Ship of the Week

Friday, 08 September 2017 08:32

Sept. 8 - USTS Empire State VI

  In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) has been called on to provide maritime assets in support of the relief efforts on the coast of Texas. One such vessel is the training ship USTS Empire State VI, a vessel with a long and interesting history. Originally built for States Steamship Company as a conventional break bulk vessel, she was delivered in 1962 as the SS Oregon, a name she kept until purchased in 1977 by Moore McCormack Lines and renamed Mormactide. She was transferred to United States Lines in 1983 when that company purchased Moore McCormack Lines but by that time, United States Lines was a pure container operator and in 1986 she was turned over to MARAD. In the picture above she is seen in transit of the Kiel Canal, Germany. Built by Newsport News Shipbuilding, VirginaLaid down in 1961, delivered in 1962Owned by US Maritime AdministrationLOA 172.2mBeam 23mGRT 14,557 tonsDWT 14,620 MTPropulsion: 2 × Foster Wheeler Type D steam boilers, steam turbines, single screwDesign speed 18 knotsComplement: 684 cadets, 107 officers & crewPrevious names: SS Oregon, SS Mormactide    Under MARAD, the vessel was originally ear-marked to be converted to an ammunition ship. However, the plan was dropped…
Friday, 01 September 2017 10:58

Sept. 1 - Christophe De Margerie

It seems that every summer, records are broken for transits of the Northern Sea Route (NSR) or the North West Passage (NWP). This year is no exception but the economic importance for the LNG trade is significant. In mid-August, the newly built ice-strengthened LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie completed the 2,193 nautical mile voyage from Norway to South Korea via the NSR at an average speed of 14 knots in 19 days which is some 30% less time than when taking the regular route via the Suez Canal. Passage of the NSR portion of the voyage was accomplished in just 6.5 days.  Built by Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine Engineering (DSME), South KoreaDelivered in March 2017Owned by Sovcomflot (SCF)Technical management: SCF Management Services (Cyprus) LtdLOA 299mBeam 50mGRT 128,806 tonsSpeed 19.5 knots    Christophe de Margerie is the first of 15 LNG carriers specifically designed and built for the SCF Group (Sovcomflot) to serve the Yamal LNG project (picture above right) and ship LNG year-round in the difficult ice conditions of the Kara Sea and Gulf of Ob. She is designed to sail independently through ice of up to 2.1 meters thick and is assigned an ice class Arc7, the highest ice class…
Thursday, 24 August 2017 08:09

August 25 - Delta Lifeboat

  Saturday August 19 was a milestone event for the Corporation of Delta with the Dedication Ceremony of the Delta Lifeboat (renamed from Steveston Lifeboat). The event was attended by a number of dignitaries including Delta Mayor Lois Jackson; Chief Administration Officer, Mr. George Harvie; The Honourable Carla Qualtrough. MP Delta; Mr. Ian Paton, MLA Delta South; Mr. Neil Dubord, Delta Chief Constable and the Directors of the Canadian Lifeboat Institute to whom the Delta Lifeboat is chartered. The formal Dedication and Blessing was conducted by Reverend Peter Smyth, Senior Port Chaplain, Mission to Seafarers, Vancouver.   Built in Pearl Harbour, Oahu, Hawaii, in 1944LOA 15.8mBeam 3.8mDisplacement 30 tonnesConstruction: mahogany and fire on oak framesEngine: Single Detroit 671 diesel, 157 SHPSpeed: 10 knotsRange: 1000 nautical milesStandard complement: 7 crewNavigation: Integrated suite of navigation and communications systemsTender: 3.3m RHIB with 20HP outboard carried on deckFire-fighting: Foam and fire hoseTowing capable        The Delta Lifeboat was built for the U.S. Navy as an Admiral’s Barge and reportedly served several  Admirals including Admiral Chester Nimitz, Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet and Commander in Chief Pacific Ocean Areas, during World War II. Her life saving career began in 1988 when…
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 08:55


  The Isle of Man registered Supramax bulk carrier Catherine Manx is part of a package of 5 ship purchases announced by Pacific Basin Shipping Ltd. last week. The package include three recently built Supramaxes, one new Supramax to be delivered in 2018 and one recently built handysize.   Built by Tsuneishi Shipbuilding, Zhoushan, PRC, in 2014Owned and operated by LTU Management, Douglas, Isle of Man, UKLOA 190mBeam 32mGRT 32,360 tonsDWT 57,964 MTClass NKFlag: Isle of Man, UK     Privately held Uglands Rederi, headquartered in Grimstad, Norway, was established in 1930 by ship owner Johan Ugland. Following his death in 1960, his sons Johan and Andreas Ugland assumed control and today, his grandson, Knut N.T. Ugland, is the sole owner of the company. The fleet currently comprises 17 bulk carriers, 5 tankers and 2 offshore service vessels supported by business interests in the operation of tugs and barges. Registered owner and manager of Catherine Manx, LTU Management, is a division LT Ugland Shipping based in the Isle of Man.   Situated in the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man is not formally part of the UK but is a self-governing Crown dependency and makes its own laws and sets its…
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 09:12

Aug 11 - Medway Queen

Some of you may have taken time out in the past couple of weeks to see the new movie, Dunkirk. The movie tells the story of the “Little Ships of Dunkirk” when about 850 private boats sailed from Ramsgate in England to the beaches of Dunkirk between May 26 and June 4 1940 as part of so called Operation Dynamo to rescue British, French and Belgian soldiers who were trapped on the beaches by the advancing German army. Because of the shallow waters, British naval craft were unable to approach the beaches, hence the desperate order to assemble a fleet of pleasure craft. Many were requisitioned and manned by the navy without their owners' permission but a few were volunteered on condition that their owners would sail them to Dunkirk. When they reached France, some of the boats acted as shuttles between the beaches and naval vessels while others carried hundreds of soldieors each back to Ramsgate under the make-shift protection of the Royal Air Force. The operation saved about 200,000 British, 130,000 French and 10,000 Belgian troops. Sadly, 60,000 troops could not be evacuated and were captured or killed.One such “Little Ship” was the paddle steamer Medway Queen which…
Friday, 04 August 2017 09:48

Aug 4 - Bremen

Expedition cruise ship Bremen Sitting quietly at the north end of Canada Place on Monday this week preparing for an 18 day cruise to Nome in Alaska was Hapag Lloyd’s expedition cruise ship Bremen. She is one of four specialized cruise ships operated by the company, the others being Europa, Europa 2 and Hanseatic. Built by Mitsubishi Shipyard, Kobe, Japan in 1990Owned and operated by Hapag Lloyd CruisesLOA 111.5mBeam 17mGRT 6,752 tonsPropulsion 2 × Daihatsu 8 km-32 (2 × 2,427 kW) connected to 2 shafts and 2 x controllable pitch propellersSpeed 16 knotsPassenger capacity 164Crew: approximately 100Previous name: Frontier Spirit (2000-2003)   Bremen is the smallest ship in Hapag Lloyd's cruise fleet, but arguably the most versatile by way of having an impressive E4 ice rating, thereby equipping her to safely navigate the ice of the Arctic and Antarctic. Bremen provides a contingent of 12 zodiacs (pictures above left and right) allowing her guests to explore virtually any inlet at any time of the day during her high activity cruises. In 2003, Bremen identified a previously uncharted island in Antarctica which was appropriately named "Bremen Island" the following year. In 2006, helped by satellite images of sea ice, she sailed the Northwest Passage, a route she will take again In late…
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