West India Line, which operated in the Caribbean trade, has completed its liquidation with the sale of the remaining seven ships in its fleet.
The sale was handled through sealed bids by Jacq. Pierot Jr. & Sons Inc., the New York ship brokerage company. Seven other ships in the West India fleet had been sold previously. Prices were not disclosed.The seven ships are the Inagua Spray, Inagua Sound, Inagua Beach, Inagua Ranger 2, Inagua Trader 2, Inagua Surf and Inagua Espana. The sale of the Inagua Surf was conditional, a spokesman for Jacq. Pierot said. The vessels are to be delivered by March 31.
The ships are small roll-on roll-off vessels designed for use in ports with difficult loading conditions such as those encountered frequently in the Caribbean.
Six of the seven vessels have capacities of 2,000 deadweight tons each. The seventh, the Inagua Spray, has a capacity of 16,082 dwt.
The ships were built between 1966 and 1979. The Inagua Espana was built in Spain; the rest in the United States. All fly the Panamanian flag.
Buyers of the ships were not identified, but Jacq. Pierot said two of the buyers were Greek, one Canadian, one Panamanian and one Norwegian. One was bought by Norwegian and U.S. interests. The nationality of the buyer of the Inagua Surf was not revealed.
West India, which ceased operation several months ago, is not connected to West Indies Trans port, another company involved in the Caribbean trade.