Ship of the Week

Friday, 08 April 2016 13:31

Apr. 8 - USS Zumwalt

                                                                                        USS Zumwalt Named after the late Admiral Elmo “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., the USS Zumwalt is the US Navy’s most advanced multi-mission destroyer. The Navy estimates the 15,600-ton vessel can hit a target at a range of more than 60 miles. The destroyer, which was built at the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Maine, also has a wave-piercing tumblehome design and unique superstructure that make it less visible to enemy radar at sea. The USS Zumwalt has on board a 78-megawatt power station supplying electricity to an advanced integrated power system (IPS). This “innovative and highly survivable” system was designed by GE Marine. It powers giant GE induction motors connected directly to the propeller shafts and routes electricity to a vast array of sensors, weapons, radar and other critical systems on board.  As a result, the ship will have nearly 10 times more available power than its predecessors. In fact, the Zumwalt could become the first ship carrying…
Friday, 01 April 2016 09:56

Apr 1 - Koningsdam

                                                  Koningsdam Operator Holland America Line NVBuilt by Fincantieri – Cant. Nav. Italiani S.p.A (Breda) VeneziaLength 297.2mGross Tonnage 99,836DWT 9,000Passenger cabins 1,331 accommodations for 2,660Crew 1,025 Holland America Line’s new vessel and the first in the line for its Pinnacle class, Koningsdam, was delivered on Thursday by Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy.  This is the 15th ship built by Fincantieri for Holland America Line since 2010. The ship will soon make its way to Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, for its Premiere Voyage departing April 8.  Following a series of premiere Mediterranean voyages, Koningsdam’s official naming ceremony will take place in Rotterdam on May 20 after which she will sail to her home port of Amsterdam and offer a series of northern Europe and Baltic cruises before returning to the Mediterranean in September.      The vessel’s “World Stage” theater has a circular LED wall 20 meters (66 feet) in diameter, something never built before on a ship. It spreads 270 degrees and allows the viewer to fully immerse in the entertainment.  Fincantieri has built 72 cruise ships since 1990, 60 of…
Friday, 18 March 2016 12:44

Mar. 18 - HMCS Vancouver

HMCS Vancouver operating with Chilean ships Almirante Condell and Capitán Prat during its recent deployment HMCS Vancouver, one of twelve Halifax-class patrol frigates that form the backbone of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), is currently deployed in the South Pacific in order to conduct strategic engagement activities with the RCN’s international allies. In addition to participating in training exercises, the vessel recently visited Chile and Peru, hosting ambassadors and dignitaries in order to strengthen international relations. The third ship of its name, the current Vancouver was commissioned in 1993, and in 2013 underwent the Halifax-class Modernization/ Frigate Equipment Life Extension, an 18 month refitting and modernization process, providing it with enhancements that include a new Combat Management System, new radar capability, and communications and missile system upgrades. With these upgrades, Halifax-class ships like Vancouver are well equipped to meet the new threats and changing operating environments of today. Vancouver’s motto, semper vigilans, means “ever on guard.” 
Friday, 11 March 2016 10:42

Mar. 11 - CSL Tecumseh

                                           CSL Tecumseh Bahamas Flag, built in Chengxi Shipyard , China in 20133rd of a series of 5 sisters (Rt Hon Paul E Martin, CSL Tacoma, CSL Tarantau, Algoma Vision)71,405 DWT on 13.5 m draft, est. intake 70,000 mtCargo Cubic Capacity: 75,125 cubic metersLOA 228.55 m, Beam 32.26 m7 Hold/7 HatchesVariable speed dust free discharge: Maximum speed of 5,000 metric tons per hourBoom length / Outreach: 80 m / 63.87 m CSL Tecumseh is a Trillium Class vessel owned, managed and operated by CSL International Ltd. Trillium Class vessels are the most advanced self-unloading ships in the world as they excel in these 3 areas:  fuel efficiency, environmental sustainability, operational performance. She was built in Chengxi Shipyards, China and delivered to CSL in May 2013 when she made her maiden call at Orca Sand and Gravel dock, Port Mc Neil, Vancouver Island, BC and loaded a cargo of Construction Aggregates destined to the San Francisco Bay Area. Since then, she has been trading along the West Coast of North America and has been regularly spotted within BC Waters either delivering Mexican…
Friday, 04 March 2016 11:15

Mar. 4 - Benjamin Franklin

Having just called on the port of Seattle for the first time, the Benjamin Franklin has the capacity to carry 18,000 20-foot containers, measuring 399 meters long by 54 meters wide, making it among the largest in the CMA CGM fleet and the 10th largest in the world by carrying capacity. The trend towards larger capacity container vessels will continue as ship owners seek efficiencies in a challenging commercial market. IMO: 9706891Name: CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLINMMSI: 235114033Type: Container ShipGross Tonnage: 178228Summer DWT: 185000 tBuild: 2015Flag: UK
Thursday, 25 February 2016 14:07

Feb. 26 - Dole Pacific

               Dole Pacific – reefer container vessel in San Diego Forgive me a small indulgence as I nominate as my final ship of the week, a container reefer vessel. Having spent a number of years sailing on reefers with the Salen Group we often found ourselves hauling bananas for Dole and United Brands from Central and South America to various destinations in Europe and the United States. The conversion of pure reefer ships from fully breakbulk loading individual 40 lbs boxes of bananas though shell side doors using around 5 x 50 men gangs has gradually given way to gantry crane equipped containerized reefers, a modern version of which is the recently delivered Dole Pacific seen above on her first call at the company’s dedicated terminal in San Diego CA in December 2015. Built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, Ulsan, South KoreaDelivered: November 2015Owned and operated by Dole Foods Co. of Westlake Village, California,LOA 190mBeam 30mGRT 22,000 tons (approx)DWT 25,000 MT (approx)Sister ships: Dole Atlantic (Feb 2016), Dole Caribbean (May 2016)   With the addition of Dole Pacific, the Dole fleet now consists of 13 vessels, 7 of them self-sustained refrigerated container carriers and 6…
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