Sunday, February 23, 2014

Diamantgracht - oh those 'gracht boats

Another impressive Spliethoff ship was in Halifax today, but only for a few hours to take bunkers. Diamantgracht  is a member of the eight ship "D" type ice class multi-purpose carriers.

While bunkering from Algoma Dartmouth the Diamantgracht exercised its cranes.
With three 120 tonne capacity cranes, and a long clear deck, this ship can carry a variety of heavy and oversize loads such as industrial fabrications and yachts.
Spliethoff's is the largest Dutch shipping company with more than 200 ships is its various divisions. They are invariably distinctive and attractive and represent leading edge ship technology. I know I have made reference to their excellent website many times, but here it is again:
Note the high level wheelhouse for conning the ship when it has a high deck load.
Full specs for this ship are available in the "Fleet" section of the web site, but briefly, it was built in 2009 by Jinling Shipyard in Nanjing, China and measures 13,706 grt, 17,966 deadweight. Its last ports of call were Genoa (January 26) Gibraltar (January 29) and Stephenville, Newfoundland (February 22). On leaving port, it headed south. 

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