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Shipspotting 101 – General Cargo

General Cargo vessels can carry containers, Bulk Cargoes and Break Bulk Cargoes.
We have Looked at Containerized Cargo, and Bulk Cargo but havent yet touched on Breakbulk.

breakbulk is basically any cargo that is not in a container, and cant be poured. Heavy Equipment, telephone poles, Bags of Nickle Sulfate, locomotives are all examples of breakbulk cargo, and can be carried in general cargo ships.

Nirint makes a regular run to and from Cuba. the HC Melina is carrying containers, but also bags of Nickle Concentrate in bags in her hold. these bags get unloaded from the ship, then onto railcars for points west.

Holds typically do not have container guides. Also usually the full hold can be opened. These vessels may or may not have cranes, and are typically in the 100-150m in length range.

(Above) Capri ( and several other Vessels) frequently deliver rails for CN.
(Below) Frisian Spring Loading Poles for export. Note that Capri (above) Has Cranes, where as Frisan Spring requires shore based facilities.

(Above) SE Veridian Delivered Windmill Components.
(Below) Flintermar Loading Wood Pellets.

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Vortuta – we know where it is.

The Lithuanian registered general cargo ship Vortula anchored in the inner harbour. She was built in 1998 in Indonesia, and is Owned and Managed by Lithuanian Shipping. She was Previously known as Theodor Oldendorff until 2006.

Her last known location is Trois Rivers Quebec.

Regarding the name, Wikipedia tells us  “Voruta may have been the capital city of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Kingdom of Lithuania during the reign of king Mindaugas in the 13th century. Voruta is mentioned briefly only once in written sources and its exact location is unknown”

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Maccao Straight to Anchor.

The General Cargo Ship Macco Straight, running for Melfi, arrived a day early today  from Lisbon Portugal. She is scheduled to tie up at pier 41/42 tomorrow.  Those piers are currently occupied by ZIM Constanza and Ernest Hemingway, so she will spend the day at anchor in the Inner harbour.

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