Ship of the Week

Friday, 04 May 2018 07:29

May 4 - Great Intelligence

At “Marintec China” held in Shanghai in December 2017, the first Chinese smart ship embedded with a domestically developed intelligent navigation system was presented with Lloyds Register (LR) cyber-enabled ship (CES) descriptive notes. The vessel concerned, the appropriately named Great Intelligence, was designed by Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute (SDARI). Other partners in the project were China’s System Engineering Research Institute (SERI) and China Class Society (CCS). The vessel is a modified version of the successful Green Dolphin Fuel Efficient Bulk Carrier Design and is China’s home-grown pilot smart ship project. LR’s CES descriptive notes have been assigned to the project with the latest requirements being applied to the vessel herself in the form of Cyber AL2 Safe (Navigation, Propulsion, Steering), Cyber AL2 Maintain (M/E, A/E, Boiler, Shaft) and Cyber AL2 Perform (Energy Management). Built at Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard Co., Ltd (GWS), a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC)Owned and operated by Sinotrans Shipping Ltd. Hong KongLOA 179mBeam 32.3mDWT 38,800   LR is a leading player in the adoption of digital technologies within the marine and offshore sector by way of a “total-systems” approach. In 2016, LR issued the first guidance on cyber-enabled ships “Deploying Information and…
Thursday, 26 April 2018 10:49

April 27 - Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2)

Ten years after her arrival in Dubai to great fanfare, the former Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth 2 underwent a “soft opening” last week (April 18) as a luxury floating hotel and museum following a stem to stern refurbishment. The vessel was purchased in 2008 for $100 million with the objective of adding her to an already long list of tourist attractions in Dubai but the financial crisis of 2008/09 which hit Dubai particularly hard left the vessel’s fate in limbo. However, with all now back on track and a grand formal opening scheduled for October this year, she is following in the footsteps of family member Queen Mary in Long Beach which, despite all manner of financial ups and downs, continues to survive as a hotel and conference centre. Built by John Brown & Co, Upper Clyde Shipbuilders, Clydebank, Scotland.Launched September 1967, named by H.M. Queen ElizabethMaiden voyage May 1969Now owned by PCFC Hotels (a Dubai World subsidiary)LOA 293.5mBeam 32.0mGRT 70,327 tonsPropulsion 2 x GEC main engines, total 88 MW driving twin variable pitch propellersSpeed maximum 34 knots, service 28.5 knotsGuest capacity 1,777Crew in service 1040    QE2 was originally fitted out with a steam turbine propulsion system rated at…
Thursday, 19 April 2018 09:22

April 20 - USS Lexington

We normally do not cover ships lying on the seabed, particularly one that has been there for 76 years, but this week we are making an exception for an exceptional vessel. Early last month the wreckage of USS Lexington was discovered by an expedition crew aboard Paul Allen’s RV Petrel. The Lexington was discovered 3,000 meters below the surface approximately 500 miles off the eastern coast of Australia. She was mortally damaged by Japanese torpedo bombers, launched from aircraft carriers, on May 8 1942 during the Battle of the Coral Sea. She was abandoned and scuttled with the loss of more than 200 crew. Built by Fore River Ship and Engine Building Co., Quincy MassachusettsOrdered in 1916 as a battle cruiser – design amended in 1922 to an aircraft carrierLaunched in 1925 and commissioned in 1927LOA 270.7mBeam 32.8mPropulsion quadruple screw turbo electric 180,000 shp (130,000 kW)Speed 33 knotsCrew 2,800 including air-armAircraft 78Sister ship: USS Saratoga    Lady Lex, also known as Gray Lady was the fourth U.S. naval vessel to be named Lexington after the 1775 Battle of Lexington during the American War of Independence. Originally designed as a battlecruiser, she was converted during construction into one of the U.S.…
Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:12

April 13 - MOL Triumph

After two years of preparations and gaining regulatory approvals the Ocean Network Express (ONE) has finally been launched. The partners are the three major Japanese international carriers with NYK owning 38%, K Line and Mitsui OSK each holding 31%. ONE is launching its first 33 services this month and will eventually operate 85 service loops with 1.4 million TEU of capacity serving more than 200 ports globally as the sixth largest ocean carrier in the world. Dedicated to operate between Asia and Europe, with over 20,000 TEU capacity MOL Triumph is at the upper end of the size of vessel that will operate in the initial ONE fleet. Built by Samsung Heavy Industries, South KoreaOwned by Mitsui OSK LinesOperated by Ocean Network ExpressDelivered in 2017LOA 400mBeam 58.8mGRT 100,146 tonsDWT 210,678 MTCapacity 20,146 TEU   The ONE holding company is in Tokyo but with the global operating headquarters in Singapore. Regional headquarters are in London UK; Richmond, Virginia; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Hong Kong. The company philosophy is that “ONE does not aspire to be the largest carrier in the market, just large enough to survive and yet small enough to care”, also ONE aim is “to be a global company…
Thursday, 05 April 2018 15:52

April 6 - Symphony of the Seas

  Having been ordered in May 2014, the world’s largest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas was on show last week in the port of Malaga ahead of her maiden voyage taking in Spain, France and Italy. She will spend the summer in the Mediterranean before repositioning in the fall to join her slightly smaller sisters, Oasis, Allure and Harmony in the Caribbean with home-port Miami. Symphony of the Seas is the 25th and now largest ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet with a reported capacity for up 6,680 guests who will have the opportunity to enjoy every conceivable form of entertainment and relaxation spread over 20 restaurants and six bars.   Built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Saint Nazaire (STX France)Owned and operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.Delivered March 2018LOA 362.1mBeam 47.5m at waterline, 66m maximumGRT 228.081 tonsMain propulsion 3 x 20 MW (27,000 hp) ABB Azipod UnitsThrusters 4 x 5.5 MW (7,400 hp) Wartsila WT-55Speed 22 knots cruisingCrew 2,220Cost US$ 1.4 billion       Responding to the challenge of embarking and disembarking so many guests in a few hours, Royal Caribbean now offers the use of a mobile app which leverages a combination of bar codes, beacons and facial…
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 11:42

Mar 30 - Torm Amalie

  Seen alongside at Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Terminal last week is the Medium Range (MR) oil/chemical tanker Torm Amalie, having delivered a cargo of aviation fuel destined to keep the wheels turning at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). The Trans Mountain Jet Fuel pipeline system carries fuel from the Chevron refinery, and the Westridge terminal to YVR via a 41km pipeline system that has been in operation since 1969. It includes five storage tanks at YVR with an overall volume of 7155 cbm. Pipeline capacity is supplemented by around 1,000 tanker truck deliveries of jet fuel to YVR each month from Washington State, each truck travelling about 140 km round trip per delivery. Built by Guangzhou International Shipyard, PRCOwned by Torm Shipping, SingaporeManaged by Torm Shipping, Mumbai, IndiaLOA 183mBeam 32.3mGRT 30,241 tonsDWT 49,999 MT       Without a new jet fuel delivery system, the number of trucks required to keep the airport moving was projected to rise to more than 3,000 a month within 20 years. For this reason Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation (VAFFC), a consortium owned by most of the major airlines serving YVR, is building a new fuel delivery system based on the construction of a marine…
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