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.
The M.V.AARO was one of a new breed of dry cargo ships ordered by the Ellerman Wilson Line she was to be built and launched at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb, part of a three ship order from one of the yards best customers the Ellerman Group.
The M.V.AARO would be operated by the Wilson Line and would primarily be used on the London to Copenhagen route (See the 3rd Mates Story below)
She was a fast modern design for the time with her bridge set further aft than previous ships for the line but she still had an after hold.
The AARO was to serve the Wilson line from her launch in 1960 up to being sold in 1972 along with a few other ships as the Ellerman Group of companies was restructuring.
She was sold to the Maldive Islands who knew a good ship when they seen one, it seemed that a lot of Henry Robb built ships would end up working for shipping interests connected to this group of Islands in the Indian Ocean.
She was to be re-named a few times before ending up in the ship graveyard of Gadani Beach.
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.