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Russell Judge
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« on: September 10, 2015, 10:51:07 am »

Inland Tanker or Port bunkering?

Valencia is shown as Inland Tanker but I have a photo of her bunkering CMA CGM Alexander von Humboldt at Maasvlakte. I do not think the photo is good enough as obviously the larger ship occupies most of the shot.

I think my question is;- how do we tell which if the vessel is not actually bunkering another?
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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2015, 11:46:26 am »

Hi Russell,

In my view it's not what the ship is doing that determines it's classification, but what it's designed to do. This is clearly an inland tanker, the fact that it is bunkering another vessel is secondary.

To illustrate further, there are many seagoing chemical and product tankers in service undertaking bunkering ops. Some switch between bunkering ops and general short-sea trading in the fuel oil sector when demand swings one way or the other. Theoretically, they can also go back to trading in chems or CPPs should the owners wish. Should these all be considered for the port bunkering category? I don't think so.

On the other hand, there are other ships permanently engaged in bunkering either having been cascaded down from the chemical/CPP sector for being overage (they will never go back to trade), or newer specialist vessels which have been designed and built as bunkering tankers.

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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2015, 02:45:01 pm »

Thanks for that answer; at least I can put it into the correct classification.

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« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2015, 09:36:05 am »

I have had another thought about this subject. the picture shows a boom or derrick on the bow, obviously designed for bunkering. As far as I can see, not all inland tankers have this.
So, could we use this feature to separate the two classes?

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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2015, 12:38:09 pm »

Phil is right on mark here. !!!!
Like a bulker which transports lumber,,it is still a bulker and not a general cargo ship
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NOW!!!,,,if we could get rid of the sailors,,how safe shipping would be !!!!!!!!
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