This oil products tanker was built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Shimonoseki, Japan as their hull #779 and was launched October 4, 1976 as the Texaco Brave (2) for owners Texaco
Canada Ltd., Don Mills, Ont. Originally built as a single-hulled tanker to ice class 1A standards, the ship was constructed outside the British Commonwealth by the granting of a waiver
issued by the Canadian government at the time due to all of the Canadian shipyards being fully booked and Texaco Canada's immediate requirements for additional new tonnage. On January
8, 1977, the Texaco Brave departed on her maiden voyage in ballast from Japan to Hawaii, then on to Port of Spain, Trinidad where a cargo of lube oil was loaded for Toronto, Ont. On
board for the maiden voyage was Anil Soni, later a captain and regional ship inspector for the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, St. Catharines, Ont. The Texaco Brave was
officially registered under the Canadian flag on February 11, 1977.
The tanker was powered by a single Hitachi B&W model 6K45GF single acting, 4-stroke cycle, 6 cylinder 5,300 b.h.p. diesel engine built in 1976 by Hitachi Zosen, Hiroshima Works,
Innoshima, Japan. Burning intermediate grade 180 fuel, the power was fed to a single controllable pitch propeller giving the vessel a service speed of 15.8 m.p.h. The vessel was also
equipped with a 500 h.p. bow thruster. The tanker had 6 zinc-coated cargo tanks, all with deck heaters capable of maintaining temperatures of up to 150.5 degrees F (65.83 degrees C).
These tanks enabled the vessel to carry 9,750 tons up to 64,956 barrels of liquid product at a mid-summer fresh water draft of 25' 01.” Other capacities included 4,096 barrels of fuel
oil and 867 barrels of diesel oil. The tanker displaced 4,034 tons lightweight.
The Texaco Brave sailed for her original owner until 1986, operating on the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway, and the Canadian eastern seaboard including routes to the Arctic.
During this time, there was only one notable incident when, on February 10, 1982, the tanker's mast struck the Quebec Bridge structure over the St. Lawrence River at Quebec, Q.C. after
being pushed by ice and strong currents. Damage was limited to radar and communications equipment.
In 1986, the Texaco Brave began sailing under operation and management of Sofati-Soconav Ltd., Montreal, QC following a10-year agreement with Texaco Canada to move Texaco products.
This agreement continued following the takeover of Texaco Canada by Imperial Oil in 1986. Texaco Brave came under Imperial Oil ownership on September 1, and was renamed Le Brave on
November 11, 1986, remaining under charter to Sofati-Soconav. Sofati-Soconav Ltd. became just Soconav Ltd. in 1993, after which followed a transfer of the operating responsibilities of
the tanker to QMT Navigation Inc. During the 1993/94 winter lay up, the Le Brave received a new electronic chart display and navigation system as part of a $7.6 million Canadian
With a slump in the demand for Canadian tankers, Le Brave was laid up in 1996 at Sorel, Q.C. While in lay up but in stand by status, Le Brave collided with the Turcotte Bridge
over the Richelieu River at Sorel damaging her foredeck and bowsprit, and slightly damaging the bridge structure. The Le Brave, which had been rafted to the tanker L'Orme No.1, was
attempting to move with tug assistance to allow for the departure of the other tanker when the collision occurred. Strong northeasterly winds contributed to the incident.
On November 26, 1996, the Le Brave was moved to Halifax, NS. Following the formal demise of Soconav in early 1997, Imperial Oil had Le Brave drydocked and repainted at Halifax.
After being renamed Imperial St. Lawrence, the tanker returned to service under the ownership and management of Imperial Oil.
Sailing under the Imperial Oil banner was short-lived, as on February 2, 1998, Algoma Central Corporation purchased the Imperial St. Lawrence and her fleet mates Imperial Bedford,
Imperial St. Clair and Imperial Acadia from Imperial Oil Ltd. for $13 million, establishing a new corporate division Algoma Tankers Ltd. Included with the acquisition was a long-term
contract for the movement of Imperial Oil products by Algoma Tankers throughout the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway, and the Canadian east coast. Shortly after being acquired by
Algoma, the tanker entered service under her new name Algoeast. The tanker's name continued the corporate naming prefix "Algo" and "east" reflecting on the Canadian eastern operations
of Imperial Oil.
Algoeast arrived at Port Weller Dry Docks, St. Catharines, Ont., December 20, 1999 for a $5.5 million conversion to a double-hulled tanker including new cargo pumping, heating, and
piping systems. The tanker returned to service April 28th, 2000, proceeding in ballast to Nanticoke, Ont. This was the first conversion of this type completed at the Port Weller yard.
On August 10, 2000, Algoeast grounded outside the deep draft portion of the Amherstburg Channel while upbound in the Detroit River bound for Sarnia, Ont. with bunker C oil. Only
minor damage to the tanker's forepeak and double bottom hull was reported. Then, on February 23, 2001, the Algoeast lost power and became stuck in ice one mile north of the Lake St.
Clair crib light and was pushed by the ice 200' to 300' outside the shipping channel. The tanker was in ballast bound for Nanticoke at the time of the incident. Assistance and
subsequent escorting was provided by the CCGS Samuel Risley. The tanker lost power and rudder control June 18, 2003 and ran soft aground in the St. Lawrence River near Vercheres, Q.C.
by straying out of the main channel. After regaining power and with the use of her bowthruster, the Algoeast was able to free herself and proceeded to Tracy, Q,C. at a reduced speed
for hull inspection. The tanker was proceeding downriver to unload at Tracy / Sorel at the time of the incident.
On June 4, 2003, Algoeast was entered into Transport Canada's "Delegated Statutory Inspection Program" involving extensive ship audits and safety inspections by Transport Canada,
Marine Safety, and Lloyds Register of Shipping.
The winter of 2006/07 saw the Algoeast trade places with fleet mate Algosea to operate out of Halifax, N.S., serving Imperial Oil's customers on the Canadian east coast from their
Dartmouth, N.S. facility. The Algosea, in turn, operated on the Great Lakes from Imperial Oil's Sarnia facility.
Algoeast was sold for overseas use in 2015 and renamed Goeast. On October 6, 2017 the Libyan coast guard shelled Goeast off Abu Kammash, Libya, near the border with Tunisia. The
coast guard suspected the vessel had loaded contraband oil or oil products some two miles off the coast, from a pipeline. She was shelled from 30-mm gun, the shells inflicting holes in
ballast tanks and engine room areas. The action was intended to send a strong message to any future fuel smugglers. Initial reports indicated she had sunk, however AIS showed her in
port at Malta a few days later. At the time of the incident, Goeast was one of four vessels owned by Uvas-Trans, a shipping firm based in Russian-controlled Crimea. It is doubtful the
damages were repaired. She was reported beached at Aliaga, Turkey, for scrapping on July 16, 2018.
Written by George Wharton.