© Gustav Schneider Collection.
IDNo: 8012970 – Year: 1981 – Name: BAHIA PARAISO – Keel: 1.10.79 – Type: Passenger/cargo (Troopship) – Launch Date: 3.7.80 – Flag: ARG – Date of completion: 5.11.81 – GRT: 5270 – DWT: 9200 – Yard No: 147 – Length overall: 132.7 – LPP: 117.7 – Country of build: ARG – Beam: 19.5 – Builder: Astilleros Principe y Menghi S.A. – Avellaneda.
Machinery Overview: 2 oil engines single reduction geared to screw shafts driving 2 CP propellers – Total Power: Mcr 8,826kW (12,000hp) – Service Speed: 18.00kts.
Prime Mover Detail: Design: Sulzer, Engine Builder: Cie de Constructions Mecaniques (CCM), procede Sulzer – France – 2 x 8ZL40/48, 4 Stroke, Single Acting, In-Line (Vertical) – 8 Cy. 400 x 480, Mcr: 4,413 kW (6,000 hp) at 560 rpm.
On January 28, 1989 the Argentine Polar Transporter BAHÍA PARAÍSO ran aground near Janus and DeLaca islands less than two miles from Palmer Station. The ship was en route to resupply the Argentine stations in the vicinity and had called on Palmer Station to allow the tourists on board an opportunity to visit. Although no passengers or crew members were injured as a result of the accident, diesel fuel and other petroleum products (Estimated at 600,000 liters spilled) began leaking from the hull. This presented a great threat to the environment and on-going research in the area.
Casualty report from IHSF:
- STRANDED IN BISMARCK STRAIT ON 28/1/89 IN HEAVY WEATHER. SUBSEQUENTLY CAPSIZED AND PART-SUBMERGED IN LAT. 64 46S., LONG. 64 06W.HULL AND ENGINE ROOM DAMAGED. 300 PASSENGERS RESCUED. OIL POLLUTION REPORTED. (Cargo Status Loaded / Cargo Passengers Fuel Oil / Pollution Occurred / Pollution Details 600000 Litres Oil)
Disposal Data: wrecked Bismarck Strait, Antarctica 28.1.89 & sank 1.2.89.