Sunday, 1 February 2009


Two tankers were seen this afternoon at anchor to the north of Cumbrae - ICE EXPLORER and this ship, BM MIMOSA. This vessel moved from Brodick Bay this morning, where she arrived yesterday afternoon with a cargo of North Sea crude from Mongstad. Taking advantage of more sheltered waters, she was able to take bunkers (fuel) from the smaller WHITCHAMPION, which arrived from the Stanlow refinery on the Manchester Ship Canal. BM MIMOSA, which was built in 2007 in Japan, is an Aframax ship operated by the Sanko Steamship Co, one of Japan's oldest shipping companies. The 105,576 tonne deadweight ship, which is 237.71 metres overall, is managed by Bernard Schulte Shipmanagement's Singapore office. WHITCHAMPION is operated by Whitaker Tankers, a British company which specialises in ships of her type and that are often seen in UK ports refuelling larger vessels. Built in Turkey in 2003, she is a double-hulled vessel of 4,200 tonnes deadweight.