Ship of the Week

Friday, 20 July 2018 13:26

Jul 20 - F/V Margiris

The super trawler and factory ship Margiris is the world's second largest fishing vessel.  She has been surrounded by a significant amount of controversy over the years as states look to control its catch and operations.  Australia has banned trawlers over 130 metres from fishing in its waters. Tasmania is looking to strengthen its existing ban that restricts vessels larger than 38 metres in length from fishing in their waters, up to three nautical miles off the shores of Australia. The Tasmanian recreational fishing industry is worth about $93 million to the economy. Flag:           LithuaniaBuilder:       rebuilt by Mjellem & Karlsen Verft, Bergen Norway 1997Homport:    Klaipeda Tonnage:    9,499 GT / 6,200 DWTLength:      142 mBeam:        17 mDecks:       32    
Tuesday, 10 July 2018 09:21

July 13 - EV Nautilus

  The EV Nautilus is a research vessel currentlly based in Victoria, British Columbia.  The vessel is on a global mission of exploration, so it has no true home port.  The ship is operated by the Ocean Exploration Trust under the direction of Dr. Robert Ballard.  The Nautilus is equipped with a team of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) Hercules, and Argus, a multibeam mapping system, and mapping tools Diana and Echo.  All of these tools help the Ocean Exploration Trust conduct deep sea exploration of unknown parts of the ocean to a depth of 4000 meters. Built:                 1967Length:             64 mBeam:               10.5 mSpeed:              10 knotsComplement:  17 crew, 31 science/mission       From July 5-21 2018, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Haida Nation, Oceana Canada, and Oceans Network Canada are embarking on an expedition to explore seamounts near the islands of Haida Gwaii in the northeast Pacific Ocean off the coast of British Columbia.  The team will spend 16 days on board the EV Nautilus.  All known seamounts located in Canadian waters are found off the coast…
Friday, 06 July 2018 12:24

Jul 7 - Lifeline

  The M/V Lifeline operated by Mission Lifeline is a humanitarian vessel dedicated to saving all people in distress at sea from death by drowning. Efforts are focussed in the central Mediterranean where the number of deaths is the most concentrated in the world.  The Lifeline supports ongoing search and rescue (SAR) operations offshore Libya and cooperates with other SAR organizations to effectively rescue people from distress. The vessel and its captain are in the headlines following the its recent arrival of 233 rescued migrants to shore in Malta last week.   The vessel is charged with entering Maltese territorial waters illegally and without proper registration and a licence. The prosecuting officers are also requesting the court to order the confiscation of the ship. Flag: NetherlandsGRT: 231LOA: 32 mBeam: 8 mBuilt: 1968   The Lifeline's registration irregularities are in question as Dutch officials gave written confirmation that the vessel was not registered under the flag for the purpose of international law conventions. It was only registered as a pleasure yacht with a Dutch yacht club and gave it no right of nationality to the vessel.  In any event when the vessel was denied entry to the Maltese port, the Lifeline was obligated to take instructions from the Libyan…
Friday, 29 June 2018 14:54

Jun 29 - USS Shoup

The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, USS Shoup, arrives at the Vancouver Drydock Pier today.  The USS Shoup returned recently from Interpid Sentinel, an exercise designed to increase interoperability between the three participating nations - US, UK and France - to reduce response time by establishing a coordinated international maritime coalition to counter the complex challenges presented in the US 5th Fleet area of operations. Built:       2000Dwt:        9,200 tonsBeam:     20 mLength:   155.30 mSpeed:    exceeds 30 knotsCrew:      310 officers and enlistedAircraft:   2 x MH-60R Sea Hawks During the exercise, the ships conducted operations that branched into multiple warfare areas. The multinational trio was involved in an air defense exercise, a combined anti-submarine exercise, as well as a visit, board, search and seizure event.   USS Shoup provided assistance to South Korean naval forces after their recapture of the chemical tanker, Samho Jewelry, on 21 January 2011 in the Arabian Sea. The tanker's captain had been shot by pirates holding the vessel and a helicopter from Shoup was used to evacuate him in order for him to receive medical treatment for his injuries.  The ship is named for Medal of Honor recipient General David M. Shoup, the 22nd Commandant of the Marine Corps. He…
Friday, 22 June 2018 17:10

Jun 22 - CL Aquarius

A vessel that will be commonly seen in the Port of Vancouver these days is the M/T CL Aquarius operated by Canship Ugland Ltd, based in St. John's N.L. The CL Aquarius is a Canadian flagged tanker, fully manned by Canadian crew, state of art vessel with integrated bridge control, twin engine, bow thruster, radar gauges, ESD’s and many smart safety features. The vessel is double hulled IMO II type chemical carrier construction Flag:      CanadaBuilder:  Turkter Shipyard, Istanbul, TurkeyBuilt:       2007Class:     Oil/Chemical TankerLength:   90.5mBreadth: 14.6mDWT:      3569 tonsGRT:       2999 tons Canship Ugland is a ship management and crewing company operating and managing a modern fleet of DP shuttle tankers, tugs, bulk carrier, pilot boats and product tankers. In addition, they provide crew management services to other vessel owners and operators. Canship Ugland is looking to compile a labor pool of crewmembers in the local Vancouver, BC area, which can fill temporary requirements of a few days or weeks duration on short notice. The vessel is a Canadian flag tanker on a long term charter and are currently recruiting officers and engineers.
Friday, 15 June 2018 09:21

Jun 15 - Spirit of the Wild

Incat Crowther has launched the Spirit of the Wild, a spectacular new tour vessel for Gordon River Cruises, and the first in Australia to operate in the heart of the UNESCO Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area with Silent Drive. Built by:  Richardson Devine MarineLOA:      33.3 mBeam:   9 mDepth:  3.25mConstruction Marine grade aluminium   The Spirit of the Wild, catamaran passenger ferry exhibits excellent noise and vibration characteristics, even in Boost mode.  While touring the Gordon River, Silent Drive mode is engaged and all the main engines are shut down and the vessel runs on electric power.  Engine ventilation systems and the engine room have been addressed with a fully-engineered acoustic insulation system. Attention was paid to fittings and door openings, with seals and bushes used extensively to stop rattles and gaps. In Silent Drive mode, the experience is eerily quiet, with seats returning sound level readings as low as 45dbA.  In open water, the vessel will use Boost mode from the hybrid system, which matches motor speed to engine speed to seamlessly add electric power. In this mode, the vessel operates at 25 knots. The vessel layout is designed around optimal viewing. Every seat on the vessel was considered…
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