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Photographer:pieter melissen [View profile]Title:SNOWAdded:Mar 08, 2017
Captured:March 07, 2017IMO:9569619Hits:584
Location:Europoort, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Photo Category: Crude Oil Tankers
IMHO far the most interesting ship I came across yesterday was the Iranina SNOW, launched in 2012 as Souvenir, she then followd the recent Iranian tradition of changing her name about every year, Snow being her third trading name. Now that the embargoes are finally over, until a certain idiot will decide otherwise, the ships now generally come out of their secretive trade and storage duties. She arrived last sunday to discharge at MOT and I found er early morning yesterday (03/07) at the dolphins in the Caland Canal.
Vessel Identification
Former name(s):
- Dojran (Until 2014 Aug)
- Rainbow (Until 2013 Aug)
- Souvenir (Until 2012)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Tanker
Gross tonnage:164,796 tons
Summer DWT:317,519 tons

Additional Information
Class society:Lloyd's Shipping Register
Build year:2012
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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pieter melissen on Jun 28, 2017 05:51 (1 year ago)
David, as far I have observed the fully discharged ships leave the port on a light draft, to carry out tank washing at sea, return to the loading berth, discharge the slops and take on a full load. We now have Zourva in the 7th Petroleum Dock. Recently the Samail discharged at MOT, moved out to sea, came back to the 7th Petroleum Dock, moved again to the 8th (BP Refinery), and then came came back in the Caland Canal. Most VLCC's will pick up their cargo from different jetties, may be they carry different grades of crude oil, or part of the cargo could be fuel oil too.

Why this one offloaded just a part cargo and then filled up again is beyond me, but there may still be some intricacies dealing with Iranian oil.
davidships on Jun 27, 2017 20:46 (1 year ago)
Unlike the Chinese one, this one seems not to have gone anywhere else, so it seems discharged and loaded in Rotterdam area:
5/3 arr Maasvlakte at 22.1m
7/3 moved to Europoort at 19.5m
12/3 to Rotterdam Anchorage 5 at 19.5m
15/3 arr Europoort at 19.5m
22/3 sailed Europoort for sea at 21.6m
23/3 passed Dover Strait at 22.1m [bunkers?]

Is it the practice to take in ballast water during unloading to maintain draft, and v/v on loading?
ChasB46 on Jun 27, 2017 20:07 (1 year ago)
Kharg Island Oil Terminal from 11 Nov 2016 for 51 days, then arrived Falmouth Harbour for 2 hours on 12 Feb 2017, Rotterdam 5th - 22nd March, arrived Singapore 19th June 2017.
pieter melissen on Jun 27, 2017 18:21 (1 year ago)
It could be that she moved on to antoher port for the discharging the remainder of her cargo. I shot her again on March 20th, now loading a full cargo in the 8th Petroleum Dock. So I assume that tihs picture shows her waiting to depart for her next port of call (Fawley?) only to return to Rotterdam to collect het next cargo, (most likely Russian oil, destined for the Far East)
peter4958 on Jun 27, 2017 15:48 (1 year ago)
Any idea if this ship discharged, according to her AIS her draught changed by 3m- does that sound realistic for a discharge for a vessel this size?
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