The oil/chemical tanker, Kirkeholmen, has been a regular sight in the Port of Vancouver and Indian Arm Anchorages over the past two years. The ship carries petroleum products from the US refineries just south of the border in Anacortes to keep our fuel-thirsty lower mainland well supplied. Fully loaded the Kirkeholmen can safely carry approximately 110,000 barrels of gasoline which is enough to full up the gas tanks of about 350,000 automobiles.
The Kirkeholmen is managed by Norbulk Shipping, whose present fleet consists of; bulk carriers, chemical and oil tankers, container ships, gas carriers and reefer ships. Since it's formation in 1982 Norbulk Shipping has continued to expand its ship management operations. Ship owner clients located across the globe now include, public listed companies, private family controlled shipping interests and government shipping enterprises. Ship management remains the core business of the group and the company maintains full compliance with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. Norbulk Shipping was one of the first ship companies to obtain certification of Quality Management systems in 1994.
The name Kirkeholmen, along with other ships in the fleet such as the Fruholmen and Brentholmen are all named after Norwegian Islands.
Ship of the Week contributed by Ben Vanderberghe of Westward Shipping Ltd.