Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Loneliness of the Long-distance Bulker

The bulk carrier Tai Prize arrived early this morning for bunkers and sailed just as the sun had gone off the shore of Macnab's Island. The Taiwanese owned, Panama flag vessel was built in 2001, with a gross tonnage of 38,382, and a deadweight tonnage of 73,000.

The ship is carrying iron ore from Sept-Iles, QC and as far as I can determine her next port is Singapore, which she expects to reach sometime in early January.

That is a long time between port calls, so it was just as well she topped up the fuel tanks before setting out.

As with most ships of her type she is strictly utilitarian.


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