WU ZHU HAI

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WU ZHU HAI

Post by Allan » Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:52 pm

WU ZHU HAI Bulk Carrier – A recent visitor to my home waters, River Clyde in Glasgow, Scotland. Thereafter dispatched to Houston Texas, and now with a destination of Singapore.

Originally attributed with a course via Suez Canal, subsequently amended to via Panama Canal, then updated and reverted to via Suez Canal.

Update position:- as at 0844hrs UTC 22/6/16, passing north of the Dominican Republic, making 13 knots.
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Re: WU ZHU HAI

Post by Allan » Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:06 pm

WU ZHU HAI – approximately 36 hours ago, reported position was about 80 miles north of San Juan in Puerto Rico – heading 3 degrees north of due East and making 12.4 knots – calculated ETA Straits of Gibraltar at current speed, 1800hrs 4th July.
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Re: WU ZHU HAI

Post by Allan » Tue Jul 05, 2016 9:19 pm

WU ZHU HAI – no update yet on AIS as to her arrival at the Straits (don’t have access to satellite coverage). ETA was based on last-reported speed of 12.4 knots, but if her average speed reduces by just 1 knot over this distance, that would add just over a day to her ETA; reduction of 2 knots, then 2 days, etc.

Not ignoring the possibility she is going via the Cape of Good Hope – adds about 500 nautical miles to the journey. Most recent forecasted route was however via Suez.
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Re: WU ZHU HAI

Post by Allan » Fri Jul 08, 2016 2:20 pm

WU ZHU HAI – still no updated position, so average speed across the North Atlantic can be no more than 9 knots.

Increased likelihood of route changed to via the Cape – journey time to there from her last reported position at 12 knots would be 20 days – so could be another 5 days of “wait and see”……….
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Re: WU ZHU HAI

Post by Allan » Sat Jul 09, 2016 9:01 pm

As of now, no change in situation – increasing likelihood of course being via Cape of Good Hope.
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Re: WU ZHU HAI

Post by Allan » Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:18 pm

At last – mystery resolved, route was in fact via the Cape of Good Hope.

Seven minutes ago, WU ZHU HAI reported as being 60 miles south-west of Cape Town, making 12 knots.

Unfortunately, this route doesn’t lend itself to land-based monitoring. Once rounding the Cape, next land-fall is Banda Acheh in Malayasia about 4,500 miles from Capetown and from where it is only some 600 miles to Singapore.

ETA Singapore is now 3rd August – WU ZHU HAI has to maintain an average speed of slightly over 11 knots to achieve that timetable, which is eminently do-able.

So regrettably won’t be adding any updates here until at least the end of July – see you then.
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