Thursday, 24 July 2008

Greenock Ocean Terminal

Two ships at Greenock Ocean Terminal this evening both of which sailed later for Rotterdam. Closest is LYSBRIS, one of the DFDS Lys Line vessels which call regularly at Greenock with paper from Scandinavia. Berthed stern to stern with her is the containership HELGALAND, a newcomer to the Clyde this month, and which paid her first visit to Greenock two weeks ago. She is running on the MacAndrews UK/Europe/Portugal service, and is a Sietas Type 172 ship, one of eight built in 2003, which included her running mate VELAZQUEZ. HELGALAND, which was launched as HELGA, flies the Red Ensign, like a number of similar German-owned ships taking advantage of the UK's Tonnage Tax regime. She has a deadweight of 8,622 tonnes, and the 137.5 metre long ship can carry up to 822 TEUs.