20 Years On: Another “Linda Oldendorff”

18th September 2014

Her sister vessel, MV "Lavinia Oldendorff" had been sold in June 2013 to our Greek shipowner friends Laskaridis Shipping / Lavinia Corp. with an up to 10 year BB charter back to Oldendorff Carriers. The namegiving for “Lavinia Oldendorff” was performed by Evi Lazhou on the same day. Our Hyundai series, of which 6 ships were delivered in 2014 and 2015, is currently one of the lowest consumption Newcastlemax types in the market.

Exactly 20 years earlier, the same Linda Oldendorff had already christened the previous MV “Linda Oldendorff”, which was a 75,300 tdw Panamax bulk carrier, delivered in 1995 from Danish shipyard Burmeister & Wain.  The sponsor was only 1.5 years old at the time, but still performed the ceremony gracefully. Although the vessel was to become one of the last ships built at the famous B&W shipyard, its president Cato Sverdrup hosted a memorable lunch at Copenhagen’s Langelinie Pavillonen, where little Linda was given her namegiving necklace. 

Twenty  years are between the pictures and during this period, OLDENDORFF CARRIERS has been transformed from a medium size German shipowner to a leading drybulk operator with a global network of trades. 1995 was also the year, which saw the birth of “Concept Carriers”, one of our first serious moves into pure drybulk cargo operations. The company was merged into OLDENDORFF CARRIERS in January 2001.