Monday, September 19, 2011

A Ten?

In Greek mythology, Afrodite was the goddess of love and beauty. Therefore she would presumably rate as a "ten", just as her Roman counterpart Venus. The chemical/oil products tanker Afrodite would probably not score a "ten" in the beauty department, but because she is operated by Tsakos Energy Navigation [NYSE] she gets to carry TEN on her sides.

The ice class, double hulled tanker is owned in Greece and registered in the Bahamas. A Handymax ship, she measures 30,053 gross tons and 53,082 deadweight, and was built in 2005. Recent charters include delivering a year's supply of JP-8 fuel to the US base in Thule, Greenland in July for the US Military Sealift Command. The northerly base is only ice free from mid-June to mid-September, and must take on most of its yearly needs in that short time.

Trading on the spot market, the ship is en route from the Caribbean, and apparently has no cargo for Halifax. She is due to sail from anchorage this afternoon.

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