Sunday, February 17, 2019

Orange is the new black

Tankers do come in all shades these days. The traditional black hull, that might show the least staining from spills, tug fenders and  dock scrapes, has not been abandoned totally. Now however you are likely to see just about any colour in the rainbow. Today's arrival at Irving Oil's Woodside terminal is certainly a case in point.

Isolde, a Liberian flagged chemical and product tanker operated by NSB Niederelbe of Hamburg, carries a vivid orange hull colour. The ship was built in 2008 by Hyundai Mipo, Ulsan as Conti Equator and measuring 23,403 gt, 37,527 dwt. 

The ship only recently changed hands and was renamed with effect January 1, 2019. However NSB continued as technical and commercial managers. It loaded petroleum product in Amsterdam and cleared the Ijmuiden sea lock February1. It arrived off Halifax February 14, but had to await better weather and a clear berth before tying up at mid-day today.

This ship is not the only one with the name Isolde that has called in Halifax. The Wallenius autocarrier, built in 1985 was a regular here, sailing under the Swedish flag. It was broken up for scrap in China in 2016. 


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