Friday, May 16, 2014

Unusual tankers in the Basin

On paper they seem to be just two more of the typical handy size 50,000 dwt South Korean-built chemical/product tankers that have proliferated in Halifax since Imperial Oil stopped refining in Dartmouth. However on closer inspection they are a little different.

NCC Rabigh was indeed built in 2007 by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Ulsan, 29,573 gt, 45,951 dwt. What makes it slightly different is that is owned by National Chemical Carriers of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. One of 24 ships in the NCC fleet, it is also part of Bahri, the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia. By coincidence, Bahri Tabuk, a Saudi ConRo was also in port today. The tanker arrived early this morning from New York and anchored in the Basin awaiting at turn at Imperial Oil.
 See more on NCC and Bahri at

One might think that an Italian flag tanker would be best suited to moderate climes, by Cenito is an ice 1A1 vessel, deemed to be "Super Ice" by its owners, L.G.R. di Navigazione, Naples. Built by Guangzhou International Shipyard in China, the ship measures 29,313 grt, 53,116 dwt. It features a full width bridge and larger accommodation. It is managed through Denmark in the Hafnia pool with other similar tankers.
The penguin profile on the bridge front is a common motif for ships that boast of high ice class.
For more on L.G.R see their web site:


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