Ship of the Week

Thursday, 16 March 2017 17:10

Mar 17 - CCGS M. Charles M.B

  Based at the Institute of Ocean Sciences in North Saanich on Vancouver Island, the Hero Class Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel CCGS M. Charles M.B. was delivered to the Canadian Coast Guard in June 2014. Along with her sister vessel CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M she arrived at her new base of operations in February 2015 after sailing for 39 days, covering a distance of just over 7,000 nautical miles from Halifax, Nova Scotia via the Panama Canal.   These vessels are designed to conduct Maritime Security missions on the Great Lake and St. Lawrence Seaway in addition to the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts. Under the "Mid-Shore" designation, they are approved to operate up to 120 nautical miles offshore. Built by Irving Shipbuilding Inc, Halifax NSParent Design Damen Stan Patrol 4207LOA 43.0mBeam 7.0mDisplacement 257 MTPower 4,992 kW with 2 x controllable pitch propellersSpeed: Maximum 25 knots, cruising 14 knotsRange 2,000 nautical milesCrew up to 14Design and construction cost for nine vessels $198 million        With their steel hulls and aluminium superstructure, the fleet of nine Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels are deployed in support of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Compliance and Enforcement programs with responsibility to: Conduct surveillance of…
Friday, 10 March 2017 10:25

Mar 10 - Yuan Wang 5

  One of the enjoyable aspects of cruising for former seafarers is the opportunity to see sectors of shipping that we would normally not see here at home. One such occurrence for us was a port call in Auckland, New Zealand, in October last year where we found the sophisticated Chinese research / survey vessel Yuan Wang 5. She and China’s fleet of six similar vessels form the backbone of the country’s world-wide space tracking and intelligence gathering capability.   Built by China State Shipbuilding Corporation, Shanghai, PRCOperated by the Peoples Liberation Army Navy (PLAN)Commissioned in 2007LOA     190m (approx)GRT      22,686 tonsSpeed  20 knots (approx.)Crew     470Registered in Shanghai      The Yuan Wang (translates to “Long View” in Mandarin) class of ships are used for tracking and support of space flights, satellites and intercontinental ballistic missiles by the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The first Yuan Wang class of vessel is believed to have been proposed by Premier Zhou Enlai in 1965, eventually being approved by Chairman Mao Zedong in 1968 with Yuan Wang 1 and Yuan Wang 2 entering service in 1977 and 1978 respectively. The latest in the series, Yuan Wang-7, was launched…
Thursday, 02 March 2017 21:04

Mar 3 - ENGIE Zeebrugge

  Last month, one of the world’s first purpose built LNG bunkering vessels, ENGIE Zeebrugge, was delivered to the Gas4Sea Partnership, a brand name generated to market ship to ship LNG bunkering services worldwide. The French energy and utility company ENGIE, Mitsubishi Corporation and NYK are the partners to this new venture which will set up shop initially to service the Port of Zeebrugge in Belgium. Built by Hanjin Heavy Industries, Yeongdo Shipyard, Busan, South KoreaOwned by Gas4Sea PartnershipOperated by: NYK Energy Transport (Atlantic) Ltd & (NYK LNG Shipmanagement (UK) Ltd.)LOA 107.6mBeam 18.4mGRT 7,403 tonsCapacity 5,000 CBMMain engine: Dual Fuel (marine gas oil, marine diesel oil, and LNG)Registry: BelgiumClass: Bureau Veritas       ENGIE Zeebrugge is operating on LNG for her maiden delivery voyage to Zeebrugge via the Suez Canal. Just this week she called at the Port of Singapore’s LNG terminal hub for a recharge. The picture above right is an artist’s impression of the new vessel in operation once she arrives in Europe.   In October last year, Gas4Sea signed up the company’s first commercial customer, the Marseilles based container line CMA CGM. In Zeebrugge, two LNG fueled pure car and truck carriers (PCTC) operated by United European…
Friday, 24 February 2017 08:56

Feb 24 - SBI Tethys

A recent loader at Kinder Morgan’s Vancouver Wharves was the new Ultramax bulk carrier SBI Tethys, with a distinctive Axe Bow (vertical bow) design, one of several such vessels owned and operated by Scorpio Bulk Carriers. The company is incorporated in the Republic of The Marshall Islands and has principal executive offices in Monaco and New York. Built by Chengxi Shipyard, Co Ltd; Jiangyin, PRCOwned and operated by Scorpio Bulkers Inc (SBI)LOA 199.99mBeam 32.29mGRT 34,447 tonsDWT 61,190 MTLiberian flag   Scorpio Bulkers Inc. embarked on an ambitious expansion program in recent years and now operates a fleet of 40 modern bulk carriers in the Kamsarmax and Ultramax sectors, the oldest of which was delivered in 2015. A further five vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2017. Underlining the continuing struggles of the dry bulk sector, the company’s CEO Mr. Emanuele Lauro last year confessed in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that when the company placed a large number of new build orders at rock bottom prices in 2013-14, they were confident of a significant market recovery by 2016-17, which as we know has yet to happen. As a consequence, the company recorded a loss of almost $125 million…
Friday, 17 February 2017 14:19

Feb 17 - Aqualegend

An immaculate and pretty impressive sight as she passed under the Lions Gate Bridge on Monday (Family Day) this week on her inbound leg to Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Terminal was the Greek owned Aframax tanker Aqualegend. Built by in 2012 Samsung Shipbuilding & Heavy Industries, Geoje, South KoreaOwned and operated by Unisea Shipping, AthensLOA 249mBeam 44mGRT 61,237 tonsDWT 115,571 MT   Aqualegend is seen alongside Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Terminal, above left, and under the escort of a Seaspan tug off Victoria, above right. Unisea Shipping was established in 2005 to operate tankers and bulk carriers with an emphasis on safe, secure, efficient and environmentally friendly shipping. The company manages its activities through the Greek office located in the Athens suburb of Kifissia and through Unisea Philippines Inc., Manila. Following recent project approvals received from both the Federal and Provincial Governments, the board of Kinder Morgan is shortly expected to make a Final Investment Decision on expansion of pipeline capacity from Alberta to the Westridge terminal from 300,000 barrels/day to around 890,000 barrels/day. Construction would then begin in September 2017 with a view to completion in late 2019  and having the terminal operational in early 2020. In addition to an additional…
Friday, 10 February 2017 13:31

Feb 10 - Berge Neblina

Berge Neblina is classified as a Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC) the likes of which we are very unlikely to see on the west coast of Canada given her enormous size. These vessels are built to exclusively serve the world’s major iron ore and coal trades which by far surpass the volume of any other bulk commodities moved by sea. Last month, Berge Neblina loaded one of the first iron ore cargoes at Vale S.A. Brazil’s new Ponta da Madeira Maritime Terminal near the northern port of Itaqui. Iron ore was sourced from the company’s major new mine in the Amazon known as S11D which is located in Canaã dos Carajás in southeast Pará. Access to the new mine is intended to provide Vale with capacity to move approximately 230 million tons of iron ore annually by 2018. Built in 2012-13 by Bohai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry, Huludao, PRCOwned and operated by Berge Bulk Maritime, SingaporeLOA 361mBeam 65mGRT 195,199 tonsDWT 388,000 tonsDisplacementRegistery: Douglas, Isle of Man (UK)    The terminal, abutting the Bay of Sao Marcos (St. Mark) has a natural draft of 26 meters (86 feet) at low tide. Tidal rise and fall of 14m (46') proved quite a challenge given…
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