Ship of the Week

Friday, 17 November 2017 13:48

Nov 17 - Spyros K

  While on a flight from Athens to London with Aegean Airways a couple of weeks ago, I could not fail to notice a distinguished looking gentleman sitting just ahead of us examining a Tsakos Shipping Group fleet brochure. I eventually realised that this was no other than Captain Panagiotis Tsakos, the founder of the Tsakos Group who was flying in the company of his wife Dr. Irene Saroglou-Tsakos and supporting staff members. Following a career at sea and land based management, Captain Tsakos established Tsakos Shipping and Trading SA in 1970, the embryo of what has grown to become the “Tsakos Group of Companies” comprising a number of affiliated and associated companies around the globe. Today, with a fleet of 90 vessels, the company is a leader in several sectors of shipping including tankers, LNG carriers, bulk carriers, container and ro-ro vessels, all of which are committed to long term charters, some with provisions for profit sharing. A typical example of this modern and well maintained fleet is the Suezmax tanker Spyros K. Built by Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, Tongyoung, South KoreaOwned and operated by Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement, AthensDelivered in 2011LOA 274.2mBeam 48.0mGRT 81314 tonsDWT 157,648 MTSummer draft…
Friday, 10 November 2017 11:41

Nov 10 - HMCS Ottawa

On this Remembrance Weekend it is perhaps appropriate to give thought to the Royal Canadian Navy. Following a six month deployment to Asia, a visitor to the Pier in North Vancouver in August was HMCS Ottawa, a Halifax Class Patrol Frigate and the fourth to be named after Canada’s capital city. While in Asia, Ottawa and her sister ship HMCS Winnipeg visited the Philippines, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, China, South Korea, and Japan and participated along with Allied Navies in exercise Poseidon Cutlass 17. Home ported in Esquimalt, Ottawa is assigned to Maritime Forces Pacific.   Built by Saint John Shipbuilding, Saint John NBCommissioned in 1996LOA 134.2mBeam 16.5mDisplacement 4795 MT in operational conditionPropulsion 2 x LM 2500 gas turbines generating 47,500 shaft HP + 1 x SEMT Pielstick diesel engine generating 8,800 HPSpeed 30 knotsComplement 225 including air detachmentHelicopter: Sikorsky CH-148 CycloneSister ships: HMCS St. John's, Halifax, Charlottetown, Fredericton, Montreal, Québec City, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary and Vancouver     More than one million Canadians served in World War II spread over the Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Canadian Air Force and Canadian Army but often also integrated with other Commonwealth forces. More than 44,000 Canadian lives were lost and 54,000 wounded.…
Friday, 03 November 2017 12:34

Nov 3 - YARA Birkeland

It is not too often that we feature a ship which has yet to be built but given the significance, this week is an exception. The final design of the world’s first autonomous and zero emission container feeder ship, to be named YARA Birkeland, was released last month in Norway. When she enters service, the vessel will replace 40,000 trucking legs per year between Yara’s Porsgrunn fertilizer plant and the Norwegian ports of Brevik and Larvik when she enters service in 2019. Initial sailings will be manned operations with a steady transition to autonomous and fully unmanned operations by 2020.   To be built by Project ownersLOA 79.5mBeam 14.8mDeadweight 3,200 MTCapacity 120 TEUService speed 6 knots, maximim 10 knotsPropulsion: fully electric with 2 Azimuth PodsBattery pack 7,5 – 9 MWh   Partnering in the project, KONGSBERG will be responsible for development and delivery of all key enabling technologies including the sensors and integration required for remote and autonomous ship operations to allow the vessel to sail within 12 nautical miles of the coast. Loading and discharging will be facilitated automatically using electric cranes and equipment and the vessel herself will dispense with ballast tanks, instead using the battery pack as permanent ballast.…
Friday, 27 October 2017 12:05

Oct 27 - Coronis

  A recent visitor to Vancouver was Diana Shipping’s Panamax bulk carrier Coronis which I spied at anchorage while using the Seabus to cross into the city for a sunny afternoon at the Vancouver Whitecaps. Registered on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and specializing in the ownership of drybulk tonnage, Diana Shipping currently operates a fleet of 51 vessels including 4 Newcastlemax, 14 Capesize, 5 post-Panamax, 5 Kamsarmax and 23 Panamax. The company also owns Diana Containerships Inc. comprising 6 post-Panamax and 5 Panamax container ships. Built by Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group, Shanghai, PRC    Owned and Operated by Diana Shipping, Athens      LOA 225.0mBeam 32.3mGRT 40,485 tonsDWT 74,381 MTRegistered in Majuro, Marshall Islands     Mr. Symeon Palios (picture below right ) serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of both companies. Having served as an ensign in the Greek Navy and qualifying as a naval architect and marine engineer, Mr. Palios purchased his first ship in 1969 and then served as the Managing Director of Diana Shipping Agencies S.A. from 1972 onwards. Mr. Palios was honoured at the 23rd Annual International Maritime Hall of Fame reception and awards dinner held in New York in May 2016.…
Friday, 20 October 2017 10:45

Oct 20 - Mongoose Hunter

When recently checking the visitor log at the Mission to Seafarers, I was amused by the name of a ship from which we hosted a large group of seafarers. The name of the ship was Mongoose Hunter and curiosity so got the better of me that I had to dig deeper. After all, who would call a ship Mongoose Hunter or Mongoose anything for that matter. On research, I was able to identify that within the Delphis Fleet, owned since 2015 by Compagnie Maritime Belge, there also exists the imaginatively named mid-size container ships named Cuckoo Hunter, Duck Hunter, Grouse Hunter, Harrier Hunter, Hawk Hunter and Moose Hunter.   Built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, UlsanDelivered in 2005Owned and managed by Delphis Shipping, a subsidiary of Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB)Chartered by 2M AllianceLOA 294.1mBeam 32.3mGRT 58,289 tonsDWT 64,519 MTCapacity 4,922Registered in MonroviaPrevious names: Built as P&O Nedlloyd Heemskerck, MOL Cullinan, 2005-14, Santa Regina 2014-15   Mongoose Hunter is currently operating within the 2M Alliance of Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company which formally began operations in January 2015. Under the negotiated terms, the world’s two largest container carriers signed a 10 year Vessel Sharing Agreement on the Asia-Europe, Transatlantic and Transpacific trades.…
Friday, 13 October 2017 10:58

Oct 13 - Coralius

Having been named in May this year and put to work in September, the LNG bunker supply vessel Coralius is making a name for herself as the first of her type to be built in Europe and specifically designed for the conditions of the Baltic and North Seas. As such she is built to 1A ice-class and is fitted with state of the art LNG-transfer and mooring equipment. She also has a noticeably flat working deck to support ship-to-ship transfers. Built by Royal Bodewes Shipyard, Eemshaven, The NetherlandsOwned and operated by Anthony Veder and Sirius ShippingChartered by Skangas, NorwayDelivered in July 2017LOA 99.6mBeam 18.0mGRT 5,600 tonsCapacity 5,800 cbm of LNGService speed 13 knots      The first ship to ship transfer by Coralius (picture above left) recently took place in international waters in the Northern Kattegat between Frederikshavn, Denmark, and Gothenburg, Sweden. The receiving vessel was the LOA 144m oil and chemical tanker Fure West. In 2015, its managers, Furetank Rederi, retroffited her from conventional heavy oil bunkers to LNG on account of her dedicated trading pattern in the Emissions Control Area (ECA) of the Baltic Sea and Kattegat. Coralius was built as part of a Pilot LNG umbrella project…
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