Tuesday, 5 February 2008


Hardly living up to her name, the bulk carrier BIG GRACE headed slowly past the Garvel Bend this morning, accompanied by tugs including WARRIOR III at her stern. Built in 1991, BIG GRACE was originally named IWANUMA MARU, and was built by Imabari Zosen at their Marugame yard in Japan. 199.93 metres in length overall, she has a deadweight of 47,046 tonnes. Now owned by a Korean company, Parkroad Corporation, she joined their fleet in May 2007. She is the latest ship to have arrived on the Clyde with a part cargo of animal feed, although she is designed to carry wood chips, for which she is fitted with the four large loading hoppers on deck.