Tuesday, 18 March 2008


Loading scrap at Renfrew this afternoon, Reederei Bockstiegel's coaster A B BILBAO arrived a few days ago and discharged a cargo of maize at Shieldhall riverside berth. She is a sistership of SUURHUSEN, which sailed yesterday, like her being completed by Damen Shipyards Hoogezand at Foxhol. Her hull was built at Santierul Naval Galati in Romania, and as launched her name was SAAR BILBAO, it changing shortly after her completion in 1997. She is 89.76 metres in length, with a deadweight tonnage of 4,212 tonnes. As well as bulk cargoes, these little ships are also capable of carrying 221 TEU containers.