Ship of the Week

Friday, 31 October 2014 08:43

Oct 31 - CCGS Gordon Reid

                                       CCGS Gordon Reid Most people had probably never heard of CCGS Gordon Reid, a mid-shore fisheries patrol vessel, until she was pressed into service two weeks ago on a rough night west of Haida Gwaii to assist the disabled Russian multi-purpose vessel Simushir. Built in 1990 by Versatile Pacific Shipyard, VancouverLOA 49.95mBeam 11mGRT 880 tonsPropulsion: 4 × Deutz SBV 9M628Speed 12 knotsComplement: 12 crewBased in Patricia bay, Sydney BC   Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels are used to support the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Compliance and Enforcement program on the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts. As part of this program, Canadian Coast Guard personnel and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans' Fishery Officers work together to: Conduct surveillance of fisheries operations to ensure all regulations and guidelines are being respected Seize, recover, store and transport illegal fishing gear Monitor and patrol the oceans (coastlines and international boundaries) and provide a Canadian presence Discourage smuggling and fish poaching.   Between 2012 and 2014, the Coast Guard has taken delivery of a series of eight new mid-shore patrol vessels (above) built by Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax.…
Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:37

Oct 24 - Buena Ventura

      Buena Ventura - on long term charter to Baja Bulk In March this year, NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers signed a 15-year contract with Baja Bulk Carriers for the charter of a new build bulk carrier to replace the Isla de Cedros in continuous carriage of salt from Mexico to Vancouver. Isla de Cedros completed 216 successful voyages.   Built by Oshima Shipbuilding, Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan, 2014Operated  by NYK Ship Management, SingaporeLOA 209.3mBeam 32.2mGRT 35,669 tonsDWT 62,915 MT Propulsion: Mitsubishi UEC50LSE-Eco-B1, maximum continuous output 8110 KW, HP 10871.31 / RPM 102 Eco-ship structural design The vessel was delivered to NYK in August 2014. She comes with an eco-ship structural design and is equipped with an advanced electronically-controlled engine. For cargo handling she has two mobile cranes rated at 750 tons/hour each, a belt conveyor, a boom conveyor, and a hopper in order to meet charter party requirements. Precise specifications: Travelling Deck Crane         2 sets x 750 t/h Hopper with above              2 sets x 1000 t/h Main Belt Conveyor             1 set x 2000 t/h Cross Conveyor                  1 set x 2000 t/h…
Thursday, 16 October 2014 22:50

Oct 17 - Durban Highway

             Durban Highway – pure car carrier A regular feature of traffic in the Fraser River is that of car carriers. One such caller last week was Durban Highway which is chartered to K-Line, one of the largest operators of vessels in this sector with over 300 vessels. Built in 2011 by Shin Kurashima Toyohashi Shipbuilding, Toyohashi, JapanOwned and managed by Taiyo Nippon Kisen, Kobe, JapanLOA 199mBeam 32mGRT 58,997 tons   In 1968 K-Line commissioned the company’s first conventionally built vehicle carrier Toyota Maru No. 1 with a capacity of 1,250 vehicles followed by a series of similar vessels until Toyota Maru No. 10, Japan's first pure car carrier (PCC) appeared in 1970, along with the European Highway, the world's largest PCC at the time with 4,200-vehicle capacity.                                                 Toyota Maru No.1    Back in my China days 1991-94, we handled quite a bit of ro-ro traffic at Gearbulk’s Tianjin terminal including on this occasion K Line’s 1985 built Hume Highway –Stephen. Consistent with the company’s focus on evolving innovation, earlier this year K”…
Friday, 10 October 2014 01:09

Oct 10 - Coral Star

                 Coral Star – ethylene carrier Coral Star is the Anthony Veder Group's first ship with LNG tanks for cargo-independent dual fuel operation and will be employed in shipping ethylene from a Sabic cracker (ethylene liquifaction plant) at Teeside in the UK to destinations in Northern Europe. Last month after making her maiden voyage from China to Zeebrugge on conventional fuel oil. she called at the port of Zeebrugge’s Euroservices Terminal to undertake LNG fuel gas trials. In recent years Zeebrugge has developed a considerable reputation for expertise in this field. Built in 2014 by Avic-Dingheng Shipbuilding yard in Jiangsu province, PRCOwned and operated by Anthony Veder GroupLOA 99.9mBeam 17mGRT 5,831 tonsCapacity 4,700 CBMPropulsion: Six-cylinder in-line 34DF main engine by Wärtsilä with C/P propeller and twin six-cylinder in-line 20DF auxiliariesSister ship: Coral Sticho   The vessel’s final commissioning was complex and was undertaken in two steps. The initial step was to condition and load the bunker tanks with LNG and secondly send gas to the engines for testing. Liquefied nitrogen was used to purge the bunker tanks (reduce O2-content) and to cool down. After cooling down to -160°C the system was filled with LNG…
Friday, 03 October 2014 09:06

Oct 3 - Global Striker

                Global Striker – Handy-size bulk/log carrier Built in 2013LOA 178.3mBeam 29.0mGRT 20,254 tonsDWT 32,976 MT   Global Striker was alongside at the Island Timberlands terminal (formerly Harmac East) last week for a ceremony to mark the completion of a major project to increase the open storage area of the dock. This will provide the option to load logs directly from the dock as opposed to the normal practice of loading from water here in BC.  It will also, for the first time, permit log loading over two shifts rather than the restriction of a single daylight shift which applies when loading direct from water, thereby reducing vessel turnaround time to something more comparable to our major U.S. and New Zealand competitors. 37,000 m3 of dock infill was created by blasting of rock behind the terminal to create 5,900 m2 of new yard space. This was supplemented by 5200 tons of riprap rock and 6500 tons of filter rock, all imported. A further 5000 m2 of dock yard area, adjacent to eastern end of the dock was created by also using rock from upper yard blasting to fill the previous barge basin. Total…
Friday, 26 September 2014 09:40

Sept 26 - HMAS Canberra

                          HMAS Canberra HMAS Canberra (LHD 02) is the first of two Canberra class landing helicopter dock (LHD) ships constructed for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Construction began in Spain in 2008, where the bare bones hull was launched in 2011. The hull was then carried to Australia in late 2012 for completion by BAE Systems Australia. Built by Navantia, Ferrol, Spain – fitted out by BAE Systems Australia, Williamstown, VictoriaLOA 230.8mBeam 32.0mDisplacement 27,500 tonsCombined diesel and gas propulsion with two azimuth thrustersSpeed 20 knots + Complement: 358 personnel plus capacity for 1000 troops and 110 heavy vehiclesAirwing: Up to 18 helicopters (plus a ski ramp to allow for emergency operations with fixed-wing aircraft)Sister Ship: HMAS Adelaide       The LHD has a stern ramp/door that provides access to the well dock for landing craft and vehicles along with a fixed ramp (steel beach) between the well dock and the heavy vehicle/cargo deck (1410m2). Additionally two lateral ramp doors are located on the starboard side and provide wharf access to the heavy vehicle/cargo deck for vehicles up to 65 MT. Vehicular access between the heavy and light vehicle…
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