Thursday, March 28, 2013

Four Turandot - colourful bulker bound for Sept-Iles

Another ship for Sept-Iles arrived today - for a CFIA asian gypsy moth inspection. It did not take bunkers, and sailed within a few hours.
Built in 2012 by SPP Shipbuilding Co Ltd's Tongjoung Shipyard in South Korea, it is a typical handysize bulker of 23,456 gross tons and 33,428 deadweight. It is fitted with four 35 tonne cranes with grabs to permit self loading and unloading.The ship is operated by Four Handy Ltd of England, which is an offshoot of the Italian Premuda Group of Genoa.

It is interesting to trace some of the ship's recent movements: In May 2012 it was in Kwinana, Western Australia, and in August in Fiji and Zhangjianang, China, in October in Ghent Belgium and Silvertown (sugar port for London) and in February of this year in Long Beach, California.  Its last "port" was the Atlantic anchorages of the Panama Canal.
Since the ship is loaded and bound for Sept-Iles, it is likely carrying alumina or bauxite for the Alouette aluminum smelter.

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