Wednesday, 17 November 2010


Bound for Ventspils in Latvia, the Cypriot-flagged bulk carrier SHOVELER was finally leaving the Clyde after ten days on the river. Initially berthing at Hunsterston, where she discharged part of her cargo into other ships for export to Northern Ireland, the ship then headed upriver to Sheildhall once she was a little less deep in the water. SHOVELER was built in China, and completed in 2009. She is 30,928 tonnes deadweight, and has an overall length of 185 metres. She is operated, currently, by Canfornav, a Canadian firm trading worldwide but with many ships sailing into the St Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes.