TI Europe famous in China
On 13 February 2017 the TI Europe, one of the only two remaining unconverted V-Plus vessels worldwide, attracted widespread media attention in China when she berthed in the Daxie port zone in Ningbo-Zhoushan, carrying no less than 339,600 tonnes of crude oil from anchorages in the Middle East. The TI Europe is under an extended one-year time charter with Unipec (China International United Petroleum & Chemicals Co). The last time the vessel made a voyage to China was in 2005.
The TI Europe then sailed to the port of Dalian for further discharge. Captain Gernard Cornu and his crew welcomed groups of visitors and also found a drone landing on the deck. A few days later Tencent video, a Chinese leading interactive video platform, published a video of the TI Europe berthing. The vessel’s visit to China was also featured in several online news articles. On 17 February the TI Europe left the Dalian port after offloading work and set sail to Singapore.
You can watch the video here.
TI Europe: As big as the Empire State Building
V-Plus vessels, of which only four exist in the world, are the largest sailing vessels in the world and the TI Europe is one of them. The vessel measures 380 meters from bow to stern and is 68 meters wide. Standing on its end, a V-Plus vessel is as high as the Empire State Building in New York and is even four times higher than the Big Ben in London. The deck area is approximately 25,850 square meters which comes down to three and a half soccer pitches. The TI Europe has a carrying capacity of 3.1 million barrels of oil, or 500 liters of crude oil. That makes 865 million pints.