AB Svenska Ostasiatiska Kompaniet
Gothenburg, Sweden.
(The Swedish East Asiatic Company)

m/v NIHON

Off.no: 11266 Build: 1972 Shipyard: Gotaverken-Oresundsvarvet, Landskrona, Sweden. #
Dwt: 35.000 Grt: 50.400 Nrt: ?
Speed: 26 knots   Dim: 275,20 x 32,30 x 23,90 m. Draft: ?
1972: Delivbered to Svenska Ostasiatiska Kompaniet (Broströms), Göteborg, Sweden as NIHON.
1978: Transferred to Broströms Rederi AB, Goteborg, Sweden.
1984: Transferred to AB Transocean, Goteborg, Sweden.
1984: Lengthened in Japan with 14,20 meters. (New tonnage: 40.972 dwt, 55.241 grt).
1984: Sold to Transatlantic Shipping Ltd., Norway. (Swedish flag).
1991: Sold to Det Østasiatiske Kompagni A/S, Denmark (registered in Bahamas).
1993: Sold to The Maersk Co. Ltd., Bahamas and renamed LADBY MAERSK.
1995: Sold to Mediterranean Shipping Co., Panama and renamed LADBY.
1996: Renamed MSC CARLA.
24/11 1997: Broke in two in heavy weather when in the North Atlantic in pos. 39.31 N, 25.01 W. The crew  of 34 were taken off by helicopter and the stern section was taken in tow by the salvage tug FOTIY KRYLOV (5.250/89). The bow section initially remained afloat but sank 30/11 1997 with the loss of over 1.000 containers. The stern section was stabilised and towed for Las Palmas, arriving 20/12 1997. The remaining 587 containers were dicharged and the stern was towed to Spanin for demolition. She was on a passage from Le Havre for Boston with approximately 2.000 containers.