Saturday, 10 November 2007


Another member of the Palmali tanker fleet, based in Turkey but operating ships which are essentially Russian, arrived on the Clyde this morning. Built in 1999 by Aker MTW Werft at Wismar in Germany as MAIKOP and operated by Lukoil, this ship is designed to operate in ice, having a special bow to break her way through it. Following acquisition by Palmali in 2006, she was renamed ILANDAG. Now registered in Valetta, like her fleetmate MASALLI which visited the Clyde in October, she was heading for Rothesay Dock. This tanker is 15,441 tonnes deadweight, and is 144.53 metres overall.