Ships In Port

Overseas Fran
January 27, 2009, 4:47 pm
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The tanker that’s here today, the Overseas Fran is very similar to the Overseas Shirley. It is owned by the same company (with their same criminal record), is the same class (Aframax), was built in 2001 by Hyundai and is similarly ugly.


Nordic Cosmos
January 23, 2009, 3:30 pm
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A tanker with the delightfully galactic name, Nordic Cosmos, came into port last night. Nordic American Tanker Shipping Ltd. reports that the Cosmos is a Suezmax tanker at 160,000 tons deadweight. It flies under the Marshall Islands flag and was built in 2003 by Samsung Heavy Industries Co (which has an elaborate flash graphic on their site) in their Koje, South Korea shipyard. According to Wikipedia the company is one of the “Big Three” Korean shipbuilders, but it is part of the same conglomerate that makes your DVD players.

Reuters reports Nordic American Tanker Shipping Ltd., the Norse company that owns the Cosmos, that

Nordic American Tanker Shipping Limited is an international tanker company that owns 12 modern double-hull Suezmax tankers averaging approximately 155,000 deadweight tons (dwt) each.

Not much info here, and not much in general, except for some stats and reports about the company’s stock prices. They have posted a glossary of tanker terms which is helpful.

Overseas Shirley
January 21, 2009, 3:31 pm
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Right now the oil terminal is graced by the presence of the Overseas Shirley – an Aframax tanker built in 2001 and owned by Shirley Tanker SRL. That company has its address in the Barbados, but the operator, OSG Overseas Ship Management, is located in New York, NY. Despite the fact that their motto is “moving energy with integrity,” the company has an interesting criminal record, according to the Department of Justice:

Overseas Shipholding Group Inc. (OSG) has today [12/09/2006] agreed to plead guilty to 33 felony counts related to deliberate vessel pollution from nine ships and false pollution log entries in three additional ships, in six U.S. ports around the nation. OSG will pay a record $37 million—the largest-ever criminal penalty involving deliberate vessel pollution—and plead guilty to charges related to illegal dumping of waste oil, criminal violations of the Clean Water Act/Oil Pollution Act and the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, conspiracy, false statements and obstruction of justice. This multi-district investigation was conducted in Boston, Mass.; Portland, Maine; Los Angeles.; San Francisco; Wilmington, N.C.; and Beaumont, Texas.

But it gets better. As the DoJ reports, “OSG is a U.S. corporation headquartered in New York and is one of the largest publicly traded tanker companies in the world” and their ship, the Overseas Shirley, currently in South Portland, was the site of repeated illegal dumping. The 1st Engineer reported that there was habitual

‘sludge discharge to sea’ [concentrated black waste oil] and estimated that approximately 40,600 gallons of sludge had been intentionally dumped overboard through a bypass hose.

Welcome back to Portland!

January 20, 2009, 11:56 pm
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Down on the Maine State Pier in Portland the Alida Gorthon is in port. It’s a “Side Loader Vessel” according to Transatlantic the Swedish company that owns the ship. They report that:

Delivered 1977 by Korea Shipbuilding and Engineering Corp, Pusan, Rep. of Korea. Rebuilt to Side Loader 1990 by Blohm & Voss AG, Hamburg, Germany

Phil reports that the Alida Gorthon, “transport[s] forest products” and, after being “converted in 1990” it “now [has] a sideport pallet loading system rather than the lift on lift off gantry system.”

Front Brabant
January 20, 2009, 2:56 pm
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Today the Front Brabant is here. This tanker isn’t nearly as pretty as some of the ones that were here in the past week, but there is a veritable fount of information about the ship at this site. The Front Brabant is another Hyundai of Ulsan (which readers will remember from the 15th) but flies under the Norwegian flag as it’s port of registry is Oslo. Somewhat unbelievably, there is a link to the “vessel’s email address” ( Furthermore, we’ve got the name, address, phone number and email address of the Liberian company that owns the ship:

Front Brabant Inc.
80 Broad Street, Monrovia, Liberia
Tel: +47 23 11 40 00
Fax: +47 23 11 40 40

The nationality of the officers is listed as “Russian” while the nationality of the crew is listed as Russian, Filipino. Apparently they speak English on board – so call or write to them and tell them how much we just love their crude oil!

Old Posts
January 20, 2009, 2:55 pm
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16 January 2009: Right now the SPT Explorer is in port. DET NORSKE VERITAS reports that the Explorer flies under the flag of the Bahamas and is a recent ( 2008 ) build of the Tsuneishi Holdings Corp at its Tadostu (Japan) factory. The Aframax tanker has a deadweight of 105,804 tons is owned by the Teekay Corporation of Vancouver, BC, which, according to Forbes Online, is doing “okay” despite the slump in oil prices.  It’s a pretty orange color…

15 January 2009: In port today is the SKS TAGUS, a tanker that flies under the Norwegian flag and is owned by a Bermuda-based subsidiary of Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Skipsrederi AS (KGJS) a company from Bergen, Norway. The Tagus was commented on, last April, by Jimmy Christie who reports,

SKS Tagus is one of that slightly unusual breed of ships known as ore-bulk-oil carriers or combination carriers… In size terms, as a bulker, she’s Capesize and as a tanker she would be classed as Suezmax. She’s 109,933 tons deadweight on a gross of 63,515 and she was built by Hyundai of Ulsan in South Korea in 1997…

13 January 2009: Yesterday, the Mattea arrived in South Portland. According to this press release the Mattea is  a “127,000 dwt. offshore crude oil shuttle tanker” that is

owned by Penney Ugland Ltd. and managed by Canship Ugland Limited. The shuttle tanker is one of three that moves crude oil production to shore from the Hibernia and Terra Nova fields on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland…

Canship Ungland reports that, “SAMSUNG HEAVY INDUSTRIES CO., LTD” of Seoul, South Korea, built the ship in 1997. Apparently, that makes it pretty old, but people seem to think it is a reasonably “good-looking” ship. Hmm.

9 January 2009: Currently, the Mare Salernum is in port in South Portland. According to this report it’s deadweight is around 110,000 tons, putting it in the “Aframax” category and was built by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. of Tamano, Japan in 2003. The Mare Salernum flies under the Italian flag and is owned by Fratelli D’Amico Armatori S.p.A., Italy.