by the Government to try and streamline and improve the competitiveness of the British yards.

The order was for two motor Crane Barges for use in the Polish Port of Zarzad Portu Szczecin this was the total order for the Leith Shipyards from a 50 ship order which told you at the time that British Shipbuilders group had no real interest in the smaller shipyards of the British Isles, they were only really interested in the larger centres which of course had many more workers and therefore a larger voter base to try and manipulate.

While it was a welcome order at the time after the yard had been virtually empty for 6 months or so and many had lost there job, it was a pittance from a group and a government that really did not care nor as it transpired had any real clue how to run such a group dedicated to commercial shipbuilding.

The two barges were built at the same time and although they consisted of a fair amount of steelwork there was little outfitting in these vessels so all the uncertainty of the future hung over all who worked in the yard at the time.

It was not a very good time to be working there but at least it was a job when all around the country jobs were being shed in most of the manufacturing industries.

This was the time when British Shipbuilders should have been investing in new plant and machinery, not just promising and threatning people with the loss of jobs.

The second Crane Barge was given a number rather than a name and she was christened with the following DP-ZPS-7 and as far as I am aware they are still operating in Poland to this day, or perhaps someone can tells us different.



We try here to give as full an account of her history as time and research permits, if you know of missing info or you have any photographs of her, then please get in touch and we shall update her story as we go along.


Tales from the Ship

Here you will find the stories from the men and women who sailed on the ships, what was it really like to be working on a ship in a raging sea and in the pitch dark of night, the real stories some funny some sad, some good and some bad.

Dedicated to all the brave men and women who sailed the vessels from the Leith Shipyards.

Should you know of anyone who may have sailed on her, then please feel free to get in touch so that we can add the story here.


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