Saturday, 17 May 2008


Arriving at Greenock from Zeebrugge, the ro-ro freighter TRANSPINE was calling to load a cargo of paper normally handled by the Spliethoff ships, suggesting that she is on charter. A Swedish ship of some 18,855 tonnes deadweight, she was built in Poland by Stocznia Gdynia, and completed in 2002. Originally named FINNPINE, her overall length when new was 158.60 metres, but in 2006 she was lengthened by 20 metres at the Blohm & Voss shipyard at Hamburg. When new, she was placed on a service between Finland and the USA, and was owned by B&N. TRANSPINE is managed by a Swedish company, Rederi AB Transatlantic, although she is now owned by a British company, Longitude Shipping, the transfer having only taken place very recently.