Ship of the Week

Friday, 02 March 2018 11:46

Mar 2 - Seabed Constructor

Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200ER, took off from Kuala Lumpur on March 8th 2014 with 239 people on board heading for Beijing. Unnoticed until many hours later, the plane abruptly altered course over the South China Sea and broke off radio contact. It was last detected by radar near the northern tip of Sumatra, heading west-north-west into the open ocean. Subsequent connections to a communications satellite suggested that it crashed somewhere along an arc 1,500km west of Australia. The search that followed was the largest in aviation history. It was mounted by Fugro, a Dutch firm, and paid for jointly by the Malaysian, Chinese and Australian governments. Over the course of three years Fugro scanned 120,000 square kilometres of seabed. but detected no trace of the aircraft. Under a new initiative, Malaysia has chartered Ocean Infinity’s Seabed Constructor to search for the wreckage on  a “no find - no fee” basis during the traditionally moderate weather conditions from January to March in the southern ocean. Using eight autonomous submarines, the plan is the scan 1,200 square kilometres of seabed per day. Owned and operated by Swire Seabed, Bergen, NorwayChartered to Ocean Infinity, Houston, TexasLOA 115.4mBeam 22mGRT 7,883 tonsDWT…
Friday, 23 February 2018 12:04

Feb 23 - Star Endeavour 1

  Seen here departing Portsmouth in the UK is the multipurpose container/breakbulk reefer ship Star Endeavour 1 owned by Siem Shipping. Portsmouth has evolved into one of the UK’s largest fruit-handling ports, with fruit imports from the Caribbean, Central and South America, Morocco, South Africa, New Zealand and the eastern Mediterranean. The port claims to handle about 70% of the bananas eaten in the UK.  Built by Shikoku Dockyard, Takamatsu, JapanOwned by Grace Ocean, SingaporeOperated by Philsynergy Maritime, Manila, PhilippinesDelivered in 2010LOA 163mBeam 26mGRT 14,022 tonsDWT 12,967 MTClass NKFlag Singapore    The history of STAR Reefers dates back to the mid 1990’s when Blue Star Line, owned by the Vestey family, was sold to P&O Nedlloyd. The Vestey family’s Albion Reefers subsidiary went on to merge with Hamburg Sud to form Star Reefers however, a reefer market collapse in 2000/01 resulted in the Anglo-Norwegian financial group Siem Industries Inc. stepping in to save the company with a restructured business strategy. The name of the listed parent company was changed from STAR Reefers Inc. to Siem Shipping Inc. in 2012 in recognition of Siem’s broader shipping interests including Siem Car Carriers and Siem Offshore. The company is listed on the Oslo…
Friday, 16 February 2018 10:04

Feb 16 - Ireland

  M.V. Ireland is a dedicated cement carrier built for the joint venture JT cement, in which Erik Thun AB cooperates with KG Jebsen Cement of Bergen, Norway. The vessel and her sister M.V. Greenland are among the first ever dry cargo vessels with an LNG fuelled propulsion system which includes a unique design incorporating a pressurised LNG tank positioned in the fore-part of the vessel. Built by Ferus Smit Shipyard, Westerbroek, The NetherlandsOwned KGJ CementOperated by MF Shipping GroupDelivered in 2016LOA 109.7mBeam 15mGRT 4284 tonsDWT 7300 MTMain engine WartsilaFlag Norwegian International Register     KGJ Cement owns and operates a large fleet of pneumatic cement carriers, and is the largest independent cement carrier owner in the world. A spectacular video of the vessel’s launch can be found at As with most dedicated cement carriers, discharging is undertaken pneumatically via one or two hoses between the vessel and reception facilities. The cargo is pumped out by compressed air which is supplied by the vessel’s integrated cargo handling equipment. Conversely, loading can be performed either pneumatically or by gravity with dust emissions being eliminated by on board dust collectors. In addition to cement, the vessel can carry commodities such as fly…
Friday, 09 February 2018 10:35

Feb 9 - RV Investigator

  RV Investigator is an Australian marine research vessel which was designed by RALion (a joint venture between Robert Allan Ltd. and Alion Science and Technology). She was constructed in Singapore and is owned and managed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), through Australia's Marine National Facility with its operations funded by the Australian Government to undertake oceanographic, geoscience, ecosystem and fisheries research. Built by Sambewang Shipyard, SingaporeOwned by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO)Operated by ASP Ship Management Pty. Ltd.  Delivered in 2014LOA 93.9mBeam 18.5mGRT 6082 tonsDWT 1537 MTPropulsion: Diesel-Electric, 2 x fixed pitch propellers | Propulsion Motors: 2 x L3 AC reversible propulsion motors rated at 2600 kW minimum eachRudders: 2 x independently vectoring Becker high lift | Steering Gear: 2 x rotary vane units Dynamic Positioning: Kongsberg K-Pos - DP1 (AM) which allows the vessel to hold station within defined limitsCruising speed 12 knots Drop Keels: 2 x drop keels with instrumentation mounting extendable to 4m below the keelAccommodation for up to 40 research staff and 20 crewClassification Lloyds +100A1, +LMC Research Vessel, DP (AM) UMS, ICE 1C, IWS, SPS Code  & DNV Silent-RHome port: Hobart, State of Tasmania      The history of Investigator goes…
Friday, 02 February 2018 10:14

Feb 2 - Willem van Rubroeck

In late August 2017, the world’s largest self propelled Cutter Suction Dredger Willem van Rubroeck was launched at the Uljanik Shipyard in Croatia. The concept of a Cutter Suction Dredger (CSD) is that of a vessel which is equipped with a rotating head for cutting and fragmenting hard soils. The soil is sucked up by means of dredge pumps before being discharged through a floating pipeline and piped to shore. Alternatively, the dredge material  may be discharged into split hopper barges that are moored alongside during operations. In contrast to a traditional dredger, a CSD is moored and stationary while dredging. See an excellent video of the launch at Built by Uljanik Shipyard, CroatiaOwned and managed by the Jan De Nul GroupLaunched in August 2017, to be delivered Q1 2018LOA 151.3mBeam 36mLoaded draft 5.75mInstalled power 40,975 kwDredging power 25,500 kw spread over 3 pumpsCutter power 8,500 kwDredge depth up to 45mSpeed 12 knotsStandard crew compliment 67   The picture above left shows the vessel during launch, immediately after clearing the slipway, while the picture above right is a concept picture of the completed vessel in operation. The company’s history goes back to 1938 when Jan Frans Jozef De Nul…
Thursday, 25 January 2018 17:28

Jan 26 - R/P Flip

  Built in 1962, R/P Flip is a most unusual craft - her name being the acronym for “Floating Instrument Platform.”  Strictly speaking she is not a ship at all, but an oceanographic research platform designed by scientists at Scripps's Marine Physical and operated by Scripps Oceanography for the US Navy. When not in use she is generally decked in San Diego Bay before being towed out to sea in a horizontal (submarine type) position and then “flipped” 90 degrees so that about 120m of her length is below water creating something akin to a very stable spar buoy, resistant to wave motion. Her initial primary task was the study of sound propagation for submarine warfare, but with the development of new technologies she has evolved to support research in geophysics, meteorology and oceanography. Built by Gunderson Brothers Engineering Corporation in Portland, Oregon in 1962 Owned and operated by Scripps Oceanography, San Diego, CA Delivered in 1962 LOA 108m Average beam 8.0m (diameter of the hull is 6.5 meters from the 91- to 49-meter depth, tapering to 4 meters at the 20-meter depth) GRT 700 tons Power supply 3 generators mounted on trunnions providing 340 kW to meet platform and…
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