Wednesday, 26 May 2010


After discharging her cargo of wind turbine components from Emden in Glasgow, the German coaster GEISE, registered in Gibraltar, was seen passing No 1 Buoy marking the start, or in this case, the end, of the river channel. The 4,299 tonne deadweight coaster was completed in Bulgaria in 2006 although her keel was laid several years earlier, in 1998. Like many ships built in that part of the world, her construction took so long as, in 1999, the River Danube closed to navigation for many years. GEISSE is a similar ship to DITZUM, seen recently, although fitted with two deck cranes of 35 tonne capacity each. She too is owned by the Briese company and was returning to Emden.