Ship of the Week

Friday, 13 January 2017 12:09

Jan 13 - Salish Orca

After a 50 day trip of around 10,400 nautical miles from Poland via the Canary Islands and including a transit of the Panama Canal, the first of BC Ferries’ new intermediate Salish Class vessels arrived in Richmond this week. Salish Orca is designed to operate on LNG or ultra low sulphur diesel oil representing a significant leap forward in the adoption of clean technology by the company. Following routine inspections, the vessel will shift to Tsawwassen for crew training and to be in operation by early spring on the Powell River-Comox route. Built by Remontowa Shipbuilding, Gdansk, Poland in 2015-16Owned and operated by BC FerriesLOA 107mBeam 24mGRT 8,728 tonsMain engine: 3 x Wartsila 8I.20DFService speed 15.5 knotsCapacity for up to 145 vehicles and 600 passengers/crewSister ships: Salish Eagle, Salish Raven    In January 2016, BC Ferries and the First Peoples' Cultural Council announced the selection of three Coast Salish artists to create designs for the new Salish Class vessels; Darlene Gait from Esquimalt Nation for the Salish Orca, John Marston from Stz’uminus for the Salish Eagle and Thomas Cannell from Musqueam for the Salish Raven. The vessels are named to recognize the Coast Salish as the original mariners of the…
Friday, 06 January 2017 12:13

Jan 6 - Shturman Albanov

After a few days of Arctic conditions, at least by Vancouver standards, our first vessel of the year seems appropriate. The Russian flagged shuttle tanker Shturman Albanov, which is designed to operate in temperatures as low as -45degC, is the lead ship in a series of six Arctic shuttle tankers ordered by the Sovcomflot Group (SCF) under a long-term contract with Gazprom Neft. These highly specialized Arch7-Class tankers are designed to carry crude oil year-round from the Yamal Peninsula to the Port of Murmansk via the Northern Sea Route. The vessel is the first tanker to be certified in compliance with the International Maritime Organization’s Polar Code which came into effect this week on January 1. Built by Samsung Heavy Industries, South KoreaOwned and managed by SovcomflotLOA 249mBeam 34mDWT 41,454 MTLoaded draft 9.5mSpeed 14 knotsClass: Russian Maritime Register KM, ARC7, Oil Tanker (ESP), LI, CSR, OMBO, CCO, BWM, BLS-SPM, AUT1-ICS, ECO-SHome port: St. Petersberg   Shturman Albanov is designed to navigate channels previously cut by nuclear icebreakers. It has been designed for the climatic conditions of the Arctic and the shallow waters of the Gulf of Ob. Once all six tankers have been brought into operation they are intended to carry…
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 11:48

Dec. 23 - USNS Bowditch

Much in the news over the past week has been USNS Bowditch which became involved in a diplomatic scuffle between China and the United States following the retrieval of an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) operating from the Bowditch by a Chinese submarine rescue vessel. USNS Bowditch, a Pathfinder Class survey ship, is the third ship in class of a 29 ship Special Mission US Ship program and operates in the South China Sea where last week’s incident occurred. Built by Halter Marine, PascagoulaCommissioned in 1996Operated by US Military Sealift CommandLOA 100mBeam 18mSpeed 16 kotsComplement 26 civilian and 27 military personnel   USNS Bowditch has been at the centre of a number of previous diplomatic spats including incidents involving South Korea, India and two previous incidents with China.  In last week’s incident, the drone was taken about 50 nautical miles northwest of Subic Bay off the Philippines, just as the Bowditch was about to retrieve it from the water. When responding to questions, The Pentagon said the drone used commercially available technology and sold for about $150,000. The seizure came only a few days after the US accused China of adopting an aggressive posture in the disputed South China Sea, including…
Friday, 16 December 2016 11:56

Dec 16 - Seaspan Swift

Following an eight week voyage of more than 10,000 nautical miles from Turkey to Vancouver via the Panama Canal, Seaspan Ferries has taken delivery of the Vard designed hybrid trailer ferry, Seaspan Swift, the first of five such vessels to be employed in North America. The new vessel is now berthed at the company’s Tilbury Terminal in Delta where regulatory inspection and crew training is underway. The vessel has already undertaken initial LNG bunkering with product supplied by tanker truck. Built by Sedef Shipbuilding Inc. Istanbul, TurkeyOwned and operated by Seaspan Ferries (a division of the Washington Marine Group)LOA 148.9mBeam 25mGRT 4,810 tonsPropulsion: 2 x Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel enginesSpeed 15.8 knotsCapacity for up to 59 trailersSister ship: Seaspan Reliant (arrival early 2017)   Seaspan Swift, the first new ferry to join the company’s fleet since 2002, is powered by two Wartsila dual-fuel engines and a Corvus Energy Storage System (ESS) consisting of 84 advanced lithium polymer batteries. The design combines dual-fuelled propulsion, hull form efficiency, and a battery backup system that provides 2,200kW for 10 minutes to minimize operational costs and environmental impact. The hybrid propulsion system also permits redundancy while operating at economical speed on a single engine. Seaspan…
Thursday, 08 December 2016 22:08

Dec 9 - Icebreaker Polaris

Consistent with our local weather this week is the issue of ice breaking and those who do it for a living. In a year that has seen some major decisions from the IMO on limiting marine industry GHG emissions, delivery of the world’s first dual fuelled ice-breaker Polaris to the Finnish Transportation Agency is an important milestone towards that end. Built by Arctech Helsinki ShipyardDelivered September 2016Owned by the Finnish Transport AgencyOperated by Arctia Icebreaking Oy.LOA 110mBeam 24mGRT 9,300 tonsDisplacement 10,961 tonnes at a design draft of 8mMain engines: Wärtsilä 2x 6000 kW, 2x 4500 kW, 1x 1280 kW, Dual fuelAzimuth propulsion: units ABB Azipod 2x 6500 kW (stern), 1 x 6000 kW (bow)Speed 17 knots (6 knots in ice of 1.2m)Icebreaking capability 3.5 knots / 1.8 mLNG tanks: 2 x 400 m3Oil recovery capacity: 1400 m3Towing winch: 300 m, 110 tonnesBollard pull: 214 tonnesCrew: 16 plus accommodation for up to 8 specialistsLloyds Register   Polaris is the first icebreaker to be built that is capable of running on both LNG and ultra-low sulphur diesel, making her the most environmentally friendly diesel-electric icebreaker in the world. With a total output of about 22 MW, she is also Finland’s most powerful icebreaker to date.…
Friday, 02 December 2016 10:10

Dec. 2 - CMA CGM Rhone

           CMA CGM Rhone arriving Vancouver assisted by SST Orleans and SST Capilano A recent Vancouver caller was CMA CGM Rhone, the 7th of a series of 28 ships ranging from 9,400 TEUs to 10,900 TEU, all named after famous rivers, that have been delivered to the company over the past two years. Founded in 1978 by Mr. Jacques R. Saadé, the company currently operates a diversified fleet of 532 container vessels as part of the Ocean Alliance along with China COSCO Shipping, Evergreen Line and OOCL. Built by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company, PRCOperated by CMA CGM GroupDelivered February 2015LOA 300mBeam 48mGRT 95.263 tonsDWT 113,800Capacity 9,365 TEU including 1,458 40’ reefer plugsRegistry: Malta   From its 33 story headquarters in Marseille (picture below left), the privately held CMA CGM Group does business in more than 160 countries through a network of 600 offices. The company has more than 29,000 employees worldwide including 4,500 in France and some 18 million containers were shipped by CMA CGM in 2015 generating revenues of around US$21 billion.    Company Chairman and CEO Mr. Jacques Saadé (above right) is long renowned for being a political bridge builder and the company frequently…
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