Friday, January 23, 2009


Pacific BladeThe Pacific Blade (IMO: 9169366, Port of Registry: Singapore) is a Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessel with an overall length of 66 metres. The vessel is operated by Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO), which operates across the globe from the Far East and Australasia through India and the Middle East to West Africa, the Mediterranean and the North Sea. Built in Ulstein Verft AS, Norway, this class has successfully served in the North Sea spot market, performed round-the-clock anchor handling duties for pipelay barges throughout the Mediterranean and the Arabian Gulf, carried out salvage work on the African coast, and semi-submersible deepwater anchor handling in Southeast Asia. Pacific Brigand also has experience in deepwater anchor handling, having set and recovered anchors in 2,170 metres of water. The Pacific Blade is propelled by 2 Wartsila Vasa 12V32D engines delivering 6,120 BHP each. This ensure a bollard pull of 157 metric tonnes continuous.

The Pacific Blade entered the Port of Rotterdam this morning from Aberdeen and is currently located at the Lloydkade, Rotterdam.

If you are interested in the salvaging industry, I recommend National Geographic's Salvage Code Red where salvors race against time to rescue stricken ships, their cargo and crew, and prevent environmental disaster.

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