Thursday, June 28, 2012

Skomvaer - recalls Norwegian barque

1. Skomvaer arrives at anchor.
The bulker Skomvaer arrived this morning for bunkers with a cargo of grain from Baie-Comeau.
Built in 2010 by Yangzhou Dayang in Yangzhou, China, the ship measures 32,839 gross tons and an even 58,000 deadweight tonnes. She does not appear to be fully loaded.
The ship's name recalls one of the most famous and largest Norwegian sailing vessels, the 1890 steel-hulled barque Skomvaer which survived until 1921, criss crossing the world in the final days of commercial sail. That ship in turn was named for a lighthouse and point of land in the Lofoten Archipelago, one of  Norway's remotest outposts.
The current ship is operated by Scantank AS of Oslo, a four ship company, and is registered in the Marshall Islands.  It is fitted with four cranes allowing it to discharge bulk cargoes such as ore and coal. Grain requires more delicate handling however, and is usually removed by conveyor of suction device.
2. Taking bunkers. Note the clamshell grabs on deck.

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