Ship of the Week

Friday, 06 October 2017 10:35

Oct 10 - Adventure of the Seas

  Islands across the Caribbean are continuing to struggle following the unprecedented levels of damage wreaked by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and most recently Maria which entirely devastated the infrastructure of the US territory of Puerto Rico. Much has been made of the slow Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) speed of response to the situation in Puerto Rico by comparison to the response to Hurricanes Harvey across Texas and Irma across Florida but the pace is now picking up. Even so, the majority of the island’s 3.4 million people are without power, communications, gas or drinking water and is likely to remain so for quite some time. Against this background, many are desperate to leave but with limited flights and no suitable US flag vessel capability capable of moving thousands of people, it has fallen to the goodwill of foreign flagged cruise lines to make capacity available. One such vessel is Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s (RCL) Adventure of the Seas which last week undertook a humanitarian mission to evacuate almost 4,000 people from Puerto Rico. The lead picture above shows the line-up  to evacuate in San Juan, the major port and capital city of Puerto Rico. Evacuees were not charged for…
Thursday, 28 September 2017 16:30

Sept. 29 - W-Sky

  Here in Vancouver to load coal at Westshore Terminals, Roberts Bank, this week was the post-Panama bulk carrier W-Sky, managed by W Marine Inc based in Athens. Built by Catic Shipbuilding, Taizhou, Jiangsu, PRCOwned and managed by W Marine, AthensDelivered in 2011LOA 229.2mBeam 38.0mGRT 51,239 tonsDWT 92,929 MTMain engine : MAN-B&W 6S60MC-C, BHP 18.436, Kw 13.560,Service Speed : 14 knots      Established in 2003, W Marine Inc. manages a fleet of six bulk carriers in the Panamax, Kamsarmax and Post-Panamax sectors. By way of interest, the evolution of the “Kamsarmax" with a deadweight of around 82,000 MT and LOA 229m is on account of being the largest size of vessel that can be accommodated at the world’s largest bauxite port, namely Port Kamsar in Equatorial Guinea. Export coal volumes through the Port of Vancouver (Westshore and Neptune Terminals) staged something of a recovery in the first half of 2017 with a 7% increase over the same period of 2016. Metallurgical coal volumes were slightly down at 12.3 million tonnes but still representing the fifth consecutive year of metallurgical coal export volumes reaching more than 12 million tonnes at the mid-year point. On the other hand, thermal coal volumes…
Friday, 22 September 2017 11:40

Sept. 22 - Scott Spirit

The Teekay owned tanker Scott Spirit is a prime example of a modern shuttle tanker designed to load from offshore installations as an alternative to building undersea pipelines to connect offshore oil fields to storage and refinery capacity. Being designed to work in such challenging environments as the North Sea, Brazil or off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, shuttle tankers are arguably among the hardest working vessels in the tanker sector. Built by Samsung Shipbuilding & Heavy Industries, Geoje, South KoreaDelivered in 2011Owned and operated by Teekay Shipping, Stavanger, NorwayLOA 248mBeam 42mGRT 66,563 tonsDWT 109,334 MTRegistry Bahamas   Teekay Offshore Partners, is a major player in this intensively competitive business and in June 2015 the company announced the signing of a 15 year shuttle contract with Canada Hibernia Holding Corporation (CHHS), Chevron Canada, ExxonMobil Canada, Husky Energy, Mosbacher Operating Ltd, Murphy Oil, Nalcor Energy, Statoil, and Suncor Energy. Teekay Offshore is to provide shuttle tankers for loading crude oil at Hibernia, Terra Nova, White Rose and Hebron oil fields located off Newfoundland. These 15-year contracts, plus extension options, is initially being serviced by one of Teekay Offshore’s existing shuttle tankers, the Navion Hispania, and two to three third party-owned shuttle tankers currently operating in East Coast Canada.…
Friday, 15 September 2017 11:29

Sept. 15 - St. Eval

Seen here alongside in Coal Harbour, but more usually found lying at the Seaspan Dock at Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver, is the converted yacht St. Eval which began life in the UK having been built at the Bowling Shipyard on the River Clyde in Scotland, as a pre-war Warrior Class tug. Shipbuilding at the Bowling Shipyard began around 1800 when the McGill brothers established their yard at the Forth and Clyde Canal basin. By the late 1840's the McGill's had joined forces with James Scott to form Scott & McGill, which became Scott and Sons in 1851. Between 1851 and 1979 Scott's built in excess of 450 vessels and was incorporated in 1958 being traded for the first time as Scott & Sons (Bowling) Ltd . In 1965, the company was taken over by Scott's Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd of Greenock and became part of the Scott Lithgow Group. The yard closed in 1979. Designed and built by Scott and Sons at the Bowling Shipyard, ScotlandDelivered in 1930, served in WWII, refitted in 1993Length 35m (115 feet)Beam 7.4mDisplacement 382 tonnesMain engine single screw 660HP (486kW)Cruising speed 10 knotsAccommodation for up to four guestsRegistered in Falmouth, UKPrevious name: Chieftain  …
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…
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