Wednesday, September 26, 2007


My apologies for the bad picture, but I was unable to acquire a better one. Despite the small photo, the Taiga (IMO: 9339973, Port of Registry: Panama) is one of the largest ships currently sailing. She has the biggest deadweight and cargo hold capacity as Malacca-max type (A ship with maximum draft passable through Malacca Strait, Malaysia) tanker and is able to efficiently transport the crude oil with a specific gravity of high frequency use. The vessel is 333 metres long, 60 metres wide and has a maximum draught of 20.9 metres. These dimensions give the vessel a deadweight tonnage of 311,141 and a cargo tank capacity of 354,751 cubic metres. She is propelled by a Mitsui-MAN B&W Diesel Engine 7S80MC x 1 engine and ship has the newest bow form, stern hull form, high efficiency propeller and Mitsui Integrated Propeller Boss with Wing (MIPB-Wing) achieving energy saving. She was built this year by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, Japan and is currently owned by Fortis Maritime S.A.

The Taiga has arrived this morning at the MET terminal with the last port at Angola.

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