Ship of the Week

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…
Friday, 03 February 2017 13:39

Feb 3 - Oak Spirit

                     LNG Carrier Oak Spirit (Photo credits to Teekay Shipping) Once again emphasizing how rapidly US shale gas exports are growing both to Asia and Europe, Teekay’s new buil LNG Carrier Oak Spirit recently transited the Panama Canada with the first cargo of US shale gas for Japan.  Oak Spirit was delivered to Teekay in August 2016 under a five year charter to Cherniere Energy to load LNG at the company’s Sabine Pass, Louisiana, export terminal. On January 6, she delivered her cargo to Chubu Electric Power Company’s Joetsu LNG Terminal. Oak Spirit is the second of eleven M Type - Electronically Controlled Gas Injection (MEGI) type new builds under construction for Teekay. Her keel laying to launch date in 2015 took only 88 days. Built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), South KoreaOwned by Teekay LNG PartnersOperated by Teekay Shipping (Glasgow) Ltd.LOA 294.9mBeam 46.4mGRT 113,000 tonsDWT 95,452 MTCapacity 173,400 cubic metersService speed 16 knotsRegistry BahamasSister ship: Creole Spirit    The company has seven more vessels of this class in various stages of build at DSME – including Torben Spirit named after Mr. Torben Karlshoej the company’s founder. Two additional…
Friday, 27 January 2017 12:09

Jan 27 - Pleiades Sprit

Nestled in English Bay anchorage enjoying a cold but sunny and picturesque day over the new year break was the car carrier Pleiades Spirit awaiting berth at Fraser Wharves. Built by Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding, Toyohashi, Japan in 2008Owned Mizuho Sangyo, Imabari, JapanOperated by Nissan Motor Car Carrier Co. Ltd., Tokyo, JapanLOA 200mBeam 32.3mGRT 60,330 tonsDWT 17,424 MTStandard capacity: 5,200 vehiclesSister ship: Leo Spirit   Established in 1965, Nissan Motor Car Carrier Co. Ltd. (NMCC) has as its shareholders Mitsui OSK Lines and Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. The current fleet of nine vessels trades world-wide in support of Nissan’s global export trades. In 1990, Euro Marine Carrier B.V.(EMC), specializing in short-distance sea transportation within Europe, was established by Nissan in the Netherlands. That company operates a fleet of seven vessels, the largest being the City of Rotterdam and her sister vessel City of St Petersburg, both having capacity for 2000 vehicles. Nissan cars manufactured for the North American product line are generally produced in one of six manufacturing facilities located in Japan, the United States and Mexico. US President Donald Trump, has criticized US car companies which manufacture abroad, accusing them of costing US jobs. Of the Japanese car manufacturers,…
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