Friday, 19 March 2010


While it is not unknown for smaller coastal bulk carriers such as MORNES to make trips upriver with cargoes of salt, it is more unusual to see ships of this size, 12,754 tonnes deadweight, carrying road salt to Glasgow, after discharging part of her cargo at Hunterston. DELTAGRACHT is a new member of the Spliethoff fleet, having been delivered in May last year from the Jinling Shipyard in China. One of eight sisters, they are all 156.9 metres long, and are capable of carrying bulk cargoes or up to 1,069 TEU containers. DELTAGRACHT was heading for Ghent in Belgium, to take up service on her owner's Europe-South America liner service.