Friday, May 11, 2018

Eastern Confidence waiting

The handy-size bulk carrier Eastern Confidence is anchored high in the Bedford Basin waiting for orders. The Philippine flag ship arrived May 9 for Asian Gypsy Moth inspection. Surprisingly, it then took two tugs (and pilot) and moved to pier 27 to bunker from RST trucks (therefore likely Irving Oil). It then took tugs and pilot to leave the dock and anchored in the Basin. (the extra cost of pilots and tugs, versus taking bunkers while at anchor, must have been justified somehow.)

The ship was built in 2008 by Imabari Zosen, Imabari Japan  as Sat Nunki. It only carried that name for a short time until it was renamed the same year.  It is operated by Hellas Marine Services of Glyfada, Greece for an opaque Panamanian corporation. Despite all this it works in the Orient Shipping Rotterdam fleet, part of the Van Weelde Shipping Group.

Fitted with four 30.5 tonnes cranes and grabs, it measures 17,018 grt, 28,449 dwt. Its last port of call is listed as Havana, Cuba.


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