SS Bridgeton

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Bridgeton c.1993
Bridgeton, 1993
  • 1976: al-Rekkah
  • 1987: Bridgeton
  • 1997: Pacific Blue
  • 1976: Kuwait Oil Tanker Company
  • 1987: Chesapeake Shipping, Inc.
  • before 1997: Keystone Shipping Company
  • 1997: Kafa Navigation Corporation
Port of registry:
Builder: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki
Yard number: 1744
Launched: August 14, 1976
In service: 1977
Out of service: 2002
Fate: Scrapped by Haryana Ship Demolition, Alang, 2002
General characteristics
Class and type: Tank Ship, ULCC
Length: 1,158.5 ft (353.1 m)
Beam: 229.9 ft (70.1 m)
Draft: 96.2 ft (29.3 m)
Propulsion: Kawasaki Steam
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h)
Notes: References[1][2]

MV Bridgeton, ex-al-Rekkah, was a Kuwait Oil Company oil tanker that was reflagged during Operation Earnest Will.

Ordered and built as al-Rekkah, the ship was built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in its Nagasaki shipyard and launched August 14, 1976.

In 1987, the United States agreed to Kuwaiti requests to provide naval escorts for its tankers on the condition that the civilian ships be reflagged under U.S. flag. al-Rekkah was perforce renamed Bridgeton. On July 24, 1987, Bridgeton was part of the first Earnest Will convoy when it struck an Iranian mine near Farsi Island. The explosion breached the outer hull and the forward cargo tanks, spilling oily residue. The ship sailed to Dubai Drydock Shipyard for repair. The mining prompted Operation Prime Chance, a secret effort to stop more minelaying. In September 1987, Iran Ajr was discovered laying mines, captured and scuttled by U.S. forces.

Some of the reflagged tankers returned to Kuwaiti flags in January 1989, but Bridgeton and several others remained U.S.-flagged.[3]

In the late 1990s, Bridgeton transferred to Panamanian registry and was renamed Pacific Blue.[citation needed]

The supertanker was scrapped in 2002 at Haryana Ship Demolition in Alang, India.[citation needed]


  1. ^ United States Coast Guard. PSIX data for vessel VN87004830. Accessed August 31, 2008.
  2. ^ Auke Visser´s International Super Tankers.
  3. ^ "6 Kuwaiti Tankers Reportedly Ending U.S. Flag Protection". Los Angeles Times. January 19, 1989. p. 5.