Flags of Convenience

Belize Registered Vessels at Harbourfront - between Vivo City and Sentosa
Belize Registered Vessels at Harbourfront – between Vivo City and Sentosa

Last weekend we went across to Harbourfront. My partner’s HTC Windows 8 phone had not started since Jakarta and the HTC service centre is at Harbourfront. Two minutes with HTC and we had a functioning phone again. The problem was the charger not the phone.  We then decided to stroll through the Cruise Ship terminal and Vivo City. A cool glass of something felt in order so we ended up sitting at the pub overlooking the water.

Belize Registered Vessels at Harbourfront - the Sea Heron and the Sea Robin
Belize Registered Vessels at Harbourfront – the Sea Heron and the Sea Robin

As I was watching I saw two vessels dancing around. I also noted that on the stern was emblazoned the location “Belize”. Seems both these small boats as well as at least one other were registered in Belize.

The vessels were called the Sea Robin and the Sea Heron.

Of course, if you are really curious about vessels you can check their details very easily these days. I know the following now about the Sea Heron:

Ship Type: Crew boat
Year Built: 1978
Length x Breadth: 29 m X 9 m
Gross Tonnage: 135, DeadWeight: 1 t
Draught: 5.5 m
Speed recorded (Max / Average): 8.1 / 7.1 knots
Flag: Belize
Call Sign: V3NN
IMO: 8827090, MMSI: 312018000
Last Position Received
Latitude / Longitude: 1.2575° / 103.7714° (Map)
Speed/Course 8.1 knots / 0˚
Last Known Port: SINGAPORE
Name Change History:

  • PELICAN 33 1 October 2009
  • PENGUIN 33 1 March 2007
  • TRIDAYA BARUNA IV 1 July 1997

Details for the Sea Robin:

Ship Type: Tug
Length x Breadth: 26 m X 8 m
Speed recorded (Max / Average): 10.4 / 9.8 knots
Flag: Belize
Call Sign: V3QF
IMO: 0, MMSI: 312721000
Last Position Received
Area: Singapore Area
Latitude / Longitude: 1.2349° / 103.8495° (Map)
Speed/Course 10.4 knots / 0˚
Last Known Port: SINGAPORE

It seems that she has only ever had the one name as no other names are registered for her. What is really neat is that her last position is shown on the map here.

There is so much information available at the fingertips these days.

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2 thoughts on “Flags of Convenience

    • thomo the lost 9 May 2013 / 12:15 pm

      Singapore is great for ship watching – sitting down the East Coast as well as Harbourfront.

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