Ship of the Week

Friday, 26 May 2017 11:13

Expedition Super Yacht Triton

  This weekend is arguably the marketing opportunity of the year for designers and manufacturers of luxury yachts as the rich and famous gather in Monaco for the latest stage of the Formula 1 Grand Prix. A stroll around Monaco’s picturesque inner harbour in the past few days would hardly fail to impress anyone with an interest in the ultra luxury side of our industry – yours to rent for a mere US$100,000 and upwards per night. Closer to home, I couldn’t help but notice this week a stand out of its own sitting quietly in Coal Harbour Marina, namely the Expedition Super Yacht Triton. Designed and built by Triton Marine, Seattle in 2004LOA 49.7mBeam 9.7mDraft 2.8mPowered by Twin Caterpillar 3508 engines with twin screwsAccommodation for 12 guestsCruising speed 16 knots     Triton’s American owners use her for worldwide cruising, deep-sea fishing and reef diving, a typical example being above left where she is anchored off the island of Kemmunett, Malta. She has spent a number of summers in the Mediterranean and even cruised through the Suez canal to Saudi Arabia and the Seychelles to spend the winter. However, she is no stranger to ice as demonstrated by the picture…
Friday, 19 May 2017 11:34

May 19 - RFA Tidespring

The latest vessel to join the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, the civilian arm of the UK’s Royal Navy, is the fleet replenishment vessel RFA Tidespring, designated A136. After a ten-month construction delay, the UK Ministry of Defence accepted this, the first of four Tide-class tankers, from the South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) on January 12, 2017. Several technical issues, including wiring and electrical design, were said to have resulted in the delay to acceptance of the vessel. These vessels are intended to provide fuel, food, fresh water, ammunition and other supplies to Royal Navy and allied vessels around the globe. Norway has ordered a slightly larger design at the same yard with a 48 bed hospital and greater solid stores capacity while Australia is to build a series of similar vessels, also at DSME. Built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, Okpo, South KoreaOwned and operated by the UK Government (Royal Fleet Auxiliary)Keel laid June 2014LOA 200.9mBeam 28.6mGRT 29,324 tonsDWT 21,750 MTSpeed: maximum 28.6 knots, cruising 17.6 knotsRange: 18,200 nautical milesFlight deck & hanger capacity for mid-range Merlin class helicopter but strengthened for Chinook classCrew 63 plus provision to embark up to 46 flight and combat personnelSister ships…
Friday, 12 May 2017 11:19

May 12 - Kaiwo Maru

There was only one contender for Ship of the Week this week – the magnificent Japanese four-masted tall ship Kaiwo Maru which, after a short visit to Burrard Inlet, spent last weekend at Garry Point Park in Steveston. Kaiwo Maru was built to replace a 1930’s built sailing training ship of the same name which translates directly to “King of the Sea”. The vessel made her voyage across the Pacific to participate in Richmond’s Ships to Shore King of the Sea Festival and to mark Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations. Built by Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Uraga Shipyard, YokohamaLaid down in July 1988 and completed in September 1989Operated by the Japan National institute for Sea TrainingLOA 110.1mBeam 13.8mHeight of main mast 43.5mGRT 2,556 tonsPropulsion 2 x diesel engines, total HP 3,000, giving 13 knotsComplement 199     In 2004, Kaiwo Maru was heavily damaged while sheltering from a typhoon outside the port of Fushiki in the Bay of Toyama, Japan. She dragged anchor and grounded on a breakwater, sustaining severe damage.  Her crew of young cadets were evacuated by bravely climbing along ropes stretched between the vessel and the breakwater. Many were injured but miraculously none were lost. The vessel itself was salvaged…
Friday, 05 May 2017 11:23

May 5 - Erradale

A recent Vancouver caller was the versatile vessel Erradale operated by Swire bulk, a subsidiary of China Navigation Compay whose history goes back to the early colonial days of Hong Kong. Erradale is formally described as as a BD39 logger of which the company operates, or has on order, 20 such vessels. The design is intended to be flexible for bulk cargoes, steel products, project cargoes, logs and lumber. Built by Chengxhi Shipyard, Jiangyin, PRC and delivered in 2014Owned and operated by China Navigation, SingaporeLOA 179.9mBeam 30mGRT 24,785 tonsDWT 39,757 MT5 double skinned holds/hatchesDeck cranes 4 x 36 MT SWL (72 MT in tandem)Main engine Wartsila 5RT-flex50-B Tier 2, MAX MCR 6,050kW   The Swire Group traces its history back to 1816 when Mr. John Swire (1793–1847) formed a small import-export company in Liverpool based mainly on the textile trade. Mr. Swire’s sons expanded the business overseas and it was under John Samuel Swire that the seeds were sown for the creation of a multi-national company to be reckoned with. In 1861, John Swire & Sons opened trade links with China and in 1866 the famous trading name Butterfield & Swire was established in Shanghai. Things went well until the declaration…
Friday, 28 April 2017 13:22

Apr 28 - Seabourn Sojourn

                        Seabourn Sojourn entering Valetta Harbour, Malta For many of us, the first hints of summer are synonymous with the arrival of an armada of some of the world’s leading cruise ships. This year is no exception with the arrival of Holland America’s Zaandam on Wednesday this week, followed by Eurodam today (Friday) and Oosterdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Carnival Legend and Noordam over the weekend. Thursday June 1 will also see the arrival of the Seabourn Sojourn for her maiden Alaska season based out of Vancouver.   Delivered in 2010 by Mariotti Shipyard, Genoa, ItalyOwned and operated by Seabourn Cruise Line, Seattle, Wa.LOA 198.0mBeam 25.6mGRT 32,346 tonsSpeed 21.6 knots (cruising)Capacity: 450 guestsCrew: 335Sister ships: Seabourn Odyssey & Seabourn Quest   Seabourn Sojourn is advertised as being among the most luxurious cruising vessels in the world. Despite her modest size, she has a large two-deck spa facility of over 11,000 square feet, two outdoor swimming pools and six outdoor whirlpool spas. The four restaurants and six bars and cafes have seating capacity for over 800 diners, though the vessel carries just 450 guests. Alaska itineraries are a mix of 11 and…
Thursday, 20 April 2017 22:17

Apr 21 - Seaspan Swift & Seaspan Reliant

  Although we covered the new trailer ferry Seaspan Swift as our Ship of the Week on her initial arrival in BC in December 2016, Sunday April 9 was a unique event for British Columbia when Seaspan Ferries hosted the dual formal naming of Seaspan Swift and sister vessel Seaspan Reliant. The event was hosted by Seaspan Ferries President Mr. Steve Roth and attended by BC Premier Christy Clark (sponsor of Seaspan Swift) and Ms. Anisa White representing Plains Cree-Metis First Nation (sponsor of Seaspan Reliant). On a rare sunny afternoon, welcome speeches were also given by retiring Seaspan CEO Mr. Jonathan Whitworth and the incoming CEO Mr. Frank Butzelaar before the traditional breaking of champagne bottles on each vessel.  Mr. Kyle Washington and Jonathan Whitworth accompanied the Premier to do the honours on Seaspan Swift. Built by SEDEF Shipbuilding Inc. TurkeyDesigned by Vard Marine Inc.Owned and operated by Seaspan Ferries CorporationLOA 148.9mBeam 26.0mGRT 4,762 MTCapacity 59 x 53’ trailers over 1042 lane metersMain engine 2 x dual fuel Wartsila 9L34DF generating 4,400 KwThrusters 2 x Schottel SCD 2020Bow thrusters 2 x 550 KwLNG capacity 200 cbmDiesel capacity 162 cbmBattery capacity 546 kWhClass Bureau Veritas      Responsible for some…
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