The crude tanker Godavari Spirit topped up its bunkers today at anchorage number one. After unloading a cargo of crude oil in Saint John earlier in the week, the ship made its way to Halifax for the fuel. The Port of Saint John does not provide a bunkering service, in part at least because the Canaport unloading buoy is in an exposed anchorage. Sea conditions are often not suitable for refueling.
(Ships unload through the buoy and an undersea pipeline to shore storage tanks. The oil is then sent by terrestrial pipeline to the refinery.)
Godavari Spirit flies the flag of Malta now, after switching from Bahamas flag last year. The ship is a little larger than the usual tankers that call in Halifax, at 81,074 gross tons, 159,106 deadweight. It was built in 2004 as Athenean Glory, and carried the name Angelica from 2004 to 2007, when it was acquired by present owners Teekay Shipping. Teekay has offices in Vancouver, but this ship seems to be run by their Bermuda and Glasgow, Scotland offices.