Photo: BW Fleet Management Pte. Ltd., Singapore.
The Berge Stahl, completed in 1986, has 365,000 deadweight tons, a length of 343 meters, a beam of 65 meters, and a draught of 25 meters. It represented, until 2011, the world’s largest ore carrier, carrying iron ore between Brazil (Ponta da Madeira in Itaqui) and Rotterdam (Europoort), which it calls once every 5 weeks. Rotterdam is the only European port that can accommodate a ship of such size, and it roughly takes 4 or 5 days to unload it.