Saturday, 25 February 2012

A futuristic car carrier and sea gulls on a windy day in Øresund

The City of St. Petersburg, which carries 2000 automobiles, is owned by Japanese auto maker Nissan. Thanks to its unusual design, which features a semispherical prow that's claimed to reduce wind resistance by up to 50 percent compared to a conventional vessel, the City of St. Petersburg is expected to cut annual fuel usage by 800 tons.

It has been a rather windy day here in Øresund. But the vehicle carrier City of St. Petersburg - on its way from St. Petersburg to Newcastle - did not have any problems with the rough sea this afternoon. Note the futuristic design of the ship, built by Kyokuyo Shipbuilding & Iron Works, Shimonoseki, Japan in 2010.

A somewhat closer look at the City of St. Petersburg

The pier used for bathing in the summer was now occupied by a well ordered group of sea gulls of different size and colour

The same formation of birds a little bit closer

The beach today

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