Sunday, 11 May 2008


The latest member of the Star Shipping fleet to call at Greenock arrived this afternoon. STAR OPTIMANA, built by Oshima Shipbuilding in Japan, and completed in October 2003, sailed from Vancouver on 12th April, and passed through the Panama Canal on the 24th. She and her sisterships are amongst the largest cargo ships able to use the Canal. 199 metres in length, STAR OPTIMANA has a deadweight of 50,470 tonnes, and as well as palletised cargoes of wood products including woodpulp, she can carry up to 2,286 TEU containers. Like her sister STAR OSAKANA, this ship is registered in Singapore and is owned by Masterbulk Pte, a subsidiary of the Norwegian Westfal-Larsen company. Svitzer's WARRIOR III was made fast alongside to assist turning STAR OPTIMANA before she berthed, while Sir Arnold Clark's yacht DRUM can be seen in the distance off Helensburgh.