The thirty one year old 63m Oostzee is one of two coasters owned by Wantij BV in the Netherlands. They have a new vessel on order. Built in 1978 at Monnickendam, a special feature of this 815 gt ship is her low airdraft of only 6.8m which allows her to sail "all" Dutch, German and Belgium rivers. She is seen preparing to unload a cargo of steel for the Celtic Vestas wind turbine facility at Machrihanish which is still threatened with imminent closure. She, too, sailed this evening (12 March 2009), south bound through the North Channel, for an undisclosed destination.
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