Liverpool welcomes its biggest ship

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The largest ship ever to enter the Port of Liverpool berthed at the Tranmere Oil Terminal to discharge a new traffic of West African crude oil for the Shell Stanlow Refinery in Cheshire.

At 158,569 gross tonnes BW Bauhinia took the record held for nearly two decades by the 153,517 gross tonnes Nisa since she sailed into the River Mersey in May 1988.

Onboard the new prize holder was 82,000 tonnes of oil, the first cargo of Girassol Crude from Angola to be offloaded at Shell’s Tranmere Oil Terminal and piped overland to the Stanlow Refinery.

The BW Bauhinia, a doubled hulled ULCC (Ultra Large Crude Carrier) is 332 metres long with a beam of 58 metres. She is operated by BW Fleet Management Pte Ltd of Singapore and sails under the Hong Kong flag with a British Master and Chief Engineer.

The vessel offloaded cargo on the Continent before sailing for Liverpool. Stanlow General ManagerYuri Sebregts, said: “The arrival of this vessel on Merseyside is a very positive development for Shell’s Stanlow Manufacturing Complex at Ellesmere Port. We are now in a position to import crude oil from West Africa which further improves our capability as a reliable and competitive supplier of fuel products to our customers in the North West UK.”