Saturday, 20 December 2008


The motor tanker VALE arrived on Wednesday from Norway, and anchored off Brodick until Saturday afternoon. She was seen passing McInroy's Point as she headed upriver with a cargo of fuel for Rothesay Dock. VALE is being operated by Eitzen Chemicals, and is owned by a Singapore-based company. Technical management is carried out by Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd of Limassol, Cyprus. She is 13,006 tonnes deadweight, and 128.6 metres long. Built by INP Heavy Industries in Korea, VALE was completed in August 2007, and has a Georgian master and officers, and Filipino crew. She is a sister of both GLEN and BEN, two tankers seen in recent months on the river.