Attempting to brighten up an otherwise 'dreich' day, the Norwegian shuttle tanker TOVE KNUTSEN passes the Inverkip chimney this afternoon as she heads up the Firth towards Finnart, with a cargo of North Sea crude oil. Built in 1989 at Bilbao in Spain, TOVE KNUTSEN was originally a conventional tanker, but was converted in 1992 to become a shuttle tanker for work in the North Sea. In 1994, she underwent another conversion, when she was given a submerged loading system. Ten years later, she was again modified, this time to bring her into line with new regulations requiring all tankers to have double hulls; this conversion was done at the Remontowa Shipyard in Poland. Major changes were also made to her propulsion systems at that time. TOVE KNUTSEN now has a deadweight of 105,295 tonnes, while her overall length is now 245.61 metres. She is owned by Knutsen OAS Shipping.