Wednesday, 19 January 2011


The VLCC tanker FRONT OPALIA, seen passing Cloch Lighthouse after discharging a cargo of Nigerian crude oil at Finnart, was heading for Wilhelmshaven in Germany. As she made her way down the Clyde, she was accompanied by the tug SVITZER WATERSTON. FRONT OPALIA was built in 1999 and until 2006 had no prefix to her name, being named simply OPALIA. A product of Kawasaki's Sakaide Shipyard, the 333 metre long ship has a deadweight of 302,193 tonnes. She is managed by the Dubai office of ITM Holdings, now part of the massive V Ships group.