Monday, 2 November 2009


Heading towards the Cowal Buoy after exiting Loch Long, the shuttle tanker GERD KNUTSEN, built in 1996 as KNOCK AN by Harland and Wolff at Belfast, had been discharging a cargo of North Sea crude from Mongstad at the Finnart oil terminal. She was renamed in 2003, at which point she was reflagged from Liberia to the Isle of Man, and her ownership transferred to Knutsen OAS. She is 276.9 metres in length, with a deadweight of 146,273 tonnes. She was heading for Irvine Bay to await orders.