Ship of the Week

Thursday, 05 November 2015 23:31

Nov 6 - Seri Bakti

                                        Seri Bakti The Malaysian-owned LNG carrier Seri Bakti arrived at the Santos GLNG site on Curtis Island, Gladstone, on September 28 2015 to load the inaugural export cargo from the US$18.5 billion Santos GLNG project at Curtis Island in Queensland for shipment to South Korea. Santos LNG is one of three LNG plants that Bechtel has built or is building on Curtis Island, alongside Queensland Curtis LNG (BG Group) and Australia Pacific LNG (ConocoPhillips). Built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shipyard, Nagasaki, Japan in 2007Owned and managed by Malaysia International Shipping Company (MISC), Kuala LumpurLOA 289.8mBeam 46.5mGRT 105,335 tonsDWT 90.065 MT       LNG carrier Seri Bakti  loading the first cargo to be shipped from Australia’s Santos GLNG Plant Santos GLNG produces natural gas from Queensland’s coal seams and converts it into LNG. This involves inland gas field development, a 420 kilometer gas transmission pipeline and a two-train LNG plant on Curtis Island with capacity to produce 7.8 million tons of LNG per year when in full operation. The operations center in the Brisbane office (below left) allows for remote monitoring and control of…
Thursday, 29 October 2015 17:45

Oct 30 - Isla Bella

    Isla Bella – the world’s first LNG powered container ship Last week was a long awaited milestone in company history when TOTE Services took delivery of the Marlin Class LNG-powered Isla Bella. She is the world’s first container ship to run on LNG and will immediately slot into the company’s Jones Act trade between Jacksonville, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Tragically, the Isla Bella was to replace the El Faro, which sank earlier this month during Hurricane Joaquin with the loss of all 33 crew members. Built by NASSCO, San Diego, CaliforniaOwned and operated by Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Seattle, Washington, USAOperated by TOTE Services, Jacksonville, FloridaLOA 256mBeam 28mGRT 36,751 tonsCapacity 3,100 TEUPropulsion: Doosan Engine 8L70ME-C8.2GI engine constructed under license from MAN ME-GI designed dual-fuel, slow-speed engineSpeed 22 knotsSister Ship: Perla del Caribe (Pearl of the Caribbean)  The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) provided a $324.6m loan guarantee to TOTE Shipholdings and Saltchuk Resources for constructing the Marlin-class vessels. The loan was granted under Title XI Loan Guarantee programme, initiated to promote the growth and modernization of US shipyards and the US Merchant Marine. Daewoo Ship Engineering Company (DSEC), part of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), designed the vessel…
Friday, 23 October 2015 08:47

Oct 23 - Norwegian Escape

                               Norwegian Escape – delivered to NCL this week The rapidly expanding fleet of Norwegian Cruise Line added another vessel this week, the first of the company’s four so called “Breakaway Plus” class of vessels. Built by Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany, laid down September 2014, floated out August 2015, delivered October 2015LOA 334.6mBeam 41.5mGRT 164,600Propulsion Diesel electric, 2 x 20 MW ABB Azipod XO unitsCapacity: 4248 guests, 1731 crewSister ship: Norwegian Bliss for delivery in March 2017   NCL is owned by the Malaysian based Genting Group which has a 40 year history of developing leisure facilities around the globe. In recent times, the Group has diversified into other activities including plantations, properties, power generation, oil and gas, e-commerce, information technology and biotechnology. The Group is also the founder of Star Cruises which was subsequently renamed Genting Hong Kong.  In 2014 Genting purchased Oceana Cruises and Regent Seven Seas followed by an agreement in March this year to acquire Crystal Cruises for US$550 million from Japan's NYK Line thereby taking control of  the luxury cruise ships Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity along with a new build planned thereby…
Thursday, 15 October 2015 22:04

Oct. 16 - Vidar

                             Jack-up Vessel VIDAR Belgian dredging giant Jan De Nul (JDN) has announced that the newly acquired two years old jack-up vessel Vidar has been chartered to undertake her maiden offshore wind farm project, just 10 days after being purchased from German company Hochtief. She is purpose built with four legs to lift herself above sea level in order to install the foundations and turbines for offshore wind parks in water depths of up to 50 m. Built by Crist Shipyard, Gdynia, Poland in 2012Owned and operated by Jan de Nul Group, Netherlands (acquired in 2015)LOA 140.4mBeam 41.0mMaximum working depth 50mAccommodation for 90 personsMain propulsion 4 x azimuth thrusters 2,600 kW & 3 x bow thrusters 2,500kWSpeed (max) 12 knotsMain crane Liebherr SWL 1,200 tons at 27.5m, 134 tons at 104m   Vidar's maiden project is the result of a contract JDN has signed with Belgian company Nobelwind for the second phase of the Belwind offshore wind farm, which will be built around the Bligh sand bank in the Belgian North Sea, 46 km off the coast of Zeebrugge. Owned by Parkwind, Sumitomo Corp, and Meewind, Nobelwind has…
Friday, 09 October 2015 00:09

Oct 9 - BW Singapore

         BW Singapore – Floating, Storage, Regassification Unit (FRSU) Egypt is set to bring into operation the newly built Floating, Storage, Regassification Unit BW Singapore, its second Floating Storage and Regasification Unit deployed as an import terminal in the Red Sea. Built by Samsung Shipbuilding & Heavy Industures, Geoje, South KoreaDelivered in 2015Owned and operated by BW Maritime, SingsporeLOA 292mBeam 44mGRT 98,000 tonsDWT 85,200 MTCBM 170,000    The brand new BW Singapore arrived in Egyptian waters at the port of Ain Sokhna in the Red Sea this week and is expected to begin commissioning operations before unloading its first cargo in the third week of October, according to Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS), as charterer of the vessel. She is the second FSRU to be chartered in by Egypt to meet domestic gas demand. The FRSU Hoegh Gallant FSRU completed commissioning tests and began operations at Ein Sokhna in April 2015 under a five-year contract with EGAS. BW Singapore is designed to ensure a low environmental footprint, high efficiency, storage capacity in excess of 170,000 cubic metres and a peak regasification capacity of 750 standard cubic feet per day of natural gas according to her owners BW…
Thursday, 01 October 2015 15:58

Oct 2 - Fred Olsen cruise ships

The picturesque Norwegian port of Bergen played host to a unique first meeting of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ fleet of four ships, Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch on July 28 this year. The four ships, led by the fleet’s flagship Balmoral, docked at 8am and following a day of celebration and elaborate festivities sailed in line at 6pm.    The“4 Bs in Bergen” event, named after the initial letter of each of the four ships was reportedly a great day for the city of Bergen and nearly the 4,000 passengers who disembarked to stretch their legs. In addition to tours of the four ships for the locals, festivities included Norwegian themed marching bands, drummers and singers on the quayside and a schedule of Norwegian cultured onboard entertainment.  For the ships’ crews there was a tug of war contest which reportedly attracted a great deal of local support. Fred Olsen Lines’ Norwegian heritage originated in the small village of Hvitsten, outside Oslo, in 1848, when three Olsen brothers – Fredrik Christian, Petter and Andreas bought their first ships and began a shipping company. Now into the fifth generation of the family the connection remains as strong as ever with Fred Olsen ships having spent 176 port…
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