Thursday, July 9, 2015

Opera Stars

Wallenius Lines Tosca sailed this afternoon after discharging construction and farm vehilces at pier 30 yesterday and autos at Autoport last night and today. The ship carries the name of an opera and the name of the main character.

Although based on a French play written by Victorien Sardou as a vehicle for Sarah Bernhardt, it was not until Puccini wrote the opera that the name Tosca became synonymous with opera. The title soprano role was best interpreted by Maria Callas who sang it first in 1942 and throughout her stellar career until her last performance in 1965. (Callas was also famed for a long running affair with the Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.)
The ship Tosca operates under the Wallenius-Wilhelmsen banner, which allows both companies to name ships in company style (Wallenius after opera character, Wilhelmsen ships names begin with the letter "T")   and paint them in company colours- green and orange respectively.

As Tosca sailed another star appeared, the wood chip carrier Stellar Sunrise, which is anchored waiting to load in Sheet Harbour, NS.

Tosca Singapore flag, 61,106 grt, 22,585 dwt, built 2013 Mitsubishi, Nagasaki, 6,459 car capacity, operated by Wallenius Marine, Singapore.
Stellar Sunrise, Panama flag, 43,855 grt, 53,979 dwt, built 2013 Oshima, Saiki, Japan, operated by NYK Line.


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