Ship of the Week

Friday, 10 August 2018 11:17

Aug 10 - Orca Ace

Last Sunday the Orca Ace, a “Next-Generation Car Carrier” cargo ship for autos and roll on/roll off cargoes, arrived at the WWL Annacis Auto Terminal on her maiden voyage. The Orca Ace began her journey to the United States in July 2018, departing from Hitachinaka, Japan and will continue on to ports on the US West Coast with San Diego being the final destination on her maiden voyage.  Owner:         Lunar River Line S.A. of PanamaOperator:     Mitsui OSK Line Ltd. (MOL)Length:        199.9 m Breadth:       32.2 mRamp:          150TMax Deck:    5.6 mCapacity:      6,800 units (standard passenger vehicles)      Built in Japan, the Orca Ace is the second in its FLEXIE series optimized for efficient loading and unloading all types of vehicles.  The vessels have six liftable decks, compared with two on conventional car carriers to provide for more flexibility for different vehicle types along with high and heavy cargo transport.  The rounded bow shape will minimize wind resistance and is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by about 2% compared to today's car carriers. The new shape is the result of joint research by MOL, MOL Techno-Trade, Ltd. (President: Hirokazu Hatta; Headquarters: Chuo-ku, Tokyo), and…
Thursday, 02 August 2018 10:01

Aug 3 - CSL Spirit

Frequently seen in the Pacific Northwest, the CSL Spirit is a self-unloader that uses her discharge boom to discharge cargo without shore-based unloading equipment. Self-unloaders can operate 24 hours a day at speeds up to 5,000 tonnes per hour. These versatile vessels can operate and discharge cargo in any accessible waterway, and can provide offshore transshipment operations, topping up or offloading into larger vessels. Built:              2001Length:        225 mBreadth:        32 mDWT:          70,018Boom:           79 m   Self-unloaders have a reduced environmental footprint as loading and discharging cargo from the vessel can be carried out within a completely enclosed system. Advanced dust suppression equipment and fully enclosed or covered booms further reduce the potential for dust and spillage. Noise generated by the ship’s self-unloading machinery is controlled through the use of acoustic enclosures and sound barriers.      
Friday, 27 July 2018 08:42

Jul 27 - Energy Observer

The Energy Observer is the world's first hydrogen vessel to circumnavigate the world solely on renewable energy resources.  The catamaran’s plans to visit 50 countries with 101 port calls over a period of six years.  So far 8,240 nautical miles have been covered in France and the Mediterranean Sea and in 2020 the Energy Observer will make her way to the Americas.   The former 100-ft racing boat was converted by a team of nearly 50 engineers, designers and naval architects to be powered by a combination of solar, hydrogen, wind and water energy.  Propulsion comes from two electric motors, driven by all that generated electrical energy, but it’s the way that’s stored that’s clever. The Energy Observer uses just 106-kWh of batteries, for immediate, buffer, storage and energy demands. It stores the bulk of the excess electricity generated when the sun is shining or the wind is blowing as hydrogen gas. An electrolyzer uses the current to spilt the water into hydrogen and oxygen. The latter is released into the atmosphere, and the H2 is stored in eight tanks, made from aluminum and carbon fiber, which can hold up to 137 pounds of compressed hydrogen. When that energy is needed, the…
Friday, 20 July 2018 13:26

Jul 20 - F/V Margiris

The super trawler and factory ship Margiris is the world's second largest fishing vessel.  She has been surrounded by a significant amount of controversy over the years as states look to control its catch and operations.  Australia has banned trawlers over 130 metres from fishing in its waters. Tasmania is looking to strengthen its existing ban that restricts vessels larger than 38 metres in length from fishing in their waters, up to three nautical miles off the shores of Australia. The Tasmanian recreational fishing industry is worth about $93 million to the economy. Flag:           LithuaniaBuilder:       rebuilt by Mjellem & Karlsen Verft, Bergen Norway 1997Homport:    Klaipeda Tonnage:    9,499 GT / 6,200 DWTLength:      142 mBeam:        17 mDecks:       32    
Tuesday, 10 July 2018 09:21

July 13 - EV Nautilus

  The EV Nautilus is a research vessel currentlly based in Victoria, British Columbia.  The vessel is on a global mission of exploration, so it has no true home port.  The ship is operated by the Ocean Exploration Trust under the direction of Dr. Robert Ballard.  The Nautilus is equipped with a team of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) Hercules, and Argus, a multibeam mapping system, and mapping tools Diana and Echo.  All of these tools help the Ocean Exploration Trust conduct deep sea exploration of unknown parts of the ocean to a depth of 4000 meters. Built:                 1967Length:             64 mBeam:               10.5 mSpeed:              10 knotsComplement:  17 crew, 31 science/mission       From July 5-21 2018, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Haida Nation, Oceana Canada, and Oceans Network Canada are embarking on an expedition to explore seamounts near the islands of Haida Gwaii in the northeast Pacific Ocean off the coast of British Columbia.  The team will spend 16 days on board the EV Nautilus.  All known seamounts located in Canadian waters are found off the coast…
Friday, 06 July 2018 12:24

Jul 7 - Lifeline

  The M/V Lifeline operated by Mission Lifeline is a humanitarian vessel dedicated to saving all people in distress at sea from death by drowning. Efforts are focussed in the central Mediterranean where the number of deaths is the most concentrated in the world.  The Lifeline supports ongoing search and rescue (SAR) operations offshore Libya and cooperates with other SAR organizations to effectively rescue people from distress. The vessel and its captain are in the headlines following the its recent arrival of 233 rescued migrants to shore in Malta last week.   The vessel is charged with entering Maltese territorial waters illegally and without proper registration and a licence. The prosecuting officers are also requesting the court to order the confiscation of the ship. Flag: NetherlandsGRT: 231LOA: 32 mBeam: 8 mBuilt: 1968   The Lifeline's registration irregularities are in question as Dutch officials gave written confirmation that the vessel was not registered under the flag for the purpose of international law conventions. It was only registered as a pleasure yacht with a Dutch yacht club and gave it no right of nationality to the vessel.  In any event when the vessel was denied entry to the Maltese port, the Lifeline was obligated to take instructions from the Libyan…
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