Wednesday, August 19, 2009


DenaToday's Ship of the Day is the Very Large Crude Carrier Dena(IMO: 9218480, Port of registry: Valletta, Malta). The Dena is 333 metres long, 58 metres wide and has a draught of over 22 metres. These dimensions give the vessel a deadweight tonnage of almost 300,000. The vessel was built in 2004 by Dalian New Shipbuilding Heavy Industry and is powered by a seven-cylinder Sulzer 7RTA84T-B low-speed marine diesel engine with an output 27,160kW at 74rpm. This is linked to three sets of heavy fuel oil Wartsila 9L20C units with an output of 1,490kW at 900rpm. The engine gives the vessel a service speed of 16 knots with 15% sea margin. Fuel consumption is about 97mt per day. There is also a 1,765kVA alternator for Gulf weather conditions as well as an emergency generator with an output of 399kW at 1,800rpm/ She is manufactured as a complete double skin double bottom unit with a bulbous bow and transom stern with an open water frame. It has two longitudinal bulkheads in the cargo area. The cargo tanks and engine room of the vessel are protected by ballast tanks. She is owned by the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC). The Dena's sister are the Damavand, Darab, Daylam and Delvar.

The Dena arrived last night at the Euro Tank Terminal, Rotterdam for loading fuel oil. The Dena was already in port Rotterdam a week ago for discharging crude oil. As seen often lately, these large tankers will load fuel oil when fully discharged as profit possibilities in the fuel oil market are high at the moment. Another NITC vessel, the Hengam will do the same. After discharging her load of crude oil bit by bit in the last month, the vessel will now enter the port of Rotterdam this afternoon for loading fuel oil at the ship-to-ship bolders in the Calandkanaal.

Click here for the current position of the Dena

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