Ship of the Week

Friday, 05 July 2019 12:06

July 5 - SST Tsimshian Warrior

  On May 28, the SST Tsimshian Warrior had its blessing ceremony at the grand opening ceremony for the new AltaGas propane export terminal on Ridley Island. Named in honour of local first nations, the latest addition to the SAAM SMIT Canada Inc. is equipped with an IMO Tier II compliant exhaust after-treatment system, dramatically reducing the tug’s emission of NOx, Sox, and particulate matter emissions. The SST Tsimshian Warrior will be capable of safely performing all ship-handling roles, including berthing, unberthing, and escort duties, including in heavier weather conditions. The tug designed by Robert Allan Ltd. is also fully equipped for terminal standby roles with a Fi-Fi 1 with water spray (2,700 m3/hr) external fire-fighting system supplied by Marsis that can not only provide significant additional fire-fighting capability to the new LPG terminal, but to the Port of Prince Rupert as well. Having been custom designed for servicing the terminal, the tug is also equipped with additional safety features including both a gas detection system, as well explosion-proof deck machinery.   Bollard pull:      80+ tonnes Max speed:      14 knots Fire Fighting:    Fi-Fi 1 class, with waterspray and foam Dimensions:     13.2 m (width) x 32 m (length)…
Friday, 28 June 2019 11:32

Jun 28 - MARIN protoype

  In celebration of MARIN's testing of it 10,000th ship model, MARIN created a competition amongst schools in the Netherlands to design clean, smart and safe ships for the future. Four winning school classes participated in the awards event, as MARIN did not choose one winner but brought together the best ideas from the different school classes to design a ship for the future. The winning ship was in the shape of a sailfish, and had a retractable sail with solar panels, a frictionless shark skin, a flexible moving tail, and netting to catch any containers that might fall overboard.  Almost a hundred school classes and children participated in the competition. In some classes, the children worked together on a design, and in other classes, everyone made their own design. MARIN received all sorts of great ideas, drawings and short videos including ships with solar panels, sails, wind turbines and hydrogen engines for clean propulsion, floating hospitals for marine animals, cruise ships with amusement parks, chill rooms and escape rooms, and smart self-navigating ships with cameras and radars.  Each school class was given a model of the ship for the future for their classroom. The design was created and tested in one of MARIN’s model basins…
Friday, 21 June 2019 14:19

Jun 21 - Island Regent

  Yesterday Island Tug and Barge, a subsidiary of Tidewater Canada, christened its new custom-built state-of-the-art articulating tug, the Island Regent.  The structure and hull of the coastal tug was built at ITB's Annacis Island facility along the Fraser River and was completed at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland, WA.   The tug is designed and constructed for bulk fuel transport on the Canadian and US West Coast and is the second of three tugs planned.  The sister tug, Island Raider, pictured in the right photo, was launched less than a year ago, marking the first new coastal ATB in their fleet in 15 years. Designed by:     Robert Allan Ltd., Vancouver, BCDimensions:      25 m (width) x 12.5 m (length)Draft:                 3.2 mHeight:              12.2 m The Island Regent is equipped with Z-drive, enabling a 25 percent fuels savings and 11 percent trip time savings.  The Island Regent will be paired with the 25,000 barrel double-hulled petroleum tank barge, ITB Reliant.
Friday, 14 June 2019 11:16


  The Maersk Transporter is a tug actively working with the Ocean Cleanup initiative, removing plastic from our oceans. She is currently anchored at Duncan Bay to pick up her new floating system and will then move on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.   GT: 4678 DWT: 3507 Flag: Denmark Built: 2009  
Friday, 07 June 2019 13:21


  Seaspan Shipyards launched the CCGS Capt. Jacques Cartier this week. It is the second largest non-combat vessel to be designed and built under Canada's National Shipbuilding Strategy. The boat features four science labs and state of the art acoustic survey equipment. The vessel measures 63.4 metres, and the bow features an ice-strengthened hull which is capable of operating in areas of thin ice. The vessel will soon begin the journey to its home port in Dartmouth, N.S. and is expected to join the coast guard after completing its sea trials.    
Thursday, 30 May 2019 15:43

May 31 - Ural

Built:               2020Type:              IcebreakerTonnage:        33540 gtLength:           173 mWidth:               34 mSpeed:              21 kn Russia has launched another nuclear-powered icebreaker as part of a program designed improve its ability to tap the Arctic's commercial potential by renewing and expanding its fleet of vessels. The ship, the Ural, is one of three Project 22220 icebreakers that when completed will be the largest, most powerful icebreakers in the world. The Ural is due to be handed over to Russia's state-owned nuclear energy corporation Rosatom in 2022.  The ship was constructed by the Baltic Shipyards in St Petersberg and is designed to be crewed by 75 people and will be able to cut through ice up to around 3 metres thick.  Along with sister ships Arktika and Sabir, Russia is looking for the vessels to support what is calls the Northern Sea Route.  This route would bypass Europe, Africa and Asia altogether, cutting a long expensive shipping route down, and would be easy for Russia to control.                
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