A maiden call
May 17, 2005
When the German general cargo vessel BBC Plata called at Durban last week to discharge a small amount of machinery and take bunkers, her South African agents, Mainport Africa made use of the opportunity to welcome the smart ship not only with tugs performing a water ballet on arrival but a small reception on board later in the day.
BBC Plata (9,628-gt, 138m LOA) is on her delivery voyage from the Jianging shipyards in China to Brazil with a mixed cargo of machinery and equipment, and has made calls along the way at Japan and India in addition to Durban.
With two 120-tonned capacity cranes fitted on deck, the relatively small ship is well suited for project cargo and calling at smaller shallow-water ports. The ship can also carry up to 665 TEUs. Her service speed is 15.2 knots.
While in port Captain Brian Hawkins (left in picture), MD of Mainport Africa, presented the shipís master, Captain Harald Huebel with a token of his shipís first visit to Durban. The other picture shows BBC Plata on her berth at Durbanís New Pier 103. Both pictures Terry Hutson
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