Thursday, November 17, 2011

New Ship: Abdala

Despite its Panamanian flag and Greek listed ownership and management, the bulk carrier Abdala is proudly owned by the people of Cuba, according to press reports that I have found.

Built in Shangai under an agreement between the Cuban and Chinese governments the ship was delivered August 19, 2011 and arrived in Havana October 28 with its first cargo: bagged rice.

The ship is fitted with four cranes of 35 tonne capacity, and it fitted to carry all manner of bulk cargo such as grain, concentrates and timber.

Websites indicate it is owned by Sunnyside Bulk Carriers Inc c/o Nordstrand Maritime & Trading of Piraeus. It measures 22,414 gross tons and 34,938 deadweight tonnes. It is the first in an undisclosed number of ships to built under the agreement.

Abdala arrived this afternoon for bunkers and will be sailing again early this evening. It appears to be in ballast.

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