Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Advantage Point for Imperial

 Today (November 29) marked the arrival of an unusual tanker from an unusual port. The tanker is named Advantage Point, sailing in the Norient Tanker Pool.

Built in 2006 by Hyundai Mipo, Ulsan, it is a 23,356 gt, 37,029 dwt MR tanker, which was originally named Baltic Force (until 2017). That name, plus the full width enclosed bridge wings suggest that it is an ice class vessel. The Norient Pool (a joint venture between the Danish Norden and the Cypriot Interorient) operates around 130 tankers, most from Norden.

Normally Imperial Oil brings in refined product from its own Canadian refineries, or from Antwerp, Belgium. However this ship is arriving from New York, but with an interesting prior itinerary. Starting in Lavera, France October 28-November 1, the ship stopped in New York, November 16-19, Philadelphia November 19-21, Baltimore November 22-24, and New York November 24-27. 

Since the giant Lavera refinery [210,000 bbd] and chemical complex produces every imagineable kind of refined product, it is likely the ship was carrying some specialty products to the US ports, but has now brought more standard consumer goods such as gasoline and diesel fuel to Halifax for local use.


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