Ship of the Week

Friday, 13 June 2014 00:54

June 13 - Tachibana Maru

               Tachibana Maru – passenger-cargo vessel Last week Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) delivered the cargo-passenger ship Tachibana Maru to Tokai Kisen Co., Ltd. at its Shimonoseki Shipyard and Machinery Works. The vessel is described by MHI as a "super eco-ship" with a high-efficiency propulsion system that achieves outstanding energy savings, environmental load reduction, and enhanced passenger comfort and safety. As will also be noted, she has an unusual  color scheme of yellow ocher and olive green designed by Ryohei Yanagihara, a wellknown Japanese illustrator who is also an honorary captain at Tokai Kisen. Built by MHI Shimonoseki Shipyard, Japan and delivered June 4 2014Owned and operated by Tokai Kisen, TokyoLOA 118mBeam 17mGRT 5,681 tonsService speed 19 knots    MHI laid the keel of Tachibana Maru in March 2013 and launched her in November. On the environmental front it gets a bit complicated. The ship employs a tandem-hybrid contra-rotating propeller (CRP) propulsion system comprising of single-shaft propulsion propellers driven by low-speed marine diesel engine and electric-drive azimuth propulsion propellers that enable the direction of propulsion power to be freely changed. In comparison to conventional twin-shaft propulsion systems, the new system enables less appendages for…
Friday, 06 June 2014 09:35

June 6 - Jeremiah O'Brien

         Jeremiah O’Brien – preserved D Day Liberty Ship On this 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings on June 6 1944 which marked the beginning of the ultimately successful operation to liberate Europe from occupation and bring to an end World War II in Europe, we feature the preserved SS Jeremiah O'Brien a World War II standard design Victory Ship whose home today is Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 45, at the port of San Francisco (picture below right). The keel of this veteran lady was laid at the New England Shipbuilding Corporation, in South Portland, Maine on May 6, 1943 and she was launched on June 19, 1943. Although owned by the U.S.  government, she was operated by Grace Line for the next year and employed in carriage of ammunition and grain. In June 1944, she supported the D-Day invasion by ferrying supplies between Great Britain and Normandy 11 times (see picture below left). LOA 135mBeam 17mDisplacement 13,000 tonsSummer draft 8.46mPropulsion; 3 cylinder reciprocating triple expansion steam engineSpeed 11 knots    After the war, plans were made to transfer the ship to the U.S. Army for conversion to a hospital ship. The conversion never occurred and the ship…
Friday, 30 May 2014 09:36

May 30 - Julia Oldendorff

         Julia Oldendorff - eco-designed Ultramax Loading 50,000 tons of copper concentrates for South Korea and India at Vancouver Wharves last weekend and through the early part of this week was the Julia Oldendorff here on her maiden voyage. She is the first of 18 eco-designed Ultramax vessels ordered by Oldendorff Carriers. Built at Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co., Ltd. (NACKS)Registered owner Oldendorff CarriersLength 199.9m Beam 32.26GRT 35000 tonsDWT 60,680 MTSpeed 14.5 knots4 x 35 MT SWL jib cranesSister Ships: Johann Oldendorff and Jobst Oldendorff    Julia Oldendorff represents the first of 71 new builds on order for the company from various Chinese, Korean and Japanese yards. She features fuel saving technologies such as a semi-duct system with contra fins and has a projected speed and consumption of 13 knots on 22.7 metric tons IFO at her full loaded draft. She is also fitted with A60 heat insulated bulkheads, grain/cement feeder holes and tank top strength sufficient to load steel coils to full vessel deadweight. Oldendorff Carriers currently operates around 550 vessels in worldwide trades ranging from Handysize to Capesize bulk carriers. The company goes back a long way being a 93 year old privately held, family…
Thursday, 22 May 2014 22:29

May 23 - Oceanic Vega

       Oceanic Vega – advanced seismic research vessel Oceanic Vega is claimed to be one of the world’s most advanced seismic research vessels afloat. The vessel is designed to undertake large 3D, 4D or high-resolution projects, using a configuration of up 16 streamers separated by 100m or more. She is designed to stay permanently at sea with five-year dry docking intervals and refuelling carried out by dedicated support vessels. Delivered in July by Ulstein Verft in Ulsteinvik, NorwayOwned by a joint venture between Eidesvik Offshore ASA, and the Paris-based geophysical company, CGGVeritasLOA 106.5mBeam 28mGRT 12,550 tonsClassification DNV ICE-C with redundant propulsion notationCP bow thruster 1,200 KWCP stern thruster 830 KWFull speed 18 knotsBollard pull 190 MT   For added onboard comfort, Oceanic Vega is fitted with two roll reduction tanks while the X-bow results in lower resistance and smoother bow immergence. The vessel also complies with the Clean Design demands from DNV, and with the SPS (special purpose ship) requirements for up to 60 persons and a green passport complying with IMO ship recycling recommendations. Built with a hotel complement with permanent capacity for 70 persons, there are 52 single cabins and nine double cabins while the public areas contain…
Friday, 16 May 2014 09:37

May 16 - Queen Victoria

                  Queen Victoria There can be no more suitable ship for this Victoria Day weekend than Cunard’s Queen Victoria. She is a so called Vista Class cruise ship, a successful design featured across several brands of the Carnival Group. Built by Fincantieri Marghera Shipyard, ItalyLaunched in January 2007, christened in December 2007LOA 294mBeam 32.3mGRT 90,000 tonsPropulsion: 2 x 16.7MW ABB AzipodsFull speed 24 knots, service speed 18 knotsPassenger capacity: 2014 spread over 12 passenger decksCrew: 900Sister ship: Queen Elizabeth     This year, Queen Victoria undertook a 116 night world cruise sailing from Southampton on January 2.  She visited 33 call ports in 17 countries, including a double Transatlantic-Panama Canal crossing, USA (Fort Lauderdale FL, San Francisco, Hawaii), South America (Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile), Tahiti, Fiji and Australia New Zealand. The balance of the year is being spent in European waters with a mix of Northern European, Mediterranean and round UK cruises. In January 2015 he is scheduled to undertake a 103-night (January 20 – May 3) world cruise to the Caribbean, USA (Florida, California, Hawaii), Pacific Ocean (Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu), Australia and New Zealand, with two Panama Canal transits and two Transatlantic crossings.…
Friday, 09 May 2014 09:38

May 9 - Mikhail Ulyanov

                             Mikhail Ulyanov – super ice-class shuttle tanker Mikhail Ulyanov is a super strength icebreaking tanker that was purpose built by the Russian shipping company Sovkomflot to load oil from the Prirazlomnoye drill platform operated by Gazprom subsidiary Sevmorneftegaz, in the Pechora Sea, in the Arctic. She was designed by Aker Arctic Technology of Finland and is equipped with a dynamic positioning system, a helideck, and a bow loading facility. Built at the Russian Admiralty Shipyard in St Petersburg 2007-2010LOA 257mBeam 34mDraft 13.6mGRT 49,866 tonsDWT 68,830 MTFitted with four Wartsila 6L 46 C diesel generators (4 x 6,300KW) and one Wartsila 4L 20 (1 x 720KW) as an auxiliary generatorService speed 16 knotsSister ship Kiril Lavrov    Mikhail Ulyanov is designed to operate in temperatures of -40°C and break ice up to 1.5m thick without the need of an icebreaker escort. The ship’s double action facility allows it to move stern first, using azimuthing electric propulsion units. These are compact, podded thrusters that can rotate 360º, eliminating the need for rudders. The pods have an AC electrical drive motor coupled to a short drive shaft that is…
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