Ship of the Week

Friday, 02 September 2016 14:07

Sept 2 - Olympic Future

As we transition from the International Olympics to the International Paralympics beginning September 7, it is easy to overlook the origins of the Olympic movement. The Ancient Olympic Games were religious and athletic festivals held every four years at the sanctuary of Zeus in Olympia, Greece. Competition took place between the athletes of the day representing the city states and kingdoms of Ancient Greece. The first Games to be held under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee were hosted in Athens in 1896 when the Games brought together 14 nations and 241 athletes who competed in 43 events. The original intent was for Greece to host the games every four years but the IOC decided that subsequent Games would be rotated through selected host cities. The Olympic name was also adopted by the legendary Greek ship owner Aristotle Onassis who is widely credited with developing the world’s largest fleet of modern tankers in the 1960’s and 70’s. Amazingly, he insisted that their hulls be painted white, a huge additional cost to their maintenance and one even had a piano installed in the owner’s suite. The name lives on through a foundation created in memory of his only son Alexander,…
Friday, 26 August 2016 08:34

Aug 26 - Crystal Serenity

The luxury cruise ship Crystal Serenity sailed on August 16 from the port of Seward, Alaska, on a 32 day voyage to New York via the Northwest Passage – a cruise industry first. Not taking any chances, she is accompanied by the US Coast Guard ice-breaker Healy and a chartered ice-class escort vessel the Ernest Shackleton along with two helicopters to help out if needed. The vessel has a capacity of 1,700 passengers and crew with prices for the trip ranging from US$19,000 to $120,000 per person. Detailed planning for the voyage has taken three years. Built by Chantiers de L’Atlantique, Nantes, St. Nazaire, FranceOwned and operated by Crystal Cruise, Los AngelesMaiden voyage in 2003LOA 249.9 mBeam 32.3mGRT 68,870 tonsPassengers: 1070, crew 655Full speed 25 knots   The ship’s Master, Captain Birger Vorland of Norway (above left) provided a number of interviews prior to departure from Seward’s Alaska Railroad Dock (above right). He will be assisted in the passage by two Canadian ice-pilots and in preparation for the voyage, the vessel has been fitted with a Rutter’s sigma S6 Small Target Surveillance and Ice Navigator System which provides enhanced small target detection of first-year and multi-year sea ice as well…
Friday, 19 August 2016 09:44

Aug 19 - Bardu

Currently time chartered to Westwood Shipping on the company’s liner services to and from Asia, the multipurpose vessel M.V. Bardu is a regular caller to Vancouver. The company’s sailings and intermodal delivery service provide full origin to destination service with sailings to and from more than 20 ports in Japan, Korea, China and the Pacific Northwest with a fixed-day, weekly sailing schedule. Built by  Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipuyard, Jiangyin, PRC   in 2014Owned and operated by Klaveness Ship Management, Oslo, NorwayLOA 209mBeam 30mGRT 26,374 tonsDWT 34,086 MTCapacity 2,500 TEU   Westwood is a wholly owned subsidiary of J-WeSco, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Warehouse, which in 2011 lead a consortium of Japanese stevedores, all of which had been key service providers to Westwood for more than 25 years in a $53 million buy-out from the Weyerhauser Group.   Founded in 1946, Torvald Klaveness is a leading service provider to the global dry bulk industry. In addition the company has a unique concept for combination carriers and provides container feeder vessels to a number of operators. Family owned with its main office in Oslo, the company has approximately 170 employees on shore and nearly 900 employees at sea. Klaveness serves its clients from offices in…
Friday, 12 August 2016 13:47

Aug 12 - Silver Discoverer

An unusual caller at Canada Place last week was the expedition cruise ship Silver Discoverer. As one of a growing number of ships converted or newly built to service this growing market she is generally deployed to the more remote regions of the world including Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, the Russian Far East, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Australia. The Silversea Expeditions team on board includes expedition leaders, dive masters, marine biologists, historians, geologists and naturalists. Built by NKK Tsu Works, Tsu, Japan in 1989Owned by Silversea CruisesLOA 102.9mBeam 15.4mGRT 5,218 tonsCapacity for 128 guestsRegistered in the BahamasPrevious names: Oceanic Grace, Oceanic Odyssey, Clipper Odyssey    Silver Discoverer was built in 1989 for the Japanese market as Oceanic Grace, before being bought by Indonesia's Spice Islands Cruises which renamed her Oceanic Odyssey. In 1999, she was bought by St. Louis-based Clipper Cruise Line, and renamed Clipper Odyssey. She was then sold in 2007 to International Shipping Partners. In September 2013, it was announced that the vessel had been purchased by Silversea Cruises and in March 2014 she began work for her new owners with a program of cruises exploring the coastline of Australia. While modest by today’s cruise ship standards, on…
Friday, 05 August 2016 09:37

Aug 5 - Maran Gas Apollonia

                                                                                        Maran Gas Apollonia One ship, one canal. Usually we would think no big deal but the transit of the Panama Canal last week by the LNG carrier Maran Gas Apollonia was a major milestone for both the expanded Panama Canal and the global trade in LNG as U.S. produced shale gas gained convenient access to the all important Chinese market for LNG. The vessel loaded at the recently commissioned Cherniere Energy Sabine Pass LNG Terminal which only shipped its first export cargo in February this year. The Canal cuts the sailing distance to Asia from 16,000 to 9,000 nautical miles which translates to a saving of around 23 days transit time between the US Gulf and Asia. Built by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, Mokpo, South KoreaOwned and operated by Maran Gas Maritime Inc. AthensChartered by Shell Trading and Shipping Co.Delivered January 2014LOA 289mBeam 46mGRT 105,773 tonsDWT 90,434 MTCapacity 161,870 cbmRegistered in AthensSister ships: Maran Gas Delphi,…
Friday, 29 July 2016 12:00

Jul 29 - Ariso

                                            Ariso - wood chip carrier As we often focus on the latest and greatest in new ships and their related technologies, we can sometimes overlook the fact that most ships are built for a trading life of 25-30 years, A 20 year old frequent caller in Vancouver to load wood pellets at Fibreco is the purpose built chip carrier Ariso which was here again last weekend under long term charter to K Line. Fibreco averages around 7 million tons/year of wood chip and pellet exports while Pinnacle Energy’s Westview Wood Pellet Terminal in Prince Rupert, which opened for business in November 2013, exported 735,000 tons of pellets in 2015, a 44% increase over 2014. Built by Imbari Shipbuilding, Marugame Shipyard, JapanOwned and managed by Taiyo Nippon Kisen, Kobe, JapanBuilt in 2006Chartered by K LineLOA 199.9mBeam 32.2mGRT 40,325 tonsDWT 49,889 MT   As Canada and the US lock horns once again on the cross-border Softwood Lumber Agreement, the need for Canada to continue to seek new markets for our forestry exports has perhaps never been more important. The success…
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