Ship of the Week

Friday, 04 April 2014 09:44

April 4 - ADV Ocean Shield

     ADVOcean Shield – Royal Australian Navy The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) vessel Ocean Shield, originally built as an offshore support vessel, has been asked to lead the search for black box recorder of Malaysia Airlines flight 370. She left Perth on Monday this week fitted with US Navy equipment designed to electronically search for the box, including a towed pinger locator and unmanned underwater drone.The towed pinger locater on Ocean Shield has a range of 1.6km and depth capability up to 6000m, with the search set to be conducted at a speed of just 5km/h. The underwater drone will be prepared to dive should the pinger locater detect a signal, map the sea floor and photograph potential debris. Built by STX OSV - Original name: Skandi BergenAcquired by the Royal Australian Navy in 2012LOA 105.9mBeam 21mDisplacement 6,500 tonsPropulsion       2 x Rolls Royce 4,000 HP stern azimuth thrusters                      2 x 2,400 HP bow thrusters                      2 x 2000 HP bow azimuth thruster Speed 16 knotsCost A$130 millionSister ship: Ocean Protector    ADV Ocean Shield entered service with the…
Friday, 28 March 2014 09:25

March 28, 2014 - Tokitae

     Washington State’s First Olympic-Class Ferry Tokitae The new Washington State Ferry Tokitae was christened last week at the Seattle shipyard of Vigor Industrial  by State Secretary of Transportation Ms. Lynn Peterson. LOA 110.3mBeam 25.4mDisplacement 4320 tonsDecks: 2 vehicle & 2 passengerCapacity 1500 passengers, 144 vehicles2 x diesel engines total 6,000 HPSpeed 17 knots    Tokitae is the first of three Olympic class car ferries planned to replace the state’s aging Evergreen State class 87 ferries, all of which are around 60 years old and well past their sell-by date. The second ferry, Samish, is under construction at the same yard. Following sea trials and crew training, Tokitae will enter service on the Mukilteo-Clinton route in June this year. Meanwhile, Samish is expected to serve the San Juan Islands beginning early next year. In a press statement, Vigor also revealed that Washington State has also approved funding for a third sister vessel which is expected to serve the Seattle-Bremerton route. Construction of Tokitae is estimated to have provided approximately 500 jobs at Vigor and its subcontractors. As with British Columbia, Washington State has long recognized that ferries are lifeline for many communities. In 1951, after numerous discussions with the…
Friday, 21 March 2014 08:06

March 21, 2014 - Coral Energy

       Coral Energy – directly driven dual fuel LNG carrier The world’s first dual-fuel LNG carrier, Coral Energy, is chartered by Skangass to deliver LNG to remote communities in Scandinavia.   Built by Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany in 2013Owned by Anthony Veder, Rotterdam, NLLOA 155mBeam 22.7mGRT 13,501 tonsDWT 12,344 MTCapacity 15,600 CBMIce Class 1A   The Anthony Veder Group was incorporated in 1937 as a shipowner and port agent. In 1969, the company acquired its first gas tanker and today exclusively operates gas tankers in all segements of the market, from CO2 to ethylene and from LPG to LNG including the world’s first LNG/LPG/LEG carrier. Skangass is Scandinavia’s major distributor on LNG.
Friday, 14 March 2014 00:00

March 14, 2014 - Raven Arrow

                          Raven Arrow Gearbulk Fleximax III design Gearbulk’s Raven Arrow is one of a series of seven vessels built to the company’s advanced Fleximax III design which began with the original Polish built Fleximaxes in 1996. Built by Mitsui Ichihara Engineering and Shipbuilding, Ichihara, Japan in 2012LOA 210mBeam 36mSummer draft 13.8mGRT 46,295 tonsDWT 72,871 MTJib cranes: 4 x 45 MT SWLGrabs: 4 x 15 cbmService speed 14.5 knotsOwned by Doun Kisen, Imbari, JapanManaged by Seaquest Oriental, SingaporeChartered by Gearbulk Pool Ltd. UKSister ships: Finch Arrow, Japin Arrow, Macaw Arrow, Maitaca Arrow, Petrel Arrow, Siskin Arrow      Raven Arrow was the first in a series of eight Fleximax III open hatch jib crane vessels. As with her predecessors, Raven Arrow, with box-shaped holds, is ideal for carrying unitised cargoes requiring a very high standard of stowage and handling. Although the new Raven Arrow class vessels with a deadweight of 73,000 MT are more than 50% larger than earlier generation open hatch vessels in Gearbulk's fleet, her carbon footprint per ton/mile of cargo carried is nearly 50% smaller.   \ anybody recognize the handsome young Captain alongside a former Raven Arrow? –…
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00

March 7, 2014 - Maersk Viking

            Maersk Viking – ultra deepwater drillship Maersk Drilling this week took delivery of its first ultra deepwater drillship. She is the first in a series of four such drillships to enter Maersk Drilling’s fleet in 2014, representing a total investment of $2.6 billion. The vessel has already begun its voyage to the US Gulf of Mexico where it will commence a three year contract with ExxonMobil. Built by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard, South Korea in 2013LOA 228mBeam 42mRated water depth 3,600 metersRated drilling depth 12,000 metersPropulsion 6 x 5,500 KW azimuth thrustersAccommodation for 230 persons    Featuring dual derrick and large subsea work and storage areas, the design allows for efficient well construction and field development activities through offline activities. With an advanced positioning control system, the ship automatically maintains position in severe weather conditions with waves of up to 11 meters and wind speeds of up to 26 meters per second.  In addition to the three drillships and four jack-up rigs in order, the existing Maersk fleet is already 17 drilling rigs including deepwater semi-submersibles and high-end jack-up rigs. Established in 1972, Maersk Drilling employs an international staff of 3,600 people and aims…
Friday, 28 February 2014 06:07

February 28, 2014 - Silja Festival

          Silja Festival to be renamed Delta Spirit Lodge The former Baltic Sea ferrySilja Festival will arrive on Saturday at Vancouver Drydock at approx. 1800 this weekend for a Transport Canada inspection has been chartered to act as an accommodation vessel for workers in Kitimat. She will berth at the former Eurocan dock and is to be renamed Delta Spirit Lodge during the term of her employment. Built by STX Finland, Helsinki Yard in 1986Owned and managed by AS Tallink GruppTechnically managed by Owned by HT Shipmanagement, Tallinn, Estonia LOA 168mBeam 27.6mGRT 34,414Berths 1879Speed 22 knots The vessel has been chartered by Rio Tinto Alcan to house additional workers being contracted for the Kitimat smelter’s modernization project. The ship is expected to be used for nine months and will have a service staff of 110 persons. Rio Tinto Alcan's current land-side work camp has 1,700 beds and is fully occupied, as is pretty much all accommodation in Kitimat. As can be seen from the pictures, the vessel is extremely well-appointed with comfortable cabin, dining, lounge and entertainment facilities. As is also the custom with vessels serving the Scandinavian ferry market she has first class gymnasium and…
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