The latest tanker ordered by the Thun Group will be able to take the bottom during cargo handling.(credit: Erik Thun AB).(Image shows ebb conditions)

Despite the cessation of trade in oil products to many small, tidal ports and river berths in the British Isles over the past few decades, the NAABSA charter party clause denoting ‘Not always afloat, but safely aground’ remains wholly relevant to the region’s shortsea market, writes David Tinsley.

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