The second arrived last night too, but went directly to number four dock at Imperial Oil.
My recent comments about inappropriate ship naming have really been exemplified with this one. FPMC 21 is a typical product tanker, and is owned by the Formosa Plastic Marine Corp of Taipei, Taiwan. Its name typifies the corporate approach to ships that we are seeing more and more. To its owner, it is merely another tool or machine and does not warrant the dignity of a proper name. It will be thrown away when it is used up and no one will shed a tear, because a bigger and better one will take its place. In 20 years or so there will be a FPMC 21b or FPMC 41 sailing these seas.
It's too bad that an ancient tradition of treating ships as something special and even wonderful, and giving them a name of significance is fading fast.
FPMC has achieved new heights of wierdness with its ship naming - have a look at their website, particularly the fleet list: http://www.fpmc.com.tw/