Ship of the Week

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…
Friday, 14 July 2017 12:02

July 14 - The World

For those who seek to take a cruise without queuing for the buffet, scrambling for a deck chair or being targeted for the platinum drinks package, we have a solution. Sitting quietly alongside at Canada Place earlier this week was the unique cruise ship The World, the largest privately owned residential yacht sailing the seas. The residents, from about 45 countries, live on board in 165 residences as the ship circuits the globe, staying in most ports several days. A few residents live on board full-time while most visit periodically throughout the year. Built by Fosen Mek Verksteder A/S, Rissa, Norway, completed in 2002Owned by ResidenSea, Miramar, Florida, United StatesOperated by ROW Management, Ltd., headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States.LOA 196.3mBeam 29.8mGRT 43,524 tonsService speed 18.5 knotsGuests 150 – 200 (average)Crew 280The ship has 12 decks (12), 1 helicopter pad, 2 swimming pools, 1 tennis court, 6 restaurants, mini-golf courseConstruction cost $266 million   The concept of such a ship was the brainchild of Mr. Knut Kloster, the former Chair of Royal Viking Line and Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL). The hull was built in Sweden and towed to neighbouring Norway before being purchased by its residents in October 2003. Since…
Friday, 07 July 2017 09:25

July 7 - Rotra Vente

  Following a truly innovative conversion from a humble short sea trading container ship to a ro-ro vessel, the Rotra Vente has caught the eye of many in the European ship building industry. Rotra Vente is the first of two innovative vessels that are specifically designed for ease of shipping wind turbine parts such as masts, nacelles (engine rooms) and rotor blades. The base was an existing container ship’s hull, which was converted into a special service heavy cargo vessel with ramp. The conversion of the original vessel includes the incorporation of a movable bow and extendable ramp, allowing for unhindered ro-ro operations access. Built by Nantong Mingde Heavy Industries, Nantong, PRCConverted by Holland ShipyardsOwned by Amasus Shipping BVOperated by Siemens Wind Power GmbH & Deugro Danmark A/sLOA 141.6mBeam 20.6mGRT 6,564 tonsDWT 8,929 MTPropulsion: Wartsila 8L38C with 5,400kW output to a CP propellorService speed 15 knotsCrew capacity 11Original name: Flintercoral      Rotra Vente is the first of two ro-ro vessels designed by the Concordia Group in The Netherlands and converted by Holland Shipyards for Germany’s Siemens Group. For Siemens, the charterer of the vessel, and means of loading and unloading, allows for a highly cost effective operation contributing to…
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