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Maritime City Middelfart

featuring three ships

"Nordstjernen", - "Fionia Swan" and "Great Swan"

The Oldest        -        The Newest        -       The Biggest





Let's now see some of my impressions of the unusual scenario, when the newest addition to Middelfart's merchant fleet, - the "Fionia Swan" -, met with the oldest, - the "Nordstjernen" -, while at the same time Middelfart's biggest ship, - the "Great Swan" -, anchored outside the city - - -
 
 


2006-04-074
"Brogade" - "Bridge Street"
- and "Fionia Swan" blocking the view to the water -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)




People who looked down along "Brogade" on June 30, 2006, would NOT be rewarded with the usual sight of blue water, lots of boats and the green coastline of Jylland, - Jutland -, on the other side - - -
Instead of the usually very beautiful view of "mother nature", you now looked at a massive, black ships side with a red brown deck tank on top - - -
It was the latest addition to Middelfart's merchant fleet, - the "Fionia Swan" -, of the local shipping company "Uni-Tankers".
Middelfart is not a tanker port, and the purpose of "Fionia Swan's" visit was therefore not to load or discharge cargo, but to go through a traditional naming ceremony for a new ship.
Quite an unusual event that did create some attention with the locals.
 
 


2006-04-065
M/T "Fionia Swan"
Product/Chemical Tanker
- the newest ship registered in Middelfart, - here seen from the sea side -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)




"Fionia Swan" with her tonnage of 15,609 Dwt. has just about the maximum size for how big a ship can be when moored at the open pier of "Gammel Havn".
With her length of 148 m. she was actually too long, so that both bow- and stern sections were free of the pier, and her draught of 8,5 m. made her scrape the bottom - - - -
Other technical details:  Breadth: 21,6 m., Propulsion:7200 kW, -Speed: 15 knots.
 
 


2006-04-071
M/T "Fionia Swan"
- here a closer view from the harbour promenade -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)



Note that her name has been covered.
This is in order to keep it a "secret" until the christening ceremony, when the champagne bottle will be crushed against the hull.
The Danish flag in the middle of the picture is for decorating the stage, from where the ceremony will take place.
 
 


2006-04-073
M/T "Fionia Swan"
- the bow, - and smaller competitor, - M/T "Else Maria Theresa" - , passing -
(Take note of "Uni-Tanker's" blue/white swan logo on the bow.)
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 


2006-04-075
M/T "Fionia Swan"
- the 148 meter long hull takes up the entire length of the outer pier of "Gammel Havn" -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


2006-04-067
M/T "Great Swan"
Product/Chemical Tanker
- and here a view over the water to the BIGGEST ship registered in Middelfart -
- moored outside Middelfart, - right between the pylons of the bridge -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)

Technical details about M/T "Great Swan":
Dwt.: 24,750 tons
Length: 169,9 m.
Breadth: 24,6 m.
Propulsion: 7000 kW, - 14,5 knots
 


2006-05-021
And here they are: The newest, - "Fionia Swan" -, and the oldest, - "Nordstjernen"
Here seen together, - showing 134 years development in ship design- , in the same picture.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 


2006-04-088
M/T "Fionia Swan"
- Middelfart's newest ship and "Gammel Havn -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 


2006-04-085
M/T "Fionia Swan"
- people gather for the naming ceremony -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


2006-04-084
M/T "Fionia Swan"
- the naming ceremony -
- a manager from Uni-Tankers makes the speech -
- behind is the Ship Owner and his daughter, who has the honour of being the Godmother of the new ship -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


2006-04-086
M/ "Fionia Swan"
- the big moment when the Godmother releases the Champagne bottle against the hull -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


2006-04-087
M/T "Fionia Swan"
 - her name, - "Fionia Swan" -, is revealed while the Filipino crew releases white and blue balloons -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


2006-04-077
M/T "Fionia Swan"
- signal flags over the tops in celebration -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 


2006-04-082
M/T "Fionia Swan"
- the bulb of "Fionia Swan", - and M/T "Great Swan" at anchor outside port -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


2006-05-008
M/T "Great Swan"
- here a closer look at "Great Swan", - the biggest ship registered in Middelfart -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 


2006-04-092
M/T "Fionia Swan"
- the catwalk above the tank deck -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 


2006-05-018
M/T "Fionia Swan"
- all flags up in celebration, - "Fionia Swan" alongside the open pier at Middelfart's "Gammel Havn" -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 


2006-05-019
M/T "Fionia Swan"
- a last look at the latest addition to Middelfart's merchant fleet -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 

And a last picture of Middelfart's biggest ship, - the "Great Swan" -,
as she passes the inlet to "Gammel Havn, - the old harbour -


2006-04-089
The Inlet to "Gammel Havn", - "Old Harbour"
  Traditional boat, - "Mette" -, moored at the harbour entrance while Middelfart's biggest ship, - the
                 M/T "Great Swan" -, is passing outside - - -
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 

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Page initiated:   Dec.31.2007
Page updated:   Jan.01.2008,  Jan.02.2008,  Jan.03.2008, Nov.02.2010