Friday, 21 May 2010


With the arrival on the Clyde of MAERSK CASSANDRA, the total number of ships belonging to the company, including it's Svitzer tug fleet, rose to fifteen - five 'B' class container ships in Loch Striven, SEALAND PERFORMANCE under tow to Greenock and visible on the left, two 'M' class ships laid up in the Great Harbour, and six tugs. MAERSK CASSANDRA started life in 1995 as BRO ALEXANDRE, having been ordered as PORT ALEXANDRE but renamed before completion at Halla Engineering and Heavy Industries shipyard at Inchon in Korea. Originally French flagged, she now flies that of the United Kingdom and, perhaps unusually, is registered at Dover. She is 45,999 tonnes deadweight, and is 183.2 metres overall. She was arriving from West Africa to load a cargo of reformate at Finnart, where her berthing would be assisted by SVITZER LAURA and SVITZER BRUNEL. MAERSK CASSANDRA is presently working as a member of the Handytankers pool.