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It's Super!!!

As I watched the dolphins, I noticed something out of the corner of my eye. Could it be? Is it? About a couple miles up the channel, I spotted something. Something BIG. At such distance, I had to stop watching what was in front of me, and leave the scene to get back to the car and dig out my binoculars from the trunk. Now, where are they? Ah yes...I actually had them stored in my pack already, so I had to dig through the other things and pull them out of the bag. It was a hot sultry morning, but no sweat! The open trunk kept me in the shade. lol   Okay, so I closed everything up, secured the car with the lock mechanism and walked back to the channel's edge and focused on what I was hoping I'd see through the glasses' lenses. Sure 'nough, it was what I thought it was!!! Dropping my binoculars and grabbing my camera, the shutter button went to work again!!


It's been over two years since the first of its kind arrived in our channel. The maiden arrival, I was there!! That one was from France [flag ship]. This one today is from? But, will it ever leave port? When did it arrive? Just a few hours ago, a couple of days ago? When? I had no idea. And, more questions came to mind as I was looking thru the binoculars. I saw a tugboat boat on the port side...then, a 2nd boat came to the starboard side!! Maybe it was preparing to leave. I waited, and waited some more. I walked a while along the channel, every once in a while, I'd stop and glance toward the ship....finally, looking into the bow, I saw it....the water below was churning....it's picking up steam. Here it comes!!! Two years and more, and this is the 2nd one I've watched go out to sea. It's massive, impressive, stealthy, mystical and mythical, beautiful!!! I would LOVE to go aboard. Here's a bit of the 'turn of events' as I followed the procedure as it made its way beside me all too soon.




The 3rd photo from the small photo series shows the comparison of a speed boat to the supertanker.  Even the tug boats are dwarfed beside her.  The boat behind, on the tow line is a rescue boat ...and one of the anchors, keep in mind, is about the size of an American compact automobile!!!  Oh, and ship was HOJO from Antwerp Belgium.  It's a toss up for me which was more exciting, the dolphins or the ship!

If your interested in some general stats. [each ship type is different]
A super tanker of this size can carry 2,000,000 barrels of oil.
displacement:  over 500 tons with full load
length 1250 feet [rounded off]
beam 223 feet [rounded off]
draught 61 feet [rounded off]

HOJO Antwerpen [Dutch for Antwerp] 
by clicking on the link provided, you can read her stats, and follow her current position at sea [or port].

"Supertankers" are the largest tankers, and the largest man-made mobile structures.

30 comments :

  1. I have never seen anything like this before. What an amazing sight that must have been. Those statistics are impressive also. Thanks for sharing Anni, great captures!

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  2. What a super exciting day you had :) The size of that is amazing.

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  3. Amazing day full of fun, lovely pictures☺

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  4. Wow, that is a super ship! Great series of photos. Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week ahead!

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    1. Indeed, super. Thanks Eileen. Hope you're having a good day too.

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  5. That is indeed an impressive and massive tanker. But I am still partial to the dolphins. :-)

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  6. the dolphins are more exiting for me, but the ship is magnificent. the most exciting of todays adventure is that tug boat. I love tugboats. there is something about there sturdy and stubby looks that appeals to me... and they are so strong to pull/push those giant ships/ glad you enjoyed your day with the ship

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  7. I simply cannot get its massiveness to my understanding. You've done a fine description both with your perfect photos and accompanying dialogue. What a ship that is!

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    1. It truly is massive. You haven't posted s blog for a while. Hope you're okay.

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  8. The first shot from a distance did nothing to show the size. Wow, what a whopper. So glad you timed it perfectly.

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    1. I was happy that the timing wad good!

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  9. WOw! How incredibly exciting that must have been. I would overjoyed to see something like that and then to even get some photos. WOW!

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  10. Wow, this is AMAZING!! So huge!! And good close pictures so I can see the details! The pilot boats are like ants next to it. Now I am thinking which I like better...I guess it would have to be the playful dolphins, but it is close!

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  11. Wow! I can't believe the size of that ship! It must have been amazing to see in person!

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  12. Never seen a tanker ship before.
    Coffee is on

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    1. If you ever saw one, you'd never forget

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  13. What a wonderful bit of happenstance you stumbled upon, Anni! Thank you for posting these beautiful pictures and educating me today. Love, Andrea xoxo

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  14. It would have been a toss-up for me too...as to which was most exciting.

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    1. It's a toss up for me. Thing is...dolphins are here all the time, the ships not so much.

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  15. I loved sitting out at PORT A watching the ships come into the channel and the dolphins playing with the ball nose ships :) then would head to Corpus Port and watch them come under the bridge Several times they had to lower masts, etc just to get under. OH HOW I MISS THOSE DAYS as always thank you for the memories

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    1. Port A is a favorite hang-out for me.

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