Saturday, July 7, 2012

DS Crown - underway

1. The ship's massive size is impreessive from any angle.
The VLCC DS Crown got underway this morning after a period at anchor, during which it was renamed. The former Front Crown left port for the English Channel, giving its destination as "Falmouth for orders". Meaning that the ship has no fixed destination, and could be diverted anywhere if orders come in before it reaches Falmouth. Its owners have decided that heading east is the best bet for the unemployed ship at this point. If no work comes about by the time it reacheds Falmouth, it will be put to anchor somewhere in North Europe.
2. Underway its huge rudder is turning the ship to head outbound. No wonder pilots have to be able bodied-it's a long climb up that ladder and gangway.

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