Sunday, 16 September 2007


Taken during heavy rain, this image shows STAR DERBY passing Ashton, on her way to Greenock Ocean Terminal this morning. She arrived from British Columbia with a cargo of containers and palletised wood pulp, having passed through the Panama Canal on 29 August. Her owners operate several ships of this type - STAR DERBY is one of a class of four - all of which are self-discharging. This particular vessel dates from 1979 and in registered at Bergen in Norway. She was built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Japan, and was named STAR CARRIER until 1985. When new she was operated by a Liberian company, but is now a member of the Greig Shipping fleet, although she trades for Star Shipping. 183 metres in length, she is 27,104 gross tons. Her deadweight is 43,700 tonnes with a draft of 12.03 metres. Her next ports are scheduled to be Tilbury, Brake (in Norway) and Vlissingen in Holland. She will then make another crossing to the Panama Canal and the west coast of the USA, and is due at Vancouver in mid-November.