Ship of the Week

Thursday, 04 February 2016 21:19

Feb 5 - Mesdar

                                              VLCC Mesdar Typical of the approximately 650 strong fleet of modern VLCCs is Mesdar operated by Glasgow based Norbulk Shipping.Built by Cosco Nantong Shipyard, Nantong PRC in 2007Owned by New Ocean Shipping Venture Ltd.Operated by Norbulk Shipping UK Ltd. in GlasgowLOA 333mBeam 60mGRT 160,295 tonsDWT 315,802 MTSummer draft 21mRegistry: MonroviaClassification Society: Bureau Veritas    Privately owned Norbulk Shipping Company is headquartered in Bermuda with Management offices are located in Glasgow, Riga, Helsingborg, Saint John NB, Genoa and St. Petersburg. The company manages a diversified fleet of VLCCs, LPG carriers, product and chemical tankers, ro-ro’s, refrigerated cargo container vessels and bulk carriers in addition to providing construction supervision to new builds.  Following a strong 2015, the crude oil tanker market is expected to maintain healthy returns for owners in 2016 despite fleet growth of around 4%. The real concern is that scrapping of older vessels is certain be deferred so long as they can make good money in the spot market.  Around 35 million tons DWT was of tankers were ordered in 2015 including 66 VLCCs. See the fleet growth history and projection in the chart above left and the correlation between the declining price of oil and average VLCC…
Friday, 29 January 2016 06:25

Jan. 29 - Galaxy Clipper

                               Galaxy Clipper A great way to see London is by way of a boat trip on the Thames and this is even more of a pleasure following the arrival in mid-October 2015 of the Tasmanian Incat built Galaxy Clipper and her sister vessel Neptune Clipper. MBNA Thames Clippers are promoted as the fastest and most frequent fleet of commuter craft on the river with departures from major piers every 20 minutes stretching from Putney to Royal Arsenal Woolwich. The fleet has grown from a single vessel operation in 1999 to a fleet of 15 catamarans carrying almost four million passengers a year in what the company describes as “a comfortableand relaxed environment.”    The LOA 34m 150 passenger Tasmanian vessels, representing an investment of GBP 6.5 million (US$9.3m), were carried from the Incat yard to the heart of the Thames by the 2009 built cargo vessel Antje (formerly Clipper Antje) which was given permission to moor alongside the World War II veteran battleship HMS Belfast to conduct discharge operations. In 2014 the Bank of America credit card provider MBNA acquired naming and advertizing rights to the company’s fleet hence the rebranding from Thames Clippers to MBNA Thames Clippers. The new vessels…
Friday, 22 January 2016 06:41

Jan. 22 - John M. Carras

                                      John M. Carras – Panamax bulk carrierA recent grain loader in Vancouver was the Panamax bulk carrier, John M. Carras, was named after a much admired pioneer of Greek shipping.  Mr. Carras was born in 1915  and was not of the publicity seeking mould of Aritotole Onassis or Spyros Niarchos.  He passed away at the age of 93 in 2008. Built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, Geoge, South KoreaOwned and managed by Carras Hellas, AthensEntered service in 2012LOA 229mBeam 32mGRT 44,190 tonsDWT 82,057 tonsRegistered in Athens    John M. Carras established the London agency Carras Ltd together with his father Michael J. Carras on the eve of World War II before relocating to the United States where he established himself in California rather than New York where most of the Greek ship owners of the time were clustered. His home was close to one of the Kaiser Shipyards  that was fully occupied in construction of wartime Liberty Ships and when he eventually went to New York at the end of the war he was able to get his hands on acquire one of the 100 Liberty ships allocated to Greek ship owners, the 1944-built Frank J. Cuhel, which he renamed Fotini…
Friday, 15 January 2016 00:03

Jan. 15 - USS Zumwalt

                    USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) guided missile destroyer Sea trails of USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) an entirely new class of stealth design guided missile destroyer, began last month on the Kennebeck River in the State of Maine. She was intended to be the first of a fleet of 32 vessels but due to cost over-runs and technical problems, only three ships will be built at a cost of $4 billion each. Built by Bath Iron Works, MaineLOA 182.9mBeam 24.6mDisplacement 14,564 tonsPropulsion; 2 ×Rolls-Royce MT30gas turbines with twin screwsSpeed 33.5 knotsComplement: 142 personnelAircraft: 2 x SH-60 LAMPS helicopters or a single MH-60R helicopter and 3 x MQ-8 Fire Scout VTUAVHome port: San Diego CA    The Zumwalt class is fitted with a electromagnetic rail gun capable of launching projectiles at seven times the speed of sound as far as 100 miles, a far more financially efficient alternative than launching conventional missiles. She will also have a traditional vertical gun system and an array of laser weapons now being tested in the Arabian Gulf. The stealth design of the hull is intended to register on radar as a vessel the size of a fishing boat. USS Zumwaltis named after Admiral Elmo Russell Zumwalt,…
Friday, 08 January 2016 00:04

Jan 7 - MV Greenland

                MV Greenland, world’s first LNG powered dry cargo vessel The cement carrier MV Greenland was delivered to JT Cement in early December 2015 and is for the time being is the world’s only LNG-powered dry cargo vessel.  Built by Ferus Smit, Scheepswerf Hoogenzand, NetherlandsOwned and managed by Thun Shipmanagement, Lidkoping, SwedenLOA 110mBeam 14mGRT 3,000 tonsDWT 5,875 MTPropulsion: Wärtsilä 6 cylinder 34DF main engine (the first bulk carrier to adopt Wärtsilä’s multi fuel capability)    The unique design incorporates vertical LNG fuel tanks integrated into the fore-part of the hull. By opting for Wärtsilä’s dual-fuel (DF) technology, the vessel will be able to operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and a choice of other fuels, including marine diesel fuel, bio fuel and heavy fuel oil.  In gas mode, the engine fulfils the IMO’s Tier III requirements without need of any after treatment systems. This is important since the ship will operate extensively in Northern European's Emissions Control Area governed waters.The fully automated cement cargo-handling  system is somewhat conventional in that compressed air is used to blow cement through fully enclosed pipes thereby allowing for dust free loading and discharging. JT Cement is a joint…
Friday, 18 December 2015 09:03

Dec 18 - ICGV Tyr

                                      ICGV Týr She is not spectacular, she is not new, she is certainly not large, nor is she loaded with electronic gadgetry. However, the Icelandic Coast Guard and Fisheries Protection Vessel Týrwas sent to the Mediterranean this year to help out with the crisis of refugees attempting to reach Europe, away from the troubles of the Middle East. It was a small and largely unhearlded gesture by the far removed government of Iceland to lend a hand to the Greek and Italian maritime authorities in saving lives when so many other countries, with far greater resources, failed to do so. Therefore, as we settle into the safety of our homes in the company of friends and family over the Chritmas holidays, lend a thought to those who are still out there trying to cope with a steady influx of 3-4,000 refugees who continue to arrive on the coastline of Europe every single day. Built by Euroflex marine, Aarhus, DenmarkDelivered in 1975Owned and managed by the Government of IcelandLOA 71mBeam 10mGRT 1271 tonsDWT 513 MTPropulsion; MAN 8L40/54   2 x 3163kW (4,300BHP)Full speed: 20…
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