Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Princimar Joy- heads to sea during high winds (and returns)

November 9th update:
Princimar Joy returns to Halifax November 9 to complete discharging her cargo (which may consist of not much more than tank washings) with the tug Atlantic Oak.

Original November 6 posting:
The Suezmax tanker Princimar Joy headed out to sea this afternoon due to high winds predicted for tonight. Although the ship came in on November 1 and appeared to have completed unloading at Imperial Oil on Monday, she remained alongside until noon today. The big tankers are not permitted to stay at the refinery berth during high winds for fear of damage to the ship or the dock, and so must head out to sea or to outside anchorage.
As she passed outbound she had the tug Atlantic Oak on a stern line as tethered escort. This means that she still has some crude oil on board. If she had no cargo she would normally not have had an escort. It might also mean that she had some deficiency in her mechanical or navigational systems and was escorted as a precaution.
The ship was built in 2010 and is 83,850 gross tons, 156,493 deadweight. She is owned by a subsidiary of Apollo Global Management (an NYSE traded investment management company) called Principal Marine Management of Southport, CT, USA.
The ship's operations are entrusted to Northern Marine Management of Clydebank, Scotland, in turn a wholly owned subsidiary of Stena AB, but which also manages ships for outside owners.

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