Ship of the Week

Friday, 17 June 2016 00:03

June 17 - Mari Jone

Mari Jone – methanol carrier discharging at Bell Bay, Tasmania earlier this month We take the opportunity this week to recognize the innovative environmental leadership of a Vancouver based shipping company. In December 2013, Waterfront Shipping, a wholly owned subsidiary of Methanex Corporation, agreed with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Westfal-Larsen and Marinvest to build six new 50,000 DWT methanol carriers, plus three options, to be built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and Minaminippon Shipbuilding for delivery during 2016. The vessel specifications included MAN ME-LGI flex fuel engines fuelled by methanol, fuel oil, marine diesel oil, or gas oil. When operating on methanol, the MAN B&W ME-LGI flex fuel engines use HFO, MDO or MGO as a pilot fuel, significantly reducing emissions of CO2, NOx, and SOx. Built by Hyundai Mipo, South KoreaDelivered April 2016LOA 186mBeam 32mGRT 29,700 tonsDWT 49,962 MTCargo tanks 12 Slop tanks 2Cubic capacity at 98%: 53,808 m3    Mari Jone prior to delivery (left). Lindanger naming ceremony (centre) and on maiden voyage arrival in Bell Bay (right) Mari Jone was named by Marinvest in honour of Jone Hognestad, President of Waterfront Shipping for the past 17 years and the driving force behind the new building program. A rare honour was…
Friday, 10 June 2016 13:38

June 10 - Momi Arrow

Anchored in Burrard Inlet this week after discharging steel at Fraser Surrey Docks was Momi Arrow. She is one of a class of 10 semi-open jib craned vessels operated by Gearbulk Shipping. LOA 199.9mBeam 32.3mGRT 30,983 tonsDWT 54,204 MT5 holds with bale capacity 59,811 cbm4 x 30 MT jib cranes4 x 12 cbm grabsSpeed 14.7 knotsSister ships: Acer, Betula, Biwa, Buna, Cypress, Ginkgo, Kashi, Matsu and Tawa Arrow    Originally established in 1968 by the late Mr. Kristian Gerhard Jebsen in a partnership pool with the Louise Dreyfus Group of France and J. Ludwig Mowikels of Norway, Gearbulk specializes in the ocean transportation of forest products, non-ferrous metals (notably aluminium products) and high value bulk cargoes but also in areas of expertise such as the carriage of liquid pitch, orange juice and project cargoes. In recent years, the company has diversified the fleet of from one of open hatch gantry craned vessels to one of semi-open hatch and conventional cranes. With an established network of regional offices in London, Dubai, Durban Manila, Melbourne, Zurich, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Singapore, Tampa and Tokyo the company provides global coverage. Regretfully, the Vancouver office was recently closed after more than 30 years of…
Friday, 03 June 2016 11:32

June 3 - Eser K

A recent caller to Kinder Morgan’s Westridge crude oil export terminal in Burnaby was the Aframax tanker Eser K. Owners: Laser Navigation Ltd of TurkeyBuilt by Hanjin Heavy Industries, South Korea in 2009Registered in Majuro, Marshall IslandsLOA 250mBeam 44mGRT 63304 tonsDWT 115,829 MT Summer draft 14.97mLOA 250mMain engine: ME MAN B&W 6360 MC-CPower 13,560 KW    Pictures: Left: Inbound approaching Lions Gate Bridge from English Bay Centre: Third vessel in-line for inbound Second Narrows slack water transit Right: Outbound (loaded condition) transit under raised Second Narrows CN Rail bridge Kinder Morgan’s $6.8 billionTrans Mountain expansion project recently received National Energy Board (NEB) approval subject to 157 condition being met. The hugely complex and technical report weighed in at 533 pages following three years of consideration to expert input along with that of project supporters and opponents . The project is now subject to federal cabinet approval by year end which, if granted, will result in an expansion of export capacity from 300,000 barrels/day to around 890,000 barrels/day by 2019/20. In the meantime, the federal government has appointed a three person “expert panel” to consider the thoroughness of the NEB’s work and also for the first time, the NEB is asking…
Friday, 27 May 2016 16:37

May 27 - ALP Striker

                                       ALP Striker On May 13 the Niigata Shipyard in Japan hosted the naming ceremony for the ALP Striker, the first of four state-of-the-art SX-157 Ulstein Design ultra-long distance towing and anchor handling vessels built for Teekay. This new generation of vessels is specially designed for extra-long haul towage of large offshore objects such as FPSOs and FLNGs With Kongsberg’s K-pos (DNV DYNPOS-AUTR), Cat-Propulsion (Berg) 2x 1050kW stern thrusters and 2 x 1500kW bow thrusters and three SL400-3T Rolls Royce Anchohandling/towing winches built side by side the vessels are equipped for mooring of offshore objects on arrival in the field. Manager               ALP Maritime Services BVBollard Pull          306 mtLOA                        88.90 mFlag                        DutchPort of Registry  RotterdamYear Built             2016Max Speed          19 knotsDWT                      4250 tonnesDraft                     7m ALP Striker is the first…
Friday, 20 May 2016 11:32

May 20 - Pacific Spike

                                                          Pacific Spike The Pacific Spike is the first cargo ship specially built to transport 150m train rails, the longest lengths in the world. Her single long hold with no bulkhead and her synchronized three deck cranes, operable through remote control, allow her to load 150m lengths of train rails, which previously required sectioning to load aboard a ship; thus, enabling the export of Japanese-made high-quality train rails in their full length. Union Pacific was the first in the rail industry to import long rail from Japan to its custom facility at the Port of Stockton The Pacific Spike has been at Squamish Terminals since the beginning of the week discharging approximately 4,000 bundles (19,000 MT) of 80' rail from Japan.  She was our Ship of the Week on April 17, 2015, but we wanted to feature her on her inaugural voyage to British Columbia.     Vessel type : Long rail carrierOwner : Sky Tree Shipping S.A.Builder : Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co., Ltd.Delivery : August 29, 2014LPP × B × D–d : 187.0 m × 28.2 m…
Friday, 13 May 2016 11:41

May 13 - Harmony of the Seas

                               Aqua Theater of the Harmony of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s Chairman and CEO, Richard Fain, unveiled the biggest and the most expensive cruise ship ever built, Harmony of the Seas, at a traditional delivery and flag changing ceremony on Thursday at the STX France shipyard in Saint Nazaire marking the debut of what will be the 25th ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet.  After 32-months of construction, the ship truly is the largest cruise ship built with a width of 66m, length of 361m, 16 decks, GRT of 227,000 and 9.15m draught.      Joining the festivities in the ship’s AquaTheater were Richard Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International together with Laurent Castaing, General Manager, STX France (pictured above).   Among the ship’s ‘first-at-sea’ experiences, Harmony of the Seas offers: A 100-foot drop with The Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea, plunging courageous adrenaline seekers 10 storeys down from deck 16 to the Boardwalk on deck 6; 4,700,000 lbs. (2,150 tons) of water in 23 swimming pools, whirlpools, two FlowRider surf…
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