Built in 2013 by Qidong Daoda Marine in Qidong, China, the Seahorse 35 class handysize bulker Hanze Goteborg is owned by the Dutch investment house Hanzevast Capital NV of Hilversum, and is registered in the Netherlands. It measures 24,120 grt, 35,000 dwt and carries four 30.5 mt cranes with motorized grabs for cargo work.
The hull features a vertical stem and no bulbous bow and many other features for efficient and "green" operation: SEAHORSE-35-Brochure
This ship specializes in carrying bulk food stuffs such as grains, and has been a magnet for ship photographers wherever it goes due to its distinctive appearance. There are lots of photos on line:
Google images and on a photo on Shipshots
Hanze Goteborg was in St.John's November 25- 26 arriving there from Bull Arm, but it was reported to have sailed from Savannah, GA November 11. There would seem to be no purpose for it to call in Newfoundland unless it had some damage and needed repair. On leaving Halifax this morning it did not give a destination on AIS, but was heading generally southward. That could mean it was taking a more southerly route toward Gibraltar or Europe.
The last time the ship made the news it was loaded with soybeans when it ran aground in Portsmouth, VA due to steering failure, February 25, 2014. It was freed by tugs with no damage.