RMS St Helena becomes a floating armory

A famous ship that has plied the South Atlantic since 1990 has found a new owner and a new mode of business.

The passenger cargo ship Royal Mail Ship (RMS) St Helena has been sold to MNG Maritime and will now become a floating armory in the Arabian Gulf. MNG Maritime was founded by Mark Gray, a former British Royal Marine. The ship has been renamed MNG Tahiti and is expected to start operations in a couple of months’ time.

Until this February the ship had been the sole regular means of access to the island of St Helena, a UK overseas territory located 1,200 miles off the west coast of Africa in the South Atlantic. Regular scheduled passenger flights to St Helena have now made the vessel’s original purpose redundant.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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