Thursday, 6 March 2008


Built by Tsuneishi Shipbuilding for the Dutch shipowner Spliethoff, SPAARNEGRACHT is one of six ships built for the company in Japan, another of which - SNOEKGRACHT - was seen previously. Completed at the end of August 2000, she is 168.14 metres in length, with a deadweight of 21,402 tonnes. Although these ships can carry up to 1,134 TEU containers, their calls at Greenock are usually to uplift a cargo of paper reels, which they invariably take across the Atlantic to the USA, with Jacksonville as her first port on arrival there. Berthed astern of the Dutch ship is the container ship WERDER BREMEN, part of whose superstructure is just visible. Both vessels sailed this evening.