BFP reader “Crusty” asks how it is that the vessel Avlis will be able to carry 16,000 tonnes of sugar in one trip as reported by the CBC – when the vessel’s registered gross tonnage is only 10,993.
How about it, CBC? What’s the story?
Shipping contracts and vessels are booked many months and sometimes a year in advance. One doesn’t call up the owners the week before and say, “Oh, bye the bye, we have 16,000 tonnes of sugar to go next week. Can you drop round?”
I wonder how much the delay cost, or if it will be factored into the total losses from the Cricket World Cup.
From the CBC…
Barbados first sugar shipment to the United Kingdom should be leaving these shores later this week.
That’s because the sugar boat “The Avlis” has arrived in the Bridgetown Port after being delayed. A check with port officials has revealed that the ship arrived in Barbados just after midnight on Friday and should be leaving Barbados later this week.
Sugar officials had to push back the shipment date after the port was unable to accommodate the boat in April with world cup activity at its height.
CBC understands that the shipment will comprise 16 thousand tonnes of sugar. Another shipment bound for the United Kingdom is set to leave at the end of the crop. This year’s harvest is well over the halfway mark with 34 thousand tonnes of sugar set to be produced.
Original article online at the CBC link here.
Cargo Ship AVLIS
Just for fun I tried to find out a bit about the vessel AVLIS online. I thought I’d post a picture of her if one could be had. Other than a pay-for-information ship registry (which I didn’t access), I couldn’t find much in the public domain. This was complicated by the fact that AVLIS is also the name of a shipyard and a process to refine uranium.
I did find that AVLIS was built as a general cargo ship and launched in Japan in 1979. She has a gross tonnage of 10,993 and visited New Zealand only once – on April 20, 1983.
There you go… perfectly accurate, but useless, information from the net! 🙂