MV Spiegelgracht

MV Spiegelgracht is a general cargo ship, operated by Spliethoff's Bevrachtingskantoor. She was launched in 1999.

Name: Spiegelgracht
Owner: Spliethoff's Bevrachtingskantoor
Port of registry: Amsterdam,  Netherlands[1]
Builder: Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Company, Japan
Yard number: 1173
Launched: 28 August 1999
In service: 2000–present
Status: In service
General characteristics
Type: General cargo ship
Length: 168 m (551 ft) (overall)
Installed power: Wärtsilä 6L64, 12,060 kW (16,170 hp)

Service history

Spiegelgracht was built in Japan by the Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Company, under the construction hull number 1172. She entered service with Spliethoff's Bevrachtingskantoor, a Netherlands-based shipping company, in January 2000.[2] Spiegelgracht is employed on numerous services for the company, including the collection of pleasure yachts from European ports – including Palma, Majorca and Southampton – in November of every year, and sailing them across the Atlantic to locations in the Caribbean for the winter cruising season. She then returns them to the Mediterranean every May for the summer cruising season.[3] Spiegelgracht is one of 80 freighters used by the Sevenstar Yacht Transport company to transport pleasure yachts in this way. During transport, the yachts are stored in specially designed cradles on the ship's deck, preventing them from suffering damage during the voyage.[3]

Spiegelgracht is also used to transport a wide range of general cargo, sometimes being used on a regular service between the Baltic and North West Europe and the USA; the ship also often makes transits through the Kiel Canal between the Baltic and North Sea.[2][4] In 2011 Spiegelgracht and another company ship, Deltagracht, transported disassembled wind turbines manufactured by the Danish company Vestas. Spiegelgracht carried 10 turbines from Esbjerg to Curaçao, in the Dutch Antilles, while Deltagracht carried 21 destined for Portland, Victoria.[5]


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  2. Jeff Cameron (5 January 2003). "Spiegelgracht – Netherlands". Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  3. "Pictured: The giant freighter piggybacking superyachts to the Caribbean". Daily Mail. London: Associated Newspapers Ltd. 7 December 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  4. "ClydeSights: Spiegelgracht". clydesights. 7 June 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  5. "Large heavy lift vessels in Esbjerg". Blue Water Shipping. 23 December 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
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