Ship of the Week

Friday, 18 May 2018 08:34

May 18 - Norwegian Bliss

In her inaugural transatlantic voyage from Germany to the Pacific Northwest, the Norwegian Bliss marked a major milestone and she is now the largest passenger ship to transit the Panama Canal since its expansion in 2016.  The Norwegian Bliss will arrive at her homeport in Seattle for the Alaskan cruise season on May 30th, where she will have her official christening ceremony, and then embark on a three-day exhibition cruise, that includes her first stop in Victoria on June 1st.  From June 2nd, Norwegian Bliss will start her seven-day voyages from Seattle to Alaska with featured calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria.  Launched: April 21, 2018Built by: Meyer Wefts in Papenburg, GermanyLength overall: 333.5 m / 1,094 ftMax Beam: 41.5 m / 136 ftTonnage: 168,028 GT / 11,700 DWTPassengers Capacity: 4,004Crew: 1,716Staterooms: 2,043Cruise speed: 23.2 knotsEngines: Diesel Electric      The Norwegian Bliss is the sixteenth ship in Norwegian Cruise Lines fleet and has a number of unique features including a private area called The Haven that encompasses 80 luxurious suites and a two-story Horizon Louge for these guests' exclusive use.  For the young at heart, there is a two-level 1,000-foot long electric car race track with cars reaching up to 30 miles per hour, an…
Wednesday, 09 May 2018 10:11

May 11 - HMNZS Te Kaha

Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship (HMNZS) Te Kaha arrived at Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards in March, Seaspan having been awarded a “Frigate Systems Upgrade Project” as a subcontractor for Lockheed Martin on the Royal New Zealand Navy’s ANZAC Class frigates. The project includes upgrades to the surveillance, combat and self-defence capabilities and to replace current outdated technologies. Once upgrades are complete, work on sister ship HMNZS Te Mana will begin sometime in 2019. The project represents a rare opportunity for a Canadian shipyard to demonstrate the capability to competitively upgrade non-Canadian naval vessels similar to the “Modernization and Mid-Life Upgrades” to the 12 Canadian Halifax Class frigates, five of which were completed by Seaspan Shipyards. Built by Tenix Defence Systems, Melbourne, AustraliaCommissioned in 1997LOA 118mBeam 15mPropulsion 1 x General Electric LM2500+ gas turbine providing 30,000 hp (22.5mW)2 × MTU 12V1163 TB83 diesel engines providing 8,840 hp (6.5 mW)Speed 27 knotsComplement 25 officers & 150 ratings1 x Kaman Super Seasprite helicopter   Lockheed Martin Canada, which won the contract to upgrade the vessels in April 2014, is New Zealand’s prime system integrator, responsible for the supply of the combat system upgrade on both ships as well as a new shore-based trainer. This…
Friday, 04 May 2018 07:29

May 4 - Great Intelligence

At “Marintec China” held in Shanghai in December 2017, the first Chinese smart ship embedded with a domestically developed intelligent navigation system was presented with Lloyds Register (LR) cyber-enabled ship (CES) descriptive notes. The vessel concerned, the appropriately named Great Intelligence, was designed by Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute (SDARI). Other partners in the project were China’s System Engineering Research Institute (SERI) and China Class Society (CCS). The vessel is a modified version of the successful Green Dolphin Fuel Efficient Bulk Carrier Design and is China’s home-grown pilot smart ship project. LR’s CES descriptive notes have been assigned to the project with the latest requirements being applied to the vessel herself in the form of Cyber AL2 Safe (Navigation, Propulsion, Steering), Cyber AL2 Maintain (M/E, A/E, Boiler, Shaft) and Cyber AL2 Perform (Energy Management). Built at Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard Co., Ltd (GWS), a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC)Owned and operated by Sinotrans Shipping Ltd. Hong KongLOA 179mBeam 32.3mDWT 38,800   LR is a leading player in the adoption of digital technologies within the marine and offshore sector by way of a “total-systems” approach. In 2016, LR issued the first guidance on cyber-enabled ships “Deploying Information and…
Thursday, 26 April 2018 10:49

April 27 - Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2)

Ten years after her arrival in Dubai to great fanfare, the former Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth 2 underwent a “soft opening” last week (April 18) as a luxury floating hotel and museum following a stem to stern refurbishment. The vessel was purchased in 2008 for $100 million with the objective of adding her to an already long list of tourist attractions in Dubai but the financial crisis of 2008/09 which hit Dubai particularly hard left the vessel’s fate in limbo. However, with all now back on track and a grand formal opening scheduled for October this year, she is following in the footsteps of family member Queen Mary in Long Beach which, despite all manner of financial ups and downs, continues to survive as a hotel and conference centre. Built by John Brown & Co, Upper Clyde Shipbuilders, Clydebank, Scotland.Launched September 1967, named by H.M. Queen ElizabethMaiden voyage May 1969Now owned by PCFC Hotels (a Dubai World subsidiary)LOA 293.5mBeam 32.0mGRT 70,327 tonsPropulsion 2 x GEC main engines, total 88 MW driving twin variable pitch propellersSpeed maximum 34 knots, service 28.5 knotsGuest capacity 1,777Crew in service 1040    QE2 was originally fitted out with a steam turbine propulsion system rated at…
Thursday, 19 April 2018 09:22

April 20 - USS Lexington

We normally do not cover ships lying on the seabed, particularly one that has been there for 76 years, but this week we are making an exception for an exceptional vessel. Early last month the wreckage of USS Lexington was discovered by an expedition crew aboard Paul Allen’s RV Petrel. The Lexington was discovered 3,000 meters below the surface approximately 500 miles off the eastern coast of Australia. She was mortally damaged by Japanese torpedo bombers, launched from aircraft carriers, on May 8 1942 during the Battle of the Coral Sea. She was abandoned and scuttled with the loss of more than 200 crew. Built by Fore River Ship and Engine Building Co., Quincy MassachusettsOrdered in 1916 as a battle cruiser – design amended in 1922 to an aircraft carrierLaunched in 1925 and commissioned in 1927LOA 270.7mBeam 32.8mPropulsion quadruple screw turbo electric 180,000 shp (130,000 kW)Speed 33 knotsCrew 2,800 including air-armAircraft 78Sister ship: USS Saratoga    Lady Lex, also known as Gray Lady was the fourth U.S. naval vessel to be named Lexington after the 1775 Battle of Lexington during the American War of Independence. Originally designed as a battlecruiser, she was converted during construction into one of the U.S.…
Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:12

April 13 - MOL Triumph

After two years of preparations and gaining regulatory approvals the Ocean Network Express (ONE) has finally been launched. The partners are the three major Japanese international carriers with NYK owning 38%, K Line and Mitsui OSK each holding 31%. ONE is launching its first 33 services this month and will eventually operate 85 service loops with 1.4 million TEU of capacity serving more than 200 ports globally as the sixth largest ocean carrier in the world. Dedicated to operate between Asia and Europe, with over 20,000 TEU capacity MOL Triumph is at the upper end of the size of vessel that will operate in the initial ONE fleet. Built by Samsung Heavy Industries, South KoreaOwned by Mitsui OSK LinesOperated by Ocean Network ExpressDelivered in 2017LOA 400mBeam 58.8mGRT 100,146 tonsDWT 210,678 MTCapacity 20,146 TEU   The ONE holding company is in Tokyo but with the global operating headquarters in Singapore. Regional headquarters are in London UK; Richmond, Virginia; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Hong Kong. The company philosophy is that “ONE does not aspire to be the largest carrier in the market, just large enough to survive and yet small enough to care”, also ONE aim is “to be a global company…
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