Ship of the Week

Friday, 20 October 2017 10:45

Oct 20 - Mongoose Hunter

When recently checking the visitor log at the Mission to Seafarers, I was amused by the name of a ship from which we hosted a large group of seafarers. The name of the ship was Mongoose Hunter and curiosity so got the better of me that I had to dig deeper. After all, who would call a ship Mongoose Hunter or Mongoose anything for that matter. On research, I was able to identify that within the Delphis Fleet, owned since 2015 by Compagnie Maritime Belge, there also exists the imaginatively named mid-size container ships named Cuckoo Hunter, Duck Hunter, Grouse Hunter, Harrier Hunter, Hawk Hunter and Moose Hunter.   Built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, UlsanDelivered in 2005Owned and managed by Delphis Shipping, a subsidiary of Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB)Chartered by 2M AllianceLOA 294.1mBeam 32.3mGRT 58,289 tonsDWT 64,519 MTCapacity 4,922Registered in MonroviaPrevious names: Built as P&O Nedlloyd Heemskerck, MOL Cullinan, 2005-14, Santa Regina 2014-15   Mongoose Hunter is currently operating within the 2M Alliance of Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company which formally began operations in January 2015. Under the negotiated terms, the world’s two largest container carriers signed a 10 year Vessel Sharing Agreement on the Asia-Europe, Transatlantic and Transpacific trades.…
Friday, 13 October 2017 10:58

Oct 13 - Coralius

Having been named in May this year and put to work in September, the LNG bunker supply vessel Coralius is making a name for herself as the first of her type to be built in Europe and specifically designed for the conditions of the Baltic and North Seas. As such she is built to 1A ice-class and is fitted with state of the art LNG-transfer and mooring equipment. She also has a noticeably flat working deck to support ship-to-ship transfers. Built by Royal Bodewes Shipyard, Eemshaven, The NetherlandsOwned and operated by Anthony Veder and Sirius ShippingChartered by Skangas, NorwayDelivered in July 2017LOA 99.6mBeam 18.0mGRT 5,600 tonsCapacity 5,800 cbm of LNGService speed 13 knots      The first ship to ship transfer by Coralius (picture above left) recently took place in international waters in the Northern Kattegat between Frederikshavn, Denmark, and Gothenburg, Sweden. The receiving vessel was the LOA 144m oil and chemical tanker Fure West. In 2015, its managers, Furetank Rederi, retroffited her from conventional heavy oil bunkers to LNG on account of her dedicated trading pattern in the Emissions Control Area (ECA) of the Baltic Sea and Kattegat. Coralius was built as part of a Pilot LNG umbrella project…
Friday, 06 October 2017 10:35

Oct 10 - Adventure of the Seas

  Islands across the Caribbean are continuing to struggle following the unprecedented levels of damage wreaked by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and most recently Maria which entirely devastated the infrastructure of the US territory of Puerto Rico. Much has been made of the slow Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) speed of response to the situation in Puerto Rico by comparison to the response to Hurricanes Harvey across Texas and Irma across Florida but the pace is now picking up. Even so, the majority of the island’s 3.4 million people are without power, communications, gas or drinking water and is likely to remain so for quite some time. Against this background, many are desperate to leave but with limited flights and no suitable US flag vessel capability capable of moving thousands of people, it has fallen to the goodwill of foreign flagged cruise lines to make capacity available. One such vessel is Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s (RCL) Adventure of the Seas which last week undertook a humanitarian mission to evacuate almost 4,000 people from Puerto Rico. The lead picture above shows the line-up  to evacuate in San Juan, the major port and capital city of Puerto Rico. Evacuees were not charged for…
Thursday, 28 September 2017 16:30

Sept. 29 - W-Sky

  Here in Vancouver to load coal at Westshore Terminals, Roberts Bank, this week was the post-Panama bulk carrier W-Sky, managed by W Marine Inc based in Athens. Built by Catic Shipbuilding, Taizhou, Jiangsu, PRCOwned and managed by W Marine, AthensDelivered in 2011LOA 229.2mBeam 38.0mGRT 51,239 tonsDWT 92,929 MTMain engine : MAN-B&W 6S60MC-C, BHP 18.436, Kw 13.560,Service Speed : 14 knots      Established in 2003, W Marine Inc. manages a fleet of six bulk carriers in the Panamax, Kamsarmax and Post-Panamax sectors. By way of interest, the evolution of the “Kamsarmax" with a deadweight of around 82,000 MT and LOA 229m is on account of being the largest size of vessel that can be accommodated at the world’s largest bauxite port, namely Port Kamsar in Equatorial Guinea. Export coal volumes through the Port of Vancouver (Westshore and Neptune Terminals) staged something of a recovery in the first half of 2017 with a 7% increase over the same period of 2016. Metallurgical coal volumes were slightly down at 12.3 million tonnes but still representing the fifth consecutive year of metallurgical coal export volumes reaching more than 12 million tonnes at the mid-year point. On the other hand, thermal coal volumes…
Friday, 22 September 2017 11:40

Sept. 22 - Scott Spirit

The Teekay owned tanker Scott Spirit is a prime example of a modern shuttle tanker designed to load from offshore installations as an alternative to building undersea pipelines to connect offshore oil fields to storage and refinery capacity. Being designed to work in such challenging environments as the North Sea, Brazil or off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, shuttle tankers are arguably among the hardest working vessels in the tanker sector. Built by Samsung Shipbuilding & Heavy Industries, Geoje, South KoreaDelivered in 2011Owned and operated by Teekay Shipping, Stavanger, NorwayLOA 248mBeam 42mGRT 66,563 tonsDWT 109,334 MTRegistry Bahamas   Teekay Offshore Partners, is a major player in this intensively competitive business and in June 2015 the company announced the signing of a 15 year shuttle contract with Canada Hibernia Holding Corporation (CHHS), Chevron Canada, ExxonMobil Canada, Husky Energy, Mosbacher Operating Ltd, Murphy Oil, Nalcor Energy, Statoil, and Suncor Energy. Teekay Offshore is to provide shuttle tankers for loading crude oil at Hibernia, Terra Nova, White Rose and Hebron oil fields located off Newfoundland. These 15-year contracts, plus extension options, is initially being serviced by one of Teekay Offshore’s existing shuttle tankers, the Navion Hispania, and two to three third party-owned shuttle tankers currently operating in East Coast Canada.…
Friday, 15 September 2017 11:29

Sept. 15 - St. Eval

Seen here alongside in Coal Harbour, but more usually found lying at the Seaspan Dock at Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver, is the converted yacht St. Eval which began life in the UK having been built at the Bowling Shipyard on the River Clyde in Scotland, as a pre-war Warrior Class tug. Shipbuilding at the Bowling Shipyard began around 1800 when the McGill brothers established their yard at the Forth and Clyde Canal basin. By the late 1840's the McGill's had joined forces with James Scott to form Scott & McGill, which became Scott and Sons in 1851. Between 1851 and 1979 Scott's built in excess of 450 vessels and was incorporated in 1958 being traded for the first time as Scott & Sons (Bowling) Ltd . In 1965, the company was taken over by Scott's Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd of Greenock and became part of the Scott Lithgow Group. The yard closed in 1979. Designed and built by Scott and Sons at the Bowling Shipyard, ScotlandDelivered in 1930, served in WWII, refitted in 1993Length 35m (115 feet)Beam 7.4mDisplacement 382 tonnesMain engine single screw 660HP (486kW)Cruising speed 10 knotsAccommodation for up to four guestsRegistered in Falmouth, UKPrevious name: Chieftain  …
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