Friday, September 15, 2006


The Rhine Forest (IMO: 7125706) is a so-called 'LASH-ship' (for an explanation see the Spruce which was SOTD on August 16). The Liberian flagged ship is 237 meters long, 33 meters wide and a draught of 12 meters. The vessel is equipped with a 500-ton gantry crane to lift and stow 83 barges. Each barge is 18.26 meters long and 9.16 meters wide and has a capacity of 385 metric tons. The Rhine Forest was built in 1972 by Cockerill Mechanical Industries, Belgium. The Rhine forest entered Rotterdam this morning and is currently moored at the Waalhaven for about one week. The vessel will then leave for New Orleans and will return to Rotterdam next month.

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