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Stirling Skate strugging with the Golden Wave

Golden Wave (IMO: 9819911) is a Chemical/Oil Products Tanker registered and sailing under the flag of Panama. Her gross tonnage is 7,250, and deadweight is 12,493. She was built in 2019. Her overall length (loa) is number 124 m, beam is 20 m and maximum draught is number 8.77 m. The ship is operated by Dorval SC Tankers Incorporated.

I photographed the Golden Wave on her approach to berth at Fremantle Port on December 30, 2019.  Ship name last port of call was Melbourne and her next port of call is Singapore. She was assisted Stirling Skate and Biggada. The smaller tugs in Fremantle did struggle bringing her end due to a quite strong southerly blowing. This photo understates the effort that the Stirling Skate was putting in to slow down the Golden Wave.

Whilst in Fremantle she was attended to by Inchcape Shipping Services.

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  • Great capture Andrew
  • Great shot Andrew. Well captured
    • Thanks Howard.
  • "You're gonna need a bigger boat"! Great shot Andrew
    • Thanks David. It was one of those times when a video would have been better ... oh well.
  • Nice sideways drift. Well shot. BIGGADA should be restricted to nothing bigger than the Island ferries. :o)
    • Whoops. It must have been Stirling Skate at the transom then. She skirted around to the other side to try to help.
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