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Sidsel Knutsen, Norwegian tanker at Gothenburg
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No: 7989   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 2008   Manufacturer: Unknown   Country: Sweden
Sidsel Knutsen, Norwegian tanker at Gothenburg

Photographed at Skarvikshamn, Gothenburg on 13 December 2008.
IMO 9019779, DWT 22,617, 533 feet (162.52 m) long, 75 ft (23 m) beam, 32 ft (9.8 m) draught, owned and operated by Knutsen O.A.S. Shipping. The Sidsel Knutsen is designed for the shipping of oil products, including gasoline, plain crude oil, and biodiesel. Home port Haugesund.
The Sidsel Knutsen makes frequent trips from Norway to the United States to pick up loads of biodiesel and deliver them to European ports. The company that the Sidsel Knutsen gets her biodiesel from is Lake Erie Biofuels, Erie, Pennsylvania; a major producer of biofuel in the United States.
The Sidsel Knutsen is perhaps best known for an incident that occurred in the Detroit River in 2001. A mail boat, J.W. Westcott II, capsized shortly after 0700 on an October morning as she was delivering a pilot to Sidsel Knutsen. Westcott’s captain, Catherine Nasiatka, 48, and deckhand David Lewis, 50, were killed in the accident. Two Canadian pilots who were aboard Westcott swam to safety in the fast-moving river that separates Detroit from Windsor, Ontario. The Sidsel Knutsen was unharmed by the incident because of her large size and steel hull.
Picture added on 13 December 2008
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News on August 4 from the vesseltracker web site:
"On Aug 3, 2010, at 2:30 p.m. U.S. Coast Guard officials have boarded the “Sidsel Knutsen” after it lost power off St. Clair, Michigan, around 11.20 a.m. and anchored in the St. Clair River. A tug is on its way to the ship. The tanker was downbound headed for Montreal when it hit a buoy at the south end of the Middle Ground. The ship then swung around and nearly slammed into the seawall before anchoring near the Pine River near The Voyageur restaurant. Also the St. Clair County Sheriff Department’s marine division is on the scene."
and on August 5:
"The crew of the "Sidsel Knutsen" is actually repairing the fire damage in St. Clair. The ship is expected to be back on its way in five to seven days."

Added by Peter Langsdale on 05 August 2010.
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