Ship of the Week

Thursday, 24 November 2016 20:42

Nov 25 - Searoad Mersey II

We have a submission from Harry Armstrong, a cargo coordinator with Western Stevedoring, to share with you this week. After her launch is June this year, the new build ro-ro Searoad Mersey II will enter service on the Bass Strait service between Melbourne and Hobart in December this year. Her claim to fame is that she is the first coastal ship in Australia to use LNG fuel-and-power technology and is also the first pure dry cargo ship globally to use a roll-on roll-off LNG supply system according to her owners, SeaRoad Shipping. Built by Flensburger, Flensburg, GermanyOwned and operated by SeaRoad Shipping, MelbourneLOA 181.52mBeam 26.6mDWT 7,920 MTPropulsion: twin screw and dual fuelSpeed: 20 knotsCapacity: 2,000 lane metersFlag: Australia    SeaRoad's origins stem from a family run business established in the 1890s as 'Wm Holyman and Sons'. Over the years, with the various changes in ownership the business expanded its shipping and logistics operations through organic growth as well as a number of significant acquisitions. In 2006, Toll Holdings Limited's (Toll) takeover of Patrick Corporation Ltd (Patrick), resulted in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) requiring Toll to divest Patrick's Bass Strait operations. SeaRoad, formed by a group of business…
Thursday, 17 November 2016 11:14

Nov. 18 - USS North Carolina

As we took time to remember our veterans last week, the immaculately preserved USS North Carolina lies testament to an age of naval warfare in which battleship supremacy was unquestioned. All that changed on December 7 1941 with the attack on Pearl Harbour but nevertheless, battleships remained a potent threat to merchant shipping and played a vital role in support of invasion forces throughout World War II. Many consider USS North Carolina, a well preserved example of one of the last battleships to be built to be perhaps the finest example of naval design of that era. Built by New York Naval ShipyardLaid down in October 1937Launched in June 1940Commissioned in April 1941Decommissioned June 1947LOA 222.1mBeam 33.0mPropulsion: 4 x General Electric steam turbines generating 121,000HP or 91,000kWSpeed 28 knotsComplement: 2,300 menAviation: 3 catapult launched Kingfisher float plans      At the time of Pearl Harbour, USS North Carolina was still serving in the Atlantic as a guard against the German battleship Tirpitz being ordered into action against allied shipping. In June 1942 she was ordered into the Pacific in support of US reoccupation of invaded territory. Her arrival in Pearl Harbour was a well timed moral boost for U.S. Pacific forces.…
Thursday, 03 November 2016 15:54

Nov 4 - Ocean Orange

We have selected a handsome ship for your this week in the form of Orange Ocean, a dedicated purpose built carrier of orange juice from Brazil to the United States and Europe. Built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, Ulsan, South Korea in 2014Owned by Atlanship of Lausanne, SwitzerlandLOA 170mBeam 26mGRT 22,687 tonsDWT 22,918 tons   Founded in 1982, Atlanship is a Swiss shipping company that operates a fleet of eight specialized vessels, purpose built to ship refrigerated fresh and concentrated fruit juice. The company carries orange juice on behalf of Cutrale, which provides one in four glasses of orange juice globally including most of the orange juice used by the major drink manufacturers worldwide. In the 1980s, Brazil overtook the US as the world's leading producer of orange juice and in simple terms, today provides 25% of the world’s orange juice, the largest market being Europe.Some vessels were designed and constructed specifically for this trade, while others have been converted. All carry orange juice, primarily concentrate, under refrigeration from Brazil to the United States and Europe, less frequently, to Asia. The ships generally are divided into four or five cargo holds into which are placed between one and four refrigerated stainless steel tanks…
Thursday, 27 October 2016 21:12

Oct 28 - Nord Steady

A fairly regular caller in Vancouver is the chemical tanker Nord Steady which recently made a call at the Stanovan Terminal in Burnaby. The vessel operates in the Norient Product Pool and has recently been trading back and forth between the west coast and Hawaii. Built by STX Offshore & Shipbuilding, Jinhae, South Korea in 2013Owned by Norden Shipping SingaporeManaged by Norden - Hellerup, DenmarkLOA 183mBeam 32mGRT 29,850 tonsDWT 49,998 MTRegistered in Singapore    Norient Product Pool is a limited company registered in Denmark and owned 50/50 by the founding partners Interorient Navigation Company Ltd and Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S . Head office is in Denmark supported by commercial operating offices in Singapore, USA and Cyprus. The pool is currently managing 92 product tankers ranfging from 25–75,000MT DWT. Founded in 1871, Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S is incorporated in Denmark and listed on NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen A/S.  The company operates a fleet of dry cargo and tankers worldwide through a mix of owned and chartered tonnage. Head office is in Hellerup, Denmark, supported by branch offices in Singapore, Shanghai, Annapolis, Rio de Janeiro and Mumbai. The company was a founding member of the Danish Shipowners' Association in 1884. Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Cyprus,…
Friday, 21 October 2016 10:46

Oct. 21 - Motor Yacht Tatu

Nestled into the Coal Harbour yacht marina for several weeks over the summer has been the slightly unusual looking luxury yacht Tatu. She is described as a custom trawler with excellent outside spaces, enclosed aft deck with large dining table. She has cruised the South Pacific, Alaska, Mexico and South America as a proven long range vessel in excellent condition with all possible amenities. Built by Delta Marine in 1985, rebuilt in 2014LOA 25.6mBeam 5.9mGRT 116 tonsSpeed cruising 10 knots, full 11 knots with a maximum range of 3,000 nautical milesMain engine: Caterpillar 400 HP dieselAccommodation for six guests in three cabins along with a regular four crew membersRegistered in Gibraltar    Entering the ship from the aft deck you are in the main salon with a comfortable couch to starboard and chairs to port. Forward is the dining area seating eight. The compulsory open bar lies infront of the galley and seats four. The Galley itself is U-shaped and has all the toys you could wish for. The forward master stateroom forward has a center line queen bed, ample storage and hanging spaces along with a spa style bath and shower. There is a staircase leading to the lower…
Thursday, 13 October 2016 22:06

Oct 14 - Guiseppe Garibaldi

The Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hosted a meeting on August 22 with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President Francois Hollande of France on the aircraft carrier Guiseppe Garibaldi off the port of Naples. The meeting was ostensibly called to discuss economic policy following the UK’s Brexit decision but the actual discussion was said to have been more of a focus on concerns for the future of the Italian economy and its banking system. There was also a suggestion that US Presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has been fiercely critical of European defence spending, needed to be made aware that Europe has greater military capability than he may be aware of. Built by Fincantieri Italy, Trieste. Laid down in 1981, launched in 1983, commissioned in 1985LOA 180.2mBeam 33.4mDisplacement 10,100 MT light, 13,850 MT loadedMain propulsion: 4 x General Electric/Avio LM2,500 gas turbines generating 82,000 HPSpeed 30 knotsCrew: 630 plus Fleet Air Arm of approximately 100 personsAircraft: up to 18 Sea Harrier II fighter/bombers and helicoptersHome port: Taranto    The impressive vessel is the fourth ship of the Italian Navy to be named after the 19th century Italian General Giuseppe Garibaldi. Her active military service includes participation in NATO bombing…
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