Sunday, 4 May 2008


Unusually, this coaster has berthed stern-first at Christie and Sons' scrapyard at Renfrew, and although the tide was low when this picture was taken, NORDSTERN appears to be afloat and on an even keel, suggesting that silting is confined to the east berth. NORDSTERN is managed by Wessels Shipping on behalf of Arkon Shipping, her operators, although like most of these typical small coasters, she is owned by a one-ship company. Built by Slovenske Lodenice at Komarno, this 'Rhein' type ship was completed in September 1994. She is 87.76 metres overall, and has a deadweight of 3,702 tonnes. As well as carrying bulk cargoes, these ships occasionally carry containers - up to 176 TEU can be accommodated on board.