Ship of the Week

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…
Thursday, 27 July 2017 16:18

July 28 - USS Gerald R. Ford

With the role of aircraft carriers much in the news in recent months, the United States Navy achieved a significant milestone when after four years of delays, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News Shipbuilding, delivered the first-in-class aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) on May 31 following successful completion of final sea trials only the week previously. She was formally commissioned on July 22 at a ceremony held at the Norfolk Naval Station attended by President Trump. USS Gerald R. Ford is the lead ship of its class and the first new design of aircraft carrier delivered to the Navy since the first introduction of the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) class in 1975. She is also the first aircraft carrier to join the fleet since the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) delivered in 2009. Built by Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News ShipbuildingDisplacement approximately 100,000 MT at full loadLOA 337mBeam at waterline 41m, flight deck 77mPropulsion: 2 x A1B nuclear reactors coupled to four shaftsSpeed: 30 knots +Complement 508 officers & 3789 enlisted menAircraft 75+Cost $12.7 Billion ($6 Billion over budget)Sister vessels under construction & planned USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) with delivery in 2020, USS Enterprise (CVN-80) with delivery in 2025 plus…
Friday, 21 July 2017 10:37

July 21 - SS Nujoma

After arriving in Cape Town from her builders for outfitting in August 2016, the world’s largest and most advanced diamond exploration and sampling vessel undertook sea trials in November and recently entered service on the coast of Namibia (SW Africa). SS Nujoma, is owned by Debmarine Namibia, a 50/50 joint venture between the Namibian government and the De Beers Group.    Built by Kleven Verft AS shipyard in Ulsteinvik, NorwayOwned by Debmarine, NamibiaLOA 113mBeam 22mDisplacement 12,000 tonesPropulsion: diesel electricCrew 80Helicopter deck suitable for Sikorsky S61sConstruction cost $139 million SS Nujoma is the sixth vessel in the specialized Debmarine fleet, and the first to be dedicated to both exploration and sampling. It incorporates technology that allows it to take larger samples faster and with more information per sample compared to similar vessels and at more than double the speed of its predecessors. Established in 2002, Debmarine Namibia is the only company in the world to mine diamonds offshore and last year collected around 1.2 million carats, generally at depth of 120 to 140 meters. Diamond mining is the single biggest contributor to Namibia’s economy with the partnership between the De Beers Group and the Namibian Government delivering more than N$10 billion in…
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