The bulk carrier Federal Fuji is holding up surprisingly well for a ship of its age. Built in 1986 the bulker is a product of the NKK shipyard in Shimizu, Japan. Measuring 17,814 gross tons and 29,531 deadweight, the ship carries four 25 tonne cranes to work cargo.
When many ships its age are heading for the breakers, this 25 year old is still soldiering on. Part of its secret to longevity is that it was well built and fitted with a reliable Sulzer engine (built in under license.) The ship is a suitable size to use the St.Lawrence Seaway, although it hasn't done so yet this year, nor in 2010. It made two trips to Hamilton, ON in 2009.
The ship was once owned by Fednav, but is now owned by Viken Lakers and is on long term charter to Fednav.
It arrived this afternoon, fully loaded, for bunkers. It has called here several times over the years, particularly when Michelin tire was importing tire cores in bulk.