Thursday, March 01, 2007


Berge Stahl

Source:, Rijkswaterstaat
Today's SOTD is the Berge Stahl (IMO:8420804, Port of registry: Stavanger, Norway) which has returned to Rotterdam after being out of service for a few months for maintenance. The Berge Stahl is the largest bulk carrier currently sailing with its deadweight of 364,767 tons. The vessel is owned by Bergesen Worldwide Shipping, was built in 1992 by Hyundai Heavy Ind. Co. Ltd. Ulsan, Korea, is 343 meters long, 65 meters wide, ore carrier has a draught of 23 meters, has 7 holds and hatches and was built .
She transports iron ore from the 'Companhia Vale do Rio Doce' mines in the eastern part of the Amazone, Brasil to Rotterdam about 9 or 10 times a year. From Rotterdam the iron ore is transported in barges to the steel mills of ThyssenKrupp and H├╝ttenwerke Krupp Mannesmann in Germany.

The Berge Stahl has arrived this morning at the EECV terminal, Rotterdam from Ponta da Madeira, Brasil. Rotterdam and Ponta da Madeira are the only two ports in the world which are deep enough to receive the vessel.

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