Scotline Orders Another Newbuild in Holland


Scotline are pleased to announce the signing of a contract with Royal Bodewes Group BV in Holland to build one 4785 DWAT Bodewes Trader, with the option of a second vessel. The vessel will the latest vessel to adopt the name Scot Carrier and will have a length of 89.98 meters, a beam of 15.20 meter and a maximum sailing draft of 5.68 meters. She will be powered by a MAK engine, will be sailing under the British Flag and classed under Lloyds Register.

The hull is expected to be launched in September 2018 and we expect the finished vessel to be delivered in November 2018. She will be fully container fitted, with Swedish ice class 1B and will be built to comply with all the latest legislation including provisions to be ready for the Ballast Water Treatment regulations.

The Scot Carrier will be the most recent acquisition to Scotline’s fleet of 8 owned vessels. In these challenging times Scotline are always looking for opportunities to enhance our fleet in order to offer our customers a reliable service. The Scot Navigator was delivered last year as the start of our efforts to renew some of our older tonnage. The Scot Carrier is being built by the same yard as – and will be similar to  – the Scot Leader.

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Scotline Takes Eastern Vanquish on Time Charter


We are pleased to announce that we have taken the Eastern Vanquish on time charter.

As part of our continuing efforts to provide a quality service, we have decided to take on MV Eastern Vanquish. She is a young lady – built in 2012 – and with modern equipment should be a reliable and efficient addition to our fleet.

Her deadweight is nearly 3,600 and she has cubics of 155,000 cbf. The hold is an almost pure box with 2 bulkheads that can be located in 7 different positions. This makes her a very versatile vessel, suited to project and bulk cargoes, as well as our usual wood products.

Have a look at her specification here, including pictures and a plan of the hold in the pdf.

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Happy New Year


Happy New Year to you all from everyone at Scotline! We hope you had a nice break and are ready for a busy and successful 2018.

As usual with this time of year, the weather has already come in. Have a look at the video below sent over by Josh on the Scot Leader. The vessel was entering Vlissingen / Flushing and looks like she was having a rough ride!

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Pipes Washed Up on Norfolk Beach Salvaged by Team Effort

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Back in August you may have seen this story on BBC’s and other new agencies’ websites about some giant pipes that washed up on the Norfolk coast. Often these things are quickly forgotten about, but in this case, we’d like to share the story behind the cleanup and how shipping came to the rescue.

On the 19th July 2017 a tug, sailing from Scandinavia to Algeria and towing 14 x 400-meter long pipes with several escort ships, had its tow broken by a container feeder ship. Out of the 14 pipes being towed, 2 remained attached to the tug, a couple were salvaged, leaving the remainder lost at sea. On the 11th August 4 of the pipes were washed up on the Norfolk Coast at Sea Palling, Horsey, Waxham and Winterton-on-Sea. The company that owned the pipes were forced to pass the matter to their insurance company who put the recovery and removal of the pipes out to tender.

Lifting Pipes out of the Water

On the 13th September Scotline were contacted by the Special Projects division of Danish freight forwarding company, Blue Water Shipping A/S, to discuss salvaging the pipes. Blue Water Shipping asked Scotline to provide suitable vessels for removing and transporting the pipes from Lowestoft Harbour back to Aalborg in Denmark in the most cost-effective way. One of the key parameters for both companies to transport the pipes was for all of them to be removed from Lowestoft by the 31st October 2017, a tough deadline for the number and size of pipes, requiring a number of shipments.

Blue Water Shipping’s Naval Architects, Stevedore Foremen and Project Forwarders teamed up with Vessel Owner, Scotline, to select the most suitable vessel type from their fleet, considering intake, lashing/securing setup and timing among other factors.

The first ship, MV Scot Mariner, was positioned for loading the first parcel of pipes on Monday 16th October, then her sister ship, MV Scot Venture, for the second parcel two days later. Both ships took the maximum number of pipes, stowed 3 tiers high under deck and 2 tiers high on deck.

Scot Mariner Sailing from Lowestoft with a full Cargo

Blue Water Shipping entered into an agreement with local crane operator, Wavetrade Ltd, to supply mobile crane, lifting equipment and labour to perform the loading operation, while other local services were ordered via local agent, Fr. Meyer’s Sohn UK.

The final ship will be from the Scotline fleet to take the remaining pipes, flanges and granulate back to Denmark where they will be recycled by Aage Vestergaard Larsen A/S, having more than 45 years of experience in plastic recycling. Aage Vestergaard Larsen, being one of the leading companies in Europe working with plastic recycling, will convert the pipes in to a quality raw material to be reused in the European plastic industry. ‘This will be the largest single project being carried out at their facilities in Mariager, Denmark, and everyone is looking forward to getting started’, says Franz Cuculiza, Managing Director from Aage Vestergaard Larsen. These additional 1500 tons of plastic will increase the annual production by approximately 10% during 2018, resulting in more people to be employed at the factory in Mariager.

Recycled pipes

Once all materials are shipped from Lowestoft, the designated quay area will be delivered back to the port.   

‘This story shows that when combining forces of experts across borders, even complicated projects like this can be overcome’, says Nikolaj Buurgaard Sørensen, Operations Manager from Blue Water Shipping.

A video of loading can be seen here.

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Scot Navigator Christened at Rochester


Scotline Marine Holdings are pleased to announce that we have taken full delivery of the Scot Navigator. We christened her on Friday 7th July at Scotline Terminal Medway in Rochester.

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A beautiful day in Rochester welcomed the Scot Navigator and her guests, which was a great opportunity for us to get people together and celebrate. The day consisted of a traditional christening ceremony, followed by a chance for the guests to mingle and inspect the vessel.


The Champagne poised, ready to Christen the Vessel



The Crew of the Vessel with her Godmother


Fortunately for the superstitious crew, the christening went without a hitch. Glenda, the ship’s godmother, spoke to the crowd before cutting the ribbon and everyone toasted the vessel.

Thanks to everyone who joined us on Friday, it was a great day and we appreciate your support. From everyone at Scotline and beyond, we wish the Scot Navigator many years of happy trading! Contact Intrada Chartering if you have a (photogenic) cargo for the new vessel.

Details about the Scot Navigator can be found here.



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Scot Navigator Launched


Scotline are pleased to announce the launch of the Scot Navigator from the GS Yard B.V. in Groningen. She will become the 10th vessel in the Scotline fleet.

On Wednesday the 22nd February 2017 the Scot Navigator was launched at the GS Yard B.V. in Groningen. She has a modern, efficient design which makes her the ideal acquisition for our expanding fleet, whilst being built to comply with all the latest legislation including provisions for ballast water treatment.

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The Scot Navigator will have a length of 88 metres, a beam of 13.75 metres and a maximum sailing draught of 4.90 metres. This will give her a timber-fitted capacity of about 5,500 cubic metres. She will be powered by a Caterpillar engine and will be sailing under the British flag like the rest of the Scotline fleet.

We expect her to be fully operational and delivered in May 2017.

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Scot Explorer Experiences Rough Weather in Buckie


Our Scot Explorer was stuck in Buckie last week because of the storms that hit the UK. In the extremely rough weather she couldn’t work, even in the shelter of the harbour.

The chief engineer, Radek, managed to take a video of the conditions in Buckie:


Distillery Tanks

She was in Buckie to load an interesting project cargo of whiskey distillery tanks. The destination for these is the Jameson’s Old Midleton Distillery in Cork.


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Scot Venture in Ice


A couple of short videos sent to us from our Scot Venture this week shows her navigating her way through the ice whilst loading in Riga.

As more of the Baltic ports become ice locked, the ice breakers are working hard to keep the port of Riga open.

Thanks to Iggy on board for sending us the videos.



It turns out that it’s not just Riga that’s experiencing bad weather at the moment. The pictures below was sent today showing the conditions in Buckie. 



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Thanks to Radek on the Scot Explorer for the update.

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Scotline Welcomes the Scot Leader


Scotline are pleased to welcome the Scot Leader to our fleet.

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Scotline have recently added a new lady to our fleet having taken on the Scot Leader, ex-Odertal. She is similar to our Scot Trader at around 4500 DWT. She’ll be flying under the British Flag.

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What the Leader brings to our fleet is not only a second vessel with a deadweight around 4500 tonnes, but equally importantly is her high cubics, holding 6,360 cubic metres in her single hold. For a full specification have a look at her details here. A full pdf can also be seen there showing more details and the particulars of her hold.

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She is just completing her dry docking this week and will be ready for service soon, looking stunning in the Scotline livery and ready to work. Thanks must go to our superintendents Mark and John and everyone else involved for getting her up to such a high standard so quickly.