Tuesday, 14 October 2008


Also arriving today was this small tanker, an interesting little ship that started her life as an unusual vessel with the ability to carry both general dry cargoes, and oils in bulk. Designated a C-O-B ship (container-oil-bulk), she was built in Holland in 1989 by Van der Giessen-de Noord at their yard at Krimpen ann den Ijssel and was originally named NORRSUNDET. Together with her sister SKUTSKAR - a vessel that was also on the Clyde fairly recently in her modified form as SAXEN - they introduced a new concept by carrying pulp and paper from Sweden to various European destinations, then returning with oil products and containers. In 1993, both ships were sold and this one became COLDSTREAM SHIPPER. Three years later, she was again renamed, becoming FRYKEN following her sale to Ahlmarco. She was rebuilt in Poland in 2004 and is now classed as a double-hulled vessel, complying with new regulations for tankers. With an overall length of 99.57 metres, FRYKEN has a deadweight of 6,862 tonnes. She was carrying a cargo of fuel from Antwerp.