Monday, 24 December 2007

ASTRAL outbound

One of the ships now able to sail from the upper river was the Swedish tanker ASTRAL, which had been in Rothesay Dock delivering a cargo of fuel. This ship, built in Turkey for local owners by the Torlak Shipyard, was completed in October 2006 as BESIKTAS FINLAND, and flew the Maltese flag originally. Sold shortly afterwards for $26.5 million, she assumed her current name in May this year, and was transferred to the Swedish registry. Now owned by Veritas Tankers, ASTRAL has a deadweight of 11,317 tonnes, and is 129.75 metres in length. Following her visit to Clydebank, she was heading for Amsterdam.