Ship of the Week

Friday, 10 February 2017 13:31

Feb 10 - Berge Neblina

Berge Neblina is classified as a Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC) the likes of which we are very unlikely to see on the west coast of Canada given her enormous size. These vessels are built to exclusively serve the world’s major iron ore and coal trades which by far surpass the volume of any other bulk commodities moved by sea. Last month, Berge Neblina loaded one of the first iron ore cargoes at Vale S.A. Brazil’s new Ponta da Madeira Maritime Terminal near the northern port of Itaqui. Iron ore was sourced from the company’s major new mine in the Amazon known as S11D which is located in Canaã dos Carajás in southeast Pará. Access to the new mine is intended to provide Vale with capacity to move approximately 230 million tons of iron ore annually by 2018. Built in 2012-13 by Bohai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry, Huludao, PRCOwned and operated by Berge Bulk Maritime, SingaporeLOA 361mBeam 65mGRT 195,199 tonsDWT 388,000 tonsDisplacementRegistery: Douglas, Isle of Man (UK)    The terminal, abutting the Bay of Sao Marcos (St. Mark) has a natural draft of 26 meters (86 feet) at low tide. Tidal rise and fall of 14m (46') proved quite a challenge given…
Friday, 03 February 2017 13:39

Feb 3 - Oak Spirit

                     LNG Carrier Oak Spirit (Photo credits to Teekay Shipping) Once again emphasizing how rapidly US shale gas exports are growing both to Asia and Europe, Teekay’s new buil LNG Carrier Oak Spirit recently transited the Panama Canada with the first cargo of US shale gas for Japan.  Oak Spirit was delivered to Teekay in August 2016 under a five year charter to Cherniere Energy to load LNG at the company’s Sabine Pass, Louisiana, export terminal. On January 6, she delivered her cargo to Chubu Electric Power Company’s Joetsu LNG Terminal. Oak Spirit is the second of eleven M Type - Electronically Controlled Gas Injection (MEGI) type new builds under construction for Teekay. Her keel laying to launch date in 2015 took only 88 days. Built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), South KoreaOwned by Teekay LNG PartnersOperated by Teekay Shipping (Glasgow) Ltd.LOA 294.9mBeam 46.4mGRT 113,000 tonsDWT 95,452 MTCapacity 173,400 cubic metersService speed 16 knotsRegistry BahamasSister ship: Creole Spirit    The company has seven more vessels of this class in various stages of build at DSME – including Torben Spirit named after Mr. Torben Karlshoej the company’s founder. Two additional…
Friday, 27 January 2017 12:09

Jan 27 - Pleiades Sprit

Nestled in English Bay anchorage enjoying a cold but sunny and picturesque day over the new year break was the car carrier Pleiades Spirit awaiting berth at Fraser Wharves. Built by Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding, Toyohashi, Japan in 2008Owned Mizuho Sangyo, Imabari, JapanOperated by Nissan Motor Car Carrier Co. Ltd., Tokyo, JapanLOA 200mBeam 32.3mGRT 60,330 tonsDWT 17,424 MTStandard capacity: 5,200 vehiclesSister ship: Leo Spirit   Established in 1965, Nissan Motor Car Carrier Co. Ltd. (NMCC) has as its shareholders Mitsui OSK Lines and Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. The current fleet of nine vessels trades world-wide in support of Nissan’s global export trades. In 1990, Euro Marine Carrier B.V.(EMC), specializing in short-distance sea transportation within Europe, was established by Nissan in the Netherlands. That company operates a fleet of seven vessels, the largest being the City of Rotterdam and her sister vessel City of St Petersburg, both having capacity for 2000 vehicles. Nissan cars manufactured for the North American product line are generally produced in one of six manufacturing facilities located in Japan, the United States and Mexico. US President Donald Trump, has criticized US car companies which manufacture abroad, accusing them of costing US jobs. Of the Japanese car manufacturers,…
Friday, 20 January 2017 11:31

Jan 20 - APL Raffles

                                                             APL Raffles It is perhaps fitting that on the day a new US President is inaugurated, we feature a vessel of the American President Line, more commonly known today as simply APL. Gone are the days when the fleet of the American President Lines flew the US flag and proudly circled the globe sporting the names of past US Presidents along with the US Navy’s fleet of nuclear powered aircraft carriers, each of which is similarly named after a past President. Built by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, Samho, South Korea in 2013Owned and operated by Neptune Shipmanagement Services of Singapore, a subsidiary of CMA-CGMLOA 368.5mBeam 51.0mGRT 151,963 tonsDWT 150, 936 MTCapacity 13,900 TEUMain engine Hyundai-MAN B&W 11S90ME-C9.2 engine driving a fixed pitch propeller.Service speed 19 knotsRegistered in Singapore    Armed with a precious mail contract, the sailing of an American steamer from New York to the US West Coast during the California Gold Rush of 1849 was the effective launch of Pacific Mail Company, the predecessor of American President Line.…
Friday, 13 January 2017 12:09

Jan 13 - Salish Orca

After a 50 day trip of around 10,400 nautical miles from Poland via the Canary Islands and including a transit of the Panama Canal, the first of BC Ferries’ new intermediate Salish Class vessels arrived in Richmond this week. Salish Orca is designed to operate on LNG or ultra low sulphur diesel oil representing a significant leap forward in the adoption of clean technology by the company. Following routine inspections, the vessel will shift to Tsawwassen for crew training and to be in operation by early spring on the Powell River-Comox route. Built by Remontowa Shipbuilding, Gdansk, Poland in 2015-16Owned and operated by BC FerriesLOA 107mBeam 24mGRT 8,728 tonsMain engine: 3 x Wartsila 8I.20DFService speed 15.5 knotsCapacity for up to 145 vehicles and 600 passengers/crewSister ships: Salish Eagle, Salish Raven    In January 2016, BC Ferries and the First Peoples' Cultural Council announced the selection of three Coast Salish artists to create designs for the new Salish Class vessels; Darlene Gait from Esquimalt Nation for the Salish Orca, John Marston from Stz’uminus for the Salish Eagle and Thomas Cannell from Musqueam for the Salish Raven. The vessels are named to recognize the Coast Salish as the original mariners of the…
Friday, 06 January 2017 12:13

Jan 6 - Shturman Albanov

After a few days of Arctic conditions, at least by Vancouver standards, our first vessel of the year seems appropriate. The Russian flagged shuttle tanker Shturman Albanov, which is designed to operate in temperatures as low as -45degC, is the lead ship in a series of six Arctic shuttle tankers ordered by the Sovcomflot Group (SCF) under a long-term contract with Gazprom Neft. These highly specialized Arch7-Class tankers are designed to carry crude oil year-round from the Yamal Peninsula to the Port of Murmansk via the Northern Sea Route. The vessel is the first tanker to be certified in compliance with the International Maritime Organization’s Polar Code which came into effect this week on January 1. Built by Samsung Heavy Industries, South KoreaOwned and managed by SovcomflotLOA 249mBeam 34mDWT 41,454 MTLoaded draft 9.5mSpeed 14 knotsClass: Russian Maritime Register KM, ARC7, Oil Tanker (ESP), LI, CSR, OMBO, CCO, BWM, BLS-SPM, AUT1-ICS, ECO-SHome port: St. Petersberg   Shturman Albanov is designed to navigate channels previously cut by nuclear icebreakers. It has been designed for the climatic conditions of the Arctic and the shallow waters of the Gulf of Ob. Once all six tankers have been brought into operation they are intended to carry…
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