NEDLLOYD BARCELONA must have been brand new when these photos were taken. One of four sisters built by Van der Giessen-de Nooord in 1978 and 1979 for the Europe - Middle East Conference service. The others were (in order of build) NEDLLOYD BAHRAIN, NEDLLOYD BALTIMORE and NEDLLOYD BANGKOK. Versatile multi-purpose ships with a Stulcken mast for a 225-ton derrick and a mixture of cranes and derricks, they had a capacity for 676 TEU's.
They served on a variety of Nedlloyd routes over the years, including service between New Zealand and South East Asia in the 1980s until replaced on that route by the four R-class roll-on/roll-off ships.
You raise an interesting point Dave and one that was picked up when NEDLLOYD BAHRAIN was doing her sea trials. Visibility forward was an issue and at the request of a regulatory body, a major change was made on the bridge by the addition of a secondary steering position on the port bridge wing. This was deemed necessary by the crane stowage arrangement and the large Stulcken derrick obscuring the helmsman's view forward.
I do recall that afternoons at sea on tankers usually saw the second mate in the chartroom updating charts following the receipt of a wedge of notices to mariners at the last port. The view from the chartroom table was always through a window into the wheelhouse, giving a clear enough view ahead.
There doesn't seem much scope for that here, though.
Comments on the view ahead are correct. I piloted several of the 'B' class and there was nowhere on the bridge to get a decent view ahead. Constantly walking from bridge wing to bridge wing and the same for the mates at sea. Fittest deck officers I ever met!